Cole gives Canadiens shootout win over Senators
Max Pacioretty keyed the comeback and Erik Cole scored the
shootout winner to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 preseason
victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Pacioretty converted Montreal’s first attempt in the shootout
after scoring a pair of power-play goals in the second to help the
Canadiens rally from a 3-0 deficit. The left wing had nine shots
and hit the post twice in his second game since returning from a
broken vertebra, the result of a controversial hit by Boston’s
Zdeno Chara on March 8.
”It’s nice to see Max come back,” Canadiens coach Jacques
Martin said. ”He’s played two games now and seems to be feeling
Scott Gomez drew Montreal even at 3 with 36.5 seconds left in
the third when the puck went in off Ottawa captain Daniel
Alfredsson. Playing his first preseason game, Gomez centered
Pacioretty and prospect Brendan Gallagher on a line that combined
for 19 shots.
”It seemed like we were controlling the puck really well every
time we had it,” Pacioretty said. ”It just shows how good Gomer
is because most of the time the puck was on his stick down there
and we were just trying to create some space for him.”
Zack Smith scored goals 1:03 apart in the first period and Milan
Michalek got the Senators’ third goal midway through the
”It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or regular season, blowing
a three-goal lead isn’t good by any means,” Smith said. ”It’s
kind of embarrassing, but we did things that put us in the
situation for them to come back. They got a couple of power-play
goals and that hurt us.”
Nathan Lawson stopped all 11 shots he faced after taking over
for Montreal starter Carey Price following Michalek’s goal. Lawson
got an assist with a long pass up the middle that set up
Pacioretty’s breakaway goal that drew the Canadiens within 3-2 at
17:06 of the second.
Price, who made 15 saves, has allowed seven goals in just over
60 minutes through two starts.
Craig Anderson played the entire game for Ottawa, stopping 29