OTTAWA – A brief moment of weakness undermined the Canadians’ chances of finding their way back to victory on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Center.
The Ottawa Senators scored three goals in 67 seconds in the second period to defeat Montreal 6-4.
It was the Canadian’s eighth consecutive defeat, including the last seven by more than one goal.
Martin St-Louis’ side had some good moments during the game, but the damage was done after Parker Kelly, Josh Norris and Mark Kastelic hit back-to-back goals in the second period.
Rem Pitlick scored twice while Cole Caufield with his 20th of the season and Joel Edmundson also scored for the Canadian (20-48-11). Jake Evans had two assists and Carey Price had 20 stops.
Kastelic scored twice, Kelly and Austin Watson each had a goal and an assist, while Alex Formenton also lit the red light for the Senators (31-41-7) who won a third straight game. Scott Sabourin was credited with two assists, Anton Forsberg made 44 saves.
In place of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Kale Clague, forward Michael Pezzetta, whose two-game suspension was up, and defender Jordan Harris were included in the Canada squad.
The Habs players had a black crest with the number 10 on their shirts in honor of the legendary Guy Lafleur, who died of lung cancer on Friday aged 70.
Lafleur’s pass was highlighted by the Senators with a short video montage and a minute’s silence before the game.
The Canadiens will be back at Bell Center on Sunday when they host the Boston Bruins.
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Kastelic opened hostilities at 2:33 of the game, scoring his first NHL goal and then immediately throwing the gloves past Michael Pezzetta.
The Habs responded with 4:03 left when Pitlick was forgotten in the slot.
There was some crowding during the game, especially in the first half. Brendan Gallagher slammed Tim Stützle after the last game between the two teams, saying the young Senators forward had a tendency towards comedy. Stützle was often the target of shoulder and stick shots from Canadian players.
After 44 seconds of the second period, the Senators regained the lead. Watson deflected a shot from Nick Holden.
The Canadian then saw the Senators take control of the game with three goals in 67 seconds. Kelly scored at 6:43, then Norris and Kastelic came back.
Price didn’t look too good with goals from Kelly and Kastelic.
Interim Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis stopped the bleeding by asking for a timeout. Caufield then moved the ropes 53 seconds later.
Edmundson then made it 5-3 with 2:43 in the second period, but Formenton responded with a shorthanded breakaway 48 seconds later.
Pitlick returned with his second goal of the game with 11:41 remaining in the third period. He scored on a return from a Gallagher pitch.
The Senators were then able to smother the Habs’ comeback attempt.
Kastelic scores his 1st and drops the gloves
Pitlick equalizes with his 14th
Knives fly low first
Watson restores lead to the Sens on return to 2nd
Parker Kelly extends Sen’s lead to two goals
Josh Norris adds with his 34th
The 2nd from Kastelic, the senses take off
Caufield hits back with his 20th
Edmundson shoves Tkachuk and lands a pellet
Hoffman’s turnaround puts Formenton in the breakaway