Montreal Canadiens-Ottawa Senators: Habs Keep Shots Down but Not Goals

December 28th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 2 Ottawa 4 (Scotiabank Place)

Many of the talking heads were crowing about tonight's game being the best played on the Canadiens' road trip. But Jacques Martin has designed his game plan to win with excellence from his goaltender and special teams. Tonight the goaltending by Jaroslav Halak was average and on special teams, the Habs gave up a goal while shorthanded, and strangely enough, they didn't have a chance on the power-play.

While the Canadiens didn't have their best first period of the year—that would be the Centennial game against Boston—it was a good example of how we can expect the team to play as it gets healthy. They looked very good. With Brian Gionta back in the lineup and Georges Laraque in the press, the team had four legitimate NHL-caliber lines.

The Habs used their speed, they forechecked, and had a 2-0 lead by the 10 minute mark of the first period for the second consecutive game. Mike Cammalleri broke out of his goal scoring slump on a beautiful passing play by Andrei Markov and Andrei Kostitsyn. Tomas Plekanec created havoc in front of the Senators goal.

The goal by Cammalleri was number 20,000 in Canadi ...

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