Habs don't have a shot

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

About the only action Dominik Hasek saw in his crease last night was a little scuffle in front of him midway through the second period.

He hardly had to break a sweat.

A lot was made of Hasek making his eighth straight start prior to last night's 3-0 win over the Canadiens, but at this rate he could play in the rest of Ottawa's games this season.

The Senators goaltender has had a long NHL career, but he can't recall facing only 12 shots as he did in front of 19,908 at Scotiabank Place.

"That shutout shouldn't even count," said Hasek. "That was the easiest shutout I've ever had. My team played so well defensively in front of me. That was just a great effort. I don't think they got their 11th and 12th shots until the last minute and they were from the blue line."

How easy was this? Well, how many times does a goalie get his fifth shutout of the season and move into 12th on the all-time list with 68 in his career and not get named a star.

"(Hasek) said that to me coming off the ice, 'Why wasn't I named one of the three stars?' We just played so well defensively and we were so solid as a team. At times, he was looking a little bored," said coach Bryan Murray.

"We just didn't give them many chances. We were playing smart away from the puck. That was a strong game."

The Senators didn't just beat the Habs, they skated circles around them.

Perhaps, Canadiens coach and GM Bob Gainey should have headed into the stands to see if legendary coach Scotty Bowman, who was in attendance last night, wanted to come out of retirement.

Come to think of it, Bowman couldn't have saved the Habs, either. They were outclassed and outplayed by an Ottawa team that had struggled lately vs. Montreal.

It was captain Daniel Alfredsson who made the difference last night. He took matters in his own hands midway through the second when the Senators had a two-man advantage.

ALFREDSSON TAKES OVER

Looking like he was tired of the Senators moving the puck around, he took a pass at the point and fired a blast through Cristobal Huet's legs.

That gave the Senators a 3-0 lead and Gainey a headache.

Huet, who started for the second straight game ahead of No. 1 goalie Jose Theodore, suffered his first loss to Ottawa after beating them in two previous meetings.

It was Alfredsson on the power play who gave the Senators a two-goal advantage. He fired a shot from the point at 2:21 of the second that Huet never saw.

"We were just solid as a team and you could see that they didn't have much. They looked like a tired team that wanted to get home," said Alfredsson. "I don't think (Huet) saw either of those shots. That's a good win for us. Now, we have to keep it going."

It was defenceman Zdeno Chara who started the fun for the Senators, scoring a highlight-reel goal.

Chara, who scored his 50th career goal, slipped the puck under Sheldon Souray's stick and skated by him to beat Huet to open the scoring at 12:36 of the first.

The Senators, who have won three straight, don't return to the ice until they host the Bruins on Monday at Scotiabank Place.


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