The Senators woke up in the second period and were finally able to pick up the victory in overtime.
November 20, 2019 22h41
Updated at 23h50
Ottawa 2/Montreal 1: the attack to the neutral
The Canadian Press
The offensive of the Canadian knows his first difficult moments of the season.
For a second time in as many nights, the club has failed to opportunism, and eventually dropped the flag. This time, Brady Tkachuk has moved the ropes after 38 seconds of play in extra period and the Ottawa Senators won 2-1 Wednesday at the Bell Centre.
Chris Tierney and Tkachuk have orchestrated the final attack and Tkachuk beat speed Tomas Tatar to stand alone in front of Carey Price. Tkachuk was then marked by sliding the disc between the leg of the goalkeeper.
“Our game is not bad, but we let the opponent hang in there and eventually, he managed to create the equality, noted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. The laziness on the part of our forwards in extension we have then cost another point.”
A bit like the day before, when the Canadian lost 5-2 face aux Blue Jackets de Columbus, montreal has not experienced a bad night. The Habs had the edge for long moments.
Lack of cohesion
But apart from last Friday, in a victory of 5-2 in the face of the Washington Capitals, the offense of the Habs seems to lack cohesion since a few meetings. Julian had admitted to his concern at this chapter for the first time last week.
“It is frustrating. It is a pity, he added on Wednesday night. We’re not playing bad hockey. Our chances are there. But it seems that we have hit a wall in our production offensive. This is what hurt us.”
Nick Suzuki has hit the target for the Canadian (11-6-5). Price made 22 stops.
Price played a second game in as many nights for the first time this season. Julien explained his decision by noting that Price was not played last Saturday and that the team does not rejouait not before Saturday.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators (10-11-1). Craig Anderson was pushed out of 35 throws.
The Canadian has dictated the pace of the game in the first period, officer 12 shots on goal compared to three by the Senators. However, it has screwed up several chances, and being unable to push the disc into the goal during scrums around the net to Anderson.
Charles Hudon has also seen one of his shots deflect off the crossbar before ending up in the protective netting.
Suzuki has finally opened the scoring after 44 seconds of the game in the second period, in numerical advantage. He fired into an open net following another scrum in front of the net for the Senators.
The visitors have quietly turned it around in the second twenty. Price held the fort for some time, but it was eventually beaten by Pageau at 9:55, when the Gatinois was deflected a shot from Tyler Ennis.
Anthony Duclair has scored a few attacks to threaten the Senators, without, however, being able to complete the work.
Ennis has also got a nice scoring chance, escaping with about 30 seconds left in the second twenty, but Price has passed the judgment.
In the hot water
The Canadian found himself in hot water mid-way through the last third, when Brett Kulak went to the bench after he cleared his territory by sending the disk out in the crowd. However, the Senators have continued to do nothing to break into digital advantage.
Tkachuk was ultimately decided in overtime.
After the meeting, the Canadian announced that Hudon had been transferred to the Rocket of Laval, in the american hockey League.
The Canadian will play its next game on Saturday when the New York Rangers will be the visitors.
CARBO JOINED THE GREAT CANADIAN
Two days after his entry into the Temple of the hockey hall of fame, Guy Carbonneau has experienced another moment of emotion, as immortalized in the Ring of honour of the Montreal canadiens Wednesday at the Bell Centre.
Carbonneau became the 59th former member of the team to receive such a tribute. The Ring of honour of the Canadian is reserved for former members of the organization had been admitted to the Temple of the hockey hall of fame. A video chronicling the career of Carbonneau with the Canadian, was broadcast on the giant screen before the game between the Habs and the Ottawa Senators. His former teammates Bob Gainey, Kirk Muller and Patrick Roy, as well as his old rival Wayne Gretzky, took the floor in the video.
To its arrival on the rink, Carbonneau received a standing ovation of over a minute and a half of the share of supporters. The applause eventually transformed into “Guy! Guy! Guy!”.
Carbonneau has played 12 of his 18 NHL seasons in the uniform of the Habs. He helped the team to win the Stanley cup in 1986 and 1993, the second time as captain.
Recognized for his expertise to neutralize the best elements of the opposing, Carbonneau was awarded the Selke trophy, given to the attacker is most illustrated in defensively in the NHL in 1988, 1989 and 1992. Gainey and Patrice Bergeron are the only ones to have received this honor more often, four times each.
“Where – “Carbo” is past, it has had an important role, noted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien, prior to the meeting. He had good statistics offensive in the junior, but he accepted a different role to his arrival in the NHL. He was a player extremely good in both senses of the rink, which excelled particularly in the defensive, outnumbered, on the game and the face of the big three adverse.
“It is well that we recognise also the work, and not just players with good stats offensive. I am proud of him and I think it is well deserved.”