Game 56: Canadiens lose game, Cammalleri

Canadiens’ Michael Cammalleri tries to chip the puck past Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson Saturday afternoon. Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images

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• AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Jaro Halak | Brian Gionta | Benoit Pouliot | Tomas Plekanec

• At a Glance: The Ottawa Senators are on a roll and the Canadiens were just another bump in their road on Saturday as they posted a 3-2 overtime win to extend their winning streak to nine games, two of which have come against the Canadiens. Alex Kovalev gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first period when he was left all alone at the side of Jaroslav Halak’s net for an easy tap in. Jason Spezza made it 2-0 in the second period with a nifty deflection on a shot from the point while Roman Hamrlik was in the penalty box. Benoit Pouliot scored the Montreal goal, also on the power play, when he redirected a Tomas Plekanec pass by Brian Elliott. Brian Gionta tied the game 2-2 with another power play goal near the end of the third period when he pushed a pass from Andrei Markov behind Elliott. Mike Fisher scored the winning goal with the teams playing 3-on-3 in overtime after being sent in alone on a pass from Erik Karlsson. Fisher held off a Montreal defender and deked Halak to score his 19th of the season.

• Key Moments: Forget the score, the key moment came with seven minutes to play in the third period when Michael Cammalleri went hard into the boards after a body check, his leg buckling under him. It did not look good at all, and he was unable to put any weight on his right leg. At first glance, it would appear to be either an ankle or knee injury and could be a lengthy absence.

• What It Means: The Canadiens have now lost three straight and saw saw their record drop to 25-25-6 for 56 points and a temporary hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference pending results of the games on Saturday night.

• What’s Next: Montreal is home to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night and are then in Boston on Thursday and then play a pair of afternoon games in Montreal next weekend, with the Penguins in town on Saturday and the Bruins on Sunday.


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