About Last Night: Hamburglar wins goaltending duel in Ottawa return


Andrew Hammond made 26 saves in his return to Ottawa. Matt Murray had 30 saves in the loss. Artturi Lehkonen scored both Montreal goals.

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In his return to Ottawa, Andrew Hammond bested Matt Murray in a goaltending duel to extend the Canadiens’ season-high win streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Canadian Tire Center.

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Hammond, still rocking green gear, made 26 saves in the win, while Murray had 30 in a losing effort. Artturi Lehkonen provided all of Montreal’s offense with his eighth and ninth goals of the season.

Mathieu Perreault made his return to the Habs lineup for the first time since Dec. 14. After leaving Wednesday’s game with an injury, Josh Anderson was in the lineup sporting a shiner. Defensemen Thomas Chabot and Nikita Zaitsev were late scratches for the Senators because of “non-COVID related illnesses.”

Back to where he had his greatest success as an NHL netminder, Hammond was greeted by the Ottawa faithful with a tasty treat on the ice.

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Lehkonen scored the only goal in the opening frame. Chris Tierney coughed up the puck to Rem Pitlick, who fed Lehkonen for a first attempt on Murray. Lehkonen took a tumble, but returned to the blue paint, where he was rewarded with a second chance. This time, I tucked it home for a 1-0 Montreal lead.

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Ottawa tied it up early in the second on the power play. In his first game of the season following shoulder surgery, Colin White scored in front from a pass behind the net by Connor Brown.

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At 14:21 of the second, the Canadiens reook the lead from another goal by Lehkonen. Evans chipped the puck from the boards to the middle of the ice into the waiting stick of Lehkonen, who wound up and fired a knuckler from far out that handcuffed Murray.

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But before the end of the period, Laurent Dauphin made perhaps the most important save of the night. The Habs entered the dressing room after 40 up 2-1.

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Stu Cowan had an interesting comparison for Dauphin.

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The Habs outshot the Senators 10-7 in the third period, with both goalies shutting the door. It was a goaltending battle at both ends, with the former Senator folk hero getting perhaps one final curtain call in his former home rink in a 2-1 win.

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The Habs extended their win streak to five, but this one was a potential bounce or two away from a different result. Ben Chiarot was +2 and had an assist in 24 minutes, including six minutes on special teams, once again padding his CV for general manager Kent Hughes in his quest to fetch a first rounder on the trade market. Same goes for Lehkonen, who regained his scoring touch after an eight-game drought. The trade deadline is fast approaching and a dreaded Western Canadian road trip awaits.

Not the most riveting game, but the Liveblog commenters kept themselves entertained. They even wished an early happy birthday to Dick Irvin. (It’s March 4.)

3. “The best thing since MSL took over is the effort every game. Tough to sustain, but it’s been a vast improvement since DD. The leadership and how Julien set up his system helped the HABS last year. DD had training camp to put in his system from him, and it did not gel with the players. With MSL we are getting a truer gage of our players.” -Chris James

2. “so, apropos of nothing… has anyone heard Gary Galley say “right in his wheelhouse” lately… if not, is it because we really have been sadly lacking with players capable of performing the same play successfully over and over again?” -Haari Meech

1. “Good Lord, I can’t count the number of times that I knocked some guy on his can (I played defense), said player then flails his arms and kicks his legs while on his back, trips me…and no penalty . Gallagher gets the stick between his legs from him, does n’t touch the Sen player… and gets called. Where were these refs when I was playing? -Michael Way

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