Cole Caufield scored his first NHL aim 2:25 into time beyond regulation and the Montreal Canadiens rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Saturday night time.
Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Petry every had a aim and an help within the second comeback victory in two nights for Montreal. Cayden Primeau stopped 21 pictures.
“(Your first NHL aim) is one thing you at all times dream about as a child,” Caufield stated, “however to have a second like that, it’s fairly unbelievable. It nonetheless hasn’t hit me but. I haven’t even seen it, I don’t actually keep in mind every little thing about it. Nevertheless it was a very particular second and I’m simply blissful to get these huge two factors tonight.”
When Caufield received to the Canadiens’ dressing room after the sport, it was silent.
“We have been all ready for him. And we gave him the silent remedy,” veteran defenseman Jeff Petry stated with fun. “Let him sit there simply kinda wanting round, a bit of confused. After which yeah, everybody broke out and congratulated him.”
Tim Stutzle and Thomas Chabot scored for Ottawa, and Filip Gustavsson had 36 saves.
The Senators arrived rested and on a roll. They’d received six of their earlier eight video games, and climbed out of the North Division basement with Wednesday’s 6-3 victory towards the Vancouver Canucks.
The sport was a fast turnaround for the Canadiens after Friday’s come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. That win gave Montreal a six-point lead over Calgary, which performed Edmonton later Saturday, for the fourth and ultimate playoff spot within the North Division. The Canadiens have been eager to construct on that hole.
Caufield, who was taken fifteenth total by Montreal within the 2019 NHL draft, solely made his debut final week — the newest huge second in a whirlwind yr filled with them. Caufield received gold on the world junior championship with the US in January, after which captured the Hobey Baker Award because the NCAA’s prime participant (with the College of Wisconsin).
“Actually blissful, blissful for the child,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme stated. “It’s particular to be scoring your first NHL aim in time beyond regulation. Completely happy for the workforce too, it’s an enormous win. And know we have been resilient, we performed with angle and character, and that’s one thing that we talked about the previous few days. I appreciated the way in which we reacted and it was an blissful ending for everybody.”
Chabot doubled Ottawa’s lead at 5:51 of the third interval off a ravishing backhand move from Evgenii Dadonov.
“For 2 durations, we performed OK, and clearly within the third interval we did not handle the puck in any respect,” Senators coach DJ Smith stated. “We simply saved giving it away and altering, did not make performs. That is not our recreation.”
Petry sliced the distinction in half along with his first aim in 23 video games at 8:12 of the third. Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom bit on a faux by Petry, leaving him open to fireside a wrist shot previous Gustavsson.
After a scoreless first interval, Stutzle lastly received the Senators on the scoreboard at 14:52 of the second interval when he snapped a wrist shot from outdoors the highest of the circle over Primeau’s glove. The aim was the rookie ahead’s ninth of the season and second this yr towards Montreal. He additionally has 5 assists on the season versus the Canadiens.
Nick Suzuki, who’d scored twice in Montreal’s win Friday over the Jets, appeared to tie the sport at 10:37 of the third, however after a video evaluate, the aim was known as off for goaltender interference, leaving Ducharme shaking his head in frustration.
The Canadiens, with all of the momentum, tied it up for actual 4 minutes later. Toffoli took a ravishing move from Suzuki to attach at 14:25, his twenty seventh aim of the season. Montreal outshot the Senators 18-3 within the third.
Caufield received the winner off a feed from Petry.
Primeau made simply his second begin in internet for Montreal instead of Jake Allen, who had performed 12 of the earlier 14 video games. Primeau additionally began in a 5-2 loss to Calgary per week in the past. His lone profession NHL win got here towards the Senators on Dec. 11, 2019.
The Senators had Gustavsson in internet within the newest of their revolving door of goaltenders. Ottawa has used 5 goalies this season, and just lately misplaced Matt Murray to a lower-body harm.
Montreal captain Shea Weber was out with an upper-body harm, together with goaltender Carey Worth (concussion) and forwards Brendan Gallagher (damaged thumb). Jonathan Drouin (go away of absence), Paul Byron and Tomas Tatar (decrease physique) remained out of the lineup with every lacking a number of video games.
Among the many Senators lacking have been Anton Forsberg (decrease physique) and Matt Murray (decrease physique), Joey Daccord (ankle), Micheal Haley (groin), and Austin Watson (wrist).
Ottawa: Host Winnipeg on Monday night time.
Canadiens: Host division-leading Toronto on Monday night time.