Sunday, December 13, 2015

Canadiens Tie Franchise Record for Shots in a Period

One period does not make a game, and one game does not make a season, but one period did make a strong statement for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Losers of four in a row, Montreal came out like gangbusters, peppering Craig Anderson (see video above to witness first-hand how much fun Anderson was having) with 27 shots and tying the franchise record for shots in a period. They ended up riding the wave of that period to a slump-busting 3-1 victory. Here's the deets, per

The Canadiens outshot the Senators 42-26, including 27-8 in the first period. The 27 shots in the first tied the Canadiens record for most shots in any period, established Jan. 20, 1973 against the Philadelphia Flyers (first period) and matched on Feb. 5, 1977 at the Los Angeles Kings (second period). Via Elias, it also was the highest shot total by one team in the first period of a game since March 12, 2009 (DET: 28 shots vs. CGY).

Anderson ended up being pulled in the second, and the Sens ended up righting the ship and keeping it close. Anderson wasn't happy about the game, but he did seem pleased that he got pulled.

"Considering the situation and the body language that I was giving off and the frame of mind we all were in, I think it was the right play to get a jump start by changing the goalie," Anderson said.

Senator bench boss Dave Cameron was quick to come to his goalies' defense. “Wouldn’t you be (upset)? He had every right to be upset after the way we defended today,” he said.