The Montreal Canadiens were on the losing end of a 4-3 decision against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night thanks in part to an unusually tough night for Carey Price.
The Senators were nearly doubled up in shots (39-23) by the Canadiens, but managed to get four behind Price to not only break out of their recent scoring funk, but also pick up their 11th win of the season.
But while the Senators were able to get the win, the play of the night was turned in by a member of the Canadiens when Alexander Radulov scored his fourth goal of the season midway through the second period.
It was an incredible individual effort that came at the expense Senators Mike Hoffman who looked helpless in trying to defend Radulov.
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Radulov has been a wonderful addition to the Canadiens lineup this season and has made a huge impact in his latest return to the NHL after spending a few years playing in the KHL. In a lot of ways he has probably been Montreal’s best addition this season.
Shea Weber has been outstanding (he scored his eighth goal of the season on Tuesday) after being acquired from the Nashville Predators in the P.K. Subban trade, but when you consider he is simply replacing another great player at the same position it didn’t really do much significantly improve the overall makeup of the roster.
Radulov, on the other hand, gives Montreal a legitimate top-line winger and playmaker, something that the team desperately needed no matter who was playing the top minutes on the blue line.
While Hoffman looked out of place on that particular play, he did make a pretty big contribution at the other end of the ice by scoring his fourth goal of the season on a nasty one-timer in the first period, and then adding two assists later in the game. One of those assists came on Mark Stone‘s game-tying goal early in the third period.
Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal just two minutes later.
The Canadiens have only lost six games this season with two of them coming to the Senators.