The Ottawa Senators scored three goals in a 3:52 span late in the second period to launch a come from behind 6-2 win over the Canadiens at Kanata Ontario. Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno scored two goals each for the Senators. Ben Maxwell and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal. Carey Price played the entire game giving up six goals on 29 Ottawa shots. He could be faulted only on the first Spezza goal which was scored from the corner on Price’s short side. That goal tied the game at 2-2 and started the Ottawa comeback. Three of the other goals were the direct result of giveaways by the Canadiens defence. He was also beaten on a penalty shot. Price has now given up ten goals on on 38 shots through just under a game and a half in this year’s training camp.
Special teams had a lot to do with the outcome. The Senators power play was good on three of seven opportunities; the Canadiens were one for nine.
The Canadiens’ Ben Maxwell opened the scoring at 1:54 of the first period with Daniel Alfredsson in the penalty box.
Ottawa tied the game 12.30 of the period on a goal credited to Chris Neil that appeared to go in off his skate.
Tomas Plekanec gave the Canadiens the lead early in the second period on a breakaway.
The Senators then scored the next five goals, three of them on only six shots in the second period. Jason Spezza tied the game, scoring from the corner behind the goal line hitting Price on the back of the knee. 1:38 later Nick Foligno beat Jaroslav Spacek to give the Senators their first lead of the game. Less than a minute later Josh Gorges was forced to pull Bobby Butler down from behind. Butler scored on the resulting penalty shot. The Senators led 3-2 after two periods.
In the third period Jarred Tinordi coughed up the puck under checking from Milan Michalek and Spezza scored on a breakaway. And Spacek was at fault again on the final goal of the game, Foligno’s second.
Summing It Up- A rough night for the defensive pairing of Jarred Tinordi and Jaroslav Spacek. Three of the six goals were attributable to their mistakes. Spacek was moved over to right defence to accommodate Tinordi and seemed uncomfortable with the shift. As a pair they logged 14:36 ice time, more than any other of the defense units.
Good night for Ben Maxwell. A goal. Five shots on goal among his 7 attempts. Missed penalty shot.
Yannick Weber did his offensive thing. 26:43 ice time including 8:14 on the power play and 4:53 on the penalty kill. (Only Spacek had more ice time) Four shots on goal and five attempts blocked. He also blocked four shots. His defense remains a question mark.
Aaron Palushaj was not as prominent as he was in his first game Wednesday. He played part of the game on a line with Cammalleri and Plekanec and the other half of the game with Moen and Halpern.
Louis Leblanc was all over the place, playing variously with Andrew Conboy, and Olivier Fortier as well as Benoit Pouliot and Michael Cammalleri.
Among the veterans, Jeff Halpern had another good night in the faceoff circle winning 10 of 16 for 63%. Pouliot played right wing in the game. The experiment was a failure.
The Goalscorers – Ottawa Neil (1st) PPG (Hoffman-Butler);Spezza (1st) (Gonchar-Campoli); Foligno (1st) PPG (Spezza-Campoli); Butler (1st) (Penalty Shot); Spezza (2nd) PPG (Michalek); Foligno (2nd) (Unassisted). Montreal – Maxwell (1st) PPG (Gorges); Plekanec (1st) (Pouliot)
Shots on Goal – Montreal 10-13-6 = 29 Ottawa 12-6-12 = 30
Three Stars – First – Nick Foligno (2 goals – plus2) Second – Jason Spezza (2 goals 1 assist – 5 shots on goal) Third – Bobby Butler (1 goal 1 assist 5 shots on goal)
The Canadiens return home to play the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre Sunday night at 7.00pm Monday night they will be home to the Florida Panthers.