The referees and linesmen were the hardest workers in this game.  Three goals were reviewed, two of them disallowed.  Two fights.  A total of 144 minutes in penalties, the lions share going to Ottawa.  A game total of eight misconducts and 12 roughing minors.  The lions share of the penalties went to Ottawa, The game took just short of three hours to play.  The score was 4-0 before the game was ten minutes old.

Adding It Up –

……Quick Work – After three games without a point, Erik Cole scored on his first, third and fourth shifts of the game.  Craig Anderson, who hadn’t played in a month, looked bad on the first one at 29 seconds.  He was standing behind Anderson to collect P.K. Subban’s rebound for number two and had David Desharnais’ rebound come right to him for the hattrick.  On the night he could have had five.  A total of seven shots on goal and seven good scoring chances.

……Struggling – It much to early to critique Andrei Markov’s game.  He had a rough time, especially in the first period where his giveaway led to a breakaway for Erik Condra that tested Price.  And he made a bad decision on the play that led to the Senators only goal with 13 seconds left in the opening period.  Still there were those flashes of the old Markov which is cause for optimism.

…….Mr. Excitement – P.K. Subban had assisted on the second and third Erik Cole goals.  If you’re keeping score at home, that’s eleven points in his last eleven games.  He also put on one of his unique stickhandling displays and in the dressing room afterwards was very self critical, saying his late game theatrics got away from the team concept too much.   With the score 5-1 it did get the crowd going in what otherwise had become a foregone conclusion.

…..Answering The Bell – Once the game was 4-0 the Senators tactic was to lay the wood on the Canadiens.  Two months ago it might have worked but the presence of Ryan White, Brad Staubitz and Michael Blunden in the lineup has changed the mindset of the team.  The real roughstuff started midway through the first period although Staubitz fought Zenon Konopka in the third minute with the score 1-0.  Every push was answered by a Canadiens shove.  Two fights and thirteen roughing minors, eight of them to the Senators, who have to be worried about their playoff position.

……..Also Worth Noting  – …..Five more blocked shots for Josh Gorges.  That’s 15 the last two games against the Senators.  …..Michael Blunden is becoming one of Pierre Gauthier’s better pickups.  He was very much a part of the Canadiens pushback on the Senators roughing tactics.  Playing mostly with White and Louis Leblanc, he recorded five hits.  …..Carey Price was good, although under no real pressure considering the lopsided nature of the game.  Still he stopped 37 of 38 shots and that got him the game’s second star.  ….The Canadiens had six players on their injury list when the game started and lost Yannick Weber to an upper body injury early in the second period.

Next Up – The Canadiens chartered to Philadelphia for their Saturday night meeting with the Flyers.  Peter Budaj will be in the Canadiens nets for this one.  Andrei Markov will be a gametime decision.

The Draft Lottery Race – Overall Standings Updated

22nd – Carolina            75 pts.  7 remaining

23rd – Anaheim            75 pts.  7 games remaining

24th – Toronto              74         7

25th – Tampa Bay        73 pts.  9 remaining

26th –Minnesota          72          9

27th – NY Islanders     71 pts.   9  remaining

28th – Canadiens         71 pts.   7 remaining

29th – Edmonton         69          7

30th – Columbus          55          8