The excellent news for the Canadiens is Carey Value was wholesome and again in purpose Saturday afternoon on the Bell Centre towards the Ottawa Senators after lacking the earlier six video games with a lower-body damage.
The unhealthy information began when Artem Zub scored on the Senators’ first shot on Value 3:03 into the primary interval.
Issues didn’t get higher for the Canadiens after that and so they ended up shedding 4-0 to the Senators. Drake Batherson scored twice for Ottawa and Nikita Zaitsev added an empty-netter.
The Canadiens really outshot the Senators 23-15.
Josh Anderson bought the primary shot on purpose for the Canadiens with a backhand on Senators goalie Matt Murray 48 seconds into the sport. The Canadiens didn’t get one other shot on purpose till the 17:15 mark, a wrist shot by defenceman Ben Chiarot. Chiarot added a slapshot 19 seconds later because the Senators outshot the Canadiens 5-3 within the first interval and led 1-0 heading into the intermission. It was removed from an exciting first interval because the Senators didn’t get a shot on purpose for the ultimate 12:26 of the interval.
Boring hockey video games have change into a typical theme with the Canadiens.
Montreal was coming off a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday evening on the Bell Centre, whereas the Senators hadn’t performed since shedding 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday evening in Ottawa.
The Senators went up 2-0 at 13:12 of the second interval when Batherson beat Value by way of the five-hole with a sneaky shot the goalie would most likely wish to have again. It was solely the eighth shot on purpose for the Senators. Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber bought caught over-committing on Brady Tkachuk on the play, which opened a path to the web for Batherson. Tkachuk, who entered the sport main the NHL in photographs and hits — a formidable mixture — picked up his thirteenth help of the season on the purpose to go together with his 14 targets.
Batherson scored his second purpose of the sport and fifteenth of the season on an influence play at 15:26 of the third interval with Tkachuk selecting up one other help. Zaitsev scored his empty-netter at 15:45.
The Senators are the worst crew within the North Division with a 15-26-4 document, however the Canadiens have a 3-3-2 document towards them this season with two video games remaining between the 2 groups. The Senators improved their street document to 6-16-0 and three of these wins have come on the Bell Centre. Value has additionally struggled towards the Senators this season with a 1-3-1 document within the video games he has performed towards them.
The Canadiens maintain the fourth and ultimate playoff spot within the North Division with a 19-14-9 document, six factors forward of the fifth-place Calgary Flames with Montreal holding two video games in hand.
Scoring targets continues to be a battle for the Canadiens, who completed their six-game residence stand with a 2-4-0 document whereas being outscored 20-9. The Canadiens have a 10-10-2 document this season on the Bell Centre after going 14-17-6 at residence final season.
The Canadiens’ energy play has additionally been horrible. They went 0-for-4 towards the Senators on Saturday and are actually 1-for-19 within the final eight video games and 2-for-31 within the final 11. Heading into the sport, the Canadiens ranked seventeenth within the NHL on the facility play with a 19.8-per-cent success price.
The Canadiens now head out on a five-game street journey with two video games towards the Edmonton Oilers, beginning Monday
(9 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM)
, and three video games towards the Flames, which could possibly be big.
The excellent news for the Canadiens is that they have been a greater crew on the street this season with a 9-4-7 document.
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