The game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators was very tight, yet the best team picked up two tonight. The Habs outshot the Sens 45-32 and 13-3 in the third period. They had a nice lead of 3-1 with goals from Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller, and PK Subban, the three best players on the ice tonight and well deserving of their goals. However the Sens fought back with a goal by Daniel Alfredsson with 1.5 seconds left in the second period to cut the lead to 3-2. And just like that, 1:50 into the third period, a wrist shot by Patrick Wiercioch beats Carey Price and it’s 3-3. It would remain that way going into overtime.
Overtime solved nothing and the game heads to a shootout. The Habs scored on 2 out of their 3 opportunities, with goals coming from Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller, and a miss by David Desharnais. Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal for Ottawa on three attempts, with misses from Daniel Alfredsson and Kyle Turris.
Other news: With the win, the Habs become first team in the East to hit 40 points this season. They are third overall in points after the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. They will play their next game on Saturday at the Prudential Center, where they will face the New Jersey Devils. Rookie Greg Pateryn was sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs after the game, which means a possibility of Raphael Diaz returning soon from his concussion, or rather trying to give Tomas Kaberle some playing time.