MONTREAL - It started as a special night for Guy Carbonneau, but the Ottawa Senators spoiled the party and handed the Canadiens their third straight loss on Wednesday at the Bell Centre.
Prior to the game, the Canadiens paid tribute to former captain Guy Carbonneau. The three-time Stanley Cup winner and three-time Selke trophy winner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday after a 1,318-game career with the Habs, St. Louis Blues, and Dallas Stars.
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Early in the game, the Canadiens got stuck with a four-minute penalty after Victor Mete was assessed a double-minor for high sticking. Montreal did a spectacular job on the penalty kill and even came close to scoring in the first half of the Sens' power play, holding Ottawa to a single shot on their extended man advantage.
The Habs ended the period on the power play, but the score was even after 20. Montreal was ahead 12-3 in the shots department.
Still up a man to start the second, the Habs opened the scoring when Phillip Danault got the puck loose in a goal-mouth scramble and fed it to Nick Suzuki, who had more than enough time and space to send it into the gaping net for his sixth of the season.
But just as the midway mark of the game was approaching, Jean-Gabriel Pageau tipped a Tyler Ennis shot from the top of the circle past Carey Price to square things up at 1-1.
After 40, the Habs were still dominating in shots with a 25-13 advantage, but each team had lit the lamp once and it was a tie game heading into the final frame.
The third period was a tight one, which made the Canadiens' second penalty of the night an even more crucial point of the game. Montreal was assessed a minor when Brett Kulak shot the puck over the glass midway through the period, but the Habs' penalty kill prevailed once again.
Still, neither team was able to mark up the scoresheet in the third and this game would need extra time to be decided.
In overtime, Brady Tkachuk put one past Price to seal the deal for the Sens.