Sens collapse late, lose to Habs in wild OT

Montreal Canadiens centre David Desharnais (not pictured) scores a goal against Ottawa Senators...

Montreal Canadiens centre David Desharnais (not pictured) scores a goal against Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner and defenceman Eric Gryba during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

In terms of devastating losses, this one ranks near the top of the Senators all-time list.

Leading the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 with 203 seconds left to play in a game they had to win, the Senators fell apart and lost 5-4 in overtime.

David Desharnais forced the extra session by firing the puck over Robin Lehners arm with .3 of a second left in the third.

Defenceman Francis Bouillons first goal of the season at 1:26 of the extra session proved to be the winner.

The Senators argued that the puck had been frozen, with Bobby Ryan the most vehement, but to no avail.

What explanation did the officials give the Senators?

It was too loud, said captain Jason Spezza.

Too loud? What does that mean?

I have no idea what too loud means, youd have to ask the referees, said coach Paul MacLean.

Did MacLean think the puck was frozen?

Doesnt matter what I think, he said. Im like you guys. Im confused.

The OT loss gives the Senators 69 points, but settling for one when they should have had two left players somewhat shocked in the post-game dressing room.

Montreal had seven power plays on the night, while Ottawa was given just three.

Desharnais tying goal was scored with Kyle Turris in the box serving an offensive zone tripping penalty.

Some of the calls were obviously questionable, I thought, said Clarke MacArthur.

(Colin Greening), without question, gets hauled down trying to ice the puck at the end of the game, no call.


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