Senators’ Karlsson dedicates Superman performance to Ottawa fans

Senators' Karlsson dedicates Superman performance to Ottawa fans
Senators and their fans celebrate outdoor victory over Canadiens
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The NHL Heritage Classic series of outdoor games began in 2003 with the Habs facing off against the Edmonton Oilers. Saturday night’s game — the first Heritage Classic to be held in Ottawa — commemorates the NHL’s centennial, the Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th birthday.The Sens could be parading the Stanley Cup around the ice and Eugene Melnyk would find a way to get to a microphone and ruin the moment.

“The team was one goal away from going to the Stanley Cup final last year. This is a very competitive team in a hockey market and it’s not something we’ve experienced in Canada in probably 20 years.”

The Senators were finally rewarded for a strong effort at 14:55 of the second as Pageau tipped a Karlsson point shot to get Ottawa on the board.

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Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his 40th career shutout, leading Ottawa to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson scored to help the Senators get consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.

“Every loss is a bad feeling. I wanted to win this game pretty bad and I’m obviously disappointed about the result. Just because it’s in my hometown doesn’t make it personal. It’s a big loss for the team and a big loss for our playoff push,” he said.

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Senators and their fans celebrate outdoor victory over Canadiens
Senators and their fans celebrate outdoor victory over Canadiens

The Senators, who broke their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and with a 2-10-2 record in their previous 14 games, are now three points behind the Canadiens and seven points behind Boston for the final playoff spot in the Division.Updated: December 16, 2017 11:26 PM EST

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We ask commuters what they’re reading.The Hill just wouldn’t have been able to handle the temporary stands and everything that went with it.

Ottawa tested Price earlier in the period as well when Mike Hoffman had three shots on an early power play, and Matt Duchene had a great chance only to see the Montreal goalie make a blocker save.

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“We came out strong and finished strong,” he said. “I don’t think we strayed from the game that needed to be played in an atmosphere like this. At the end of the day, we probably could have scored a few more, but Carey played great for them.”All of the Ottawa Senators’ highest-profile fans are trying to get #melnykout trending, if you’re wondering how things are going.

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Senators defeat Canadiens 3-0 in NHL Centennial Classic
Senators defeat Canadiens 3-0 in NHL Centennial Classic
Three defencemen in particular stood out to me. Erik Karlsson looked very comfortable, breaking up rushes, intercepting pucks, and leading the rush. Thomas Chabot made a couple great plays in his limited (3:19!!) time on ice. Cody Ceci looked scared to make a forward pass from his own zone, which is something I’ve been noticing recently. His defensive zone moves seem limited to a) D-to-D pass, b) D-to-D pass but off the boards behind his net, or c) out off the glass. It could just be confirmation bias though. Thankfully, the first was the only period in which I had to dig deep to find something to talk about due to lack of goals.
Senators chill Canadiens as Don Cherry lets off steam about Ottawa's attendance
Senators chill Canadiens as Don Cherry lets off steam about Ottawa's attendance
Thankfully, we were spared the thought of the Price earning a shutout in a game in which Ottawa actually played well. Off a lost faceoff with just over four minutes left in the second, the Sens recovered the puck. Karlsson threw a great slap-pass into the middle of the ice, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau tipped it over Price’s shoulder, after which he proceeded to do his best Mark Stone impression:
”They found ways to create chances,“ he said. ”We can’t use that.

Melnyk made a point not to do any media on Saturday, but the internet certainly didn’t sleep. Here’s a glimpse at the local and national mood on Twitter as #MelnykOut continued to pick up steam even after the puck dropped on the NHL 100 Classic:

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The second period started off kind of how the first ended off. Ottawa got an early powerplay again (Philip Danault hit Zack Smith in the head with his stick), and got several loose-puck chances in front of Price. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Price was having one of his great games where he tracks the puck wherever it goes. He made several in-close, scrambly saves.

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Bettman acknowledged the timing of Melnyk’s outburst Friday took something away from Saturday’s game.

Use of this Website assumes acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Privacy PolicySomething special: For the second consecutive game, the Canadiens’ penalty-killing unit didn’t give up a power-play goal, successfully killing off three penalties. The Canadiens came up empty on their lone power play.Too many city projects have had the glory and fun value-engineered out of them (think the splash pad at Lansdowne).The Canadiens fell 3-0 to the Senators on Saturday in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game at TD Place in Ottawa. More than 33,000 fans took in the game and the festive atmosphere was evident.
"To score that goal was pretty special," said Pageau, a Gatineau, Que., native. "When I scored that goal and your goalie doesn’t give one it makes it easier. I think we played a really solid game and obviously when the atmosphere’s that loud the energy level is always up."We’ve sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed.
“A lot of people question whether we need to be downtown,” Melnyk said. “Because until the law changes, where you can’t give tickets to civil servants, that is a disaster for us.”

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On Friday, though, Melnyk raised countless eyebrows by suggesting a new building was neither a given nor a necessity.

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The victory marked back-to-back wins for Ottawa for the first time in more than a month.

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Join our team of readers who are passionate about journalism and share your views.Ottawa Senators hosted the Montreal Canadiens outdoors on a chilly night at Lansdowne Park. Unfortunately for Canadian hockey fans, it’s unlikely there will be an outdoor game in the Great White North next year.

“(If) you don’t sell out in the playoffs you’ll never sell out,” said Cherry.Eugene Melnyk just walked by me. You bet I let him have it. #MelnykOut”Everybody in here did what needed to be done today, whether it was blocking shots, forechecking hard, backchecking hard.

“The fans came out and made it a heck of a night by being loud and engaged. And when the home team gets two points and the city can rally around a great event, makes it all the better. It was well done by the NHL and the city and something I will look back on, absolutely.”

I’d like to see Bell donate 5 cents to Sens twitter for every #MelnykOut tweet. We could communally own the Ottawa Senators by the end of next week.

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Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec tries to steal the puck from Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson during first period hockey action at the NHL 100 Classic, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Ottawa.  Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESSSorry, we could not verify that email address.

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) keeps an eye on the action as Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry (26) tries to clear the puck from Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) during second period hockey action at the NHL 100 Classic, in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)Montreal goalie Carey Price kept his team in the game with 35 saves.

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With just under three minutes to go in the third, Jonathan Drouin had a giveaway in his own zone and Ryan made the most of it, breaking in alone and beating Price to extend the Senators’ lead to 2-0. It was Ryan’s second goal in two games and he says he finally feels like his game is turning around since breaking his index finger in October.

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