Senators push Canadiens to the brink with Game 4 OT victory

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Updated: May 7, 2013

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Cory Conacher scored the tying goal late in
regulation and Kyle Turris won it at 2:32 of overtime, as the Ottawa Senators
claimed a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of this Eastern
Conference quarterfinal.

Turris was harassed by a Canadiens defender in the left circle, but the Sens
forward escaped long enough to send a wrister to the Habs’ net, which
deflected off the elbow of defenseman Raphael Diaz and caromed past Peter
Budaj — who began the extra session in place of the injured Carey Price — to
end the contest.

Mika Zibanejad also tallied for the Senators, who took a commanding 3-1 series
edge with Game 5 set to return to Montreal on Thursday.

“I thought both teams played hard and played hockey. “They were better than us
for awhile, we were better than them for awhile,” offered Senators head coach
Paul MacLean.

Craig Anderson stopped 26 shots for Ottawa, which can advance to the second
round for the first time since 2007 with one more victory.

PK Subban and Alex Galchenyuk lit the lamp early in the second period for the
Canadiens. Price ended up with 30 saves, but Budaj was saddled with the loss.

Following a scoreless first period, Subban put the Habs up 1-0 at 2:52 of the
second, with a rising wrister from the bottom edge of the right circle off a
rush.

Galchenyuk followed with a high shot from the left-wing side 62 seconds later.
Jeff Halpern aided the tally, with his perfect lead pass to the rookie winger,
who stepped into the dish in stride and fired high over Anderson to the far
side.

Price was good on all 10 Ottawa shots in the middle 20 minutes, but couldn’t
hold on late.

The hosts finally cracked the scoreboard with 8:05 left in regulation, when
Zibanejad’s redirection of a Chris Neil pass from the right-wing boards
skittered into the net.

Despite overhead replays which seemed to reveal the puck being directed in
with a distinct kicking motion, the goal was allowed to stand.

“It was a kicking motion, there’s nothing you can do about it, it’s a league
decision,” said Habs head coach Michel Therrien.

Anderson was sent to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:25 to play, and
the Sens sent the game into the fourth period when Conacher slid a loose puck
between Price’s pads with 22.6 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Ottawa has never squandered a 3-1 series edge in modern playoff history …
Subban earned his first career Norris Trophy nod earlier on Tuesday when the
NHL announced the three finalists for best defenseman … The Canadiens once
again played without captain Brian Gionta along with forwards Ryan White and
Lars Eller, dressing forwards Halpern, Mac Pacioretty and Gabriel Dumont in
their places … Senators defenseman Eric Gryba returned from his 2-game
suspension for his illegal hit on Eller … The Canadiens rallied from a 3-1
series deficit in the 2010 Eastern quarterfinals against the Washington
Capitals … Conacher, Zibanejad and Galchenyuk all recorded their first
career playoff scores.