M. Zibanejad (PPG, 10:26 - 1st) , D. Alfredsson (PPG, 19:58 - 2nd) , P. Wiercioch (01:50 - 3rd)
OTT: R. Lehner (L)
MTL: C. Price (W)
Earlier tonight in Montreal, the Canadiens took on the Senators seeking a fourth straight win. 7 minutes in, Dumont got the puck behind the Ottawa net and cut to the front and fired a shot and he was stopped, but Eller was there to put home the rebound to make it 1-0. Dumont registered his first career NHL point on that play. 3 minutes later with Ottawa on the powerplay, Silfverberg centred the puck to Zibanejad and he scored blocker side on Price to tie the game. The game was tied after 1 and the shots were 17-13 Montreal. 6:40 into the second with the Habs on a powerplay, Paciorettys shot from the right circle beat Lehner to make it 2-1. Pacioretty wouldn't get credit for the goal because on its way in, it nicked off of the stick of Gallagher (which happened to be on the goal line) and in.
Late in the second with the Habs on another powerplay, Subbans point shot went off the leg of Phillips and in to make it 3-1. Then with 2 seconds to go in the period, Alfredsson received the puck down low from Turrius and he wristed a shot over the shoulder of Price to cut the lead to just one. That was a bad goal given up by Price as he pushed off the post too early and left a wide open corner for Alfredsson to put the puck home. In the second the shots were 13-11 Sens. 1:50 into the second, Wiercioch skated into the slot and fired a shot past Price to tie the game. This game would need overtime. Ottawa was out shot badly in the third, 13-3 and because of Lehner this game would need overtime and then a shootout.
The first shooter for Montreal was Galchenyuk and he scored. Alfredsson was up for Ottawa and he was stopped. The second shooter for Ottawa was Silfverberg and he scored. Eller was the third shooter for Montreal and he skated in on the left side and looked like he was going to cut into the slot, so Lehner went for the poke a little early and Eller roofed it to give Montreal the lead. Turris had to score to keep it alive and he was stopped by the blocker of Price and the Habs win 4-3 and they win their fourth straight. With the win, Montreal improves their record to 18-5-4, which is the Eastern Conference leading record.
In the win, Price made 29 saves. In the loss, Lehner made 42 saves."I don't think we played our best game tonight," said Montreal defenceman Josh Gorges. "But we did good things when we had to.We cycled the puck in the offensive zone and got pucks in front of the net. I think we were sloppy at times though. Our penalty killing has to be better. We got loose in a few areas. But coming back after a long trip, we did what we had to do to get the two points."
Written By Andrew Di Pardo