Canadiens lead the Atlantic Division as they beat Senators 4-1 for a second time.
The Ottawa Senators lost 3-2 in a shootout last night to the Montreal Canadiens, the Canadiens beat them again on the 72th game played at the Bell Centre. The Habs collected a four point lead on Ottawa and still lead the Atlantic Division.
The Senators (39-24-8) have lost four games in a row after winning six straight.
Tomas Plekanec, Jordie Benn, Paul Byron and Nathan Beaulieu scored. Carey Price was playing solid tonight for Montreal (41-23-8) as he stopped 30 shots for his 33rd victory of the season.
Plekanec gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead 28 seconds into the first period. Tom Pyatt tied it 1-1 with his seventh goal at 4:36. Jordie Benn gave Montreal a 2-1 lead with 2:15 left in the first. Paul Byron’s 20th goal, his sixth in eight games, made it 3-1 at 3:30 of the third period. Nathan Beaulieu increased the lead to 4-1 when he scored on a slap shot from the left point at 15:08. Byron’s second goal, six seconds after Beaulieu scored, was waved off following a video review after Guy Boucher challenged that Byron was offside.
“It was pretty special,” said Byron. “I didn’t think I would be a 20-goal scorer in the NHL. I’ve come a long way to reach that. It’s definitely a special moment. My wife and kids are here in the rink so it’s pretty cool for them to see.”
Sunday’s game had a big playoff-like atmosphere and the energy on the ice and atmosphere in the stands were definitely playoff-like. Guy Boucher said that the Montreal Canadiens 100 per cent deserved the game.
Senators: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)
Canadiens: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV)