Game 18 (audio): Tanguay lifts Habs in shootout

Alex Tanguay’s game-winning shootout backhander eludes Ottawa goalie Alex Auld.
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Alex Tanguay scored the freakiest-looking backhand goal you’re likely to see in the fourth round of the shootout tonight, giving the Canadiens a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the lowly Ottawa Senators in Kanata.

Tanguay took the puck almost the whole way in from centre ice on his backhand on Ottawa goalie Alex Auld, then shovelled it through the five-hole to give the Canadiens the win.

Defenceman Andrei Markov also beat Auld in the shootout, on a backhand, while only Jason Spezza’s bullet shot could solve Habs netminder Carey Price, who denied Daniel Alfredsson, Jarko Ruutu and Antoine Vermette. Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu also missed their chances for the Canadiens in the shootout.

The bleeding of the Canadiens, now 11-5-2, seemed likely to continue unabated, the Habs falling behind Ottawa (6-9-4) by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 before clawing back with goals by Koivu and Markov, the latter tying the game with 4:24 remaining in regulation time.

The Habs now head home for Saturday’s game against Claude Julien’s Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins on the night the team will retire the No. 33 of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy.

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