Canadiens 3, Senators 2, SO

Not much has gone right for the Montreal Canadiens this season,

except when they face the Ottawa Senators.

David Desharnais scored in regulation and again in a shootout

and the Canadiens beat the Senators 3-2 on Wednesday night to run

their record for the season against their regional rival to


”We just play well against them,” said Montreal goalie Carey

Price, who has been in the net for all four meetings. ”We’re a

pretty skilled team and so are they.”

Desharnais was the only scorer in the shootout, while Price

stopped all three Ottawa attempts, including a diving poke check on

Milan Michalek.

The Senators need to find an answer to the Canadiens soon. They

will host Montreal on Friday night, and face them again March 23 in


”We were happy to get a point on the road,” Senators coach

Paul MacLean said. ”It was a little close to the vest on their

part and on ours, but this team doesn’t bring the best out in us,

for some reason.

”We have another opportunity on Friday to find a solution. We

don’t seem to be able to skate like we do when we’re successful. We

have to find a solution to that.”

Erik Cole also scored for Montreal (28-32-11), which is 3-0-1 in

its last four games but remains well out of playoff contention.

Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson replied for the Senators

(36-25-10), who are one point behind Northeast Division-leading

Boston. The Bruins have two games in hand.

Montreal wore its white ”away” jerseys so that the Senators

could get some exposure for their mostly black heritage gear, and

it produced a game lacking in color or excitement for the fans.

Ottawa outshot Montreal 37-26, but few big saves were needed at

either end until the shootout.

A highlight came from Cole.

After scoring on his own rebound on a rush down the right side

at 13:45 of the first period, the Canadiens’ veteran inexplicably

high-fived referee Greg Kimmerly in the midst of his


”I had no one to celebrate with,” Cole said.

”That was hilarious,” Price said. ”I didn’t laugh for long

because they scored right after, but I think the ref was laughing,


When asked if the NHL might suspend Cole for making contact with

an official, Price said: ”You can’t suspend someone for that. It

was pure comedy.”

The Canadiens took the lead 24 seconds into the third period

when Desharnais was left alone on the doorstep and deflecting P.K.

Subban’s shot past Ben Bishop.

Karlsson tied it at 11:01 when he threaded his 19th goal of the

season through traffic and past Price from the top of the right

circle. It was Karlsson’s third goal in two games.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead on Cole’s goal.

Only 26 seconds later, Greening was at the side of the net and

finished a three-way play with Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza to

tie the game.

The crowd gave a warm ovation to defenseman Andrei Markov for

his first shift on home ice in more than a year. Markov missed most

of the last two seasons because of knee problems.

NOTES: Montreal was without Alexei Emelin (upper body) and Scott

Gomez (concussion). Tomas Kaberle didn’t play because his

girlfriend gave birth. Frederic St. Denis was called up from AHL

Hamilton to fill in on defense. … Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec

missed warmups and got to the rink just before the start of the

game because of family reasons, the team said. … Bobby Butler,

Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner didn’t dress for Ottawa. … There

were big cheers for a video tribute to former Canadiens captain

Saku Koivu, now with Anaheim, who recently played his 1,000th NHL