The Canadian hospital may be as crowded as the emergency room of the hospital Notre Dame, but the consequences have not done too felt on the ice last night.
In fact, it is rather the Senators, authors of a 1-7-3 record in their last 10 games, which seemed to need a good dose of serum!
Led by Tomas Plekanec, who scored twice, Carey Price, who stopped 33 shots and a couple of players who had just come out of the infirmary, the Canadiens had no difficulty in crushing the poor Senators, 7-1.
It may be a bit more spicy tonight at the Bell Centre against Saku Koivu, Maxim Lapierre, Jonas Hiller and the Ducks.
Plekanec ran its record to 16 goals this season, the same number that Brian Gionta, who also entered the scoresheet.
Other nets went to Benoit Pouliot, who was returning to the game after battling a virus, Max Pacioretty, who injured his ribs no later than Wednesday at Buffalo, Andrei Kostitsyn and PK Subban.
Jacques Martin's men have therefore ranking points for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
They now have 58, one more than they now lead the Rangers to sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The match also marked the debut of two little new, Ryan White, who is serving his second internship in Montreal (he has two assists in 16 games last year) and Andreas Engqvist, who was the baptism of fire in the National League.
Martin used the two men on a regular basis in the company of Travis Moen on a fourth line of attack.
White did not miss the chance to get noticed, rubbing his fists with Brian Lee in the third period, after Moen had received a severe body check from Chris Phillips.
We suspected that the evening would long for the Senators when the Canadiens went there with two goals in the first four minutes of play the match against Mike Brodeur, who was making his first start of the season.
The match had barely started when Mathieu Darche has been there for a superb game.
Grabbing a loose puck by Jesse Winchester at the hands of Yannick Weber in the Canadian zone entry, Darche spotted Benoit Pouliot at center ice.
The big left winger was able to slip between defenders and defeat Senators Brodeur with a high shot.
The Senators' woes continued less than a minute later on Plekanec's first goal, following a reversal caused by Erik Karlsson in its territory.
The Canadian, who felt completely in control of the situation, then temporarily abandoned its defensive about his rare moments of weakness for the evening.
With the trio who played Gionta softness in its territory, Chris Kelly came complete with a nice play tic-tac-toe started by Zack Smith and Chris Campoli.
The line of attack but Gionta has resumed early in the second period with two quick goals within five minutes.
The purpose of Gionta, which although stationed in the enclave has received the record of Scott Gomez, then of Pacioretty on the power play, were first sounded the end of the emissions of Brodeur.
Called to the Rescue, Brian Elliott was welcomed by Plekanec's second goal, which escaped from the center.
Then third, Kostitsyn enjoyed a scramble in front of the cage General Elliott for defeat without a problem, then Subban scored the final nail in the coffin of the Senators on the power play.
* As expected, Michael Cammalleri, whose name was placed on the reserve list this week, and Jeff Halpern were not in uniform.
* Alex Kovalev, who returned to action after missing six games with an injured knee, did no good ...