Ottawa 2, Montreal 3 (SO)

The Sens were the better team to start the game, but the Habs slowed the game down and dominated the second and much of the third.  Neither team could capitalise on their chances in overtime and for the second game in a row the Sens lost in a shootout.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
Ottawa started the game with good pressure, but Ben Bishop had to make a huge save on a 2-on-1 off a Milan Michalek turnover.  The Habs opened the scoring when Erik Cole banged in his own rebound.  The Sens responded immediately on a pass-happy play that ended with Colin Greening cleaning up the garbage.
Second Period
The Sens opened with an early powerplay in which they were unable to generate anything.  A parade of penalties followed which gave the Sens a 4-on-3, but Price kept the game tied.  The Habs were the more physical team through the first half of the game.  Bishop made some great saves late in the period.
Third Period
The Habs score early with a great tip by Desharnais who got behind the defence.  The Sens had a hard time establishing a forecheck or sustained pressure.  Erik Karlsson came to the rescue with a wrister through a crowd that beat Price low and tied the game.  Condra and Daugavins barely played during the period.
Plekanec‘s hit the post and on the same play Matt Gilroy missed an empty net.
For the second game in a row the Sens couldn’t finish in the shootout–none of the shooters scored while Bishop went 2 fo 3.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Montreal, Cole
Bangs in his own rebound on a one-on-one rush with Karlsson
2. Greening (Michalek, Spezza)
Karlsson to Michalek to Spezza to Michalek who fans on his shot and Greening deposits the puck into the empty net
3. Montreal, Desharnais
A great tip, with Spezza losing Desharnais in coverage
4. Karlsson (Kuba, Spezza)
Fires it through Ryan White, beating Price low glove side

Erik Karlsson – tied the game and was strong defensively
Ben Bishop – kept the team in the game when they were unable to generate anything offensively

Players Who Struggled:
Matt Gilroy – he wasn’t terrible, but he can’t miss an open net in overtime

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