Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Craig Anderson with 28 Saves, Senators Blank Canadiens 3-0 in NHL 100 Classic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Craig Anderson with 28 Saves, Senators Blank Canadiens 3-0 in NHL 100 Classic

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Senators blank Canadiens in NHL 100 Classic


OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators needed a big effort from their top players on Saturday and they received it.

The Senators capped off a weekend of festivities with an impressive 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night at the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game in front of 33,959 fans at TD Place.

Ottawa controlled the game from start to finish and had outstanding performances from goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 28 saves for his 40th career shutout, and captain Erik Karlsson, who played a season-high 32:55 and had one assist.

"We knew we needed to have a good game," said Karlsson. "We didn't know what to expect, what type of game it was going to be, but I think we came out strong and we finished strong. I don't think we strayed from the kind of game that needed to be played in an atmosphere like this."

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson, into an empty net, scored for the Senators (11-13-7), who won back-to-back games for the first time in over a month.

Carey Price was kept busy as he stopped 35 shots for the Canadiens (14-15-4), but didn't get any offensive support to help his cause.

The Canadiens failed to take advantage of an Ottawa team that had been struggling of late and know this was a missed opportunity.

"We know where we are in the standings, we know it's a division game and it doesn't matter the hype, doesn't matter the outside noise," said Montreal captain Max Pacioretty. "We didn't play a strong game and that never feels good."

The temperature at puck drop was -10.8 C., and dropped throughout the game to -25 C. with wind chill, but it was an experience that won't soon be forgotten.

"I think that's the coldest I've ever been," said Ryan. "The fans came out and made it a heck of a night by being loud and being engaged and when the home team gets two points and the city can rally around it for a great event makes it all the better.

"It was worth every second of it. We had a blast. …

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