Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alfredsson's Shootout Goal Lifts Senators to 3-2 Win over Slumping Habs: Shootout Goal Lifts Sens 3-2 over Habs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alfredsson's Shootout Goal Lifts Senators to 3-2 Win over Slumping Habs: Shootout Goal Lifts Sens 3-2 over Habs

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MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens tried hard, but nothing stops the streaking Ottawa Senators these days.

After Montreal's Max Pacioretty forced overtime with 39 seconds left in regulation time, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson got the only goal in a shootout as the Senators pulled out a 3-2 victory on Saturday night.

It was Ottawa's fourth win in a row and gave them a sweep of a three-game road trip after wins in Pittsburgh and over the Rangers in New York. It extended their run without a regulation time loss to nine games.

''Winning three of three on the road is huge,'' said Alfredsson, whose team returns home to face Winnipeg on Monday and then heads out for six more on the road. ''It's a tough stretch for us and to start like this is great.

''It's not always pretty but we've found ways to win. As long as the points add up, we'll take it.''

After Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza gave Ottawa the lead in the third period, Montreal pulled goalie Carey Price for an extra attacker and tied the game when Pacioretty banged in the rebound of David Desharnais shot at the edge of the crease.

But Montreal (16-20-8) could not beat goaltender Craig Anderson in three attempts in the shootout, while Alfredsson got Ottawa's third attempt past Price. The Senators improved to 25-15-6 to move one point behind Northeast Division-leading Boston, although the Bruins hold five games in hand.

The Canadiens have gone three games without a win and are 3-8-1 since Randy Cunneyworth became interim coach in place of the fired Jacques Martin.

Montreal was expected to get a jolt from the trade of forward Michael Cammalleri to Calgary during a 2-1 loss in Boston on Thursday. But while they outshot Ottawa 35-25 and controlled much of the play, the offensive woes that has seen them score only three times in the last three games continued.

After Tomas Plekanec put them ahead in the opening minute of the third period on a shorthanded breakaway, the Canadiens looked scrambly and nervous as Ottawa roared back with a pair of goals.

''When we get the lead we need to play the same way that got us the lead,'' said price. ''Playing on the forecheck is our strength.

''It's a tentative time too. …

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