Senators Lose 4-3 (SO) to Canadiens

The Senators came into the Bell Centre having lost their last 3 games in the building by a combined score of 10-4.

And it didn’t take long for them to fall behind once again.

7:02 into the first period, the Habs line of Lars Eller-Gabriel Dumont-Alex Galchenyuk outmuscled, outpositioned and outworked their opposing line to create a 1-0 lead as Lars Eller potted a rebound past Robin Lehner.

But Ottawa quickly responded on the power-play as Mika Zibanejad let go a wicked snapshot that beat Carey Price to tie the game.  It was Zibanejad’s 5th goal in his past 10 games and 6th on the season, tying him with Erik Karlsson for the team lead.

The Habs took the lead in the second period on a power-play of their own.  Max Pacioretty’s snapshot was tipped through Robin Lehner’s legs by Brendan Gallagher and it was 2-1 Montreal.  It was also the 8th straight Canadiens’ power-play goal that PK Subban has recorded a point on.

Subban kept the streak going a little later on. After Eric Gryba was called for cross-checking, the Toronto native let one go from the point.  A slight re-direct off Chris Phillips caught Robin Lehner going the other way and it was 3-1 Montreal.

Once again, the Senators answered.  With only 1.6 seconds left in the period, Daniel Alfredsson roofed one on Carey Price that fooled everyone but the captain.  He knew he scored and after review, the power-play goal was confirmed.  3-2 heading to the third.

Ottawa rode the momentum from Alfredsson’s goal into the final frame.  After some great back-checking by Zack Smith, Patrick Wiercioch skated into the Montreal zone, faked a shot, then snapped it through Carey Price to tie the game for a second time.

The Senators were able to kill off 3 straight Montreal power-plays after the Wiercioch goal and send this one to a shootout. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Robin Lehner’s struggles in the shootout continued as he allowed 2 of the 3 shooters to score.  The winner came off the stick of Lars Eller, who was undoubtedly the first star of the game.

4-3 was the final as Ottawa was involved in a 1-goal game for the 10th straight matchup.

Coach Paul MacLean (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=7be1f6aaced6c51c78ba9dd68e43766a1b6214080c4f3ab33

Mika Zibanejad, Coach MacLean, Marc Methot, Patrick Wiercioch & Robin Lehner (video – Senstv)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=218553

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