The Canadian loses 5-4 to the Senators

The Canadian was unable to close the door on one of his pet peeves.

Drake Batherson scored in a shootout and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal team 5-4 on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Batherson was the only player to move the strings in the shootout. He scored with a precise shot from the glove side.

The Canadian squandered four one-goal leads and finally suffered a ninth straight loss against the Senators, but a first in a tiebreaker during this stretch.

Cole Caufield scored twice to smash his career high with 27 goals this season. Mike Matheson and Newhook were credited with a goal and an assist each for the Canadian (30-36-14). David Savard accumulated two assists and Cayden Primeau stopped 40 shots.

Brady Tkachuk had two goals and an assist for the Senators (36-40-4). Shane Pinto and Thomas Chabot also hit the target, while Batherson, Claude Giroux and Jake Sanderson collected two, two and three assists respectively. Joonas Korpisalo made 21 saves.

The Senators lost forward Mark Kastelic early in the first period. He was hit in the side of the head by a shot from Johnathan Kovacevic.

Forward Jesse Ylönen was back in the Canadian lineup after being left out of the previous four games. Tanner Pearson gave way to him.

The Canadian will play his last two games of the season against the Red Wings on Monday in Detroit and Tuesday in Montreal.

After signing his rookie contract with the Canadian on Friday, defender Lane Hutson will join his new teammates on Sunday in Detroit.

The cat and the Mouse

The Canadian opened the scoring 9:11 into the first period. Matheson thwarted Korpisalo with a nice feint during a shorthanded breakaway.

Tkachuk responded with 6:52 left in the first period. He deflected a shot from the blue line by Sanderson and scored on his own return.

The Canadiens’ head coach, Martin St-Louis, contested the goal, believing that Tkachuk had obstructed Primeau. NHL video officials did not agree with St. Louis.

Caufield gave the Canadian a 2-1 lead 1:37 into the second period. He took advantage of a comeback after a point shot from Jayden Struble.

The 23-year-old American almost scored again about a minute later. He went for it twice after receiving a cross-ice pass from Juraj Slafkovsky, but the puck traveled along the goal line behind Korpisalo before being cleared by defenseman Jakob Chychrun.

Pinto tied the game 2-2 at 8:36 on the power play. Giroux joined him in the slot and he scored on a one-timer.

Caufield came back with 6:55 left in the second period, on the power play. He scored with a precise shot into the corner from the top side of Korpisalo’s shield.

Tkachuk imitated his rival by scoring his second goal of the game 47 seconds into the third period, again on the power play. He received a pass at the mouth of the net, then scored with a backhand shot.

Both goalkeepers preserved the tie thanks to good saves. Korpisalo stood out in particular on point-blank shots from Josh Anderson and Jake Evans. For his part, Primeau frustrated Ridley Greig.

It took a lucky jump for Newhook to give the Canadian the lead again with 4:11 remaining. His throw to Joel Armia deflected against Chychrun’s skate before crossing the goal line.

Chabot, however, brought everyone back to square one with 65 seconds left in regulation, after Korpisalo had been replaced by an additional attacker. Installed in the slot, the Quebec defender deflected a shot from Batherson into the upper part of the net.

Nick Suzuki had the best chance to score in overtime, but the Canadian captain was unable to beat Korpisalo.

Batherson ultimately played the hero in the shootout.

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