Andrew Hammond made 42 saves to win his first career start as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Wednesday night.
Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists for the Senators, who improved to 3-1-1 in their last five.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Kyle Turris had the other Ottawa goals.
The Sens have now won two of three meetings with the Habs this season.
Max Pacioretty had his 27th of the season while Nathan Beaulieu scored his first career NHL goal in the loss.
Pacioretty’s goal came just eight seconds after Michalek opened the scoring at 11:26 of the second period.
The bigger concern for the Habs is the health of their blue line.
Alexei Emelin left the game 20 seconds into the first period with an
upper body injury and did not return.
TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the club recalled Jarred Tinordi following the game.
Then late in the second period P.K. Subban blocked a Bobby Ryan shot off his right foot. He missed the remainder of the period, but returned for the third. Subban logged 30:45 in ice time in the loss.
Montreal is already without Sergei Gonchar, who missed his second game nursing an
upper body injury suffered Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Canadiens blue line could look interesting tomorrow night when they play host to the Florida Panthers.
Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves in the loss.
With the All-Star Game in the books, Leafs coach Peter Horachek
revealed that Dion Phaneuf is week-to-week with an upper-body injury sustained prior to the break.
Toronto didn’t provide further details on his condition, but he reportedly aggravated an existing hand injury while fighting Carolina’s Eric Staal on Jan. 19 and then made his condition worse versus Ottawa on Jan. 21, according to TSN’s
If you missed the Hurricanes and Leafs’ captains spar, you can see it below:
He also fought Milan Michalek in the Ottawa game:
Toronto has endured a horrendous 3-14-0 stretch that has added fuel to the speculation that the Maple Leafs might attempt to revamp their core.
Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland remain day-to-day, but on a more positive note Leo Komarov should be back Wednesday, per the
team’s Twitter feed.
Leafs collapse seems to have come early this season
Dallas scored four straight second period goals to erase an early 2-0 deficit and defeat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Tuesday night.
John Klingberg scored twice while Trevor Daley and Erik Cole had the others in the second period for the Stars, who trailed 3-1 after the first period.
Ottawa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and appeared to be in control of the hockey game out-shooting Dallas 11-9 in the first period.
Clarke MacArthur’s 13th of the season midway through the first period gave Ottawa a two goal lead and forced Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff to make a goaltending change.
Kari Lehtonen was pulled in favor of Anders Lindback after allowing two goals on the first five shots of the game.
Lindback made 34 saves for the win. Ales Hemsky had the other Stars’ goal.
Mike Hoffman, Jared Cowen and Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa while Robin Lehner made 24 saves in the loss.
Cole had a questionable hit on Senators defenseman Marc Methot late in the first period. There was no penalty on the play.
Jason Spezza was held off the scoresheet in 14:56 of ice time against his former team.