As was the case in Philadelphia the night before, the Senators allowed two goals in the first five minutes and had to play catch-up. As they learned in both games, however, it’s hard to make up ground on an F1 car when you’re driving the Flintstones’ ride. The Habs used their speed to give the Senators fits all night, finding more holes in the defence than they would on a cheese grater. The employment threat level for every player, coach and manager on this team is deep red.
Tomas Plekanec, Canadiens
Plekanec wound up with two goals in this game, but he could have had three or four. The Senators had no answer for his wheels, as he zipped around and created breakaways and odd-man rushes at will. He has six points in five games against Ottawa this season.
Bryan Murray, Senators
A once great franchise has officially joined the likes of the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers as an NHL doormat. This is a team that struggles in every zone on the ice and gets blown out with startling regularity. It’s hard to pin the blame on any one player — it’s just a slow, poorly-constructed roster.
You have to feel pity for Mike Brodeur, who entered this contest under the worst of hockey circumstances. On the other hand, he didn’t do himself any favours. The previously undefeated (3-0-0) goalie was no miracle-worker, allowing three goals on the first nine shots and getting the hook after the fourth, and worst, goal. He just didn’t hold the post correctly and Max Pacioretty found a hole on the short side.
- 9: Games in the last 10 that the Habs have registered at least a point.
- 11: Losses in the Senators’ last 12 games.
- 5-1-1: Carey Price’s record in his last seven (33 saves Friday).
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Much of the electricity a match-up between these division rivals normally generates was absent from Scotiabank Place. Maybe it was because the Senators are already irrelevant in the standings, or the fact their fans were embarrassed by the outcome. Habs supporters, usually loud, proud and merciless, didn’t even feel the need to really rub it in. A few half-hearted ‘ole-ole-oles’ and a ‘na-na-na goodbye’ and that was it.
How do the Senators and some of their supporters feel about all the whining they did over Claude Giroux’s “cheap” hit (it was clean, by the way) that kicked off Thursday’s brawl-fest in Philly now? While Giroux checked his man head on, with the shoulder, Chris Neil charged and flattened Max Pacioretty from behind in the second period Friday. Totally gutless.