The Canadiens made a game of it but could not find a way to win in their third shootout in four games.
The Habs battled back after trailing 2-1 for nearly 40 minutes before Sergei Samsonov scored his first as a Canadien with a highlight reel goal. Samsonov can breathe a little easier after contributing and getting the Canadiens that single point.
The Canadiens controlled much of the game including most of the third period but could not score. The Senators still did not look very strong especially with the man advantage and got their scoring from the unlikely sources of Denis Hamel and Chris Kelly.
The Habs shooters simply did not convert in the shootout and Ottawa’s did.
How about Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley all sitting for the shoot out? That’s over $13 million dollars riding pine in the most crucial part of the game. Credit to Bryan Murray for his selections that won the game while still sending a message to his top line.
Mike Komisarek played maybe the best game of his career. He is skating with confidence and is involved each time he’s on the ice. He said he wanted to be a ‘force’ this season and he is showing it on the ice.
Aaron Downey and Chris Neil: Fight of the season. It felt like they were dancing for at least 2 or 3 minutes with several wild an completely off target, but totally entertaining punches at the end.
Did anyone else notice how ticked off Mark Streit looked when he was announced in the introductions? After having arguably the best camp of any defenseman he was tossed aside again with the arrival of Janne Niinimaa just days before the season started.
Streit could very well be in the lineup on Tuesday as the Canadiens lost Craig Rivet and Mathieu Dandenault near the end of the game. Their status is unknown but the way Dandenault limped off appeared like it could be serious.
The Habs have still yet to be held pointless and have competed in every game. Up next a rare visit from the Flames on Tuesday.