OTTAWA | The four corners of the Canadian Tire Center were lined with red jerseys in the Canadian’s colors. Maybe more than usual. That crowd, respectfully, chanted Guy! Guy! Guy! as we paid tribute to Guy Lafleur who passed away the day before. It was enough to wear the habs… for 58 minutes.
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For the occasion, Martin St-Louis’ troops all wore a black crest with the number 10 on their chests, giving them the energy to have 48 shots on target.
Unfortunately, a 67-second slump in the second half dealt the Montrealers a heavy blow from Jarnac, who lost to the Senators 6-4.
Three goals in a row that prompted the Habs head coach to call a time-out as the crowd mockingly chanted Carey Price’s name.
However, he never considered removing Price, who ended up suffering a fourth loss in as many starts.
“Removing your goalkeeper is the easiest decision. We must consider the context of our situation. I wanted to give him the chance to continue,” St-Louis explained.
Twenty goals for Caufield
That eighth loss in regular time was the Montrealers’ unenviable mark of the season. That which had stretched from January 24th to February 13th.
In terms of rare good news, Cole Caufield has hit the 20-goal plateau. This required 64 sessions.
An important achievement in a young player’s career.
“Of course, when Cole started scoring goals in the last few months, he knew it was an achievable goal. I’m happy for him,” said St-Louis.
What we noticed…
Brendan Gallagher hasn’t been welcome in Ottawa since he accused Tim Stützle of acting. His simple nomination to take part in the ceremonial duel earned him a volley of hearty boos. Brady Tkachuk also criticized him for not shaking his hand as usual afterwards. A careless mistake, explained the number 11 after the match.
Chabot’s Surprising Return
Thomas Chabot made a comeback after missing 19 games with a broken hand. A nice surprise for the Senators and their supporters as we thought his season was over. He celebrated that first game since March 16 by spending 20 minutes and 21 seconds on the court (his lowest total since 2017-2018 in games he completed.
Mark Kastelic outperforms dad Ed
On his 13thand NHL game Mark Kastelic scored his first two NHL goals. Not only did he boast of twice beating Carey Price, but also father Ed Kastelic, who never scored more than one goal in a game in 220 games with the Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers.
Alexander Romanov received a 10-minute misconduct penalty in a battle with all players. This long period of inactivity got in his way. On his next presence, he froze in front of Josh Norris, who took the opportunity to take the score 4-1. Then he was knocked out by Parker Kelly. It’s rare to see the bottom of his skates.