MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens were ecstatic. The Ottawa Senators were speechless.
Francis Bouillon scored 1:26 into overtime as the Canadiens erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and rallied to defeat the Senators 5-4 on Saturday night.
David Desharnais tied it for Montreal with 1 second left in regulation for the Canadiens, who trailed 4-1 five minutes into the final period.
"I don't really know what to say," said Marc Methot, who was on the ice for Ottawa on the tying goal. "It felt like we were in control, even in the third period. We weren't playing on our heels, at least for a good amount of it.
"They got confidence, and they got the crowd back into it."
Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Daniel Briere also scored for the Canadiens, who stormed back to end a three-game slide. Carey Price made 29 saves in his first NHL game since the Olympic break.
Jason Spezza, Zack Smith, Ales Hemsky and Clarke MacArthur scored for Ottawa, which has lost five of seven. Robin Lehner made 43 saves.
Bouillon made for an unlikely overtime hero as he entered the game with no goals in 40 games this season.
Eller got the comeback started for Montreal, scoring at 16:38 of the third to reduce the deficit to two. Eller pushed a rebound past a sprawled-out Lehner for his first goal in his last 25 games.
Gionta, who assisted on Eller's goal, added a score of his own less than minute later as he deflected P.K. Subban's shot to the back of the net to make it 4-3.
With the Canadiens on the power play and their net empty for the extra attacker, Montreal sent everybody to the front of Lehner's net and Desharnais put in the tying goal at 19:59 off a feed from Subban.
"I looked up at the clock to see how much time there was," Subban said. "I saw quickly that there were 4 seconds left. If I had the shot, I'm sure it would have been blocked. I saw Davey (Desharnais) waving at me.
"Big players score in those big moments."
The comeback wasn't without controversy, though. On the winning goal, Senators players were convinced Lehner had frozen the puck long before it was poked away by Max Pacioretty onto Bouillon's stick.
After the game, referees apparently told Ottawa captain Jason Spezza that there was no whistle on the play because the building was too loud.
"I have no idea what that means," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "That's the explanation we got. I'm confused."