Senators' comments grate Habs

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

The Montreal Canadiens were unimpressed with the off-ice behaviour of Senators during and after their 3-0 loss here Thursday.

Particularly bothersome to the Habs were post-game comments by Dominik Hasek about his shutout being the easiest ever and the revelation by coach Bryan Murray that Senators players were betting with each other on the bench that they could keep Montreal's shots on goal down.

The Senators wound up outshooting the Habs 40-12.

"I think what he said," Montreal goalie Jose Theodore told TSN about Hasek, "was a little out of line."

"Right now they can say what they want," added defenceman Sheldon Souray. "But we play them again, and comments like that are obviously going to be a little motivation for us."

The Senators and Habs play twice more this season -- April 6 here and April 10 in Montreal.

Meanwhile, Habs coach and GM Bob Gainey suggested Ottawa should become more successful than it has been in the playoffs before cracking wise.

"The measure of their season is going to be at a different point than in January, against a 10th-place team," Gainey told reporters in Montreal. "They should keep their eye on their ball and we'll keep our eye on our ball."

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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