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
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