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Post Game Poutine: Montreal Canadiens Fall to Sens 6-3

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The Montreal Canadiens were in it all game, but ultimately fell into some costly penalty trouble en route to a 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators were slow to start, but an untimely giveaway from Corey Schueneman with five minutes left in the first period allowed them back into the game, as Austin Watson buried his 5th of the season.

The second period would see the Canadiens and Senators exchange scoring chances and goals at a far more rapid rate. Justin Barron had his best game as a Montreal Canadien tonight and truly stood out in the second period, using his strong lateral mobility, and powerful wrist shot to notch his first NHL goal in his first game in front of the Bell Centre crowd. Cole Caufield would also give the Canadiens hopeful some hope, as he squeaked a goal by Anton Forsberg on the powerplay.

The second period ended with a controversial kneeing penalty, as Nick Suzuki tried to check Tim Stützle as he was coming around the net. Suzuki instead got the leg of Stützle, who immediately fell to the ice as if gravely injured, drawing a crowd of Senators to Suzuki. Suzuki was assessed a 2-minute kneeing penalty and Stützle was back up within seconds, further infuriating the Canadiens bench.

The Senators came out for the third period still on the powerplay and didn’t miss an opportunity to make the Canadiens pay. From that point on, it seemed like the Canadiens were chasing the puck, despite making every effort to put pucks on the net. With Lady Luck seemingly not on the Canadiens’ side, the Senators would add an insurance goal from Colin White and an empty netter from Watson to come away with the 6-3 win.

Here’s your MHN Postgame Poutine:

GOLD STAR: Brady Tkachuk – From the beginning of the game, Tkachuk was a force on the ice, pushing the play toward the high danger area and causing all sorts of havoc for the Montreal Canadiens’ defence. He notched his 24th goal and added an assist to help propel the Senators in the pivotal second period, all while playing a strong, physical game and leading the Senators to victory.

TABARNAK: Nick Suzuki’s Kneeing penalty: Nick Suzuki has been playing with an edge lately, but his eagerness to play the body almost ended in an unfortunate fashion. Suzuki went to hit Tim Stützle as he was coming around the net and missed his body by a split second, instead clipping his knee and drawing a crowd of Senators toward him.

TURNING POINT: Batherson’s powerplay goal: The Senators started the third period on the powerplay due to Suzuki’s play on Stützle and immediately made the Canadiens pay. Drake Batherson completed a nice play from Josh Norris to notch his 14th goal of the season and give the Senators the lead 30 seconds into the third period.

HONORABLE MENTION: Justin Barron- In his first game at the Bell Centre, Justin Barron did not disappoint his new fans, as he played his best game as a Montreal Canadien. In the second period, he pounced on a loose puck and walked the blue line in impressive fashion, escaping the reach of Ottawa’s defence, before unleashing a powerful wrist shot from the point for his first career NHL goal.

BY THE NUMBERS: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lined up Tuesday night:

Forwards

McLean's Pub

Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki–Rem Pitlick

Paul Byron-Christian Dvorak-Joel Armia

Mike Hoffman-Jake Evans-Josh Anderson

Brendan Gallagher-Ryan Poehling-Jesse Ylönen

Defence:

Jordan Harris-David Savard

Joel Edmundson-Justin Barron

Corey Schueneman-Alexander Romanov

Goalies:

Jake Allen

Sam Montembeault

 

QUOTE TO NOTE: “He needs to stop laying on the ice. It’s embarrassing.” – said Brendan Gallagher on Tim Stützle laying on the ice after the Nick Suzuki hit.

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