OTTAWA (AP) — For a team ravaged by injuries, the loss of top goalie Craig Anderson seemed to strike the final blow for the Ottawa Senators.
Enter Ben Bishop.
Bishop turned aside 44 shots in regulation and overtime and Peter Regin scored in the fifth round of the shootout, lifting the Senators to a season-best fifth straight win with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
The victory was the second in as many starts for Bishop, who took over three games ago after Anderson was knocked out against the New York Rangers last Thursday with a sprained ankle.
"It was all Bishop," said Senators coach Paul MacLean, whose team was outshot 45-24 and outplayed for long stretches. "I thought (Montreal) really skated well and really cut us off and didn't give us an opportunity to do very much and Ben was outstanding in the net.
"For the most part I thought they dominated the rink for most of the game but we would bend and we would bend but we wouldn't break. One of the strengths of our organization right now is goaltending and we've been leaning on it quite a bit."
Jakob Silfverberg also scored in the shootout for Ottawa, while David Desharnais replied for Montreal.
After Regin gave the Senators the lead in the shootout with a goal that sent Montreal goalie Carey Price spinning to the ice, Bishop stopped Tomas Plekanec for his fourth win of the season.
"There were a lot of shots so it was easy to stay in the game and keep that rhythm up," Bishop said. "I thought the guys did a good job in front of me. Andy is playing so well so whenever I get a chance to get in there I just want to hold up my end of the deal and give the team a chance to win."
Minus a number of regulars, including defenseman Erik Karlsson (lacerated Achilles) and center Jason Spezza (back surgery), the Senators have still found a way to grind out wins.
Regin had a chance to end the game late in overtime his slap shot from the high slot rang off the post behind Price, who finished with 23 saves.
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