Habs ruin homecoming

Sens defenceman Chris Campoli tries to glove the puck away from his net during second period action...

Sens defenceman Chris Campoli tries to glove the puck away from his net during second period action in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Andre Forget)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Cory Clouston was seething.

Back at Scotiabank Place, where they boasted a 10-3-3 record, after picking up only one victory on their five-game road trip, the Senators peppered 46 shots at Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak only to fall 4-1 to the Habs.

Centre Mike Fisher beat Halak, but that was it as the Senators turned in a brutal 0-for-7 effort on the power play.

Halak got a little bit lucky with some of his stops, but he was the reason the Habs were smiling afterwards and Clouston stood at the podium shaking his head.

"I'm really disappointed. We had some opportunities to score and we had some chances around the net and we just didn't score," said Clouston. "We tried to keep (the power play) simple and we just weren't able to get shots through. When we did, Halak made some good saves.

"Our defence has to do a better job getting shots through. Their goal (by Marc-Andre Bergeron) went off (Jesse Winchester's) skate, (Anton Volchenkov's) stick and in. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. We had lots of possession, but we didn't have enough of shot presence. We didn't generate offence from (the point)."

Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott, making his ninth straight start, turned aside 23 shots, but couldn't match Halak's heroics.

Mike Cammalleri, Bergeron, Andrei Kostitsyn and Scott Gomez, into an empty net, scored for the Canadiens.

The ballyhooed combination of Jason Spezza and Alexei Kovalev did little, especially on the power play.

There have been numerous complaints about the lack of power plays the Senators have had this season, but that was not the case last night.

The Senators had four power-play opportunities in the second period alone and weren't able to capitalize on any.

Then, they did nothing with three golden chances in the third. Captain Daniel Alfredsson had the best opportunity late in the period. He fired a shot that appeared to beat Halak through the legs, but it trickled through the crease and by the post.

"We were trying, but we weren't able to get it done," said Fisher, who scored his 13th of the season to tie his total output from last season.

"We had some opportunities to get pucks through. We did a few times, but we didn't enough," said defenceman Chris Campoli. "We really got away from not just getting pucks at (Halak). He played a great game and he found ways to make saves at crucial times.

"But the only way to solve him is to shoot the puck. It's tough to swallow. There's positives you can take out of a game like that: We played pretty solid. We just have to build off the positives. We'll find ways to score. There's too many guys on this team that are skilled that can do it."

Alfredsson said outplaying the Habs made the loss harder to take.

"We just didn't make the most of our opportunities," said Alfredsson. "Their goalie played great and they made the most of their chances. Overall, the effort was really good from everybody.

"That's what makes it even worse, we dominated and we didn't win."

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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