MTL@OTT: Game recap |

MTL@OTT: Game recap |

KANATA – A costly second period was the difference in Saturday’s game as the Canadiens fell 6-4 to the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.

It was the Canadiens’ first game since the death of Guy Lafleur, and the players all sported a number 10 crest on their jerseys, in honor of the Hall of Famer.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 𝟏𝟎 ������#GuyGuyGuy

More than a legend in Montreal, Lafleur left the entire hockey community in mourning, and the Senators paid tribute to him before the game.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Beautiful tribute to Guy Lafleur tonight.#GuyGuyGuy

Hostilities took little time to set in, however, as the home club quickly got on the board after the initial face-off. Mark Kastelic scored for the Sens with 2:33 to go. It was his first NHL goal.

But the Canadians had a good margin in the penalty shootout column, eventually beating Anton Forsberg at 15:57. Rem Pitlickleft alone in the slot, made it 1-1 by capitalizing on a pass from Jake Evans.

Video: MTL@OTT: Pitlick ties the score in 1st

After 20 minutes of play, Montreal had the upper hand 16 to 6 in shots.

Ottawa kicked off the second period by taking a one-goal lead after just 44 seconds. Austin Watson deflected a point shot from Nick Holden to thwart Carey Price on the side of the mitt.

The Sens then chained three goals in a row in the space of 67 seconds to take a convincing 5-1 lead before going halfway through the game. Parker Kelly and Josh Norris found the back of the net at 6:43 and 7:15 respectively, before Kastelic scored his second of the night at 7:50.

Cole Caufield narrowed the gap slightly to 8 min 43 s thanks to his 20th of the current campaign. Caufield received an accurate backhand pass from Mike Hoffman before beating Forsberg on the stick side, going 5-2 on the scoreboard.

Video: MTL@OTT: Caufield scores his 20th goal of the year

Joel Edmundson put the Canadiens within two goals of the Senators at 17:17, scoring his third of the season. Jeff Petry notably obtained an assist on the streak, in his 800th game in the NHL.

Video: MTL@OTT: Edmundson scores with a powerful shot

Alex Formenton capped the period with seven goals at 18:05, and the Canadians returned to the locker room trailing 6-3.

Montreal’s lead in shots on goal was 32 to 24 after 40 minutes of play.

It was the Canadians’ turn to open the scoring in the final period, Pitlick scoring his second of the game at 8:19.

Video: MTL@OTT: Pitlick reduces the gap in 3rd

But Montreal couldn’t get any closer to their opponent, suffering an eighth straight loss despite their 48 shots on goal.

The Canadiens return to action on Sunday when they host the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.


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