After the Ottawa Senators (7th in North Division) bagged an overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens (4th in the North) on the weekend, both teams will face off against each other once again on Tuesday.
Habs Lose Second In RowThe Montreal Canadiens (9-5-3) were dealt their second consecutive defeat (0-1-1) and fourth in the last five contests (1-3-1) after being edged out with a 3-2 overtime count by the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. The Habs killed all four of their penalties, but were outshot 39-32 and failed to convert on all three of their power-play opportunities, scoring no more than two goals for the sixth time in their last seven games. Nick Suzuki (4 goals, 13 points this year) opened the scoring 77 seconds into the fixture, while Corey Perry (2 goals, 4 points) tied it at 2-2 with 5:25 left in regulation.
Goalie Jake Allen (4-2-1 on the season with a 2.14 GAA and a .932 save percentage) stopped 36 shots on Sunday. But do expect Carey Price back in the crease for Montreal for the following matchup, with him having gone 27-10-6 against the Senators previously with a 2.23 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Price is 5-3-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are 8th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.35), 13th in least goals allowed on average (2.71), 18th in power play (19.2%; 10-for-52) and 19th in penalty kill (77.9%; 53-for-68).
Sens Edge Out MontrealThe Ottawa Senators (5-14-1) ended a two-game skid (0-2-0), recording their third victory in the past five contests (3-2-0) following a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. Brady Tkachuk (6 goals, 13 points this year) grabbed all the headlines, banking the winner at 3:30 of the extra session after also providing an assist to Josh Norris (4 goals, 11 points), who gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead early on in the third period. Drake Batherson (4 goals, 10 points) also picked up a snipe and a helper for the Sens, whose last two victories have both come in overtime.
"We just got some timely goals and were a little more opportunistic."— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 22, 2021
Some additional post-game thoughts from last night's win and a look ahead to tomorrow's rematch from #Sens head coach D.J. Smith. #GoSensGo | @Molson_Canadian pic.twitter.com/OaV5zbQ2IZ
Goalie Matt Murray turned away 30 shots on Sunday and has now gone 3-9-1 for the current campaign with a 3.66 GAA and a .883 save percentage. He has registered a 6-2-0 career total against the Canadiens with a 2.11 GAA and a .930 save percentage. The Senators, meanwhile, are netting the 4th lowest number of goals per game this season (2.35), while conceding the absolute highest amount in their defensive zone (4.00). The team is 4th from the bottom in power play with an 11.0% conversion rate (8-for-73) and 24th in penalty kill with 74.2% efficiency (49-for-66).
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