Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Phillip Danault celebrates his goal with teammate Andrew Shaw.
It seems that the stress of participating in a shootout and after three periods of regulatory and five-minute extension is different from that of making a penalty shot during a match. It is this that has found Jonathan Drouin on Wednesday night, even if it is jolly well pulled in the second circumstance.
Drouin set the tone for a surge of two goals in two minutes eighteen seconds, scoring with a penalty shot, and the Montreal canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 at the Bell Centre.
The purpose of Drouin was his fifth of the season and his second in as many games. However, it was the first time since he competes in the national hockey League that he had run in such conditions, after Cody This was snagged from behind early in the second period.
“I was more nervous [in a shootout], because the fans don’t expect it and neither do you. In a shootout, you’re sitting on the bench and you know you going to get a call. “
Drouin has used a shot of the cuffs almost flush to the ice, which gave on the post to the right of Mike Condon before veering off behind the red line.
“I had two strategies in mind, and I won’t say the other for not alerting the guards ! They saw one of the two, ” added Drouin.
By touching the target, he became the first player in the Canadian to achieve such a feat since Dale Weise, November 13, 2014 against Niklas Svedberg of Boston Bruins.
Phillip Danault, with his 4th, and scored another goal of the Canadian in the face of Condon, who has made 29 stops in defeat at the first start of his career against his former team.
Mark Stone (14), shorthanded in the first twenty, was the only scorer of the Senators against Carey Price.
The custodian of the Canadian was less busy than his previous two outings as he faced 28 shots.
Price hasn’t had to be spectacular, but it has had to be alert on a few occasions, including against a bright shot of the cuffs of Mike Hoffman with a little less than four minutes remaining in the third twenty. He also moved in front of Bobby Ryan in the final moments of the match.
Suddenly, the Habs signed a third gain in a row and gave the Senators a seventh reverse of result. The men of Guy Boucher have not won since their two wins against the Colorado Avalanche, Sweden, on 10 and 11 November. During this period, they have scored only nine goals.
The Canadian has also registered a fifth consecutive win at the expense of the Senators, a sequence that began on march 18 at the Centre Canadian Tire. The Senators have not beaten montreal since November 22, 2016, in Montreal.
After the game, the Habs flew to Detroit for the first of two duels in three nights against the Red Wings. It will be the first of two visits by the Habs at Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Red Wings after more than 35 seasons at the Joe Louis Arena.
Inactive for five games, the defender Shea Weber accompanies his teammates, but Claude Julien was not in a position to say whether it would be in his position. The head coach of the Canadian has not announced the identity of his guardian for this meeting.
Always after the match, the HP announced the recall of striker Daniel Carr from Rocket de Laval. He will join the team Thursday to Detroit.
A tribute to a former
Before the meeting, the leadership of the Canadian tribute to Mark Recchi in recognition of his recent appointment to the Temple of the hockey hall of fame.
A plaque in the name of the former number 8 of the Canadian has been unveiled on the ring of honor reserved for all former players of the team have been immortalized and have participated in at least 210 games with the Habs.
Recchi has had the right to a nice ovation from the spectators and was also able to hear testimonies of congratulations from Vincent Damphousse, Claude Julien and former team-mate and ex-captain Saku Koivu.
Recchi has scored 322 points, 120 goals in 346 games with the Canadian between 1995 and 1999.
Echoes of locker room
Andrew Shaw, on the importance of the victory :
“These are two big points that we went to look. The fight is tight between the two teams and we want to continue to climb in the standings. We knew that we were going to have to work hard and show us more competitive as them. I think we succeeded. “
Jonathan Drouin, on the opposition provided by the Senators :
“We know how the Senators are passive and play a style a-three-a neutral zone. We knew that it would not be like the other times [victory of 8-3 in the Canadian Ottawa]. It was put in the head that this would be a game like this. We blocked shots and Carey has done its job. “
David Schlemko, on the sensation of having finally played the first game :
“It’s been a long day, especially as there was no morning workout. I had a lot of time to think and try to chase away the nervousness. I am happy that we have won and I’m ready for the next game. “