Alex Galchenyuk’s no-look spinning wrist shot gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, in another hard-fought all-Canadian battle.
Galchenyuk’s spinning, no-look wrist shot found its way past Hammond and four Ottawa players in front of the net, ending the game at 3-2 after 3:40 of overtime.
It was a dramatic finish to a Game 2 that was every bit as thrilling as the series opener (though slightly less bone-breaking). Mark Stone returned to the game after his injury in Game 1 and picked up two assists for Ottawa, who rebounded well from the disappointment and controversy that concluded Game 1.
Hammond turned away 39 shots and weathered five of six Montreal power plays to give his team the chance at overtime, while the Ottawa defenders blocked 24 shots and out-hit the Habs all game.
But Montreal kept pushing the play, drawing penalties, blocking shots and scoring on a pair of rocket blasts by P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty.
Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch answered back with two of their own, in a game where every goal was worth seeing again. Hammond and Price were at the top of their respective games, and only the best shots beat them.
Subban had the shot of the night with his second-period goal to make it 2-1 Habs. Subban took a feed from Devante Smith-Pelly at the point and absolutely wired it, rattling the puck around the inside of the goal posts. He followed up with a vintage P.K. celebration, pumping his fists in triumph.
Subban’s goal put the Canadiens up, but Wiercioch answered back late on the power play in the third. The play started when Mark Stone snagged a misplayed puck from Carey Price and sent Wiercioch in on net from the corner. Wiercioch cut across the crease and tucked it behind Price, making the most of the rare opportunity.
The Habs hold a 2-0 lead in the series but it’s been a close contest all the way through. The hate is flowing between these teams, and Hammond and Price are both playing extremely well.
With the razor-thin margin between these teams, Ottawa could easily jump back into the series as it shifts to their home rink.