After taking a pass from Daniel Alfredsson, Kuba beat Carey Price with a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Erik Karlsson assisted on Kuba’s winner, giving him four points in his last three games and 71 points in 71 games on the season.
Kuba scored on Ottawa’s 33rd shot as the Senators passed idle Boston for first place in the Northeast, although the Bruins have two games in hand.
Colin Greening also scored for the Senators, while Tomas Plekanec had a goal for the Canadiens.
HURRICANES: Carolina forward Jeff Skinner was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for kicking St. Louis Blues forward Scott Nichol during a game.
The incident occurred at 19:03 of the second period of Carolina’s 2-0 home victory Thursday night. Skinner was not assessed a penalty on the play. He later scored his 20th goal of the season.
Based on his salary, the suspension will cost Skinner $9,729.72, with the money going to the NHL’s players’ emergency assistance fund.
COYOTES: Forward Shane Doan was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during a game.
The fine, the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, was a result of Doan’s actions at 7:49 of the first period of Phoenix’s 4-1 loss Thursday night at Calgary. Doan was assessed a minor penalty for boarding on the play.