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Senators coach Cameron furious, in ‘shock’ after sluggish start in Montreal


The Ottawa Senators set a franchise record Saturday. However, this isn’t a historical moment to boast about.

The Senators gave up 27 shots — and two goals — to the Montreal Canadiens in the opening 20 minutes, leaving their goalie Craig Anderson to face the onslaught before he was pulled in the second period. According to Sportsnet Stats, the 27 shots allowed is the most in any period in Senators franchise history.

On the other hand, the Habs tied a franchise record for most first period shots, again, as per Sportsnet Stats.

In total, Anderson allowed three goals on 31 shots. He was upset, slamming his stick against the post to display his frustration after allowing the second goal, which was the result of an Ottawa turnover.

Afterward, Senators head coach Dave Cameron appeared furious in his post-game scrum, as per video on TSN.ca.

He expressed “shock” with his team’s horrendous start. On the subject of how ticked off his goalie appeared, Cameron answered to reporters: “Wouldn’t you be? He had every right to be upset at how we defended today.”

In the end, the Senators suffered a 3-1 loss to their Atlantic Division rivals.

“Whatever decisions we made (in the first) were the wrong ones anyway. Even when we did something right it was wrong,” said Erik Karlsson, as per the Ottawa Sun.

“We sucked in the first period. That’s pretty much about it and then we couldn’t figure our way out of it for the (last) two periods.”




Rangers lose to Flames in OT after furious third-period comeback

For a second straight evening, the New York Rangers were involved in a high-scoring contest that included an abundance of third-period goals but again ended with a loss.

On Friday, it was a 7-5 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday, it was a 5-4 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. That concludes the Rangers’ trip through Western Canada that resulted in one of a possible six points. There was also a regulation loss in Vancouver at the beginning of the trip.

It looked, however, at one point in the third period of Saturday’s game like the Rangers were going back to New York with absolutely nothing.

The Rangers were on the verge of being swept, trailing Calgary by three goals early in the third period after conceding goals to Johnny Gaudreau — what a slick move he made on Antti Raanta on the breakaway — and Joe Colborne before cuing the comeback.

Tanner Glass, Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarello scored for New York to send the game into overtime.

It was in the three-on-three extra frame that Gaudreau was his usual dangerous self. He didn’t score, despite two glorious chances created by his speed and skill, but assisted on the winning goal from T.J. Brodie.

The Rangers now have only one win in six games to begin December.

Meanwhile, the Flames have won five in a row — only two of those in regulation — to conclude this home stand with a 5-0-0 record. They’ve also won nine in a row on home ice dating back to early November.

Stars left singing the Blues after shut out loss in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) David Backes had a goal and an assist, Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Saturday night.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Reaves scored in the third period to help the Blues beat the Stars for the third consecutive time. It also ended St. Louis’ four-game losing streak at home to Dallas dating back to Nov. 23, 2013.

Backes also got into a fight with Stars forward Jammie Benn in the first period, earning the Gordie Howe hat trick – a goal, assist and fight.

Antti Niemi stopped 23 of 26 shots for the Stars, but fell to 9-9 in his career against the Blues.

The loss also snapped a nine-game point road streak for the Stars in which they went 7-0-2. Dallas (22-6-2) still has a league-best 46 points.

The Blues, at 17-8-4, are second behind the Stars in the Central Divisiion with 38 points.

Allen improved to 2-1 in his career against the Stars and got his ninth career shutout.

Backes’ power play goal at 2:00 in the first period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead. It was Backes’ 53rd career power play goal, which moved him out of a ninth-place tie with Brendan Shanahan for most in franchise history.

The first period ended with a pair of fights, with the first bout between the teams’ two captains – Backes and Benn.

One minute later, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm fought Stars forward Antoine Roussel after Lindbohm took exception to a hit Roussel made on Dmitrij Jaskin along the boards.

The Blues put the game away on third-period goals from Tarasenko and Reaves.

The Blues killed all three of the Stars’ power plays. St. Louis has been successful in 16 straight penalty kills and hasn’t given up a power play goal in seven games.

NOTES: The Blues honored its past and current captains before the game. Among those honored were Eric Brewer, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull, Garth Butcher, Rick Meagher, Bernie Federko, Barry Gibbs, Bob Plager, Frank St. Marseille, Garry Unger, Backes and the late Barclay Plager who was represented by his wife Helen. … Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk‘s assist on Backes’ goal was his 16th career helper against the Stars, the most by any Dallas opponent. … Benn has 399 career points for the Stars.

Holtby backs Capitals to victory over Lightning


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Braden Holtby made 35 saves to win for the 10th time in his last 11 starts and the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Saturday night.

Holtby stopped Valtteri Filppula‘s shot from just outside the crease, and a scoring chance from the slot by Kucherov during a 15-second stretch 5 minutes into the game.

Washington got goals from Jay Beagle and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, who head out on a three-game road trip that includes a matchup Tuesday night at Toronto in which Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will be in the spotlight. The Ontario native can become a free agent after this season, which has been a topic of great discussion in the Toronto media.

Stamkos had an assist, but saw his goal-scoring drought reach eight consecutive games.

Kuznetsov put the Capitals ahead 2-0 at 11:16 of the second when he headed behind the net and reached back with his stick to send the puck past Ben Bishop.

Bishop finished with 18 saves.

Kucherov’s power-play goal from the right circle pulled Tampa Bay to 2-1 at 8:05 of the third. He has five goals over his past four games.

Tampa Bay outshot the Capitals 15-1 in the third.

Beagle opened the scoring at 2:09 of the first from a tough angle along the goal line. It stopped an 11-game goal drought for the center.

Alex Ovechkin nearly got his 15th goal this season and 490th overall midway through the first, but his shot hit the post. Dmitry Orlov hit the post and Andre Burakovsky had a shot go off the crossbar later in the period.

Lightning left wing Ondej Palat left after playing five shifts in the first period. It was his second game back after missing 12 straight with an ankle injury.

NOTES: Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson sat out for the seventh time in the last 11 games due to undisclosed injuries. He may miss a few more games before returning. … Lightning LW Jonathan Drouin

More OT madness: Okposo finishes off 2-on-0 rush as Islanders defeat Blue Jackets


It’s rare to see a team form a 2-on-0 rush from inside its own defensive end. But it seems just about anything has become possible during these often chaotic — and entertaining — three-on-three overtime periods.

The New York Islanders — more specifically Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo — found themselves in just such a situation against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the overtime session during Saturday’s game.

With plenty of time to spare after a Columbus turnover inside the New York zone, Okposo took a drop pass from Bailey and deked out goalie Curtis McElhinney to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Ryan Johansen, as per NHL.com. “You want to try and make the play. We had an odd-man rush and they made a good play to get a stick on it and bang, they’re off the other way.”

The Blue Jackets appeared to have the winning goal in the final minute of the third period, however officials deemed after a video review that Boone Jenner kicked the puck in.

From the NHL’s Situation Room blog: “At 19:12 of the third period in the New York Islanders/Columbus Blue Jackets game, video review determined that Boone Jenner kicked the puck into the New York net. According to Rule 49.2 “A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.” No goal Columbus.”