Ottawa 2, Montreal 1 (OT); Binghamton 4, Albany 2

Tonight the Ottawa Senators spent an eternity on the powerplay and were completely unable to adjust to Montreal’s PK.  As with the last game against the Habs, Montreal played rope-a-dope all night, but in the end the Sens were able to grind out the win and avoid the shootout.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
Montreal came out stronger, with the Sens struggling with the Habs speed down the wing.  The Sens gave up the game’s first goal short-handed as Plekanec‘s beat Bishop high from a long way out.  The Sens picked up their play after Neil fought Staubitz, establishing the forecheck.  Ottawa struggled to get shots to the net however and those that they did were stymied by Price (although Alfredsson and O’Brien both caught iron).
Second Period
The Sens opened the period on a lengthy 5-on-3 and after wasting some time with stationary passing Michalek hit the crossbar, but that was as close as they could get.  The Sens continued to be dominated on faceoffs.  Powerplays were evened out as the period wound on, with the Sens doing yeoman’s work on the PK while their PP got worse and worse (although Michalek did hit another crossbar).
Third Period
The Sens powerplay, if anything, got worse in the period–mistake prone and unable to generate quality chances.  Finally, the grinders score going to the net–Smith beats out an icing and throws the puck in front of the net which Greening bangs in.  With the game tied the Sens continued to have the puck most of the time, but struggled to create quality chances in the offensive zone.
OT
The Sens dominated overtime and won the game on a great pass from Alfredsson to Kuba who blew it by Price through a screen.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Montreal, Plekanec (sh)
A bad pass from Turris in the offensive zone goes the other way and Plekanec’s backs up Matt Gilroy and simply beats Bishop up high from a long way out
2. Greening (Smith, Condra)
Smith beats out an icing and his centering pass is banged in by Greening
3. Kuba (Alfredsson, Karlsson)

Top-performers:
Colin Greening – had a good ongoing battle with Subban (including a fight) and tied the game
Filip Kuba – struggled on the powerplay, but was solid defensively and scored the overtime winner

Players Who Struggled:
The Sens powerplay – were incapable to dealing with Montreal’s PK despite numerous opportunities

-Binghamton beat Albany tonight with Mike McKenna making 32 saves to earn the win.  Andre Petersson scored twice (including the winner) with Craig Schira and David Dziurzynski adding the others.  Tim Conboy finished +4.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

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4 Comments

  1. On the bright side Ottawa virtually shut down Montreal defensively. Was the PP atrocious, by the gods yet, but Montreal had 4 chances at 5 on 5 in 3 periods. Not to mention 3 posts. This game was not really close and that is what Sens Fan should take away.

    • by the god yes not yet*

    • That’s a good point, but special teams are so important you have to worry about it going cold just before the playoffs.

      • Cant argue with that


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