Saturday, April 23, 2022. 6:34 PM
OTTAWA – Just 67 seconds in the second period and a regular evening Carey Price allowed the Ottawa Senators to win 6: 4 over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Center.
Parker Kelly, Josh Norris and Mark Kastelic hit the target back to back in the second period for the Senators and the damage was done.
“We look at the video, but it was a few mistakes that cost us goals,” said Canadiens interim head coach Martin St-Louis. We played 58 very good minutes. »
The Canadian thus suffered the eighth loss in a row, including the last seven by more than one goal.
Rem Pitlick scored twice, while Cole Caufield scored his 20th goal of the season and Joel Edmundson also scored for the Canadian (20-48-11). Jake Evans scored two assists and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.
Kastelic scored two goals, Kelly and Austin Watson scored each goal and assist, while Alex Formenton also shone a red light for the Senators (31-41-7), who won the third match in a row. Scott Sabourin scored two assists, Anton Forsberg performed 44 interventions.
In front of Rafael Harvey-Pinard and Kale Clague, striker Michael Pezzetta, whose two-match suspension ended, and defender Jordan Harris joined the Canadian squad.
Habs players wore a black number 10 on their jerseys in honor of the legendary Guy Lafleur, who died of lung cancer at the age of 70 on Friday.
Lafleur’s departure was highlighted by the Senators with a short video montage and a moment of silence before the match.
The Canadiens will return to the Bell Center on Sunday to host the Boston Bruins.
Say it in time
Kastelic started the hostility after the 2:33 game, scored his first goal in the NHL and then immediately threw gloves over Michael Pezzetta.
The Habs answered 4:03 to the end when Pitlick was forgotten in the slot.
There were several scrums during the game, especially in the first half. Brendan Gallagher criticized Tim Stützle after the last match between the two teams and said the young striker Senators tended to play comedies. Stützle was often the target of shoulder and stick shots from Canadian players.
The Senators returned to the lead after 44 seconds of the second period. Watson deflected Nick Holden’s shot.
“We played 58 very good minutes”
The Canadian then saw the Senators dominate the game with three goals within 67 seconds. Kelly scored at 6:43, then Norris and Kastelic returned.
Price didn’t look particularly well at Kelly and Kastelic’s goals.
Temporary Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis stopped the bleeding for rest time requests. Caufield then moved the ropes 53 seconds later.
Edmundson then raised to 5: 3 at 2:43 in the second period, but Formenton responded 48 seconds later in a brief escape.
Pitlick returned with his second goal in the match, with 11:41 remaining until the end of the third period. He scored on his return to Gallagher.
The Senators then managed to stifle the Habs’ attempt at a comeback.
Dressing room echoes
Brendan Gallagher agreed that three Senators’ quick goals had sunk the Canadiens.
“We did a lot of good things, but we lost the match in the second half. There was a time when we were unable to keep the puck out of our net. But in general we had good legs. »
Rem Pitlick declined to say that the result would be of little importance in the current context.
“It’s no fun to lose.” As an athlete, you have this passion, this fire. You are upset when you lose. But we will continue to work. There is no other possibility. »
Cole Caufield admitted that he was glad to score 20 goals.
“It was a goal for me and I am quite happy to have achieved it, especially after the start of the season I had. It has something to build on next season. »
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