The Bell Centre Bat drives Anderson batty before Habs take their turn

For Craig Anderson, a bat that buzzed him during his pre-game warmup at the Bell Centre was as pesky as the Montreal Canadiens.
Anderson was amused and joked that he was “going to try to catch it.”
But he was only joking. He didn’t want it hanging around.
“Not scared, just a little anxious,” he said.
“I saw it, I just didn’t know how far it was going to come.
“It was one of those things, where it sees a perch on my shoulder – and it’s not exactly a friend I want perching on my shoulder.”

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With a 3-1 lead, the Senators let their guard down, said Clarke MacArthur, who eventually got the overtime winner. And the Canadiens took advantage, tying the game at 3-3 in the first five minutes of the third period.
But the Senators kept their poise and managed to squeeze out a 4-3 win. It’s satisfying that they’re able to find ways to win after finding ways to lose in the first half of the season.
“To go four in a row, at this point it’s about keeping the ball rolling,” said MacArthur.
“We’re feeling good about ourselves, the goalies are playing great, and it’s a matter of getting as many as we can in a row here.”

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Mark Stone got his first assist a couple of years ago in a playoff game against the New York Rangers. But his search for his first NHL goal continued – until Saturday night in Montreal.
He got his first at 13:50 of the first period when he beat Carey Price with a backhand. It also represented Matt Kassian’s first NHL assist. But Stone got the puck; he didn’t have to arm wrestle Kassian for it.
“We had a good forecheck going and Kassian kind of made a good play to cover the middle, and kind of just chipped it in on (Josh) Gorges, and (Gorges) just kind of bobbled it on his stomach and I was able to poke it through and just try to get to the puck as fast as I could,” said Stone. “I just released it as fast as I could, and I was pretty excited when it went in.
“I think there was more excitement than relief. I’ve scored in the NHL. It’s pretty exciting, and a moment I’ll never forget.”

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