For the first time in history, the Montreal Canadiens scored seven goals against the Ottawa Senators. And for the first time this season, Montreal actually won a game against Alfredsson, Heatley, and Spezza! Most importantly in all this, they clinched a playoff spot.
Martin Gerber was the starting goalie for the Sens—and I say was for a reason. Gerber, officially declared as the Sens number one goalie, lost his last start to the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, the last time he showed up at the Bell Center, he gave some hockey lessons to the Habs in a 3-0 win.
This time, the lesson would be given by 15 different players, especially Andrei Kostitsyn, who had two goals in the first period. Chris Higgins took advantage of a hole in the Sens defenseline as Wade Redden was down suffering from what seems to be an ankle injury along the board. The score was 3-0 at the first break and Redden would eventually come back to the game.
However, Martin Gerber did not come back in the second. Visibly unsatisfied by the 11 saves Gerber realized on 14 shots, coach Brian Murray decided to go with Ray Emery to shake things up. And it did, as Antoine Vermette scored the first goal of his team midway through the second.
But the Habs were visibly motivated by that little (x) they wanted next to their name, and even a Sens power play would not stop them from getting it. Francis Bouillon got his second of the season, Andrei Markov had a power play goal, Mikhail Grabovski got the puck passed Ray Emery while falling, and Tom Kostopoulos got his third shorthanded goal of the season.
By the end of the second, the score was 7-1. I could not believe my eyes, seeing the Montreal Canadiens dominating the 2007 Stanley Cup finalists by six goals after 40 minutes.
By then Price had stopped 21 of the 22 shots, while Emery allowed four goals on 18 shots.
In the third, celebrations were put on hold as things started to get complicated for the Canadiens. To resume that period, I would just say that the Sens were back on track. They got four unanswered goals—two by Dany Heatley, one by Cory Stillman, and the last one by Jason Spezza on a power play. Daniel Alfredsson got three assists.
Seriously, those guys are unstoppable against the Habs!
Now, let me get this right—we are talking about that team which has been condemned to another miserable season and a 14th spot by some hockey "experts." Now, with five games to play, they are first in the Eastern Conference, with a 20-year-old number one goalie and half a crew 25 years old or younger.
In addition, the Habs are heading to a first 100 points season since 1992-93. (Yup, THAT season!)