Within the Habs’ Room: Lowly Senators neutralize Montreal’s superiority in OT


“We have been simply sloppy in time beyond regulation,” Claude Julien mentioned. “We obtained drained on the finish,” he added, as Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 6-Zero within the further body.

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With their velocity and ability, the Canadiens ought to have had the benefit going into time beyond regulation towards the Senators on Sunday on the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

It didn’t work out that approach.

The Senators, who’ve the worst report within the Canadian division, dominated the time beyond regulation and it took a collection of spectacular stops by Jake Allen to maintain the sport tied till Brady Tkachuk scored at Three:30 of the additional time to provide the Senators a Three-2 win.

“We have been simply sloppy in time beyond regulation,” mentioned Canadiens coach Claude Julien. “They make a foul change, we must always have had a Three-on-2, and we make a foul go and it finally ends up on their stick for a breakaway. We simply obtained sloppy. We obtained drained on the finish. I imply that objective that they scored we had two guys that had been on the market for a very long time and we didn’t deal with it properly, and we find yourself giving them the chance to win the hockey sport.”

The Senators had a number of alternatives to place the sport away.

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Allen, who deserved a greater destiny, used a double-stack leg save to cease Tkachuk on a breakaway. He additionally stopped Connor Brown on a breakaway, made an enormous save on Erik Brannstrom and had a little bit of luck when Brown hit a submit. The Senators outshot Montreal 6-Zero in time beyond regulation.

On the plus facet, the Canadiens maintained their report of securing at the very least one level in every of their street video games and are 6-Zero-Three for the season. However the time beyond regulation defeat got here on the heels of a 5-Three loss to Toronto on Saturday on the Bell Centre and the Canadiens are 2-Four-1 of their final seven video games.

“I believe we’re just about all up in our personal heads proper now,” mentioned Nick Suzuki. “I believe simply overthinking it, enjoying to not lose, and that’s by no means a very good factor to do. Initially of the season, we have been actual energized and everybody was having enjoyable, and that obtained away from us.”

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“Every thing was going properly, however currently we’re urgent,” Julien mentioned. “It’s two nights in a row the place we misplaced due to errors that we made and we’ve to reduce these.

“It’s a matter of simplifying our sport and enjoying with confidence, and making issues occur,” Julien mentioned. “A few of the breakaways we give have been as a result of we’re enjoying high-risk hockey. We’re making some choices which might be high-risk, and it finally ends up costing us.”

Winger Jonathan Drouin left the sport late within the second interval after he was checked into the boards and appeared to hit his head. There can be an replace on his situation. And it seems Tomas Tatar is again in Julien’s doghouse. Even with Drouin within the dressing room, the crew’s main scorer final season didn’t play within the remaining eight minutes of regulation or in time beyond regulation. He was a wholesome scratch per week in the past in Toronto.

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Corey Perry changed Artturi Lehkonen on the fourth line and he scored within the third interval to ship the sport into time beyond regulation. It was his 10th sport and which means the Canadiens are dealing with a call. In the event that they need to return him to the taxi squad, he’ll should clear waivers for a second time this season.

The Canadiens and the Senators will go at it once more on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).

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