MONTREAL -- Lars Eller
scored the decisive goal in a shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens
extended their winning streak to four with a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators
Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk
also scored in the tiebreaker, and Carey Price stopped two of Ottawa's three shooters after making 29 saves during the game.
Montreal got two goals with the man advantage in the second period, as Brendan Gallagher
and P.K. Subban put the Canadiens up 3-1. Eller scored in the first period. Patrick Wiercioch
drew Ottawa even at 3 with his third goal of the season 1:50 into the third. Mika Zibanejad
and Daniel Alfredsson
scored power-play goals for the Senators. Robin Lehner
made 42 saves in his third straight start for Ottawa, which has one win in its last seven games (1-3-3).
Galchenyuk fired a shot off the crossbar with 1:25 left in regulation after Eller stole the puck inside the Senators' blue line.
Alfredsson scored in the dying seconds of the middle period to draw Ottawa within 3-2. His shot over Price required a video review that showed that the puck struck the upper video camera inside the net with 1.6 seconds left.
Montreal's Gabriel Dumont got his first NHL point with an assist on Eller's goal 7:02 into the game.
Zibanejad drew Ottawa even at 1-1 with his sixth goal on a power play at 10:26 of the opening period.
Gallagher gave Montreal a 2-1 lead when he deflected Max Pacioretty's shot past Lehner for his eighth goal 6:40 into the second.
Subban made it a two-goal advantage when his drive from the point struck Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips on its way past Lehner at 17:11 of the second.
NOTES: Senators left wing Milan Michalek missed his second straight game because of the lingering effects of a knee injury. Michalek sat out Ottawa's 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday. He had two assists in his first two games back in the lineup after he was sidelined for the previous 10 games. ... Center Peter Regin was left out of the Senators' lineup for a second straight game. ... Injured forward Blake Geoffrion informed the Canadiens earlier in the day that he is contemplating retirement. Geoffrion is the grandson of Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion and the great-grandson of Howie Morenz, Hall of Famers whose numbers have been retired by the Canadiens. He suffered a skull fracture in a minor league game at the Bell Centre on Nov. 9 while playing for Hamilton, Montreal's AHL affiliate. ... Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle was a healthy scratch for a third straight game. Kaberle, who was left out of the lineup for 12 straight games from Feb. 3-25, has three assists in 10 games.
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