Good effort, bad result for Senators

In a game that featured huge shifts of momentum, the Montreal Canadiens, who squandered a 3-0 first-period lead, escaped Ottawa with a 5-4 win over the Senators when P.K. Subban scored 23 seconds into overtime.

Good effort, bad result for Senators
Craig Anderson gets set to block the shot from Rene Bourque (C) as Cody Ceci stays close in the 2nd period as the Ottawa Senators take on the Montreal Canadiens in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, January 16, 2014. (Wayne Cuddington / Ottawa Citizen)

In a game that featured huge shifts of momentum, the Montreal Canadiens, who squandered a 3-0 first-period lead, escaped Ottawa with a 5-4 win over the Senators when P.K. Subban scored 23 seconds into overtime.

The Senators, who had already defeated the Canadiens twice this season, seemed to be on their way to another win.

They took a 4-3 lead into the final 10 minutes of the third period. But with 8:58 left, disaster struck when Jared Cowen knocked the puck into his own net.

Craig Anderson stopped a breakaway by Tomas Plekanec, only to see the rebound go in off Cowen’s skate.

That was Plekanec’s second goal of the night and tied the score at 4-4. The Habs also got singles from Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais

Clarke MacArthur, Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators in regulation time.

Anderson faced 23 shots, while Carey Price, brilliant for a large part of the night, faced 44.

The Canadiens roared to a 3-0 first-period lead, only to see the Senators storm back with two goals in the final three minutes to make it a game.

The Senators ended up outshooting the Canadiens 19-7 in the opening frame, but the Habs scored on their first, fourth, and fifth shots to take a 3-0 lead.

Plekanec started it with a short-handed breakaway at 2:04, beating Anderson low to the stick side, Pacioretty made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 14:05, ripping a shot to the top right corner, and Desharnais got a lovely pass from Brendan Gallagher that allowed him to walk in alone, fake his way around Anderson, and make it 3-0.

It helped that at the other end, Price was giving a performance he could attach to his Olympic resume, making big saves off Milan Michalek and Colin Greening, among others.

But MacArthur finally found a crack at 17:31 to beat him with a long-distance deflection off a shot from Karlsson, and then Jason Spezza’s great vision set Karlsson up for a gimme.

On the far side of the ice, above the left circle, Spezza saw Karlsson heading to the net. So instead of shooting, which Price had set himself for, Spezza sent it across for Karlsson, who ended up with an open net.

For the longest time, it looked as if the Senators wouldn’t beat Price in the second period.

His glove hand was magical, taking away certain goals from Michalek, Ryan, and Mark Stone. Even the Ottawa fans were cheering for Price.

He couldn’t stop them all, however.

Ryan broke through with 2:44 remaining in the period, beating Price low to the far side with a shot from the right circle — not the type of goal you’d expect to see after the saves he’d been making.

Then, 1:24 later, Turris put a backhander over Price on the stick side after a sweet give-and-go with MacArthur.

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GAME FILE

WHY THEY LOST

After dominating much of the game, they gave up the chance to control their own fate with Jared Cowen’s own-goal. That gave the Canadiens enough life to get the golden goal in overtime.

JEERS

Jared Cowen, Senators

It was an accident, but Cowen tying it up for the Habs at 11:02 of the third by kicking in a rebound after Craig Anderson stopped Tomas Plekanec on a breakaway was one of those self-inflicted misadventures that probably could have been avoided.

CHEERS

Bobby Ryan, Senators

He showed he knows how to spell intense, putting up one of his better games of the season. Over the first two periods, he led the Senators with six shots and was rewarded with his first goal since Dec. 28.

ANOTHER FULL HOUSE

For their 26th home game of the 2013-14 season, the Senators attracted 19,217 fans — Ottawa’s seventh full house of the season. The CTC was also full when the Habs visited on Nov. 7.

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