Habs shut out by Senators
|Cristobal Huet earned third star honors as he made 37 saves against the Senators.|
OTTAWA - A three-point night from Daniel Alfredsson led the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 win over the Canadiens Thursday night at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
After topping the Flyers in Philadelphia the night before, the Canadiens (22-20-6) suffered their fourth loss in five games on their current road trip, as the Senators held them to 12 shots on goal.
Alfredsson led the offense for the Senators (34-10-4), who won just their third game of the season when scoring three goals or less in a game. The win enabled Bryan Murray's troops to pick up a point in the standings for the sixth straight game.
The Swedish winger picked up an assist on Zdeno Chara's 50th career NHL goal nearly midway through the first. With the goal, the Senators became the first team in the league to reach the 200-goal plateau this season.
The Senators captain waited for the second frame to reach a career milestone, as he tallied the 250th goal of his NHL career. Alfredsson closed out his night when he beat Cristobal Huet just under four minutes later. Jason Spezza picked up his second assist of the night on the final goal.
Despite the loss, Huet, who was making his second straight start in less than 24 hours, earned third star honors for his efforts. The 30-year-old goaltender turned aside 37 shots, including a spectacular glove save in the first on one of Dany Heatley's eight shots. Huet was kept busy through the first 40 minutes especially, as he made 30 saves.
Dominik Hasek, for his part, picked up his fifth shutout of the season and moved ahead of Roy Worters for 11th overall among the NHL's all-time shutout leaders, with the 68th of his career.
The Canadiens will close out their six-game road trip Saturday night in Toronto, when they face off with the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
NOTES - Andrei Kostitsyn and Raitis Ivanans were healthy scratches for the second straight game. Jean-Philippe Cote's place in the lineup was taken by Sheldon Souray, who returned after sitting out Wednesday's contest with a leg infection...The loss dropped the Canadiens to 4-3-1 in the second half of back-to-back games...Montreal equaled a franchise low shot total. On Dec. 27, 2002, also against the Senators, the Canadiens finished the game with just 12 shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime loss.
Heather Engel is the site assistant for canadiens.com