Canadiens suffer first home loss this season in OT, Ottawa Senators inflicting the damage

Canadiens suffer first home loss this season in OT, Ottawa Senators inflicting the damage

Ottawa Senators’ Kyle Turris, right, scores on Montreal Canadiens’ goalie Mike Condon during overtime NHL hockey action, in Montreal, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The Senators beat the Canadiens 2-1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson.

MONTREAL — It was the Ottawa Senators’ fifth trip into overtime this season and they finally got a goal.

Kyle Turris scored 34 seconds into the extra period to lift the Senators to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, a team playing its first overtime of the campaign.

“This was one of our best games of the year,” said Turris, putting it on par with a 3-1 win in Detroit on Oct. 30. “To come into this building against a team that’s been so hot lately, it’s a big one for us.

“We haven’t been very good at home but Thursday (against Winnipeg) will be a good opportunity to keep this going.”

The Senators’ first four overtime games went to shootouts — a pair of wins and a pair of defeats. Turris was glad Montreal used only one defenceman (Jeff Petry) in the new 3-on-3 OT format. Some opponents started two rearguards and tried to force the game to go to a shootout.

“You’re constantly moving, trying to keep possession of the puck and create something,” said Turris. “But if you just play defensive the whole time it kind of defeats the purpose of playing fun, entertaining hockey and it just goes to a shootout.”

Montreal went on attack, but a turnover saw Mike Hoffman carry the puck up the left side and feed Turris for his eighth goal of the season.

“It was our first time,” said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. “We lost the puck and you can’t do that.

“But we will learn from our first experience.”

Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for Ottawa (6-4-2), while Dale Weise tallied for Montreal (11-2-1).

The Canadiens outshot Ottawa 37-26 in regulation time and 37-27 overall.

Rookie goalie Mike Condon, filling in for injured Carey Price for a third straight game, had another strong game even if he didn’t get the win. His record to start his NHL career is now 4-0-1.

Condon made a spectacular glove save near the end of a scoreless first period to prevent Cody Ceci from finishing a two on one with Pageau.

Craig Anderson was equally solid in the Ottawa net.

Pageau opened the scoring shorthanded 3:16 into the second frame. After P.K. Subban fanned on a point shot, the stocky Senator went in on a breakaway and beat Condon between the pads.

It was the Gatineau, Que. native’s fourth goal and sixth point in eight career games against the Canadiens, including a near-identical short-handed goal in Montreal’s win in Ottawa on Oct. 11. He also had a hat-trick against them in the 2013 playoffs.

Weise tied it on a power play at 6:13, completing a tic-tac-toe play with Andrei Markov and Alex Galchenyuk. It was Weise’s seventh goal, three short of his career high set last season and tying Max Pacioretty for the team lead.

“I feel good,” said Weise. “I’m playing with some great players.

“Davey (David Desharnais) is so underrated it’s not even funny. Flash (Tomas Fleischmann) has amazing hands. And getting chances on the power play helps. I’m just going to try and stay consistent and try to put in as many as I can.”

Two goals were nullified after video review — a Tomas Plekanec tally in the first because Brendan Gallagher interfered with Anderson and an Alex Chiasson effort in the third due to a quick whistle.

Ottawa’s Mark Stone served the first of his two-game suspension. His spot on the top line was take by Curtis Lazar.

Notes: Montreal sent defenceman Greg Pateryn to AHL St. John’s for a conditioning stint. Although healthy, Pateryn has yet to get in a game this season.

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

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