MONTREAL (AP) _ Daniel Alfredsson has had a lot of fun at the Montreal
Alfredsson scored his 30th and 31st goals and added an assist, and Patrick
Lalime made 29 saves in the Ottawa Senators' 4-0 victory over Montreal 4-0 on
``Tonight, I was able to get in the right place at the right time,''
Montreal, 2-1 losers in Buffalo on Wednesday night, failed for the second
straight game to earn the single point it needs to clinch a playoff spot.
Alfredsson had 13 points in six games against Montreal this season to help
Ottawa take the season series 4-2. The Ottawa captain also matched his career
high of 78 points set last season.
``I don't know why it is,'' Alfredsson said. ``A lot of the points came on
the power play and our power play has been good against them all season.''
Brian Smolinski and Jason Spezza also scored for Ottawa, fifth in the
Eastern Conference. Lalime has five shutouts this season and the 33 in his NHL
``Lalime made the difference early in the game,'' Montreal coach Claude
Julien said. ``I thought we came out well and if we'd been more opportunistic
early, it might have been a different game.
``But you have to respect their offense. The slightest little error went in
Montreal's Jose Theodore faced 31 shots, including a stop on a penalty shot
at 16:14 of the second period by Peter Bondra, who had been hooked from behind
by Francis Bouillon on a breakaway.
Bondra, who had two assists, was held without a goal for a ninth straight
``I'm looking for the keys _ can you find the keys for my hands?'' Bondra
joked. ``The chances are there.
``Hopefully, it will come at the right time. As an offensive player, you're
really pressing even if you don't want to admit it. You have to shoot the puck
and not worry too much about it.''