MONTREAL — Cole Caufield scored his first NHL goal at 2:25 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens gained ground in the Scotia North Division with a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Caufield redirected Jeff Petry‘s pass inside the right post for the Canadiens, who trailed 2-0 in the third period.
Petry and Tyler Toffoli scored, and Cayden Primeau made 21 saves in his second start for Montreal (23-18-9), which is fourth in the North, two points behind the Winnipeg Jets. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tim Stutzle and Thomas Chabot scored for Ottawa (19-27-5), which was eliminated from playoff contention. Filip Gustavsson made 36 saves in his first start since April 1.
Petry scored at 8:12 of the third period to get the Canadiens within 2-1.
Toffoli’s power-play goal tied it at 2-2 at 14:25. The goal came minutes after Nick Suzuki scored at 10:37, but Ottawa used a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference and the call on the ice was overturned.
Stutzle gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 14:52 of the second when he scored after a face-off win in the offensive zone with a wrist shot through traffic.
Chabot made it 2-0 at 5:51 of the third.