RECAP | Canadiens – Senators: Price, Kovalchuk Lead Habs to OT Win

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Nick Suzuki

Ilya Kovalchuk – Max Domi – Matthew Peca

Artturi Lehkonen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Nick Cousins

Ryan Poehling – Nate Thompson –  Dale Weise

Defence pairings

Marco Scandella – Shea Weber

Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry

Victor Mete – Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Carey Price – Charlie Lindgren

Scratches

Jordan Weal

Injuries

Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia, Ben Chiarot, Brendan Gallagher

Game Report

The losing streak is over, for now. It came against the 29th place team in the NHL, but it was enthusiastically celebrated by the team. It was the first win for the Canadiens in nine games.

After an evenly-played first period, Montreal was badly outshot 32-9 for the next 40 minutes. The only answer to the Senators was Carey Price. He was outstanding.

With Price performing his heroics and the Canadiens riding a first period power-play goal, what could go wrong? Marc Bergevin could only shake his head in the third period when a puck went off a few skates into the back of the Habs net. Was it happening again?

Montreal took charge in the overtime period. Ilya Kovalchuk went in alone on Marcus Hogberg but was stopped as he tried to go five-hole. Undaunted, Kovalchuk got another chance, late in OT, and fired the game-winner.

This was a much-needed win for the Canadiens thanks to the brilliance of Price and Kovalchuk’s first goal in a Canadiens jersey.

Plus / Minus

▲  Carey Price, Artturi Lehkonen, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ilya Kovalchuk

▼  Dale Weise, Max Domi, Matthew Peca