Last night, the Montreal Canadiens raised former NHL great Larry Robinson’s # 19 to the rafters but on what was supposed to be a night honouring one of the Habs best players, Ottawa had different ideas. The Senators won the game 4-2 n front of 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre. Daniel Alfredsson took a loose puck off the left-wing boards and simultaneously shook off a Montreal defender before making a hard pass to Patrick Eaves in front of the net. Eaves fired a one-timer past Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet as the Sens took a 1-0 lead. Ottawa doubled its lead when star center Jason Spezza found forward Chris Neil in front of the Montreal net, and the latter was able to tap the puck past Huet at 8:57 of the opening stanza. Montreal cut the deficit in half when second-year forward Guillaume Latendresse beat Ottawa netminder Martin Gerber with a backhand power-play goal at 10:18 of the middle period.
But Ottawa regained its two-goal lead at 14:35 of the second period, when Ottawa forward Dany Heatley beat Huet with a wrist shot, which snapped his six-game goalless drought. The Senators went ahead by three just 76 seconds into the third period, when Spezza fed Heatley with a cross-ice pass that found Heatley to the left of the Montreal net and Heatleyâ€™s wrist shot by Huet but Ottawa forward Chris Kelly was there to bang in the rebound. Chris Higgins also put an end to a six-game goalless slump, scoring the second Montreal goal.
On the 15th of November, Ottawa had beaten the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 with two goals by Alfredsson & the winner by Shean Donovan. Two days later they however lost to bitter provincial rivals 0-3 at the ACC. That makes it 19 games plays, 16 wins & 3 loses for a league leading 32 points. Great start as long as we get a Stanley.