The Montreal Canadiens did not just donate to lose a lot of games this season, he even invents ways. The Ottawa Senators have found a new formula by scoring three shorthanded goals to overthrow the Habs 5-0 on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.
For lovers of numbers or statistics, note that the CH had never allowed three goals while playing in superiority. In over 100 years of history, from 2015 to 2016 this training has made a dark feat. When we say that this team has reinvented ways to lose, this is the case.
"This is the first time I witnessed it, said head coach Michel Therrien, biting his lips. For me it is a lack of execution and focus. "
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Curtis Lazar and Alex Chiasson managed this rare tour of thwarting tower hat tower Ben Scrivens while "Sense" were in disadvantage.
"I do not remember a game where I gave myself three goals when my team was on the power play," countered Scrivens.
The Senators have played four times in inferiority at that meeting. Four times they have managed two important missions: to prevent their rivals to score in more than three goals.
Of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League (NHL), the "Glorious" have the second worst record this year with 11 goals allowed in powerplay.
Pageau has honored his nemesis reputation Habs scoring one of three goals of "Sense" Short of a man. In the first period, Pageau completed an accurate pass from Mark Stone to thwart Scrivens after a horrible reversal of Lars Eller.
In four games this season against the team Therrien, Pageau has hit the target four times. Now promoted to the first center of its team, former Gatineau Olympiques knows a great season in the national capital. The number 44 leads the NHL with six goals in inferiority and has already achieved career highs with 17 goals and 36 points in 73 duels this season.
Marc Methot and Mika Zibanejad scored the other goals of the winners in the third. Methot scored his fifth goal of the year during a four against four. The Franco-Ontarian overflowed poor Darren Dietz, who had a rough night, then surprise Scrivens a harmless shot. MГ©thot should consider offering a gift to the masked man of CH was so low on this game.
In an evening of five goals, Zibanejad has been the only one to register the mark at even strength.
Andrew Hammond signed his first shutout of the season. The "Hamburglar" has blocked 30 shots. Without taking anything away, he has already had to be more spectacular.
Dating to forget
In the morning, Therrien wanted his team to continue on the same small wave that last game in Buffalo. Yes, Mike Brown dropped the gloves against Chris Neil. Yes, Michael McCarron has bickered with Dion Phaneuf. Yes, there were some skirmishes, but the Canadian was dominated in all important facets of a party by the Senators, another team that does not participate in the series.