TORONTO – Coming off the disgraceful affair that was game three in this series, the question was who would have the most intensity and who would be aggressor. For game four Tuesday night, none of the animosity came to the surface and each team got back to business.
The Canadiens, feeling pressure of needing to knot the series at two games apiece, came out strong and built a 2-0 lead. After a scoreless first period, PK Subban and Alex Galchenyuk scored in the second to give Montreal the lead they needed.
From there, Carey Price made the goals stand and kept the Senators at bay. Price faced 32 shots on the night and was hurt at the end of regulation on the last second shot from the Senators. He had gone down to his knees after making the save and skated to the corner before heading off for intermission.
Price was relieved by Peter Budaj in the overtime.
At the other end of the ice, Craig Anderson was spectacular at times and kept Ottawa in the game by keeping the score at 2-0. His saves through the first 40 minutes prevented the lead from ballooning to an unreachable number.
The comeback got started just past the midway point of the third when Mika Zibanejad, deflected a pass from Chris Neil into the net. The goal went to review to determine if the puck had been kicked into the net. It was ruled a good goal and the Sens were on their way. But it wasn’t until there were 23 seconds left in regulation before Cory Conacher banged home the puck off a mad scramble in front of the net.
The game winner was off the stick of Kyle Turris who lofted the puck on net. Budaj was partially screened on the shot by his own defensemen and may have been distracted by Daniel Alfredsson lurking to his right. The puck fluttered past the defenseman and found space between Budaj’s shoulder and the post for the game winner.
Ottawa now has a 3-1 hold on the series heading back to Montreal and can close out the series with one more win.
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