In a case of ‘another day, another shoot-out’, the Montreal Canadiens defeated their compatriots and league rivals, the Ottawa Senators, after a late tie-breaker to record their third victory in four outings. The final score: 3-2. The Canadiens victory will be of no surprise to many pundits who have highlighted them as one of their NHL picks and one of the better NHL betting tips.
The result was particularly galling for the Senators, who have struggled to contain the Canadiens this season, despite being the
statistically better team. “This team doesn’t bring the best out of us for some reason”, lamented Ottawa coach, Paul Maclean.
Maclean will be hoping that his hockey team can set the record straight against their countrymen, when the two sides go head-to-head for the fifth time this season on Friday in Ottawa.
The opening minutes of last night’s encounter belonged to the two goal-tenders, Ben Bishop and Carey Price, who both made a number of smart saves to deny the opposition an early advantage in Canada.
However, the Canadiens’ Eric Cole soon found a point for his team, knocking in the rebound to give Montreal the advantage. Not to be outdone, the Senators’ Colin Greening scored a real poachers effort mere seconds later, sneaking the puck between Price and the post.
Greening’s goal would be the last that fans would see until the start of the third period, when the Canadien, David Desharnais, tipped in the assist from defenceman, P.K Subban, allowing his team to grab the lead.
Long-haired Senator, Erik Karlsson, grabbed the equaliser, and his 19th goal of the year, beating Price from range. The Swede’s goal
ultimately pushed the game into extra time, where no solution was forthcoming.
Just one goal was scored in the ensuing shoot-out – the decider, from Desharnais. However, Price earned a feather for his cap by stopping Daniel Alfredsson’s shot. He is the first tender to get between the Swede and his quarry all season.