The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports from Ottawa after Thursday night’s game that the Canadiens put up a good fight against the Senators, but they fell behind early and made mistakes at the wrong time. The one that sealed the Ottawa win came less than 30 seconds after Alex Kovalev had tied the scored 3-3 in the third period when Tom Kostopoulos failed to clear the puck from deep in his zone. Daniel Alfredsson intercepted the pass and fired it at Carey Price, who was beaten by Jason Spezza on the rebound.
“I turned around quickly and fired it,” Kostopoulos said. “I was trying to get it out quickly and I made a mistake.”
“I wish we started the game by playing like we did when we were down,” Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said. “We knew we were playing a good team, we pushed them right to the end, but it seems we make mistakes at the wrong time.”