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Sens top Habs in OT; Camallerri Injured

The Habs couldn’t hold their own yesterday afternoon against the streaking Ottawa Senators as the team from Kanata picked up a franchise record ninth straight win.

Alex Kovalev notched a goal and an assist for the Sens and Les Habitants failed to score 5-on-5 throughout, with Benoit Pouliot and Brian Gionta netting powerplay markers to force overtime with Mike Fisher eventually scoring the winner. The Habs have now not scored at even strength since their 6-0 win over the New York Rangers last week. Halak was steady in goal for the Canadiens.

Now for the really bad news: with only seven minutes to play in the third period Mike Camallerri took a bad spill into the boards after being checked by Anthon Volchenkov and had his right leg twist awkwardly. Reports today say that Cammy left Scotia Bank Place on crutches and with an inflatable leg cast on. Uh-oh.

Game 7: Senators 3 – Canadiens 1

The Sens celebrate a goal while Price looks onAlex Kovalev, the Canadiens’ former floating Russian, made his return to the Bell Centre last night and notched a goal and an assist to help lift his Ottawa Senators over the Habs. The loss marks the fifth straight for the struggling Habs.

Montreal blew a 5-on-3 in the first period before giving up a pair of goals on two 5-on-3 opportunities they handed Ottawa in the second. The crowd came out with the boos for the home team before giving Kovalev a standing ovation following his goal; bad times, to say the least.

Forgive the lack of analysis and witty banter, I’m in the middle of a very busy couple of weeks and will return in full-force to HabsFeed for Thursday’s game against the Islanders!

Kovalev Signs With Ottawa

It’s official: Alex Kovalev has signed a two year deal with the Ottawa Senators at $5 million per year. Neither the team nor Kovalev himself (who is reportedly in Russia) have commented but it looks like another rivalry just heated up for next season.

Komi to Toronto, Kovy to Ottawa – what’s next, Koivu in Boston?

Game 71: Senators 5 – Canadiens 4

Another classic "over the shoulder" Price shotI hate to be the bearer of bad news but guess what Habdom? We lost our fourth straight last night in Ottawa while Florida took two points, giving us a precarious one point hold on a playoff position that looked like a lock only two months ago. All credit to the guys on the team who are playing like they want it – I think it’s quite clear to everyone exactly who that is.

The high(low)lights:

  • Gainey started Price again only to see him chased after a period and a bit after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Halak replaced him and stopped the next 23 of 24.
  • Our “top” line of Kovalev, Kostitsyn and Plekanec
  • Guillaume Latendresse scored twice, including the first goal of the game only two minutes in.
  • Alex Kovalev: 19:03 on the ice, two shots, no points, -1.
  • Lapierre had an assist and was +3.
  • Tom Kostopolous had a goal, two assists and was +2.
  • So our underpaid pluggers carry the game while our top lines are invisible and our “star” goalie plays like he’s full of holes. Bring on Toronto…gulp.

Pascal Leclaire to Ottawa, Antoine Vermette to Columbus

Pascal LeclaireThe first trade of the day has been completed and it will see Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire go to the Ottawa Senators for winger Antoine Vermette and a pick. With the up and coming Steve Mason in nets for the Jackets and the horrible legacy of goaltending in the nation’s capital, I see this as a great deal for the Sens.

More trade details as they come!

Game 60: Canadiens 5 – Senators 3

Alex KovalevThe high-intensity, hard-working Alex Kovalev showed up against the Ottawa Senators last night after missing the past two games and – you guessed it – we won a game! With all of the drama surrounding the Habs this past week (the criminally-connected Kostitsyns and the Kovalev rumors) this game was an important one and many on the team stepped up to deliver a 5-3 victory.

Now, let’s keep things in context: Kovalev was great but one game doesn’t make up for his awful season. If he can turn it on so easily then he should be doing so more often; I’m personally rooting for last year’s Kovy to show up down the stretch. Halak made 44 saves for the win and this presents a goaltending dilemma: Carey Price is the keeper of the future but can’t seem to get it together after returning from injury, so does Halak keep starting? Let’s hope so.

And finally, these are the struggling Ottawa Senators that we defeated. We also proved that the defensive trap should not be in our playbook – after racking up a 4-0 lead we were outshot 22-4 in the third period, proving that we still have this tendency to take a lead (a rare lead) and then try to sit tight.

We get another crack at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, a tougher team by far and our first real test following this unhappy week. GO HABS GO!

Game 47: Canadiens 5 – Senators 4 (SO)

Habs Logo - 150It may have taken a shootout but they got it done. After losing a 4-2 lead in the third and allowing the Ottawa Senators to tie up with only a minute remaining in regulation and then getting outworked in overtime both Alex Kovalev and Maxim Lapierre scored nifty goals in the shootout to lead the Habs to their second win in a row and seventh in their last eight games.

Andre Kostitsyn scored the second Canadiens ¬†goal to put Montreal up 2-1 and extend his goal scoring streak to a very hot six games. Brother Sergei contribued an assist along with Robert Lang, his second of the game on two great passes. Matt D’Agnosti scored his seventh and Tom Kostopolous got his fourth to round out the Montreal scoring. Kyle Chipchura sat in favor of Gregory Stewart, who was called up from Hamilton earlier this week when Kovalev with up in the air for the game against Nashville; Stewart assisted on D’Agnosti’s goal with a perfect pass from behind the net for his first career point in the NHL.

Canadiens 4 – Senators 0

Carbo went on the record to say that Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the Leafs was (I’m paraphrasing here) “the most embarrassing game I’ve been associated with in my history with the NHL.” That may or may not be an exaggeration but we can all agree the Habs played their worst game of the season. The real question following that was: can the Canadiens pick it up against Ottawa and show that they have what it takes to play a solid 60 minutes?

Well, last night’s game against the Senators was the best I’ve seen this season and maybe the best I’ve seen the Habs play in a year or better and it features lots of highlights. Carey Price stopped al 28 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Chris Higgins put three shots past Alex Auld to record his first career hat trick! Latendresse added the only other goal the game saw and suddenly the Montreal Canadiens are looking bigger and badder then ever!

Senators Risk Playoff Bump

After opening the 2007-2008 season at an exciting pace that resulted in a 15-2 start, the Ottawa Senators simply fell off. Scoring slowed down, goaltending troubles abounded and head coach John Paddock was eventually fired. The Sens ended the regular season on an ugly note, finishing 6th in the East after leading the conference almost all seasons.

The first round of the 2008 playoffs saw Ottawa pitted against the upstart Pittsburgh Penguins and things are not going well. Crosby, Gonchar, Malkin and Sykora have had the Senators’ card from the start and the young Pens team now sits at a comfortable 3-0 series lead going into Wednesday’s game.

While many Ottawa fans are hoping for some sort of comeback, they are quite likely to be the first team ousted from the post-season tomorrow in a clean four-game sweep; a disappointing loss after last year’s run at the Stanley Cup. The Sens will have some real soul-searching to do as they try to figure out why their all-star roster (including Dany Heatley, the highest paid player in the league this year) can’t seem to get it together.

See you next season Sens!

Canadiens 3 – Senators 0

The Habs hadn’t won a division title since the 1991-92 season rolling into Ottawa last night to take on the Senators and they needed only a single point to do it. Well, welcome to the future: not only have the Canadiens sealed first place in the Northeast Divison, they are also tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh.

Carey Price was super solid with 32 saves and he got goals from Alex Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Dandenault to record his third NHL shutout. The Senators have now been flung to 6th place in the East with a real risk of actually missing the playoffs.

NOTE: Pittsburgh takes on Philadelphia on Wednesday so cross your fingers for a Philly victory!

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