Canadiens Game Day: Carey Price gets call in rematch with Senators

Canadiens Game Day: Carey Price gets call in rematch with Senators
The tipoff came after the morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre. While most of  his teammates were heading to the bus back to their hotel, Peca was still on the ice.

The Canadiens defeated the Senators 5-2 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre . Montreal broke the game open with three goals late in the second period to take a 4-1 lead, but Julien said he was pleased with the game up to that point.

“Sometimes, it’s just a question of hanging in and we did that,” said Julien, adding that will be more important in Ottawa, where the Senators have a 9-4-2 record.

Carey Price will make his sixth consecutive start in goal, while Ottawa will go with Craig Anderson, primarily because they have no choice. The backup is Mike McKenna, a 35-year-old journeyman who has played 29 NHL games.

Brady Tkachuk , the Senators’ outstanding rookie, said Ottawa will be trying to make life difficult for Price.

“I know I didn’t do enough to get in front of the net,” said Tkachuk. “We have to get bodies in front and we can’t let him play the puck. We rimmed it too many times and gave him a chance to play the puck, and he’s one of the best in the NHL (in coming out of his net).”

Zack Kassian, No. 44, and Kris Russell, No. 4, of the Edmonton Oilers attempt to steal the puck from Nicolas Deslauriers of the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 13, 2018, in Edmonton. Codie McLachlan / Getty Images

“I had a couple of chances, but I could have played better,” added Tkachuk.

Senators head coach Guy Boucher said Tkachuk might have changed the momentum in the game if he had cashed in on a chance in the second period.

“The game was tied 1-1 and Tkachuk had an empty net and, if he buried it, it might have been a different game,” said Boucher.

But Boucher conceded that his team didn’t play as well as they had in a three-game winning streak going into Tuesday’s game.

“We weren’t sharp, we weren’t connecting on our passes,” said Boucher. “We had some power plays and we didn’t get good entries, but if you’re not playing well 5-on-5, you’re not going to play well on the power play. It came down to their penalty kill working harder than our power play.

One from the room: Here’s Andrew Shaw’s take on rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi: “He’s 18 years old and he’s having fun, especially at this time of year — he still believes in Santa Claus.”
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