Canadiens stumble in push for playoffs with 5-1 loss to Senators


After coming from behind to win three straight games, the magic ran out for Montreal on Wednesday night.

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The magic ran out for the Canadiens Wednesday night as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Canadiens had used third-period comebacks and a couple of overtime goals by rookie Cole Caufield to forge a three-game winning streak, but the offence came up empty against the Senators. It was Ottawa’s seventh win in their last nine games but the surge by the youthful Senators came too late to keep them in playoff contention.

Anton Forsberg made his first start since April 12 and stopped 30 shots for the win. Forsberg, who suffered a lower-body injury in the pregame warm-up on April 24, signed a one-year extension with the Senators earlier Wednesday.

The Canadiens emerged from the first period with a 1-1 tie after defenceman Joel Edmundson scored with 32 seconds remaining in the period. Nick Suzuki won a draw against Shane Pinto in the offensive zone and directed the puck to Tyler Toffoli at the blue line.  He found Edmundson as the defenceman pinched in from the left flank to score his third goal of the season. Suzuki picked up the second assist on the goal to extend his points streak to seven games. He has four goals and seven assists in that time.

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Pinto, who joined the Senators after a stellar season at the University of North Dakota, opened the scoring with his first NHL goal midway through the period. He scored after Jake Allen left a rebound on a shot by Artem Zub.

Allen had the save of the game shortly after Pinto scored. He came far out of his net to beat Vitaly Abramov to the puck on a potential breakaway. Allen failed to clear the puck and was still out of his net when he frantically dove to stop a shot by Chris Tierney.

Allen made six saves as the Canadiens killed a penalty to start the second period, but 13 seconds after Josh Anderson returned to the ice, Brady Tkachuk restored the Ottawa lead. He was in front of the net to take a feed from rookie Josh Norris, who shook off a check from Jeff Petry behind the net.

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The Senators put on a strong push in the second period and outshot Montreal 17-7, but Allen was able to keep Ottawa at bay until Nick Paul scored with 7.5 seconds remaining in the period to give the Senators a 3-1 lead. Allen didn’t have a chance as Paul deflected Erik Brannstrom’s shot from the point. Brannstrom picked up his third assist of the game.

Connor Brown and Alex Formenton added insurance goals in the third period. It was Brown’s team-leading 19th goal.

The Canadiens are still playing without six regulars, but there’s hope that goaltender Carey Price (concussion) will play before the regular season ends. Coach Dominique Ducharme said Price skated without equipment Wednesday in Brossard. He’ll join the team in Toronto on Thursday and will practise with equipment.

Ducharme also said it was unlikely Shea Weber (upper body injury) will play on this road trip, which concludes with games in Toronto Thursday and Saturday. Tomas Tatar (lower body), Paul Byron (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb) and Jonathan Drouin (personal reasons) are also out.

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