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Caufield scores 1st goal in OT, Canadiens beat Senators 3-2

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Caufield ratings first objective in OT, Canadiens defeated Senators 3-2

MONTREAL (AP) – Cole Caufield scored his very first NHL objective 2:25 right into overtime and also the Montreal Canadiens rallied to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Saturday evening.

Tyler Toffoli and also Jeff Petry each had an objective and also a help in the 2nd return triumph in 2 evenings for Montreal. Cayden Primeau quit 21 shots.

”(Your very first NHL objective) is something you constantly fantasize around as a youngster,” Caufield claimed, “but to have a moment like that, it’s pretty unbelievable. It still hasn’t hit me yet. I haven’t even seen it, I don’t really remember everything about it. But it was a really special moment and I’m just happy to get those big two points tonight.”

When Caufield reached the Canadiens‘ clothing area after the video game, it was quiet.

“We were all waiting for him. And we gave him the silent treatment,” expert defenseman Jeff Petry claimed with a laugh. “Let him sit there just kinda looking around, a little confused. And then yeah, everyone broke out and congratulated him.”

Tim Stutzle and also Thomas Chabot racked up for Ottawa, and also Filip Gustavsson had 36 conserves.

The Senators showed up relaxed and also on a roll. They’d won 6 of their previous 8 video games, and also climbed up out of the North Department cellar with Wednesday’s 6-3 triumph versus the Vancouver Canucks.

The video game was a fast turn-around for the Canadiens after Friday’s come-from-behind 5-3 gain the Winnipeg Jets. That win offered Montreal a six-point lead over Calgary, which played Edmonton later on Saturday, for the 4th and also last playoff place in the North Department. The Canadiens were eager to improve that space.

Caufield, that was taken 15th general by Montreal in the 2019 NHL draft, just made his launching recently – the current huge minute in a speedy year filled with them. Caufield won gold at the globe junior champion with the USA in January, and after that caught the Hobey Baker Honor as the NCAA’s leading gamer (with the College of Wisconsin).

“Really happy, happy for the kid,” Canadiens train Dominique Ducharme claimed. “It’s special to be scoring your first NHL goal in overtime. Happy for the team too, it’s a big win. And know we were resilient, we played with attitude and character, and that’s something that we talked about the last few days. I liked the way we reacted and it was an happy ending for everyone.”

Chabot increased Ottawa’s lead at 5:51 of the 3rd duration off an attractive backhand pass from Evgenii Dadonov.

“For two periods, we played OK, and obviously in the third period we didn’t manage the puck at all,” Senators train DJ Smith claimed. “We just kept giving it away and changing, didn’t make plays. That’s not our game.”

Petry cut the distinction in fifty percent with his very first objective in 23 video games at 8:12 of the 3rd. Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom little bit on a phony by Petry, leaving him open up to terminate a wrist shot past Gustavsson.

After a scoreless very first duration, Stutzle lastly obtained the Senators on the scoreboard at 14:52 of the 2nd duration when he broke a wrist shot from outside the top of the circle over Primeau‘s glove. The goal was the rookie forward’s nine of the period and also 2nd this year versus Montreal. He likewise has 5 helps on the period versus the Canadiens.

Nick Suzuki, that’d racked up two times in Montreal’s win Friday over the Jets, showed up to connect the video game at 10:37 of the 3rd, yet after a video clip testimonial, the objective was aborted for goaltender disturbance, leaving Ducharme drinking his head in disappointment.

The Canadiens, with all the energy, connected it up for genuine 4 mins later on. Toffoli took an attractive pass from Suzuki to attach at 14:25, his 27th objective of the period. Montreal outshot the Senators 18-3 in the 3rd.

Caufield obtained the champion off a feed from Petry.

Primeau made simply his 2nd beginning in web for Montreal instead of Jake Allen, that had actually played 12 of the previous 14 video games. Primeau likewise began in a 5-2 loss to Calgary a week back. His only occupation NHL win came versus the Senators on Dec. 11, 2019.

The Senators had Gustavsson in web in the current of their rotating door of goaltenders. Ottawa has actually utilized 5 goalkeepers this period, and also lately shed Matt Murray to a lower-body injury.

SIDELINED

Montreal captain Shea Weber was out with an upper-body injury, in addition to goaltender Carey Cost (blast) and also forwards Brendan Gallagher (damaged thumb). Jonathan Drouin (sabbatical), Paul Byron and also Tomas Tatar (reduced body) continued to be out of the schedule with each missing out on numerous video games.

Amongst the Senators missing out on were Anton Forsberg (reduced body) and also Matt Murray (reduced body), Joey Daccord (ankle joint), Micheal Haley (groin), and also Austin Watson (wrist).

UP NEXT

Ottawa: Host Winnipeg on Monday evening.

Canadiens: Host division-leading Toronto on Monday evening.

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