Montreal tops Ottawa in OT


The Montreal Canadiens were ecstatic. The Ottawa Senators were speechless.

Francis Bouillon scored 1:26 into overtime as the Canadiens erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and rallied to defeat the Senators 5-4 on Saturday night.

David Desharnais tied it for Montreal with 1 second left in regulation for the Canadiens, who trailed 4-1 five minutes into the final period.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said Marc Methot, who was on the ice for Ottawa on the tying goal. “It felt like we were in control, even in the third period. We weren’t playing on our heels, at least for a good amount of it.

“They got confidence, and they got the crowd back into it.”

Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Daniel Briere also scored for the Canadiens, who stormed back to end a three-game slide. Carey Price made 29 saves in his first NHL game since the Olympic break.

Jason Spezza, Zack Smith, Ales Hemsky and Clarke MacArthur scored for Ottawa, which has lost five of seven. Robin Lehner made 43 saves.

Bouillon made for an unlikely overtime hero as he entered the game with no goals in 40 games this season.

Eller got the comeback started for Montreal, scoring at 16:38 of the third to reduce the deficit to two. Eller pushed a rebound past a sprawled-out Lehner for his first goal in his last 25 games.

Gionta, who assisted on Eller’s goal, added a score of his own less than minute later as he deflected P.K. Subban’s shot to the back of the net to make it 4-3.

With the Canadiens on the power play and their net empty for the extra attacker, Montreal sent everybody to the front of Lehner’s net and Desharnais put in the tying goal at 19:59 off a feed from Subban.

“I looked up at the clock to see how much time there was,” Subban said. “I saw quickly that there were 4 seconds left. If I had the shot, I’m sure it would have been blocked. I saw Davey (Desharnais) waving at me.

“Big players score in those big moments.”

Bruins 5, Hurricanes 1

In Boston, Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals, backup goaltender Chad Johnson made 29 saves and the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins won their eighth straight.

Milan Lucic had a goal and two assists, Torey Krug and Chris Kelly each scored a goal and David Krejci added three assists, his first coming as he was falling to the ice on Lucic’s score.

Blue Jackets 2, Wild 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan Johansen scored a disputed goal in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Blue Jackets over the Wild.

Johansen’s shot initially was ruled a rebound, but a video review showed that Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper did not touch the puck, making it a legal shootout goal.

Flyers 4, Penguins 0

In Philadelphia, Matt Read scored a pair of goals and the Flyers beat the short-handed Penguins.

Scott Hartnell and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for Philadelphia, which is in the middle of a tightly bunched pack of teams battling for a playoff spot.

Lightning 3, Devils 0

In Tampa, Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots to set the Lightning’s single-season record with 31 victories.

Bishop (31-11-6) broke the mark held by Nikolai Khabibulin, which was set in 2002-03. It was Bishop’s fifth shutout this season.

Islanders 4, Sabres 1

In Uniondale, New York, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored first-period goals, and the Islanders went on to a victory over the Sabres.

The Islanders (26-34-9) earned their 10th home win (10-17-8), and did it in a rare matchup against an opponent they are ahead of in the standings.

Blues 4, Predators 1

In Nashville, Patrik Berglund scored twice to lead the Blues past the Predators.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen had the other goals for the Blues, who have won seven of their last eight.

Coyotes 3, Flames 2

In Glendale, Arizona, Shane Doan scored his 350th career goal on one of Phoenix’s six third-period power plays.

Chris Summers got his first NHL goal and Rob Klinkhammer also scored to put the Coyotes up 2-0 after one period.

Ducks 2, Kings 1

In Los Angeles, Patrick Maroon scored the go-ahead goal and Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for Anaheim.