By­ron, Cana­di­ens beat Sen­a­tors to sweep


The losses are ac­cu­mu­lat­ing on and off the ice for the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors this week.

Thanks to a two-goal ef­fort from Paul By­ron, the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens de­feated the Sen­a­tors 5-2 on Thurs­day for the sec­ond time this week.

The two teams played the first of a home-and­home Tues­day that Mon­treal also won by the same score.

The two losses are dis­ap­point­ing for the Sen­a­tors, but things could get worse as Ot­tawa was forced to play much of the game with­out Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene.

Ryan played just one shift in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore leav­ing with an up­per-body in­jury, while Duchene played just three min­utes and 12 sec­onds of the sec­ond be­fore leav­ing the game with a lower-body in­jury.

Sen­a­tors head coach Guy Boucher didn’t sound overly op­ti­mistic re­gard­ing the prog­no­sis for both, say­ing they could be out long term.

Los­ing Duchene would be a sub­stan­tial hit for the Sen­a­tors as he cur­rently leads the team in points (34) and is sec­ond in goals (12).

“It’s un­for­tu­nate (los­ing two play­ers), but it hap­pens to a lot of teams,” said Ot­tawa’s Cody Ceci. “A lot of guys had to play a lot of min­utes tonight, but can’t use that as an ex­cuse.”

The sec­ond pe­riod was the dif­fer­ence in the game, much as it was on Tues­day.

“Both games the game slips away in that sec­ond pe­riod be­cause of bad puck man­age­ment,” said Boucher. “It doesn’t mat­ter who you play against. If you don’t man­age the puck well it’s go­ing to haunt you.”

Jeff Petry, Bren­dan Gal­lagher and An­drew Shaw also scored for the Cana­di­ens (14-10-5) as Carey Price stopped 19 shots.

Mark Stone and Colin White scored for the Sen­a­tors (12-14-3) as Craig An­der­son stopped 38-of-42 shots.

The Cana­di­ens ex­pected the Sen­a­tors to come out hard look­ing for re­demp­tion af­ter the loss ear­lier in the week, but were able to man­age the game well.

“Once we tied the game I thought we han­dled the rest of the game pretty well,” said Cana­di­ens coach Claude Julien.

“At 3-1 we kind of slipped again a lit­tle bit, but in the third pe­riod we picked it up. We played a good road game against a team that’s been suc­cess­ful at home and it was about be­ing ready to play hard and I thought we did that for the most part.”

Cana­dian Press photo

Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors de­fence­man Dy­lan DeMelo (2) moves the puck away from Mon­treal Cana­di­ens left wing Paul By­ron (41) dur­ing sec­ond pe­riod NHL hockey ac­tion in Ot­tawa on Thurs­day.

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