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11-01-2012, 03:29 PM
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Senators Top Canadiens 3-0 in Season Opener

Chris Phillips started the scoring with a breakaway in the 1st period.

The Ottawa Senators got their season started on the right foot, as they beat the rival Montreal Canadiens 3-0. Chris Phillips was the surprise sniper in the 1st period, as he got a breakaway and stuffed it top shelf on Habs keeper Carey Price.

Price stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced, while Sens stopper Craig Anderson turned in an impressive 23 save shutout.

Phillips, Guillaume Latendresse, and Jakob Silfverberg found the net for Ottawa.

In the 1st, the Senators came out firing, as they recorded the first 5 shots of the period. Montreal nearly got the games first goal after Max Pacioretty whiffed on a shot, and the puck slid to an open Rene Bourque, but Anderson shut the door. With time winding down in the period, the Canadiens were caught on a bad line change. The puck rolled to an open lane, where Phillips swiped the puck and never looked back, going backhand-forehand on Price for the game's opening goal.

The 2nd frame didn't see as much action, but Latendresse got his first goal in an Ottawa Senators jersey. After Kyle Turris and Tomas Plekanec jostled for the puck and nobody could find it, Latendresse reached into the pile and got the puck. He waited, then wired a wrist shot on net. It bounced off Habs captain Brian Gionta and over Price's shoulder to give the Sens a 2-0 advantage.

The 3rd period saw Montreal take over in puck possesion, as they got 9 shots on net, all stopped by Anderson. The Sens failed to capitalize on a late powerplay after Habs forward Pacioretty took his second penalty of the game. With under a minute left, the Canadiens pulled Price for the extra attacker. Once again, a bad line change led to the puck rolling to an open lane. This time, offseason acquisition Marc Methot took the puck and rushed it up ice. He then sauced a perfect feed to rookie winger Jakob Silfverberg, who slapped home his first NHL goal, in his first regular season game. The Sens would hold on to preserve a 3-0 victory.

Scoring Summary
1st period: Chris Phillips (1) (unassisted) - 16:22
2nd period: Guillaume Latendresse (1) (unassisted) - 15:46
3rd period: Jakob Silfverberg (1) (Marc Methot) - 19:27

3 Stars
1. Craig Anderson
2. Carey Price
3: Chris Phillips

Excuse the crappy writeup, just wanted to get it out of the way. Next update should be around the allstar break.

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