Montreal – Evgeny Dodonov scored twice for Ottawa, with Artem Anisimov scoring a goal and two assists to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadians 6-3 on Saturday.
Montreal is an entertaining game that tries to pull even with sense throughout the evening. Anton Forsberg had a good night at the Ottawa goal, making 35 saves.
With 5:19 remaining at 5-3, Montreal went into the power play but could not use it. Ottawa then sealed the deal with a blank-net goal.
Hubs (16-9-9) came into the streak riding game winning three games around the nine-day break due to COVID-19 protocols. Ottawa (13-21-4) lost two straight games, including a 4-1 defeat in Montreal on Thursday.
Josh Anderson scored twice, with Tyler Tofoli adding a single for Montreal. Nick Suzuki and Shia Weber each provided a pair of aids. Tofoli, who missed the last three games with an injury, returned to his season goal total of 19, was dangerous all night.
2:55 Brady Takachuk, Connor Brown and Drake Fatherson scored for Ottawa with the rest of the net. Thomas Sabot raised a couple of assistants. Cordie Howe was the assist for the hat-trick victory on the night after battling Canadian captain Webber in the first period.
Forburg made the second start of the season _ and the 50th time of his NHL career. At the other end, Gary Price was looking for his 50th strike, but instead stopped 31 of 26 shots at night.
Ottawa was given an early chance when Brendan Gallagher was rated a double high sticky miner after 28 seconds. After 14 seconds the Tacos took advantage and the Buck pushed on after Patterson found himself on the edge of the folds for his 12th season.
At 5:31 in the power play Dofoli responded with a timer howitzer from the face off circle. Playing in a row with Jonathan Droin and Jesperi Kotkaneemi, Tofoli may have had two more at the time, but was stopped by Forberg.
Forburg fired the first shot from the middle of the shoulder into Weber.
At 12:07, Brown scored for the Sense shorthand, and Nick Ball shot after Brighton Coburn stopped a hop to get the buck out of the Ottawa tip and set the emergency.
Takachuk and Weber dropped the gloves and exchanged sweets with their sticks in the net with 3:26 remaining in the first period. Rate it as a draw, which is considered a victory for Dakashuk given to the opponents.
Both have a history, and Tacachuk needs dental work after a misplaced Weber stick in a game on February 23rd.
After Price made back-to-back saves to deny the senators, the Canadians tied it 2-2 at 6:58 in the second period, knocking down the Anderson Forburg glove side with a high shot. Ottawa 51 seconds later Datonov was shot by traffic from a Thomas Sabot spot on the way home.
After two Montreal defenders went behind the net to Coral Anisimov, Dodonov made it 4-2, only to see him send the buck to his fellow Russian left-hander who was not marked in the slot. This is Totono’s 11th season.
With 72 seconds left in the second period, Anderson scored his 13th goal, knocking down Forsberg with Montreal’s Corey Perry and making a dent in the door to reduce the lead to 4-3.
Gallagher went to the Montreal locker room a second late after attempting a physical test on the boards, but returned to the third start, knocking down Forsberg at early speed.
Antzimov restored Ottawa’s two-goal lead to 2:55 in the third, with Jeff Petrie dropping the price after losing the ball near the Montreal goal.
Notes: Newly acquired center Eric Stahl, whose isolation is almost complete, is expected to make his debut for his Canadians on Monday against a visit to Edmonton. Ottawa plays at Winnipeg the same night. Senators have signed 19-year-old Wall-de-Force defenseman Maxensen Cunette into a three-year entry-level contract for the seventh round of the 2019 NHL draft (187th overall).