Pre-Season: Senators Lose 4-3 (SO) to Canadiens

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The Ottawa Senators & the Montreal Canadiens met for the first game of a home and home series on Friday night at SBP.  Of course, as is the case any time these 2 teams meet in Ottawa, the crowd was split as to who to cheer for.  The one exception being the announcement of the starting lineup and captain Daniel Alfredsson, which garnered a loud and deafening response.

The first period began with a lot of blocked and deflected shots.  It took a large rebound off a Filip Kuba howitzer to open the scoring when Zack Smith backhanded the puck into the open net to make it 1-0.  1:03 later, Jason Spezza would settle a bouncing puck while shorthanded, skate down the ice and thread a soft pass to Zack Smith, who was able to redirect it by Carey Price and put the Senators up 2-0.

In the second period, the Senators would add to their lead when Milan Michalek snapped the puck by Carey Price from right in front, making it 3-0.  After a Chris Phillips penalty, the Habs would reduce the lead to 2, when Max Pacioretty wired one by Craig Anderson for the power-play goal and his first since being ran into the partition by Zdeno Chara on March 8th. 4:59 later, on yet another Habs PP, Pacioretty would sneak in behind the Senators defence, take a long pass from goaltender Nathan Lawson and bury his 2nd goal of the game to make it 3-2.

The Senators would play a solid third, holding off the Habs from tying the game until there was 37 seconds left.  At that time, a scramble in front of Anderson resulted in the puck being deflected off Daniel Alfredsson’s skate and across the goal line to tie the game at 3 and send it to overtime. 

Nobody scored in the OT period so it went to a shootout.  It came down to the last shooters and after Daniel Alfredsson missed his attempt, Erik Cole snuck one by Craig Anderson to win the game and send the Habs fans home happy.

Afterwards, the Sens’ captain spoke about playing his first game of the pre-season.

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Craig Anderson on losing in a shootout and the overall effort.

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Paul MacLean on what went wrong after the 3-0 lead.

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