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OTT@MTL: Game Recap

Cole Caufield's first career NHL goal was the game-winner in overtime

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski. @CanadiensMTL /

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

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The Habs celebrated diversity and inclusion with the annual LGBTQ+ Night, in partnership with Scotiabank.

The players showed their support for the cause by wearing rainbow-coloured jerseys and using Pride Tape on their sticks during the pre-game warmup.

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Goaltender Cayden Primeau made his second start of the season. It was the fourth start of his NHL career.

The Farmington Hills, MI native actually picked up his first NHL victory over the Senators on December 11, 2019 at the Bell Centre.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Sur la glace ce soir 👇Playing tonight 👇#GoHabsGo

For his part, defenseman Brett Kulak was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous six contests.

Kulak took Erik Gustafsson's spot alongside Jon Merrill.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: La formation de ce soir.Tonight's lineup.#GoHabsGo | @TSN690

Primeau was tested early, and he made this solid breakaway stop on Senators forward Ryan Dzingel.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Primeau commence sa soir��e par un bel arr��t. 🚫What a save by Primeau to start the evening.#GoHabsGo

There were no goals to report in the first period.

Ottawa led 9-8 in shots after 20 minutes.

The Senators were the first team to get on the scoreboard with 5:08 remaining in the second period.

Centreman Colin White won a faceoff in the offensive zone that allowed left-winger Tim Stützle to fire a shot that beat Primeau upstairs.

Tweet from @Senators: Didn't see it coming #GoSensGo

It was Stützle's ninth goal of the season.

Defenseman Artem Zub also collected an assist on the play.

D.J. Smith's contingent led 1-0 after 40 minutes and held a 20-18 advantage in shots as well.

The Senators doubled their lead at the 5:51 mark of the third period.

Defenseman Thomas Chabot capped a three-way exchange with a shot from the slot that beat Primeau.

Tweet from @Senators: Fantastic set-up by Dadonov on Chabby's sixth!#GoSensGo

It was Chabot's sixth tally of the year.

Forwards Evgenii Dadonov and Shane Pinto assisted on the goal.

The Canadiens responded less than three minutes later when defenseman Jeff Petry lit the lamp.

Petry took the Senators by surprise at the tail end of a long rush, finishing things off in style.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: D'un bout �� l'autre de la patinoire.That's one mean wrister.#GoHabsGo

It was his 12th goal of the season, and he snapped a 23-game goal drought. His previous snipe came on March 13 against the Calgary Flames.

Tyler Toffoli assisted on Petry's goal.

Centreman Nick Suzuki thought he tied things up two minutes later on the power play, but the goal was disallowed because Corey Perry came into contact with goaltender Filip Gustavsson.

But, the Canadiens wouldn't be denied.

Toffoli capitalized on another power play with 5:35 remaining in regulation to score his 27th goal of the season.

The 29-year-old right-winger converted a pefect feed from Suzuki, blasting a one-timer past Gustavsson to make it 2-2.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: This guy 🥲#GoHabsGo

With an assist on the tally, Suzuki extended his point streak to five straight games.

Perry collected the other assist on the play.

Right-winger Cole Caufield was ultimately the overtime hero with his first career NHL goal in the extra frame.

The youngster buried a perfect feed from Petry to lift the Canadiens to their second straight victory.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: ET DE UN.THAT'S ONE.#GoHabsGo

Centreman Jake Evans also collected an assist on the play.

Primeau made 21 saves to earn his second NHL win.

The Canadiens will be back in action on Monday night when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

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