OTTAWA | There is a limit to visiting the penalty area. When a team haunts him five times in the same period, they play with his tomb handles.
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The Canadian had this bad idea in the second half of his first visit this season to the Canadian Tire Center, a building that has not gained in beauty over the years and that is still so far from downtown Ottawa.
Despite shoulder injuries to their two best centers, Joshua Norris and Tim Stützle, the Senators withstood a late push from CH to win 3-2.
DJ Smith’s men took advantage of the indiscipline of their rivals in the second half to score two goals on the power play. Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk took turns outwitting Samuel Montembeault during penalties to Kirby Dach and Juraj Slafkovsky.
a disgruntled coach
In the eyes of Martin St-Louis, it was not just indiscipline that was a factor in justifying this setback. “You saw the game like me, St-Louis muttered, that he was not in a good mood. I think you know the answer. »
St. Louis was referring to questionable calls by umpires Gord Dwyer and Cody Beach. “However, we have to control our emotions at that time and it is difficult to do so. »
The Canadian knew the plan. Martin St-Louis had already told his players that discipline would be key against the Sens.
Despite a rocky start to the season, the Senators have one of the best power play records in the NHL.
Before CH’s visit, they were sixth on the circuit at 27.4%. With two more goals in that game, they now have 31 power-play goals this season, more than double the production of Habs (13).
The Canadian has once again shown his will to never give up. Despite a 3-0 score after two periods, CH scared the Senators by hitting twice in the third.
Dach, who took a bad four-minute penalty late in the second, and Christian Dvorak beat Talbot. On Dvorak’s goal, Nick Suzuki made a superb backhand pass.
If the CH knocked on the door to create equality, a penalty from Jordan Harris at the end of the game dampened the enthusiasm. It was like this afternoon.
“We played good five-on-five, we played smart, but we lacked discipline in the second half,” Dach said. It makes a difference in this game. »
“There is no question that our penalties have hurt,” added Dvorak. I have the feeling that we played the whole second without a man. The Sens are dangerous in numerical superiority and they took advantage of it. »
What we noticed…
Slavkovsky in the first wave
Without a goal in their last four games (0 in 17), the CH has reconfigured its units in numerical superiority. Alex Burrows and Martin St-Louis offered Juraj Slafkovsky an audition in the first wave. Slafkovsky found himself in front of the opposing net, while Jonathan Drouin was on point. Despite the changes, the Habs failed to score on three occasions.
DeBrincat on fire
DJ Smith said the day before the game that Alex DeBrincat had been driving at his usual pace for ten games. The small left winger has now orientated himself with his new equipment. Author of ten points (4 goals, 6 assists) in his last ten games, DeBrincat continued his streak with another three points. He was involved in all three of his team’s goals in the second half with three assists.
The beginnings of Lucchini
Retired from the Belleville Senators due to injuries to forwards Tim Stützle and Tyler Motte, Jacob Lucchini played his first NHL game at the age of 27. The former Laval Rocket was one of the offensive cogs at Belleville with 23 points in 24 games.
the wind is turning
The CH dominated the Senators in the first period. At halfway, it was 8-0 in the shooting column. Cam Talbot made some good saves to calm the storm. But the Senators reversed the trend in the second half with a 17-shot barrage to just three from the Canadian. They scored three times in the second, including twice on power play.