Ottawa 2, Montreal 6

Ottawa lost a lifeless game to Montreal through a combination of bad goaltending, poor defensive coverage, and a lack of energy.  The game was over early in the second period and Paul MacLean made a serious mistake not pulling Craig Anderson earlier.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Smith (Gonchar, Greening)
Greening drives the net and Smith cashes in the rebound
2. Montreal, Eller (sh)
Anderson is too deep in his net and Eller (with no option but to shoot) beats him far side
3. Montreal, Plekanec
A nice tip-in as Cowen can’t control Plekanec’s stick
4. Montreal, Cammallieri
Cashes in a rebound as Kuba can’t control his stick
5. Montreal, Leblanc
Shoots through Cowen, but if Anderson isn’t deep in his net it can’t go in
6. Montreal, Subban
Cashes in on a 2-on-1 down low (no back pressure from the forwards)
7. Spezza (Michalek, Alfredsson)
Cowen drives the net and Spezza cashes in off a loose puck
8. Montreal, Cole (pp)
Another tip-in where again Cowen can’t control the stick

Top-performers: there were none tonight, although Filip Kuba was the best blueliner, Jason Spezza was solid in all three zones, and I liked Bobby Butler‘s hustle offensively.

Players who struggled:
Craig Anderson – two bad goals and he simply couldn’t make a save when the team needed him
Erik Karlsson – lead the time in turnovers and was a brutal -3
Kyle Turris – was among the turnover leaders and was largely invisible in the offensive zone


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