The province can now recover breathing: the series of defeats Canadiens is finished. The Canadian was presented Saturday night at the Bell Centre on drought of four consecutive losses, but the Impact has enjoyed a great start to end it all and have the Ottawa Senators, by a score of 3 -1.
It was a great start, indeed.
In the first half, the players in blue, white and red have launched 27 times (!) On the poor Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who appeared out of breath at times. The Canadian has entered into these crazy 20 minutes with a two-goal, on nets Brian Flynn and Max Pacioretty.
For CH, 27 shots, that’s a record for the highest number of shots in a single period, a feat previously managed by the Canadiens in January 1973 and February 1977.
The Canadian has perhaps not launched 27 times in the second, but he continued the momentum with a third goal, that of Jeff Petry. The team thought it had a good fourth in the pocket a few moments later when Max Pacioretty took advantage of a monster crowd in front of the enemy net to score … with his hand. It will be understood that this aim then was denied.
The goal has perhaps not counted, but it was good enough for Senators coach Dave Cameron, who chose Anderson out there and give it off to the rest of the evening, preferring to bring the reservist Chris Driedger in his place.
The substitution may be somewhat awakened visitors amorphous very far. This is Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who else, who went to score the only goal for the Senators at 11:24. You think Pageau likes to play against the Canadiens? It’s not false. Pageau has 26 career goals … and 8 against the CH!
The Senators did try to go up a little slope in third but this time, the Canadian has not collapsed.
“What I remember is that leaders have raised their game a notch, explained the coach Michel Therrien. I was not discouraged (during the losing streak), we did good things, including possession of puck. You do need your good players to win, it’s like that for any team. Bringing together Plekanec and Pacioretty, it was a message that was well understood. ”
Nathan Beaulieu, back in training after Thursday’s punishment in Detroit, took the opportunity to give his best performance of the season, earning an assist on the goal of Flynn.
Charles Hudon, he, in his second game at CH (and his first at the Bell Centre), also collected an assist on the goal of Flynn. Two points in two games for the young man, then. Not a bad way to start a career.
The next match will take place Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks.