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The Canadiens extended their winning streak to three straight games with a victory over the Senators

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - The Canadiens edged the Senators 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

Head coach Claude Julien made a few lineup switches ahead of the contest.

After being recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket earlier in the day, forward Ryan Poehling played his first game with the big club since November 12. 

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Re-bienvenue, @liluzipoehlss!Welcome back, Ryan!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/jD8CqVFt7h

Poehling replaced Matthew Peca, who suffered an injury against the Penguins on Tuesday.

There was also a change in between the pipes. Cayden Primeau made the second start of his young NHL career.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le gardien partant de ce soir.Tonight's starting netminder.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/q12YN0r8nW

It was the 20-year-old's first outing since December 5 against Colorado.

For his part, Phillip Danault suited up for his 300th career NHL game.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Bravo, @phildanault! 👏#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/PmT5RopDW7

During the pregame warmup, good buddies Nate Thompson and Max Domi revealed a "secret handshake" of sorts before battling their Atlantic Division rivals.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 🤝#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/TpCnNTke9V

It certainly proved to be good luck for Domi, who made a wonderful tape-to-tape pass to Nick Cousins to open the scoring with 6:24 remaining in the first period.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: PRO TIP: pic.twitter.com/aEMsalAA7U

The power play marker was Cousins' fourth goal of the season.

We also enjoyed this solid hit from Uncle Nate during the opening frame...

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Danser avec Uncle Nate, ��a fait mal.(Sauf si c'est le shimmy 🕺)You don't wanna dance with Uncle Nate.(Unless it's the shimmy 🕺)#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/NAiqLFzne2

There were no goals to report in the second period.

Primeau, in particular, continued his outstanding work with 26 saves through 40 minutes of play… and the fans definitely appreciated it.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: PRIMEAU 👏 PRIMEAU#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/NdE7qN0MSz

Tomas Tatar put the Canadiens up by a pair just 29 seconds into the third period.

It was his 11th goal of the season, and his second in as many games.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le but de Tuna. 🚨Tuna's tally.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/hzGTtiezOO

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 🎶 HEY 🎶 HEY 🎶 HEY 🎶#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Zc0hNmojhp

Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher both collected assists on the play to extend their respective point streaks to five straight games.

Unfortunately, Brady Tkachuk responded for the Senators with a power play goal just four minutes later.

That cut the Canadiens' lead to 2-1.

Then, Connor Brown tied things up for Ottawa with 6:55 remaining in regulation.

That capped the scoring through 60 minutes, so overtime was required.

Defenseman Ben Chiarot scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame.

The Habs will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre.

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