Just in time the Sens and Patrick Lalime seem to be on the same page again. Thursday night saw the Sens head into Montreal and Patrick played one of his best games of the year, leading his team mates to a 4-0 win over the Habs.
Surviving an early rush of Habs in the first period, the Sens built up a 2-0 lead by the time the second period came around. The Sens totally dominatined the Habs in the second, Montreal unable to get a shot on goal for the first fifteen minutes. Unable to take advantage of power plays and outhustled and hit for the bulk of the game, Montreal would rebound a bit in the third, but were unable to beat Lalime on the night.
The Sens received two goals from Alfredsson and one each from Smolinski and Spezza. Alfredsson's goals putting him over the 30 goal plateau for the second season in the last three that Alfredsson has scored 30 or more goals. Lalime recorded his second shutout in four games, and rebounded nicely from his shaky effort in Boston the other night.
With the win the Sens keep pace with the Maple Leafs, one point behind the Leafs as they prepare to head into the last weeks of the season. With Lalime starting to have more confidence on the ice and the bench coming alive to score some goals, the Sens should find that they won't have much to do to take things to next level. With his improved play, Lalime's confidence should be rising, with it will come the team chemistry that has kept Ottawa on it's winning ways the last couple of years. The time is right to carry things on into the playoff rounds.