Corey Perry – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Tyler Toffoli
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Joel Edmundson – Shea Weber
Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Victor Mete
Carey Price – Jake Allen
Michael Frolik, Xavier Ouellet
Cole Caufield, Gustav Olofsson, Lukas Vejdemo, Charlie Lindgren
Ben Chiarot (hand), Joel Armia (COVID protocol)
Twenty-eight seconds into the match, Brendan Gallagher was assessed a double-minor for high sticking. Fourteen seconds later, the Senators opened the scoring on the power-play. And from that point on, the Canadiens were expending energy chasing the game.
After two solid defensive efforts earlier in the week, Montreal offered up one of their most mistake-filled games of the season. Turnovers leading to odd-man rushes by Ottawa and weak positional play in their own zone yielded a bounty of grade ‘A’ chances by the Senators. Carey Price was left on his own, and was forced to make a number of big saves.
As interim coach Dominique Ducharme said post-game, “We gave them gifts.”
Jeff Petry was the most generous in the gift-giving department, finishing the game with a minus-5 rating. It was one of the worst games in recent memory for Petry.
Brief moments of positive play came from Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki. In a game such as this, it is hard to properly evaluate, but Corey Perry didn’t look like a good fit with his two new line-mates.
Ducharme wasn’t willing to concede that his squad, when not much was going right 5-on-5, could have been helped by better special teams play. Ottawa had a short-handed goal and one on the power-play. After starting well under the new coaching regime, the Canadiens power-play has been anemic.
The Canadiens will have a day off on Sunday. They return to action on Monday when Montreal hosts the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Centre.
▲ Carey Price, Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki
▼ Jeff Petry, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Brett Kulak, Phillip Danault
Check out the game preview here: Senators @ Canadiens: Creating New Chemistry