Canadiens edge Senators in shootout to take first half of home-and-home series
Montreal Canadiens centre Alex Galchenyuk (27) puts the puck wide past Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:10PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:11PM EDT
OTTAWA - Paul Byron and Alexander Radulov scored in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Saturday night in the first half of a home-and-home series.
The two teams will have little time to regroup as they faceoff Sunday night in Montreal.
With the win, the Canadiens (40-23-8) take a two-point lead over the Senators (39-23-8) for first in the Atlantic Division.
Andrew Shaw, Philip Danault and Brendan Gallagher scored for Montreal in regulation as Carey Price made 28 saves.
Derick Brassard, Ryan Dzingel and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators as Craig Anderson, who had missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, made 29 saves.
There had been some debate Saturday morning as to who would start for the Senators, as it remained questionable whether Anderson was fit to play.