Game Recap: Montreal (5) Ottawa (2) Dec. 4th 2018

On December 4th Montreal took on Ottawa in an Atlantic Division battle. With the two teams only being four points apart in the standings this game was set to be an interesting battle between two historic Canadian franchises.

1st Period

Ottawa jumped out of the gates ready to take on the hostile Bell Center crowd. By implementing an aggressive forecheck it left the Canadiens D-men frantic and on their heels. Things got chippy early on with a scrum which saw Max Domi and Drake Batherson each get penalties just 5 minutes into the opening period.

Domi got his name back on the score sheet by feeding a tape-to-tape saucer pass to Drouin who snuck it in five-hole past Craig Anderson to open the scoring.

This would be the only goal of a period that saw some nice special teams work for the Canadiens on both sides.

2nd Period

At the beginning of the second, both sides came out attacking which made for some interesting back and forth action. Just before the halfway mark of the second period Dylan DeMelo fired a floater on net that made its way over the shoulder of Price, tying the game up at one goal apiece. Just six minutes later Drouin returned the favor to Domi and set him up for a one-timer goal in the slot. The Dynamic Duo couldn’t stay away from the net for long as Drouin sets up Domi for his second of the night giving him 13 goals on the year.

On the very next shift, a fast and coordinated zone entry saw Lekhonen potting in his 5th of the year with Andrew Shaw and Kotkaniemi assisting on the play. The period could not have ended sooner for the Sens as they gave up back to back goals within 48 seconds.

3rd Period

Carrying the momentum the Habs continued the rout and had Gallagher pot his 12th of the year from a slot shot off an assist from Tatar. Les Canadiens slowed down from then on and played on their heels a bit, which led to Duchene finding Mark Stone who sniped his 13th of the year short side on Price. That would be all of the scoring in this battle.

Montreal improves to 13-10-5 while Ottawa falls to 12-13-3.

Takeaways

Our D-core looked nervous early on but once settled in contributed offensively and moved the puck very well. They struggled with the Tkachuk-White-Stone line but with some line matching throughout the game managed to shut them along with everyone else down quite effectively.

Drouin and Domi are very fun to watch when they’re clicking, let’s hope they can continue this play rather than just show flashes of their chemistry.

Price looked like his vintage self, coming up with key saves when tested and making everything else look routine.

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