Fly on the Wall: Feb. 21, 2009
MONTREAL – Here’s what the Sens had to say after getting Alex Kovalev-ed in a 5-3 Hockey Day in Canada loss at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Alfredsson on Kovy’s change-up
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson seemed disappointed in his team’s effort early in the match up, letting the Canadiens explode out of the gate with four straight goals in the first 27 minutes. While he wasn’t exactly giving the Habs any extra points for style, even he was impressed that Alex Kovalev could score without even getting a clean shot off.
“We got off to a tough start, letting in those three power play goals. And then we have a turnover that leads to Kovalev’s goal where he kind of fanned on that shot, but we definitely put ourselves into a hole. The second half was pretty good, but it’s hard to come back when you’re down 4-0.”
Elliott: It wasn’t all my fault
After seeing his afternoon end early against the Canadiens when he was pulled from the net in exchange for Alex Auld only a few minutes into the second period, Sens goalie Brian Elliott acknowledged that Saturday’s game wasn’t his best performance to date. That said, the rookie netminder wasn’t about to shoulder all of the blame for his team’s terrible start to the contest.
“You never want to be put in that situation but it’s tough when you come out and take a penalty right away. We have to be better right off the bat, no question. We can’t play that way; no team can.”
Chris Campoli’s first taste a bitter one
Newly-acquired Senators defenseman Chris Campoli is new to the Bell Centre atmosphere, traded to Ottawa from the Islanders with center Mike Comrie on Friday. According to the 24-year old, Montreal isn’t the ideal place to ease oneself into playing in a Canadian market.
“The intensity honestly felt like a playoff game. When I got out there I looked around and took a minute or two to get settled in. They took it to us physically at the beginning I thought, but they got some lucky bounces and found ways to get goals and get that lead. It’s tough on the road, especially in a place like Montreal, when you’re trying to claw back like that.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for Canadiens.com
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