Senators’ Peter Regin deflects the puck passed Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak during the first period Monday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette
• At a Glance: The Canadiens had a chance to take a big step up in the Eastern Conference standings on Monday night, but they came up empty in a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Montreal mustered only six shots on Brian Elliott in the first period, but the Senators did even worse with only five shots on goal. However, they got one past Jaroslav Halak when Peter Regin tipped in a pass from the top of the crease. After a scoreless second period, Erik Karlsson scored his second goal of the season on the power play 8:17 into the third period. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Senators and handed the Canadiens their second-straight loss after a six-game winning streak.
• Key Moments: For the second straight game, the Canadiens inability to take advantage on the power play cost them dearly. Montreal was 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Travis Moen left the game in the second period after being cut in the face by a skate, but RDS was reporting that he did not need to hospital and was treated at the Bell Centre, which is a good sign.
• What It Means: Montreal drops to 36-30-7 and remains at 79 points in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Senators and Flyers. The Senators and Flyers play each other on Tuesday night.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens play in Buffalo on Wednesday before coming home to play the Panthers on Thursday and the Devils on Saturday.