OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Josh Norris scored the shootout winner to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Tim Stutzle also beat Montreal goalie Carey Price in the shootout. Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk opened with a miss and Senators netminder Matt Murray stopped Corey Perry and Jonathan Drouin.
It capped a wild and entertaining game between the rivals.
Both teams had excellent chances in overtime. Stutzle had two glorious opportunities but couldn’t convert, and Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli was stoned on a breakaway with about a minute to go.
It looked like Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher had scored with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, but the goal was waved off after a review due to goaltender interference.
Tkachuk had two goals for Ottawa, with Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom also scoring. Shea Weber had two goals for Montreal. Drouin and Toffoli had a goal apiece.
After a slow start, the last-place Senators have picked up their play of late. Ottawa entered with three wins over its last five games, including a 3-2 overtime victory over the Habs last Sunday.
The 9-5-4 Canadiens, meanwhile, were 5-1-2 last month but entered with just one win in their last five games to drop them into fourth place in the North Division.
Ottawa will continue its five-game homestand on Thursday against Calgary. It will be the first of three straight games against the Flames.
Montreal visits Winnipeg on Thursday. The Jets will also host the Canadiens on Saturday.
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