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Friday, November 4, 2011



MTL:   E. Cole (13:55 - 2nd) , A. Kostitsyn (16:55 - 2nd)
OTT:   Z. Smith (SHG, 01:07 - 3rd)

MTL: C. Price (W)
 OTT: C. Anderson (L)

               Earlier tonight in Ottawa, the Canadiens took on the Senators in search of their 4th straight win. After the first period the score was tied at 0-0 . But  the Habs had more chances than the Sens, as they outshot them 12-4. 1 minute into the second, Kostitsyn had a breakaway and he was stopped by Anderson with the blocker. 5 minutes later, Paciorettys shot from the slot was stopped by the pad of Anderson. Then with 6 minutes to play in the second, Gionta centred the puck for Cammalleri and he was stopped by Anderson. 30 seconds later, Cammalleri played the puck to Cole (on the left side) and he shot the puck past Anderson to make it 1-0 Montreal. 2 minutes later, the Senators turn the puck over to Eller and he had a partial breakaway and he played the puck to Kostitsyn (on the left) and he tapped the puck in to give the Habs a 2-0 lead.

             Then with under a minute to play in the second, Karlessons one-time was stopped by the glove of Price and Price dove to deny the Michalek's rebound. 1 minute into the third, Smith had the puck in front of the Habs net and he took a shot and scored to cut the lead in half. But that's as close as the Senators would get as the Habs win their 4th straight with a 2-1 win. Carey Price made 33 saves in the win. After the game, all the talk was about how the Habs converted a 6 game losing streak into a 4 game winning streak."I'm not too surprised," Price said. "I was always confident in our group, I think we all were. We just weren't getting the breaks, we felt. We're all really confident in our ability so we just kept working at it."

          "We're happy with the two points," coach Jacques Martin said. "It's important. It puts us at .500 and because of our start, we've got some ground to make up." In the loss, Anderson made 24 saves."We thought we had a good chance," Smith said. "I thought they were very desperate in their end tonight."With the win, the Habs have improved their record to 5-5-2. So what do the Habs have to do to keep this winning streak going? They have to continue to use their speed on offense, play the possession game on the powerplay,block shots and most important get good goaltending from Carey Price.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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