MONTREAL — Daniel Alfredsson saved all the drama until the very last shot.
The final shooter in the first round of three, Alfredsson kept his perfect shootout record intact when he scored the only goal to give the Senators a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa’s first win over the Canadiens in three chances this season.
Alfredsson is now four-for-four in the shootout this year and 15 for 40 lifetime.
The goal won’t count in Alfredsson’s tally, but it’s one of the more important ones he’s scored this season.
It gives Ottawa its fourth straight win, a sweep of this three-game road trip, and their eighth win in their last nine games.
“I saw that Carey (Price) was pretty patient with both Milan (Michalek) and Jason (Spezza),” said Alfredsson.
“He didn’t over-react. I tried to fake a shot and maybe he (would) wait for a move, then I’d shoot it quick five-hole. And I was able to find a little bit of an opening.”
Max Pacioretty sent the game into overtime with 38.9 seconds left when, with Price off for an extra attacker, the Senators couldn’t clear the puck and he slammed a rebound past Craig Anderson, who faced 35 shots.
Six minutes earlier, Jason Spezza had given Ottawa a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal 20 seconds into a double minor to Tomas Plekanec for high-sticking Zack Smith.
Plekanec broke a 0-0 tie 42 seconds into the third with a shorthanded goal.
Five minutes later, Kyle Turris tied it at 1-1 when he deflected a shot from Sergei Gonchar past Price.
“It was a gritty win,” said Spezza.
“It’s a tough end-of-the-road-trip win, in a tough building.
“We score a goal (to go ahead). It’s unfortunate we gave up that tying goal late, but we finally win in the shootout and find a way to get two points.
“We’re happy with the result.”
Anderson was upset when the Canadiens got the tying goal, but it wasn’t his fault. His teammates had plenty of chances to clear the puck and couldn’t.
“We weren’t at our best (Saturday night) but we found a way to win, and that’s the way this game goes sometimes,” he said.
“You never like to give up a goal like that late, but it happens, and we found a way to win, and in the end that’s what matters.”
Wanting to get the crowd on the side, the Canadiens played the first with a lot of desire. They only narrowly outshot the Senators 9-7, but came the closest to scoring a goal when P.K. Subban blasted a shot from the blue line past Anderson.
However, it was immediately waved off by referee Paul Devorski, who was calling Andrei Kostitsyn for interfering with Anderson.
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WHY THEY WON: Because Daniel Alfredsson was able to keep his perfect shootout record intact — it’s now four for four — and Craig Anderson had another terrific night in goal, making 33 saves and stopping all three Montreal shooters in the shootout.
STUD: Craig Anderson. Another big night in goal. Was upset about allowing the tying goal but stoned the Habs in the shootout.
DUD: Montreal power play. It could have taken control of the game but was unsuccessful in five chances. Something to work on.
TOUGH TICKET: Saturday’s game was the 314th consecutive full house of 21,273 for the Canadiens, 286 in the regular season, 28 in the playoffs. The last game that wasn’t played before a capacity crowd was on Jan. 8, 2004, against Tampa Bay. No wonder management gets ansty when the team doesn’t win.