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Canadiens top Senators in shootout

Mar 15, 2012 - 2:59 AM
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - David Desharnais scored the only goal of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens took a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

In the second round, Desharnais snuck a low backhand between the pads of Ben Bishop. Carey Price then made stops on Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson for the win.

Desharnais and Erik Cole scored in regulation for the Canadiens, who have won three of four. Price stopped 35 shots and all three shooters in the shootout.

"It was a real good group effort tonight," said Cole. "Their team has been playing real well and they're a tough team to play against. Our guys did a great job in managing the puck smartly."

Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson both had goals for the Senators, who have dropped their past two. Bishop finished the game with 24 stops.

"It was a solid road game, both teams played things close to the vest," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean. "For some reason, this team doesn't bring out the best in us for some reason. Whathever it is, we have to find the solution."

Ottawa has 82 points and sits in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, but is just one point behind Boston for the lead in the Northeast Division and second, overall, in the conference.

This was the opener of a home-and-home as the two squads will play in Ottawa on Friday.

Montreal scored 13:45 into the first when Cole skated into the Ottawa end and fired a wrister on net before recovering his own rebound and burying the second chance.

Ottawa, though, answered just 26 seconds later when Greening tapped the puck in from the right side off a broken shot from Milan Michalek.

The middle period passed scoreless, but the Canadiens took the lead 24 seconds into the third when P.K. Subban sent a hard pass from the right point to the low right side where Desharnais got his stick in the air for the redirect.

The Senators again tied the game with 8:59 to play in regulation as Karlsson's wrister from the right point went through a screen for his 19th goal of the season.

Game Notes

Karlsson tied the Ottawa record for most goals in the season by a defenseman. He now shares it with Steve Duchesne, who notched 19 in the 1996-97 campaign...Montreal has taken three of four from Ottawa this season...Neither side scored on the power play, as Ottawa had three chances and Montreal one.