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Canadiens 3, Senators 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Senators 2, SO
Montréal Canadiens 3, Ottawa Senators 2

OTTAWA (AP) -Alex Tanguay looked as if he was going to back right into Alex Auld before he put a backhander through the Ottawa goalie's legs for the shootout winner.

Tanguay scored on Montreal's fourth shootout attempt to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Senators on Thursday night.

Tanguay turned to the right as he bore in on Auld and skated backward before scoring the winner after Andrei Markov had the only goal on Montreal's first three attempts.

"It's a move that either the goalie plays the shot there or he opens his legs to cover both posts," Tanguay said.

Auld acknowledged that skaters are using an ever-growing range of approaches on shootout attempts.

"Guys are trying anything and that was a pretty good play," Auld said. "I didn't know whether he was going to pull it back to his forehand or not. I was kind of thinking that if he was going to shoot, he'd probably go high - on the backhand, usually guys try to get it up. It was a good, patient play on his part."

Carey Price, who made 23 saves, stopped Daniel Alfredsson, Jarkko Ruutu and Antoine Vermette after Jason Spezza scored on Ottawa's first shot in the tiebreaker.

The Senators' losing streak reached six games (0-4-2).

"We're not happy with it, but I think the way we played is encouraging," Ruutu said. "If we keep working like we did tonight, playing the way we did, we're going to get rewarded for it. You can't bury your head and feel sorry for yourself. It's actually the opposite, we should feel a lot better than we did a couple of games ago."

Markov drew Montreal even at 2 with 4:24 remaining in the third. The Russian defenseman drove a slap shot past Auld from the right faceoff circle for his second goal of the season.

"It was a pretty tight game, I thought," Tanguay said. "It was a fast-paced game and both sides were desperate to get a win. It's a huge relief for us. Andrei has played some great hockey for us. The puck hasn't gone in as much as he'd like but he made an outstanding shot there and fortunately for us, that puck found its way into the net."

Saku Koivu pulled the Canadiens even at 1 with his seventh goal on a power play 13:33 into the first.

"It was a huge win for us, obviously," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "Both teams started the game knowing that it was going to be a tough game, that both teams were kind of struggling lately and that everything was going to be left on the ice. It was a really good game."

Dany Heatley gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead 4:21 in with his team-leading 11th goal. Nick Foligno put Ottawa ahead 2-1 with his second goal on a power play 4:58 into the third.

Montreal's Guillaume Latendresse drew a high-sticking penalty after he got his stick up on defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the Senators' zone with 15.2 remaining in regulation.

Auld stopped 19 shots in his fifth straight start for Ottawa.

Montreal, which lost 2-1 in Carolina on Tuesday, won for just the third time in its last eight games (3-4-1) since getting off to an 8-1-1 start.

"I thought this was a step in the right direction for our team," Price said. "I thought the last three games we started to turn it around and start to play well, even though we lost the last game. We're starting to bond more as a group, I think."

Ottawa was without center Mike Fisher and right wing Chris Neil, both sidelined because of knee injuries.

Fisher strained a ligament in his right knee in Monday's 2-1 shootout loss in New York and is expected to be out for a week. Neil will have arthroscopic surgery Friday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. He's expected to miss at least a month.

Heatley opened the scoring when he flipped a shot past Price from the slot after Alfredsson redirected Alexandre Picard's point shot.

Koivu jammed a shot between Auld's pads from the right edge of the crease at 13:33 to tie it at 1.

Antoine Vermette appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal for Ottawa 17:55 into the second during a delayed penalty call.

Referee Don VanMassenhoven immediately waved it off, despite Senators alternate captain Chris Phillips' protests, indicating that he had blown his whistle when Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon played the puck just before Vermette beat Price with his shot from the slot.

"I heard it right before he released the puck," Price said.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:21
OTT
Dany Heatley (11) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (14), Alexandre Picard (4)
1 - 0 OTT
13:33
MTL
PPG - Saku Koivu (7) ASST: Alex Kovalev (9), Sergei Kostitsyn (5)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:58
OTT
PPG - Nick Foligno (3) ASST: Alexandre Picard (5), Chris Phillips (2)
2 - 1 OTT
15:36
MTL
Andrei Markov (2) ASST: Robert Lang (6), Sergei Kostitsyn (6)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDOTTMTL
1J. SpezzaA. Kovalev
2D. AlfredssonA. Markov
3J. RuutuS. Koivu
4A. VermetteA. Tanguay
penalty summary
1st Period
13:03
OTT
Nick Foligno  Boarding against  Roman Hamrlik
17:03
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Tripping against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
03:04
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Hooking against  Cody Bass
07:54
OTT
Shean Donovan  Diving against  Roman Hamrlik
07:54
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Shean Donovan
14:47
OTT
Cody Bass  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Begin
14:47
MTL
Steve Begin  Fighting (maj) against  Cody Bass
17:55
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Tripping against  Jarkko Ruutu
3rd Period
03:34
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding against  Shean Donovan
19:44
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Hi-sticking against  Anton Volchenkov
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 25TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0
Alex Auld
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
Saves: 19EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0