MONTREAL -- It was tough to tell what was sharper last night:
Senators goaltender Ray Emery's glove save on Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Ribeiro or the cream-coloured, pin-striped suit Emery sported after the Senators' 3-0 win at the Bell Centre last night.
Emery, who has upgraded the club's goaltending depth and its fashion sense, combined with Dominik Hasek for the shutout last night, giving the Senators some confidence in their netminding heading into Wednesday's regular-season opener.
"Was he spectacular or what?" Senators coach Bryan Murray asked of Emery's perfect 14-save performance. "That one on Ribeiro was incredible."
That came when Emery slid to his left and got his glove on Ribeiro's one-timer from the edge of the crease.
"I saw him and thought about intercepting the pass and I got a little off-balance," said Emery. "I made a push and was lucky enough to get a glove on it."
Emery got better as the Senators camp went on and he will benefit from last night's performance.
"I'm not sure when I'm going to get a chance to play again," he said. "It's good to finish up with a good performance. I'll just keep working and stay in shape for if and when they need me."
HEAR AND THERE: The two number 3s looked like they might go there for a moment last night and that would have been something to see. Habs tough guy Raitis Ivanans (who had a dandy with Brian McGrattan on Saturday night) and Ottawa's Zdeno Chara fenced and chirped a bit, but that was it. They are a combined 520 lbs. ... It only took the fans in the upper reaches of the Bell Centre a little more than a period to start their "Has-ek" chants. Seconds later, they took great glee in Hasek handling the puck outside the goalie "trap" and taking a penalty. Hasek vowed it won't happen in the regular season ... Sens winger Martin Havlat has that rare ability to gain speed -- when his feet aren't moving.
LEMME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: No question about who the star was for the first five minutes of the game. Montreal's Alexei Kovalev turned Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov inside out, just missed on a shot from the slot a minute later and then, as the last man back on a Montreal power play, put a good open-ice hit on Senator Denis Hamel ... One thing that didn't change during the lockout -- the hot dogs in the Bell Centre press lounge are still the best ... Radek Bonk flew in and gave Daniel Alfredsson a shot in the chest as the second period ran out. So much for being teammates for 10 years ... Senator Jason Spezza on Emery's stop on Ribeiro: "I think Rayser was the only one on the ice who knew Ribeiro was there."
CHIP-INS: From the "Fool Me Once..." Dept. -- Senators defenceman Chris Phillips got some revenge last night on Montreal winger Michael Ryder. Phillips saw Ryder jump by him and score a goal Saturday night. Last night, Phillips made a great play to cleanly take the puck away from Ryder when he tried to dangle it by him ... Some fans here do like Hasek apparently. The visiting backup goaltender sits on the side of the ice opposite the bench and Hasek signed autographs during the third period as he was spelled by Emery.
JUST WONDERING: What happened to the price of concrete in the Bell Centre during the lockout? Parking went from $15 to $20 ... Volchenkov missed some time after getting cut in the face last night. Not long enough for Montreal's Richard Zednik. He was wondering what hit him after he was wiped out by the "The A-Train" in the second period with a huge hit.
PARTING SHOTS: Colleague Bruce Garrioch was wondering about the whereabouts of Youppi!, the Expos-turned-Habs mascot. Interesting, but Bruce and Youppi! have never been seen together in the same room. A coincidence? I think not.