Ottawa Senators Alex Kovalev (center) celebrates his goal against his former team the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Mike Fisher (left) and Nick Foligno (right) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators made a little history Saturday afternoon in a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens thanks to Mike Fisher.
Fisher scored the winner with 1:33 remaining in overtime, and with the victory the Senators (31-21-4) set a franchise record nine-game winning streak.
Right from the drop of the puck the soldout crowd of 20,500 was treated to an outstanding effort by both teams.
Brian Elliott extended his winning streak to seven games with his 27-save performance, and is largely responsible for the Senators recent success.
Alex Kovalev and Jason Spezza each scored for the Senators.
At the other end Jaroslav Halak was just as impressive facing 37 shots. Benoit Pouliot and Brian Gionta scored for Montreal (25-26-5).
Kovalev opened the scoring late in the first, scoring on a great feed from Filip Kuba at the point. Kuba found Kovalev at the side of the net who then beat Halak short side.
The Senators made it 2-0 midway through the second on a power-play goal by Spezza, his fourth in as many games. It also marked the Senators' first goal with the man advantage in four games.
Montreal cut the lead in half with a power-play goal of its own as Pouliot beat Elliott low stick side.
The Canadiens lost the services of Mike Cammalleri with seven minutes remaining after he appeared to injure his right knee following a collision with Ottawa's Anton Volchenkov.
Just over a minute later the Senators lost Nick Foligno, who left the game with a broken leg after blocking Montreal defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron's slap shot. Foligno will be out six to eight weeks.
Gionta tied the game with less than three minutes remaining with the Canadiens' second power-play goal of the game.
Ottawa will look to make it 10 straight when they take on the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.
Notes: The Senators were without C Jesse Winchester (right knee, mid-February), G Pascal Leclaire (concussion, indefinite). ... D Alexandre Picard and LW Shean Donovan were a healthy scratch for the Senators. ... The Canadiens were without C Olivier Fortier (shoulder surgery, LW Andrei Kostitsyn (knee, early March), D Paul Mara (upper body, day-to-day), D Jaroslav Spacek (flu, day-to-day). ... RW Matt D'Agostini was a healthy scratch for Montreal.