Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring in the first place, but the Senate Senators responded immediately and the game came to sleep with a few finished passes, not to mention the dangerous scoring opportunities. Despite a few battles between Brady Tkachuk and Brendan Gallagher, the game was largely non-emotional, which is a rare occurrence in the recent history of this competitor.
Clearly better team, Habit dominated, despite just burning a few cylinders. Yet the goal of the Senators in the second season seemed to eliminate how little Canadiens needed to pull the third consecutive victory over the club.
Jesper Kotkaniemi's goal two minutes into the third set hit Artituri Lehkonen as an opportunity to hit the ball to Phillip Danault.
The goal was immediately waved, leaving the fans and gamblers confused after a short break. The Four Officials at the Conference on Wednesday ended the decision: Thomas Chabot's recourse to the punishment for Lehkonen's slowdown and the casting fire to the Finn.
Lehkonen upset the call. Claude Julien was angry, and for the first time in the crowd there was a reason to attend, and an officer was raised. The crowd's unpleasantness appeared during the four-legged stretching and continued the transmission, which followed soon afterwards.
Some fans even dropped down when Shea Weber scored goals for Habs in front of a few seconds after the end of the penalty.
From now on, Canadiens had the best gaming experience in the game, with the goal of the fourth goal being three and a half minutes (when Lehkonen registered slightly to court) and a fifth when Senators pulled the goalkeeper and Montreal immediately benefited.
The end result was 5-2 victory over Senators this season but it was not as nice as the previous two races would have suggested. Canadiens could easily be defeated when he has a goal to come, and who knows how the game would have been tied to 2-2 in the final situation. The commitment of football players in 19 and 21 in the ice ensured that such speculation was not necessary today.