Montreal still has Ottawa's number

Montreal Canadiens 3, Ottawa Senators 2 (SO)

MONTREAL — David Desharnais scored in regulation and in a shootout, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Desharnais had the only goal in the shootout, and Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped all three Ottawa attempts.

Erik Cole also scored for Montreal (28-32-11), 3-0-1 in its past four games. The Canadiens are 3-0-1 against the Senators this season, and will face them again in Ottawa on Friday.

Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson had goals for the Senators (36-25-10), who are one point behind Northeast Division-leading Boston. The Bruins have two games in hand.

Montreal wore its white “away” jerseys to allow the Senators to don their black throwback jerseys. Ottawa outshot Montreal 37-26, but few big saves were needed at either end.

The Canadiens took the lead 24 seconds into the third period when Desharnais was left alone on the doorstep and deflecting P.K. Subban’s shot past Ben Bishop.

Karlsson tied it at 11:01 when he threaded his 19th goal of the season through traffic and past Price from the top of the right circle.

AVALANCHE 5, SABRES 4 (SO)

In Buffalo, N.Y., Jamie McGinn forced overtime by scoring with 2 seconds left in regulation, and Peter Mueller netted the lone shootout goal in Colorado’s win over Buffalo.

McGinn scored twice, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist, and David Jones scored for the Avalanche
(38-30-4), who vaulted out of a four-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference to sixth.

Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves through overtime, and stopped all three of Buffalo’s shootout attempts.

Rookie Marcus Foligno scored twice for Buffalo
(33-29-9), which inched within
three points of eighth-place Washington in the East.

Drew Stafford and Alexander Sulzer also scored for the Sabres.

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