Canadiens-Senators: Brilliant Special Teams Lead Habs to Win

December 8th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »

Montreal 4 Ottawa 1 (Scotiabank Place)

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Early this season, on these pages, it was forecasted that Canadiens fans were in for a rollercoaster of a ride following this team. Not to say we told you so, but is there a better way to describe the path of the Habs?

Even recently, the Habs were shutout by the Leafs and then dominated the Bruins. Last night, the Canadiens limited the Flyers to 15 shots on goal. Tonight, the Senators managed 46 shots.

So what is going on?

The inconsistency is a combination of many things: injuries, changing personnel, and players trying to adapt to a new system. But perhaps the biggest reason is that Jacques Martin's system is passive and reactive. The style of play is often dictated by the opposition.

Tonight, Ottawa was in the mood to shoot. The Senators outshot the Habs 13-to-5 in the first period. Despite the disparity, scoring chances were about even. The Canadiens held a 1-0 lead after one period as Mike Cammalleri converted a two-on-one feed from Tomas Plekanec.

Ottawa tied the game early in the second period. Mike Fisher was left all ...

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