RECAP: Josh Anderson lifts Montreal Canadiens to 2-1 win over Ottawa Senators

Feb 6, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Corey Perry (94) skates with the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Matt Murray (30) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Anderson scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Jake Allen stopped 34 shots as the visiting Montreal Canadiens edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday.

Following a scoreless second period, Anderson broke a 1-1 tie when he put home the third consecutive rebound by Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray (30 saves), on a bang-bang stretch 1:35 into the final period.

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Despite Ottawa’s aggressive offensive attack over the rest of regulation, Montreal held on to avenge Thursday’s 3-2 home loss to the Senators.

It was the eighth goal of the season and fourth in three games for Anderson. Teammate Jeff Petry scored his fourth goal in four games. Allen, meanwhile, was solid, especially over the second and third periods, to win for the fourth time in five starts this season for the Canadiens, who have yet to lose back-to-back contests in 2020-21.

Colin White scored his second goal of the season for Ottawa, which was trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Senators, who snapped an 0-8-1 rut with Thursday’s victory over Montreal, recorded 35 shots on Saturday, but were just 1-for-6 on the power play.

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Petry, among the NHL’s top-scoring defensemen with six goals and 14 points, put the Canadiens on the board first via the power play 6:10 into the opening period. His slap shot from the point was redirected off Ottawa defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and slipped past Murray, who faced 19 shots in the first period.

The Senators, though, answered with a power-play goal of their own at the 12:08 mark of the same period. White was able to muscle the rebound of an Allen save past the Canadiens goaltender to make it 1-1.

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Montreal’s Nick Suzuki and Jonathan Drouin were each credited with their ninth assist of the season on Saturday.

–Field Level Media