Top Left Header
Header
Sports
Arrow
Title - Hockey is Canadien
Follow OurHometown.ca on... Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS
Follow Me on TwitterDean Eastman is the Montreal Canadiens' correspondent for OurHometown.ca Dean was born in Cornwall and raised in Long Sault and has been a loyal Habs fan since the days of the Pocket Rocket and the Roadrunner. He now calls Whitby, Ontario home to his wife Heather and young son Eric. Dean is passionate about his hockey, whether it be from the junior or professional ranks. Dean will provide current news and views on the Montreal Canadiens' organization from a global perspective. If you have questions or wish to contact Dean, you can email him at deastman@ourhometown.ca
Montreal downs Ottawa for fourth win in as many games
Dean Eastman
OurHometown.ca

Hockey is Canadien
Montreal downs Ottawa for fourth win in as many games
The Montreal Canadiens played the perfect road game on Friday night. Coming off a six-day break, Les Bleu-Blanc-Rouge were the better team on this night and did just enough to eek out a win over the Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens were strong on the forecheck, forced a number of Senators’ turnovers.
PHOTO CREDIT - NHL.com

Whitby - Nov. 5, 2011 - The Montreal Canadiens played the perfect road game on Friday night. Coming off a six-day break, Les Bleu-Blanc-Rouge were the better team on this night and did just enough to eek out a win over the Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens were strong on the forecheck, forced a number of Senators’ turnovers and scored timely goals in the second period by Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over Ottawa.

Ottawa’s Zack Smith brought the Senators to within one goal of tying the game in the third period but that is as close as Ottawa would come. Carey Price was stellar once again in nets for Montreal as he made 33-of-34 saves (.971 save percentage) for the win and was named the game’s first star. Craig Anderson made 24-of-26 saves (.923 save percentage) for Ottawa in the loss to their division rivals.

Senators’ young stud defenseman Erik Karlsson coughed up a terrible giveaway that led to Kostitsyn’s game winning goal in the second period. The game had its entertaining moments from a fan’s perspective. Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges took a careless holding penalty at 18:29 of the final frame to make things interesting, however Ottawa failed to get any scoring chances as Montreal’s penalty kill unit was able to clog up Ottawa’s shooting lanes over the final 1:31 minutes.

The announced three stars of the game were Montreal’s Erik Cole (3rd star, one goal), Ottawa’s Zack Smith (2nd star, one goal) and Carey Price (1st star, .971 save percentage). Kanata’s Scotiabank Place was sold out to 20,329 spectators.

With Friday night’s win, Montreal (5-5-2) now sits two points out of second place in the NorthEast division behind both the Buffalo Sabres (7-5-0) and Ottawa Senators (7-7-0). Montreal now travels to Manhattan to face Sean Avery and the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

For a complete statistical review of the game and individual Canadiens’ player performances, please see the NHL.com link below.

Game Stats Review

Game Summary
STATS & PHOTO CREDIT - NHL.com

  • The line combination of Erik Cole, David Desharnais and Michael Cammalleri had great chemistry in the game.

  • Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn are making the most of the ice time they are getting. Cole established net presence in front of Ottawa’s Craig Anderson throughout the game.

  • Erik Cole is starting to play like the player the Canadiens had hoped for when they signed him earlier this off-season.

  • Lars Eller was brilliant at both of ends of the rink on Friday night. Eller’s confidence is evolving.

  • Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had nearly 20 minutes of ice time but only had one shot on goal. Gionta doesn’t seem to be playing like the player Habs’ fans are used to seeing over the past couple of seasons.

  • Giveaways were the name of the game on Friday night. Ottawa coughed up the biscuit an uncharacteristic 14 times to Montreal’s 5.

  • Montreal was brutal in the faceoff circle winning only 20-of-55 attempts: David Desharnais went two-for-eight (.250 winning faceoff percentage)
    Lars Eller went 6-for-15 (.400)
    Petteri Nokelainen went two-for-seven (.286)
    Tomas Plekanec went 10-for-24 (.417)

  • Montreal was outshot 26-34.

  • Neither team was successful on the power play: Montreal was zero-for-two; Ottawa was zero-for-four.

  • Montreal had 19 blocked shots to only 9 for Ottawa.

  • P.K. Subban led the Canadiens with 21:27 minutes of ice time. He was a minus-1, had one shot on goal and had four minutes in penalties.

  • Alexei Emelin was a healthy scratch once again for the Canadiens.

    Until next time, play every game as if it is your last.


  • Follow OurHometown.ca on... Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on RSS Follow Us with E-Mail Updates!
    Send Us Your Thoughts


    Title - Story Count
    8,374 Stories & Growing Daily...

    To date OurHometown.ca has posted a total of 8,374 stories! News, sports, hockey, lifestyle, opinion and more!

    Be sure to check out our Contributors and Columnists archives!


    Title - More OH Headlines
    Click on Photo or Story Title for more info
    Detroit Grand Prix Canceled for 2020
    Team Canada will not send athletes to Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks
    NBA to suspend season following Wednesday
    Lyn St. James to Race in Historic Trans-Am Series at the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
    2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Fast Facts
    OurHometown.ca News Database Last Updated:
    Dec. 4, 2020 @ 11:51 AM EST


    Footer
    Free Sitemap Generator