The Senators scored five straight goals on the Canadiens en route to a 5-2 win Wednesday night in Ottawa. Rookie defenceman Magnus Nygren opened the game scored in the second minute. From that point onward it was all Ottawa with goals coming from Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan, Milan Michalek, Cory Conacher and Mika Zibanejad. Raphael Diaz scored the other Canadiens goal with just over five minutes remaining. The Senators outshot the Canadiens 32-26. The three stars were Erik Karlsson (3 assists), Conacher and MacArthur.
Adding It Up –
Endless - One of those games that you hardly wait to finish. The combination of an overwhelmed bunch of kids going up against a veteran lineup and a few veterans mailing it in. The game did demonstrate the distance most of the rookies have to go before earning a spot in the NHL.
Well, What Did You Expect? The only experienced defenceman on the ice for the Canadiens was Raphael Diaz and he has only 88 NHL games. The other five – Nygren, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn and Dietz combine for a total of eleven. The Senators defence totaled 2,361 including over 1,000 from Chris Phillips.
Missing In Action – Not often you can dump on the play of Alex Galchenyuk. This was a rare nights He attempted two shots all night and missed the net both times. He took two offensive zone penalties. He tried a little bit in the third period after the game was 5-1 but in the end, it was not much of an effort. His linemates, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher weren’t much better although Eller’s pass to Magnus Nygren for the opening goal of the game was worth noting. Neither Galchenyuk or Gallagher recorded a shot on goal although they each hit goalposts in the third period.
The Long Hard Look – Jarred Tinordi was in his sixth consecutive game. Facing an experienced NHL Ottawa lineup he did not have a good night. The physical part of his game was there – 3 hits and 4 blocked shots – but he also was on the ice for three Ottawa goals and could be faulted on the Michalek and Zibanejad goals. Hopes staying with the team through the weekend diminished considerably with this game.
On The Other Hand – Coming of a shoulder injury and playing in his first game, Nathan Beaulieu was, outside of Diaz, probably the best defenceman. He logged a team-high 26:31. Only Diaz, his partner was close at 25:57. I can’t see any way Beaulieu stays in Montreal either, but he was a brighter light on a night when most of the Canadiens were dragging their collective tail. Beaulieu and Diaz combined for six shots on goal and Eller won 17 percent of his faceoffs.
Beating Them In The Alley - Tarnasky, White and Moen fought in this game. That’s 12 fights in six exhibition games. Seems to me there’s little bit too much of that stuff going around in this year’s training camps. White, Prust, Tinordi and Tarnasky each have two fighting majors.
Other Stuff – This game could have gone into double-digits but for the work of Peter Budaj. …..I still like what Michael Bournival has brought to this training camp. Early on it was his goalscoring. The last two games his two-way play took over. He’s going back to Hamilton, but he’ll be at the top of the recall list. …….Centre Martin St. Pierre is 30 years old. He’s kicked around pro hockey for 10 years now including two stints in the KHL and another in Austria. He has not had a bad game in this camp. There must be a hole in his game somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find it. I guess it’s the ‘size thing’. He’s 5’9”. …….We finally saw the shot that made Magnus Nygren defenceman-of-the-year in the Swedish Elite League last year. The opening goal was a blast coming off the right side that goaltender Andrew Hammond is still looking for.
Looking Ahead – The game on the exhibition schedule Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens will put a veteran team on the ice. We’ll see what Ottawa comes up with. Season opener Tuesday against Toronto.