1 ottawa goal againstyDespite being outshot by a two-to-one margin the Ottawa Senators defeated the Canadiens 5-2 in an exhibition game at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead by the midpoint of the first period on goals by Andrei Markov and Nathan Beaulieu but the Senators came back scoring five goals on their next seventeen shots. Senators defenseman Codi Ceci and right wing Mark Stone each had a goal and two assists. Stone’s goal was shorthanded. Also scoring for Ottawa were Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch. Final shots on goal were 42-21 in the Canadiens’ favour. The three stars were Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, Stone and Andrei Markov.

In a scheduled 3-on-3 rehearsal following regulation time the Senators Bobby Ryan scored at 1:18.

Adding It Up –

….As Carey Price has been known to say “Relax. Chill out. It’s only an exhibition game.” And he’s right. Carey wasn’t very good in this game, but there’s little doubt where his game will be next Wednesday at the season opener.

….Same could be said about P.K. Subban. Normally the puck tends to follow Subban around. Not on this night. If anything, it was the reverse. Subban spent most of the night chasing the puck. His failure to hold a bouncing puck at the Ottawa line led to the 2-on-1 and the Ottawa shorthanded goal. He was on the ice for three of the last four goals. Again, hardly worth worrying about.

….Among the good things. Defenseman Noel Juulsen, who has battled concussion symptoms since the beginning of training camp, was finally given a start and justified Trevor Timmins decision to take him in the first round of the June draft. For an 18 year old he showed a lot of poise playing against NHLer’s for the first time in his life. Most of the night he was paired with Alexei Emelin and his statistical line included 13:35 ice time, 2 shots on goal, 3 hits and a blocked shot. Right after the game, as expected, the 18 year old was sent back to his WHL junior club in Everett Washington.

1 ottawa pacioretty…..Max Pacioretty made his training camp debut, playing with Plekanec and Gallagher. The best news, the legs were there. His timing wasn’t. Three giveaways on his sheet and only one shot on goal.

….”Never” is a long time, especially in the world of Michel Therrien, but I would think it’s safe to say we will never see Alex Galchenyuk play left wing again. Of the ten shots the line attempted, nine were on goal – four by Semin, three by Eller and two by Galchenyuk.

….Galchenyuk has some work to do on faceoffs. He won only 2 of 9 while, when asked Eller won five of seven.

….What we would consider the fourth line during the regular season was the third line in this game with the absence of Desharnais/Fleischmann/Weise. Torrey Mitchell had a great night centring Zack Kassian and Devante Smith-Pelly. Mitchell used his speed to generate 8 shots, three of them on goal. Kassian also had three on goal, and Smith-Pelly had his best night of the training camp.

….From the Scoresheet – Shots on Goal (4) Kassian, Plekanec, Andrighetto, Eller. Shots Taken (8) Mitchell (3 on goal; 2 blocked; 3 missed the net); Hits – (4) Kassian. Blocked Shots (3) Beaulieu.

…The Canadiens wrap up their pre-season in Ottawa Saturday night. They are scheduled to hold practices at Brossard on Monday and Tuesday and then travel to Toronto for Wednesday’s season opener.