“Tonight, I was able to get in the right place at the right time,” Alfredsson said.
Montreal, 2-1 losers in Buffalo on Wednesday night, failed for the second straight game to earn the single point it needs to clinch a playoff spot.
Alfredsson had 13 points in six games against Montreal this season to help Ottawa take the season series 4-2. The Ottawa captain also matched his career high of 78 points set last season.
“I don’t know why it is,” Alfredsson said. “A lot of the points came on the power play and our power play has been good against them all season.”
Brian Smolinski and Jason Spezza also scored for Ottawa, fifth in the Eastern Conference. Lalime has five shutouts this season and the 33 in his NHL career.
“Lalime made the difference early in the game,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “I thought we came out well and if we’d been more opportunistic early, it might have been a different game.
“But you have to respect their offense. The slightest little error went in our net.”
Bondra, who had two assists, was held without a goal for a ninth straightgame.
“I’m looking for the keys—can you find the keys for my hands?” Bondra joked. “The chances are there.
“Hopefully, it will come at the right time. As an offensive player, you’re really pressing even if you don’t want to admit it. You have to shoot the puckand not worry too much about it.”
Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray did not play. He left the game Wednesday night after a check to the shoulder. … Ottawa backup goalie MartinPrusek returned from back spasms, but did not play.