Canadiens grab huge shootout win over Senators as Atlantic race heats up

OTTAWA, ON – MARCH 18: <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/5387/" data-ylk="slk:Phillip Danault">Phillip Danault</a> #24 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/mon/" data-ylk="slk:Montreal Canadiens">Montreal Canadiens</a> celebrates his third period goal as <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/2800/" data-ylk="slk:Chris Kelly">Chris Kelly</a> #22 and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/players/2911/" data-ylk="slk:Craig Anderson">Craig Anderson</a> #41 of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nhl/teams/ott/" data-ylk="slk:Ottawa Senators">Ottawa Senators</a> react at Canadian Tire Centre on March 18, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images).
OTTAWA, ON – MARCH 18: Phillip Danault #24 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his third period goal as Chris Kelly #22 and Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators react at Canadian Tire Centre on March 18, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images).

At this time last year, Canadian hockey fans had very little to be excited about. With every Canadian team fizzling out of playoff contention, fans quickly began to shift their attention to the upcoming NHL entry draft. But a lot can change in a year.

As the race for top spot in the Atlantic division continues to heat up with Montreal and Ottawa sitting atop the division, the Canadiens took a big 3-2 shootout decision over the Senators on Saturday. The win put the Habs two points up on the Sens with one more game played, after both clubs entered the matchup just one point apart and with nearly identical records.


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Andrew Shaw opened the scoring for Montreal with his 11th of the season off a beautiful set up from Phillip Danault. Erik Karlsson locked up the loser-point for Sens after he tied the game with less than five minutes to go in the third period. Alexander Radulov capped off a thrilling shootout, sealing the win and the division lead for the Canadiens.

With Montreal currently sitting at 88 points, two more than Ottawa’s 86, the battle for first in the Atlantic will likely come down to the wire. And with two more meetings between these two teams left on the regular season schedule, fans of these two particular Canadian teams have plenty to be excited about.

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