Rookie Tim Stützle scored the winning goal in a shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win over Montreal Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Rookie Tim Stützle scored the winning goal in a shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win over the Canadiens Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Canadiens thought they had the winning goal from Brendan Gallagher in the dying seconds of regulation, but a review was initiated by the situation room in Toronto. It was disallowed because of goaltender interference on the part of Gallagher well before his tip.
The Canadiens, who have been an exercise in frustration over the past two weeks, couldn’t have had a worse start.
The Senators took the lead at 1:36 when Drake Batherson had a clear path to the net after defenceman Brett Kulak left the middle of the ice open. Batherson was cutting to the net when he took a cross-ice pass from Derek Stepan. Batherson came in on his forehand, but went to his backhand to beat Carey Price as he cut across the crease.
Ottawa went up 2-0 midway through the period when Brady Tkachuk scored a power-play goal after an unnecessary charging penalty by Jesperi Kotkaniemi in the offensive zone. Price came across the crease to foil one of three scoring chances for Stützle, but Tkachuk showed great patience before beating Price in close. The goal ended an 0-for-19 drought for the Ottawa power play, which had gone eight games without a goal.
Shea Weber got one back for the Canadiens late in the period and showed the value of getting the puck on the net as his shot from the right boards caromed off Ottawa defenceman Nikita Zaitsev’s skate.
The Ottawa power play got another chance when Josh Anderson took a retaliation penalty on Erik Gudbranson as the first period ended. Ottawa was handed a 5-on-3 advantage when Weber was assessed a double minor for high-sticking Tkachuk early in the second period. The Canadiens survived the two-man disadvantage, but Weber was still in the penalty box when Erik Brannstrom scored on a shot from the blue line for his first NHL goal.
The Canadiens drew even before the period was over. Jonathan Drouin picked up the loose puck after Thomas Chabot couldn’t handle an errant pass in the Montreal zone, and Drouin found the far post for his second goal of the season. Weber tied it up with his second goal of the game. Weber had time to wind up on his slap shot from the middle of the ice and Matt Murray had no chance.
Weber’s second goal came less than a minute after Price stopped Colin White on a breakaway.
Tyler Toffoli gave Montreal its first lead when he went through Brannstrom and beat Murray on the short side at 8:06 of the third period, but Tkachuk tied it two minutes later when he went around Jeff Petry and surprised Price on the short side.
The Canadiens move to Winnipeg, where they will play the Jets Thursday and Saturday. These will be the first two games between these teams this season.