After their massive 4-0 shutout at home against New Jersey on Tuesday the Habs looked like a tired bunch as they skated against the Ottawa Senators last night. Carey Price stayed sharp, the Montreal offense couldn’t muster many good scoring chances and the Sens nabbed a couple of unexpected goals to give the Canadiens a taste of their own medicine with a 3-0 shutout.
I don’t have much to say about this game except that, if the Habs want to be any sort of contender in the playoffs, they need to get a handle on this Ottawa team. The season series is 7-1 in favor of the Sens so far this season with the Spezza/Heatley/Alfredsson line netting nearly 10% of their combined points against the Habs.
The Canadiens meet the Senators twice more before the end of the season and they will need to win those games if they want to maintain first place in the Northeast Division; though the teams are now tied at 87 points (as is Pittsburgh) the Habs have dropped to fifth in the Eastern Conference as Ottawa has more wins and New Jersey has 88 points.