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Senators 2, Canadiens 1, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 2, Canadiens 1, OT
Montréal Canadiens 1, Ottawa Senators 2
Three Stars of the Game
Josh Gorges
1st
Josh Gorges
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 26:39
Colin Greening
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 7
+/-: 1TOI: 17:02
Filip Kuba
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 25:30

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators heard all about how they were supposed to finish last in the Eastern Conference and not even come close to the playoffs.

Well, they're proving all those doubters wrong — and doing it while sitting in first place in the Northeast Division.

Filip Kuba scored 3:07 into overtime Friday night as the Senators moved ahead of the Boston Bruins in the division with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

"It means a lot of hard work by all those guys across the hallway," Senators coach Paul MacLean said of his players. "They've worked real hard and they've believed in themselves for a long time now and I think the consistency of their effort on a daily basis is being rewarded with the success the team is having. But we've got 10 games left to play and we have lots of work to do."

After taking a pass from Daniel Alfredsson, Kuba beat Carey Price with a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Erik Karlsson assisted on Kuba's winner, giving him four points in his last three games and 71 points in 71 games on the season.

Kuba scored on Ottawa's 33rd shot to give the Senators 84 points — one more than the idle Bruins, although Boston has two games in hand.

Colin Greening also scored for the Senators, while Tomas Plekanec had a goal for the Canadiens.

"I felt like it was a gritty game and it takes 59 or, in our case, 63 minutes, just to break them," Greening said. "I felt like we played really well and I think we deserved to have a couple more goals. Overall, we just stuck to it and we knew that going into overtime were playing the better of the two teams."

The Senators snapped a two-game skid and earned a little redemption from their 3-2 shootout loss in Montreal on Wednesday night. They have also earned points in five straight games.

Ben Bishop faced just 14 shots for Ottawa.

Despite the loss, the Canadiens also have points in five straight games, including three wins, as they continue to climb from the basement of the Eastern Conference.

Greening scored at 6:27 of the third period to tie it after Zack Smith outskated the Montreal defence and got the puck on goal before Greening backhanded a rebound past a fallen Price.

Despite 10 combined power plays through the first two periods, there was only one goal scored — and it was shorthanded.

Plekanec made his way into Montreal's zone with Petteri Nokelainen in the penalty box and fired a quick shot that seem to catch Bishop a bit off guard. Plekanec looked as though he was going to try and split the Ottawa defense, but after taking a quick step to his left, he recorded his second shorthanded goal of the season, and ninth for the Canadiens, at 8:18 of the first period.

Montreal finished 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Senators went 0-for-8, including a lengthy 5-on-3 to start the second period.

"Obviously, that's what you're disappointed in — the amount of work the penalty killers have to do," Montreal coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "Some of the calls were deserved, but some you shake your head at. They were quite correct on a lot of the calls. The one that puzzled me may have been Cole when he was hauled down by Karlsson, but beyond that, we have to play a lot smarter in certain situations.

"We iced a lot of pucks, but we also made a lot of moves that put us on our heels."

The Senators held the Canadiens to just three shots in each of the final two periods and none in overtime.

NOTES: The 21-year-old Karlsson is the youngest defenceman to reach 70 points since the Rangers' Brian Leetch in the 1988-89 season ... Friday's game was the second of three over a nine-day span between Ottawa and Montreal. The Canadiens were 3-2 winners in a shootout at home March 14 and the two will meet for the sixth and final time this season in Montreal on March 23 ... Plekanec's goal was his 139th with the Canadiens, two behind Ryan Walter for 40th in team history ... The Senators face off against their other big rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
08:18
MTL
SHG - Tomas Plekanec (14) ASST: Ryan White (3)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:27
OTT
Colin Greening (15) ASST: Zack Smith (11), Erik Karlsson (52)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
03:07
OTT
Filip Kuba (6) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (28), Erik Karlsson (53)
2 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:05
OTT
Colin Greening  Fighting (maj) against  P.K. Subban
03:05
MTL
P.K. Subban  Fighting (maj) against  Colin Greening
03:05
OTT
Colin Greening  Slashing against  P.K. Subban
06:25
MTL
Petteri Nokelainen  Hooking against  Kyle Turris
12:27
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Staubitz
12:27
MTL
Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
16:31
MTL
Petteri Nokelainen  Holding against  Milan Michalek
19:27
OTT
Nick Foligno  Slashing against  Yannick Weber
19:27
MTL
Yannick Weber  Roughing against  Nick Foligno
19:27
MTL
Ryan White  Holding against  Matt Gilroy
19:54
MTL
P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
01:57
MTL
Lars Eller  Tripping against  Erik Karlsson
05:59
OTT
Erik Condra  Holding against  P.K. Subban
11:55
OTT
Milan Michalek  Boarding against  P.K. Subban
14:07
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Lars Eller
16:07
MTL
Lars Eller  Hooking against  Erik Condra
19:06
MTL
Erik Cole  Holding against  Erik Karlsson
3rd Period
03:56
MTL
David Desharnais  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:20
MTL
Ryan White  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Carey Price
Carey Price
25-26-10
SA: 33TOI: 62:57
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .939SH: 1 - 1
Ben Bishop
SA: 14TOI: 62:22
Saves: 13EV: 6 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 3