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Tkachuk lifts Senators past Canadiens in OT

Forward wins it at 38 seconds on breakaway for Ottawa, which is 6-2-0 in past eight games

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Tkachuk wins it in overtime

OTT@MTL: Tkachuk nets OT winner on breakaway

Brady Tkachuk collects Chris Tierney's pass, dashes on a breakaway and tucks the puck by Carey Price for a 2-1 win in overtime

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MONTREAL -- Brady Tkachuk scored 38 seconds into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Tkachuk skated in on a breakaway and scored his eighth goal of the season on a backhand that beat Carey Price five-hole.

"He's one of the best goalies in the NHL, or the best, so it's definitely something I'll remember," Tkachuk said.

Price said, "He had a lot of speed. I was trying to match his speed, and he made a pretty good move there."

 

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored, and Craig Anderson made 35 saves for Ottawa (10-11-1), which was coming off a 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and is 6-2-0 in its past eight games.

"It's a big rivalry game, and both teams are off back-to-backs, so a little tired and a little fatigued," Tkachuk said. "But both teams showed up. It was a pretty fun game, great atmosphere, and I think everybody wanted to show up for these rivalry games." 

Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal (11-6-5), which is 0-1-2 in its past three games. Price made 22 saves after making 21 in a 5-2 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

"I thought we played a very good game on both ends of the ice and I thought we just didn't get rewarded for it," Price said.

Video: EA Sports Overtime Game Winner - Brady Tkachuk

Suzuki scored a power-play goal 44 seconds into the second period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. During a scramble in front, Phillip Danault passed the loose puck to Suzuki, who scored into an open net from just outside the crease.

"Everyone's going to have their ups and downs throughout the season," Suzuki said. "It's a team game, everyone has to chip in, and right now, I feel like I'm producing well, but I know other guys are getting a lot of chances, it just hasn't been going in for them."

Pageau tied it 1-1 at 9:55 of the second when he deflected Tyler Ennis' shot from along the right boards. Pageau leads the NHL with 10 goals since Nov. 1.

"I don't think I've ever had a heater like this before, not even in junior or anything," Pageau said. "It's obviously a great feeling. I'm feeling confident in my abilities right now, and I'm lucky to have the linemates and teammates that I have right now. I think we're playing some pretty good hockey."

Video: OTT@MTL: Pageau tips one in front for equalizer

 

They said it

"It was a hard game. They came out fast, they were flying. They were good on the forecheck, shooting a lot of pucks, put us on our heels. But I thought in the second [period], we came out and played better. And in the third, the same thing. We came out and played better. I think [Anthony Duclair] started skating and put them on their heels, and I think it changed the momentum a little bit to see him flying like that all over the ice." -- Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau

"Overall, our game's not bad, but we let teams hang around and hang around, and eventually they tie the game. And then, you know, laziness on the part of our forwards in overtime ends up costing us another point." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

 

Need to know

Guy Carbonneau was honored by the Canadiens for being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in a pregame ceremony that included video tributes from Kirk Muller, Bob Gainey, Patrick Roy and Wayne Gretzky. Carbonneau won the Stanley Cup three times (with Montreal in 1986, 1993; Dallas Stars in 1999) and the Selke Trophy voted as the best defensive forward three times (1988, 1989, 1992). … Pageau needs three goals to tie Daniel Alfredsson (13 in November 2005) for the most scored in a month in Ottawa history. … It was Tkachuk's second overtime goal in the NHL. … Senators forward Vladislav Namestnikov had to be helped off the ice with a lower-body injury at 11:08 of the first period after he crashed into the boards on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Cale Fleury.

 

What's next

Senators: Host the New York Rangers on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN5, RDS, MSG, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CITY, SNE, TVAS, MSG 2, NHL.TV)

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