NHL: This time, the Senators have the upper hand over the Canadiens

NHL: This time, the Senators have the upper hand over the Canadiens

Summary Senators v. CH

MONTREAL – For the first time in three games against the Canadiens this season, the Ottawa Senators had the last laugh. But we will still remember that Justin Barron and Jordan Harris demonstrated inspiring assets on their first outing at the Bell Center.

Here are our observations from that 6-3 loss.

A reassuring youth turn, and even more, on the blue line

Not so long ago, the Canadian’s defensive brigade frightened many because of the age of its protagonists. Now that Shea Weber is heading for retirement, that Jeff Petry is approaching a new destination and that Ben Chiarot has been traded, the succession had to prove its worth.

This game breathed a sigh of relief as Justin Barron and Jordan Harris emerged from their chrysalis to complete a promising trio of young defensemen with Alexander Romanov. And let’s not forget Kaiden Guhle and Mattias Norlinder who will want to do the same eventually.

Surrounded by Joel Edmundson, who should become the next captain of the club, and David Savard who helps in various chapters, the New Kids on the Block (sorry if that betrays our age), had to please Martin St-Louis and the new Habs headquarters.

A first goal with an exclamation point for Barron

A first for Barron, and in what way!

He was said to have a very good throw and above all an impressive ease on skates. Well Barron combined his two great assets to wow the Bell Center crowd with his first NHL goal.

He recovered the puck at the top of the right circle in the offensive zone, he drew a magnificent curve in backward skating to get a shot from the other side of the territory. The spectators, delighted by the sequence, gave him an ovation that he is not ready to forget in his first match in this amphitheater.

At the end of the match, on the sequence of the Sens’ sixth goal scored in an empty net, Barron suffered a contact during which his right leg got stuck under Mathieu Joseph.

Harris isn’t bothered by the context

Like Barron, Harris was skating for the first time at the Bell Centre. Far from being paralyzed by the situation, he instead made some great breakthroughs in the offensive zone. We would even like to say that if he continues this evolution, he will become a defender who can participate more in the attack than we expected.

He too could have scored his first goal on one of his offensive breakthroughs.

For those who were worried about him on a physical level, he allowed himself to overthrow Brady Tkachuk in a corner and then relaunch the attack.

Confident, Schueneman recovers

Through this portrait of the defensive squad, Corey Schueneman demonstrates that he wants to blur plans for the future.

Solid in recent games, Schueneman suffered a cohesion error with Rem Pitlick in the defensive zone. His poor pass allowed Austin Watson to score his side’s first goal.

Thinking especially of Harris and Barron, we should not forget that Alexander Romanov is only 22 years old and he continues to spread his wings. By refining his actions a little, he will become even more effective.

A 16th for Caufield, Gallagher scores on his return

Brendan Gallagher, who had missed his team’s last eight games, scored in the third minute of the game. It was his sixth of the campaign, but his first on a numerical tie.

Cole Caufield was the other scorer for CH when he hit the target on the power play. The CH had been shut out on the power play in its four previous games.

The match ended in tumult as Gallagher and Tim Stützle were in the thick of the action. Earlier in the game, Stützle had been hit by a knee from Nick Suzuki.

More details to come.

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