OTTAWA -- The Montreal Canadiens can appreciate the value of the puck bouncing their way so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs even though it didn't against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
The Canadiens allowed the first goal for the fourth game in a row in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Senators, but they were out of comebacks, losing 1-0 in Game 4 at Canadian Tire Centre.
Montreal had won three straight one-goal games against Ottawa, including the previous two in overtime.
"We got the bounce last game, they got the bounce this game; that's playoff hockey," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said.
Montreal erased a 1-0 Ottawa lead after the first period in each of the first three games. The Senators' one-goal lead in Game 3 held up into the third period before Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust's shot caromed off goalie Craig Anderson into the slot, where Dale Weise gloved the puck and shot it into the net before Anderson could dive across.
Weise scored his second goal of the game in overtime to give Montreal a 2-1 win.
On Wednesday, the bounce in Ottawa's favor saw the puck end up on Senators forward Mike Hoffman's stick in a scoreless game.
"I didn't get a good look at it but I've got to try and fight to see it," Price said of Hoffman's game-winner at 9:05 of the third period. "It's a tough break; nobody was expecting the puck to bounce out to the middle of the ice, and Hoffman was patient with it and picked a side."
Prust had Montreal's best scoring opportunity on the end of his stick on a shorthanded breakaway in the second, but Anderson slid across to close off the left side of the net and thwart his shot, which appeared to hit the outside of the goal post.
The Senators outshot the Canadiens 12-7 in the third to finish with a 32-28 advantage.
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"It's been a back-and-forth series, and the first two periods were back and forth," Prust said. "We all were getting our chances, and then the third period I'm not sure what happened to us. We went flat and we were on our heels. We looked like we lost some energy there, so we've got to learn from that. You've got to play 60 minutes in the playoffs, here especially, but we'll regroup and bounce back for Friday."
Despite the loss, Price said the Canadiens need to stick to their game plan Friday in Game 5 at Bell Centre (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
"We've just got to do the same thing," Price said. "There's no secret to it; their backs are against the wall. We just need to keep pressing and keep making it difficult to come up the ice."
The Canadiens went 0-for-3 on the power play Wednesday. Left wing Max Pacioretty's second-period goal in Montreal's 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 is the Canadiens' only one with the man-advantage in 16 opportunities through the first four games.
"I think we had opportunities to win, but we didn't make the right decision when we had the puck for whatever reason," said Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, who had five shot attempts, including two on goal, in 27:35.
Anderson made 28 saves for the shutout following a 47-save performance in his series debut in Game 3.