MONTREAL (AP) - Carey Price stopped shots left and right - and even made some nifty moves to keep the puck out of the net.
With Montreal leading 2-1 in the second, Price was at his best when Kyle Turris fired a one-timer that appeared headed for the back of the net. But the Canadiens goalie sprang to his right and did the splits to get his toe on the puck.
“It’s very upsetting to lose to Montreal two days in a row, but they played well and showed they are a quality team,” Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. “They executed really well on the back-to-back and we couldn’t do the same.”
“These were fun games to play, even though we were on the losing side,” Karlsson said. “We learned a great deal from it. We’re going to figure this out. There are no worries. Hopefully by next Saturday we have something new to throw at them.”
The goal was Byron’s 20th of the season. He also added an assist on Montreal’s first goal of the game.
“It was pretty special,” Byron said. “I didn’t think I would be a 20-goal scorer in the NHL. I’ve come a long way to reach that. It’s definitely a special moment. My wife and kids are here in the rink, so it’s pretty cool for them to see.”
Beaulieu made in 4-1, on the power play, scoring with a slap shot from the blue line with Anderson screened by Artturi Lekhonen at 5:08.
Montreal is now 8-4-2 in the second game of a back-to-back. The Senators are 6-4-1.
Sunday’s game had big playoff implications, and the energy on the ice and atmosphere in the stands were definitely playoff-like. Montreal came out flying, only needing 28 seconds to get the sell-out crowd off its feet.
Plekanec scored his first goal since Jan. 24 when Andrei Markov’s shot from the point bounced off Anderson’s chest and fell right to the veteran center in the crease for his eighth of the season.
NOTES: Price only faced six shots in the second period, but needed to be at his best when Kyle Turris fired a one-timer. The Canadiens goalie sprang to his right and did the splits to get his toe on the puck. … Montreal’s Alexei Emelin was back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in Ottawa. … The Canadiens are 10-4-0 under Claude Julien. … Torrey Mitchell played his 600th NHL game.
Senators: at Boston on Tuesday night.
Canadiens: host Detroit on Tuesday night.
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