The Senators came into tonight's game just two points out of a tie for first place in the Northeast Division, but that was one point more than they could muster as they fell 3-2 in a shoot out to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs got on the board first as Erik Cole streaked in and scored on his own rebound before high-fiving the referee. The Senators answered back just 26 seconds later, as Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza had a catch before Colin Greening slapped the puck past Carey Price to make it a 1-1 game. The Senators would outshoot the Habs 15-9 in the period, and Petteri Nokelainen would attempt to fight Jared Cowen.
The second period opened with a parade to the penalty box, with four minor penalties taken in the first four minutes. Ottawa had a brief period of 4-on-3 time, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Just 24 seconds into the third period, David Desharnais decided he believes in tipping (note: this link contains cursing), and put a PK Subban point shot past Ben Bishop. Thankfully, Erik Karlsson decided he too could show a little offense, and made a nice play to create space for himself and fire off a wrister that beat Price.
The game went to overtime, but overtime didn't solve anything. Unfortunately, the shootout didn't benefit the Senators, as all three Senators shooters seemed to phone it in, not getting any goals. David Desharnais scored for the Habs, giving them the shootout victory.
Sens Killer: Carey Price
Price always seems to be a Sens Killer, and tonight was no exception. He made 35 saves during the game and 3 more during the shoot out, leading to far too many online headlines of "The Price is Right".
Sens Hero: Ben Bishop
Not to be outdone, Ottawa's Ben Bishop had himself a fine outing, stopping 24 of 26, including a highlight reel play where he flew across the net to make a big toe save early in the first.
Sens Killer: David Desharnais
Desharnais had a goal early in the third to give the Habs a 2-1 lead, and he was the only player to score in the shootout. It's amazing the things a guy like Desharnais can do with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Speaking of which...
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