Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher collides with Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner and Eric Gryba, right, during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Thursday, November 7, 2013.
Photograph by: Adrian Wyld, THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators made the most of their limited opportunities as they defeated the Canadiens 4-1 Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa scored three goals on their first 13 shots to take a 3-1 lead and held on for a 4-1 victory as goaltender Robin Lehner made 33 saves.
Scoring in a bunch: The Senators snapped a 1-1 tie when they scored twice in a 39-second span in the second period. Carey Price made a save on Jason Spezza but Andrei Markov failed to clear the rebound and Marc Methot scored an unassisted goal at 11:31. Defenceman Mark Borowiecki made it 3-1 with a shot from the blue line at 11:08 It was his first NHL goal. Kyle Turris completed the scoring with an empty-net goal.
Potent power: The Canadiens came into the game with the fifth-best power play in the NHL and Markov opened the scoring at 12:32 of the first period when he beat Lehner with a slapshot from the blue line. The Canadiens went 1-for-5 with the extra man. Montreal’s penalty-killing unit also did well. Ottawa came up empty on five opportunities.
Pulling even: The Canadiens’ lead didn’t last long. The public address announcer was preparing to announce the Montreal goal when Bobby Ryan beat Price on a screened shot. It was the ninth goal of the season for Ottawa’s most prominent off-season acquisition.
Bad boy: Rene Bourque beat Lehner on a power play late in the second period but the goal was disallowed because Brendan Gallagher was whistled off for goaltender interference. Gallagher took four of the seven penalties called against the Canadiens. He took three minor penalties in the first period — one for high-sticking and two for tripping.
Injury update: Ottawa’s Chris Neil left the game early in the third period after he was struck in the face with a puck shot by teammate Erik Karlsson. He was sporting stitches above and below his right eye when he returned six minutes later.
Over/under: If you took the under on bodog.com’s proposition on P.K. Subban’s ice time, you lost. The oddsmaker set the over/under at 24 minutes and Subban logged 27:09. Only Markov (27:39) had more ice time for the Canadiens.
False alarm: A fire alarm sounded with 2:15 remaining but the gamer went on. There was second alarm after the final whistle but there was no problem evacuating the building because most of the 19,292 fans left early to beat the traffic.
What’s next: The Canadiens have a rare Saturday night off but they play a rare Sunday home game against the New York Islanders with an earlier-than-usual starting time (6 p.m., TSN-Habs, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).
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