OTTAWA - Less than a month from the Olympics, Team Canada's best goaltending bet was at his best and worst in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre.
Carey Price looked shaky and gave up juicy rebounds as the Senators swarmed the Habs after the opening faceoff Thursday night, appearing determined they would not be one of those teams that lay an egg in the first game back after a long road trip.
He looked off, but the Senators couldn't take advantage. And then, their opportunity appeared lost, as they slipped into old, bad habits defensively, and Price rediscovered form.
He made a great save off Milan Michalek's shot from in front. He was magnificent in knocking down Colin Greening's breakaway snapper with his arm. And he was very sharp in turning back Clarke MacArthur's one timer from the slot.
Suddenly, the Senators were down 3-0, and their point-collecting streak appeared dead at seven games.
But not so fast.