A. Markov (PPG, 19:56 - 2nd)
D. Dziurzynski (06:49 - 2nd) , P. Regin (00:00 - SO)
MTL: C. Price (L)
OTT: B. Bishop (W)
Earlier tonight in Ottawa, the Conference and Northeast divison leading Canadiens took on the Ottawa Senators. With a win in regulation, the Sens would be in a tie with the Habs for 1st. There was no score in the first and the shots were 12-5 Habs. 1 minute into the second, Giontas wrap around was stopped by Bishop and the rebound went to Prust who shot the puck wide of the net. At the 7 minute mark of the second, Dziurzynski came up the right wing and took a slap shot and scored to make it 1-0. 3 minutes later, Eric Cole received a pass at the right wing and took a shot and it went off the post.
With under 10 seconds to go in the period, the Habs were on a powerplay. The faceoff was to the right of Bishop, it was a scramble draw and Pacioretty played it to Diaz who played it over to Markov and his one timer found its way to the back of the net to tie the game. The shots in the second were 18-10 Montreal. Then in the third, the Habs dominated the third by taking shots from anywhere possible, but Bishop stood tall and forced the game to go into overtime.
The shots in the third were 10-8 Habs. No one could find the back of the net in OT so we were off to a shootout. Silfverberg was up first for Ottawa and he scored. Galchenyuk was denied. But on the Habs second shooter, Desharanias faked a shot and then took one and scored to tie the shootout. Regin would score the shootout winner on the Sens 5th attempt to end the game. The Sens win 2-1 and are 1 point back of the Habs for 1st in the East. In the win, Bishop won the game for the Senators by making 44 saves.
In the loss, Price made 23 saves."It was all Bishop," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "I thought (Montreal) really skated well and really cut us off and didn't give us an opportunity to do very much and Ben was outstanding in the net.For the most part I thought they dominated the rink for most of the game but we would bend and we would bend but we wouldn't break. One of the strengths of our organization right now is goaltending and we've been leaning on it quite a bit."
Written By Andrew Di Pardo