About Last Night: Habs blow four leads in 5-4 shootout loss to Sens

Cole Caufield scored his 26th and 27th goals in the eighth straight loss for the Habs against the Senators.

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Brady Tkachuk scored twice and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win for the Ottawa Senators over the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night.

The game was Montreal’s last Saturday nighter this season. The Senators came back from four separate deficits to win their eighth straight game against their division rival.

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Cayden Primeau made 40 saves, and had another two in the shootout, in a losing effort. Cole Caufield scored his 26th and 27th goals of the campaign to reach a career high.

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Mike Matheson opened scoring with a shorthanded breakaway goal.

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The Senators scored three power play goals on the night, starting with Brady Tkachuk’s 36th of the season from in tight to tie it up 1-1.

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Caufield scored his first of two in the second period just 1:37 into the frame. He jumped on a rebound to beat Joonas Korpisalo.

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Seven minutes later, Shane Pinto tied it up once again for the Sens, this time from the slot on the power play. 2-2.

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The Habs found success on the power play as well, with Caufield hitting the back of the net from teammate Nick Suzuki’s usual spot from the top of the circle. Montreal regained their lead, up 3-2. The Habs entered the third period with a one-goal lead.

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In the third period, Tkachuk scored 47 seconds into the frame for his second of the night. The power play goal evened things at 3-3.

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With 4:11 remaining in regulation, Alex Newhook centred the puck to Joel Armia in front, but the puck hit Jakob Chychrun’s skate and deflected past Korpisalo to give the Habs a 4-3 lead.

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But with 1:05 left on the clock, Thomas Chabot once again tied it up for the Sens to send the game into overtime.

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As entertaining as it was at both ends, overtime solved nothing. In the shootout, only one goal was scored, courtesy of Drake Batherson. The Senators secured the win in their final home game of the season, and they also sit two points ahead of the Habs in the standings with two games remaining apiece.

Cole Caufield led the way on Hockey Stat Cards’ impact card. Mike Matheson’s two points also gives him 62 on the season.

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The Montreal Canadiens were once again outshoot badly by the competition 44-25. The Liveblog commenters don’t feel like they’ll be able to turn those one-goal games from losses into wins until they cut down on shots allowed. Primeau and Sam Montembeault kept them in a lot of games this season that could’ve otherwise been more lopsided.

The commenters also didn’t like watching Tkachuk have his way with the Habs defence in front of the net. A potential solution lies in 2023 first-rounder David Reinbacher, who’s a big body blue liner who can hopefully clear the net in the future.

3. “Another blown lead with less than 4 minutes to go; as Slav backs off the point man giving way too much time & space, I could only recall Kirk Muller emphasizing those words on how to effectively kill penalties. But Slav will learn as he grows and has already surpassed everyone’s expectations this season.” -Ibharrisca Harris

2. “Hard to win when you get out – worked for the most part and you only have one line that plays offensively – not much improvement over last season – Slafkovsky & Primeau have become NHL players -that’s it.” -Ric Turpin

1. “3 uninspired SO attempts. But in the end we were competitive and we stay in a better position in the draft lottery. CC has found his scoring touch again. Bodes well for next year? Hope so.” -Habs SkiFan

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