Tomas Plekanec has simplified the task of Mike Condon in his first NHL game by pressing it with a doubled and the Canadian has signed a third win in as many games this season by defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-1, Sunday.
One day after reaching the plateau of 500 career points, Plekanec beat Bob Gainey (501) and joined Ralph Backstrom (502) ranked 21st in the history of Canadian markers.
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“He scored two big goals and he has shown great leadership,” said the head coach of the Canadiens, Michel Therrien.
“I liked the way we started the game. Both teams fought second game in two nights, but we were ready to dictate the pace of the game, “he added.
For its part, Condon, who stole the post reservist Carey Price of the hands of Dustin Tokarski during training camp, managed 20 saves.
“It was very good, especially at the end when six against four Therrien noted. This is a guy who deserves to be in the National League. You need the second gives you solid performance and that is what he did. ”
In the first duel between two guards on their first NHL start since October 1967 – when Wayne Rutledge was before the Kings’ net Los Angeles faces Doug Favell for Philadelphia Flyers – Condon had the best against the Senators rookie Matt O’Connor, who has given three times on 34 shots.
Torrey Mitchell also scored for the Canadiens (3-0-0), while Jean-Gabriel Pageau continued to have the Habs number as the only scorer of the Senators (2-1-0).
For the second straight game, the Therrien men were not particularly threatening powerplay, being laundered in seven occasions.
“There is a lot of work to do, but it’s still early in the season, said Therrien. We must not forget that we have not organized a lot of training for five days. When it does not work, you need a lot of rehearsals and we could not do it. ”
The Canadiens will complete his trip early season with a stop in Pittsburgh, the Penguins to face it. It will then make its Montreal returned Thursday by hosting the New York Rangers.
O’Connor appeared unsteady twice against the onslaught of Alexander Semin and Jeff Petry before finally look bad on Plekanec’s first goal at 9:41 of the first period. The Canadian center has suddenly swung up to the goal line to direct the puck to the net and it went between the pad and the guard post.
Plekanec returned to the charge with 1:26 to do in the period. He spun toward O’Connor only after blocking a shot from Erik Karlsson on the blue line of Canadian and beat goalkeeper Senators a low shot through the legs.
Condon was the first of the two guards recruits to distinguish when he Pageau frustrated by stretching the mitt early in the second period.
Pageau retaliated to 9:09 commitment when he took advantage of a careless game PK Subban to the Senators blue line to orchestrate a push two against one for a shorthanded. Pageau and decided to shoot the puck deflected off the glove of Condon before passing through the legs of goalkeeper and cross the goal line.
The Canadiens got a chance to respond quickly by getting in 1:09 two-man advantage, but the lack of creativity of the unit has simplified the task of the Senators.
The two guards were able to best saves in the third period, but it is still O’Connor who flinched at 5:41. Mitchell managed a weak shot by deflecting a pass from Subban and O’Connor never saw the puck go over his shoulder.
Condon played chance moments later when defenseman Marc Methot shot hit the post, but the 25-year guard closed the door to the Senators late in the game for an advantage against four to six. He even frustrated Karlsson with rapid movement when Subban tried to hand him his stick.