Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Wednesday night’s game between the Canadiens and Senators in Ottawa:
OTTAWA – Josh Gorges scored at 2:49 of overtime to give the Canadiens a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place.
“I saw Max (Pacioretty) driving hard and I just tried to get the puck on net and hope that he had a chance for a rebound,” Gorges said. “I’m not sure how it went in. I think it might have hit one of their defencemen, but it doesn’t matter as long as it goes in.”
The Canadiens went into the third period trailing 3-1, but Rene Bourque scored at 4:58 and Travis Moen forced the overtime when he beat Craig Anderson at 16:31.
“We made it harder than it should have been,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “We took too many bad penalties. They only scored one power-play goal, but there were other times when we were shorthanded and we couldn’t get our rhythm.”
The Senators had five power plays and defenceman Matt Gilroy opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 6:32 of the first period. The Canadiens had only power play and failed to get a shot on goal.
Brian Gionta got that one back at 14:34, but the Senators dominated the second period when they outshot the Canadiens 12-3 and took the lead on goals by Jesse Winchester and Colin Greening.
“Nobody had to say anything between periods because we all knew we hadn’t played well,” captain Gionta said. “We came out strong in the third and Bourque scored, that gave everyone a lift.”
The Canadiens won’t have much time to savour the end of their four-game losing streak because they are back in action Thursday night when they play the Capitals in Washington before going to Toronto Saturday.
Therrien said he hoped to have David Desharnais back in the lineup for one of those games. The centre, who has missed two games with an abdominal strain, skated by himself after the morning skate Wednesday and said he was “very close” to returning.
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