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Montreal 2, Ottawa 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 11, 2020
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Steve Kozari, Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 18088

Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4:08 into overtime as the visiting Montreal Canadiens snapped their second eight-game winless skid of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

With the teams playing in their third overtime game of the season, Kovalchuk slowly skated up the left wing before wiring a shot from the circle past Marcus Hogberg. The goal was Kovalchuk's fourth of the season and first with Montreal after signing a one-year, two-way contract.

Rookie Nick Suzuki scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Carey Price finished with 41 saves for the Canadiens, whose last win was 6-2 over Winnipeg on Dec. 23.

The Canadiens also lost eight in a row when it went 0-5-3 from Nov. 16-Dec. 1. They went 0-7-1 in this latest skid.

Drake Batherson scored in the third period and Hogberg turned aside 23 shots for the Senators, who lost in a shootout and then in overtime on consecutive nights to extend their winless streak to a season-high seven games (0-4-3).

Montreal made Ottawa pay after defenseman Dylan DeMelo was whistled for a cross-checking penalty on Max Domi at 7:42 of the first period.

The Canadiens gained possession of the puck before defenseman Jeff Petry set up Suzuki, who wristed a shot from just above the right circle that sailed past Hogberg and into the left corner of the net to open the scoring at 8:24 of the first period.

It was Suzuki's ninth of the season and second in three games against Ottawa.

Price made the slim advantage hold up after Chris Tierney forced a turnover by Petry at the opposing blue line to begin a partial breakaway. Tierney skated in on Price before the netminder closed the pads with 8:06 remaining in the second period.

Ottawa finally solved Price, albeit in an unconventional manner, as the puck caromed off the stick of a backchecking Matthew Peca and into the net to forge a tie with 6:28 remaining in the third period. Peca had just returned for the Canadiens following a 14-game absence due to a knee injury.

Canadiens alternate captain Brendan Gallagher did not make the trip to Ottawa after experiencing headaches following Thursday's 4-2 setback to Edmonton.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montreal   Ottawa
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Points Drake Batherson 1
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Goals Drake Batherson 1
Jeff Petry 1 Assists Drake Batherson 0
Nick Suzuki 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .976 Save Percentage Marcus Hogberg .920
Carey Price 41 Saves Marcus Hogberg 23
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 25 2 1-4 4-4 10 30
Ottawa 42 1 0-4 3-4 10 35
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Senators have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .414 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Calgary. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .407 after a loss.