Ottawa Senators

Red Hot Sens continue to defy odds by beating Habs

The Ottawa Senators chances of making the playoffs are slim, but it’s hard to rule them out entirely after they just recorded their ninth victory in 11 contests. Ottawa stayed sharp tonight with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty got Montreal off to a great start by finding the back of the net in power-play and shorthanded situations. However, rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond wouldn’t allow Montreal to beat him again. This was his 10th career game and he has never allowed more than two goals in a contest. With a 1.49 GAA and .952 save percentage, he’s the single biggest reason why Ottawa has been so effective lately. His strong start tonight has also made the goaltending situation in Ottawa more interesting as starter Craig Anderson is now healthy.

Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson also had a big game with two goals and an assist. That gives him 18 goals and 53 points in 66 contests, which is enough to lead all defensemen in the scoring race.

Under normal circumstances this might have been a night to forget for Sergei Gonchar, given that his Canadiens lost the game and he finished with a minus-two rating in 13:26 minutes of ice time. However, he became just the 57th player in NHL history to reach the 1,300-game milestone tonight.

Even after wining nine of its last 11 games, Ottawa is still seven points behind Boston in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, so the Senators will have to stay hot just to keep their hopes alive. By contrast Montreal is leading the Atlantic Division, although it has dropped five of its last six games.

Goalie nods: Sens go back to the Hamburglar


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Anderson sits, Hammond starts

After saying Craig Anderson gave his team the best chance to win prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Boston, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron flipped the script by announcing Andrew Hammond, not Anderson, would get the start for tonight’s tilt against Montreal.

Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — returns to the net after a two-game hiatus, looking to build on his eye-popping numbers: 7-0-1 record, .954 save percentage, 1.43 GAA and two shutouts in nine appearances. His return also comes at a crucial time for Ottawa, as the Sens blew a golden opportunity on Tuesday to close the gap on Boston’s lead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase; they head into tonight’s action seven points back of the B’s, albeit with a game in hand.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start in goal.


Bolts at Bruins: Ben Bishop vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Oilers at Pens: Ben Scrivens vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin

Jets at Panthers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Dan Ellis

Jackets at Wings: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jimmy Howard

Flyers at Blues: Steve Mason vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Avs: Cory Schneider vs. Semyon Varlamov (probable)

Kings at Canucks: No confirmed starters for either team.

Blackhawks at Coyotes: Corey Crawford vs. Mike Smith

Preds at Sharks: (No starter for Nashville yet) vs. Antti Niemi

Parenteau back in Montreal lineup after agent’s tweet


It appears P.A. Parenteau will draw back into the Montreal Canadiens lineup tonight when they play host to the Ottawa Senators.

Parenteau, who has missed time this season due to a concussion, was a healthy scratch for a fourth consecutive game on Tuesday night as the Montreal Canadiens were blanked 1-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Parenteau’s absence from the Habs’ lineup prompted his agent to take to Twitter postgame.

Parenteau has six goals and 15 points in 41 games this season while averaging 14:49 in time on ice.

The 31-year-old skated alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec at the team’s morning skate Thursday.

It’s not the first time Walsh has been outspoken about a player’s ice time.

During the 2011-12 season Walsh voiced his displeasure over then Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Derick Brassard being a healthy scratch.

Since Walsh had success with Parenteau, TSN’s Gord Miller is hoping he can help him as well.

Spooner leads Bruins over Sens


Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scored twice as the Bruins defeated the Senators 3-1 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Bruins (34-22-10) now have a six-point lead on the Florida Panthers for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators (30-24-11) fall seven points back of the Bruins in the loss.

With his second and third goals of the season, Spooner extended his point streak to six games.

Craig Anderson, who was making consecutive starts for the first time since Jan. 20-21, made 19 saves in the loss.

Loui Eriksson had the other Bruins goal.

Sens’ forward Matt Puempel scored his first NHL goal in the loss.

Tuukka Rask, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday, made 39 saves to improve to 27-16-10 on the season.

The Bruins have points in all four meetings between the to clubs this season (2-0-2). They’ll meet for a fifth and final time in Ottawa on March 19.

Video: Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scores twice vs. Sens


Boston Bruins’ forward Ryan Spooner opened the scoring at 1:02 of the second period beating a screened Craig Anderson for his second goal of the season.

Spooner now has at least a point in six straight games.

After Loui Eriksson gave Boston 2-0 lead, Spooner netted his second of the night, and third of the season, for the first multi-goal game of his career.

The 23-year-old now has three goals and four assists during the point streak.

Milan Lucic picked up his 200th career assist on Spooner’s second of the night.

Anderson, who is starting in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 20-21, allowed three goals on 18 shots through two periods.