The Senators got off to a flying start but didn't capitalize on their scoring chances and fell for the second straight game in a shootout, this time 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in the first of a home and home between the two rivals. Erik Cole started things out for the Habs, but Colin Greening tied it up off a scramble less than 30 seconds later. Then down 2-1 midway through the 3rd, Erik Karlsson rescued us again to tie the game at 2's with his 19th of the year, which was his 70th point this season and tied the all time Sens franchise record of goals by a defenceman in a year. We had several chances to win it in OT, most notably on open net that was missed by Gilroy, but fell in the shootout after failing to score on any of our 3 chances. MTL again on Friday at SBP
Other thoughts from the game:
- Karlsson lead the team with 25+ mins again tonight. He's starting to look frustrated out there though lately and retaliating much more often. He needs to get it in check for the playoffs.
- Kuba was extremely lazy and soft on the 2nd MTL goal. Reminded me of him the past few years.
- Gonchar looked disinterested at times as well.
- On the positive side, nice tilt by Cowen tonight. He must have landed 10 uppercuts, only his 2nd fighting major of the year.
- Ben Bishop made several spectacular saves tonight. He kept Ottawa in the game.
- The offense was a little slow and off tonight. We needed more finish
- The goalie interference calls were out of control tonight.
- No clue had Gilroy missed the empty net in OT. Might explain why he's on his 3rd team in 3 years.
- Jason Spezza had 2 points tonight but I didn't love his game.
- Phillips continues to play well even with the busted snozz.
With the game tying goal, 25+ mins, his 70th point and tying another franchise record, Erik Karlsson wins the night.
In case you missed it or wanted to re-see it, a funny moment from the game when Karlsson literally was holding on to Desharnais on the boards off the ground. Got a screen cap for you guys.