In a less than stellar effort last night, the Montreal Canadiens went into ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa and were thoroughly trounced by the Senators by a score of 5-1, ending the team's four-game winning streak.
Although the Sens were without Jason Spezza and Sergei Gonchar, they managed to take advantage of the Canadiens' lack of discipline, and had an edge in blocked shots, hits and faceoffs. Backup goaltender Peter Budaj got his first game action of the season and stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced.
Once again, David Desharnais and Erik Cole seemed a step behind everyone else, showing an inability to get off shots in quality scoring situations and making any kind of offensive contribution. The lack of offense from Desharnais in the first six games of the season has prompted many to ask that he be given a wake-up call, and sat in the press box for at least a game this weekend.
Super Bowl weekend has the Habs playing back-to-back afternoon games against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, and a rematch against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. These two game hold particular importance, since the Canadiens are 0-2 versus the Northeast division so far this year.
Habs and Hockey News and Notes:
- After last night's loss, Montreal Hockey Talk was as energetic as ever, as host Corey Collard discussed the night's action with Steven Hindle of HockeyBuzz and the incomparable JD, as he made his return to WSMN's airwaves.
- P.K. Subban met with head coach Michel Therrien early Wednesday morning, after the Canadiens arrived in the Nation's capital for the tail end of a back-to-back against the Ottawa Senators. He also met the media for the first since signing his new two-year, $5.75 Million contract on Monday.
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