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Norris scores in shootout, Senators beat Canadiens 5-4

Josh Norris scored the shootout winner to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Tim Stutzle also beat Montreal goalie Carey Price in the shootout. Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk opened with a miss and Senators netminder Matt Murray stopped Corey Perry and Jonathan Drouin.

It capped a wild and entertaining game between the rivals.

Ottawa Senators right wing Drake Batherson (19) celebrates a first-period goal with the bench as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)

Both teams had excellent chances in overtime. Stutzle had two glorious opportunities but couldn’t convert, and Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli was stoned on a breakaway with about a minute to go.

It looked like Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher had scored with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, but the goal was waved off after a review due to goaltender interference.

Tkachuk had two goals for Ottawa, with Drake Batherson and Erik Brannstrom also scoring. Shea Weber had two goals for Montreal. Drouin and Toffoli had a goal apiece.

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) and Ottawa Senators left wing Tim Stützle (18) celebrate a goal as Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) skates to the bench during the first period of an NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)

After a slow start, the last-place Senators have picked up their play of late. Ottawa entered with three wins over its last five games, including a 3-2 overtime victory over the Habs last Sunday.

The 9-5-4 Canadiens, meanwhile, were 5-1-2 last month but entered with just one win in their last five games to drop them into fourth place in the North Division.

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Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) skates the puck up ice while Ottawa Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot (72) defends during the first period of an NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)

Ottawa will continue its five-game homestand on Thursday against Calgary. It will be the first of three straight games against the Flames.

Montreal visits Winnipeg on Thursday. The Jets will also host the Canadiens on Saturday.

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Montreal Canadiens center Tyler Toffoli (73) celebrates a goal with teammate Joel Edmundson (44) against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of an NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)

Ottawa Senators head coach D. J. Smith, top right, talks to his players while taking on the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL game in Ottawa, Ontario on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sean KilpatrickThe Canadian Press via AP)