Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 5)

Ottawa leads 3-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 26th
Game 2: Thursday, November 21st
Game 3: Monday, December 16th
Game 4: Friday, December 27th
Game 5: Saturday, March 29th

Canadiens 2

(16-13-3, 39 pts)

Senators 3

(22-8-0, 49 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 27, 2002

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
MTL 0 2 0 02
OTT 1 0 1 13

M. Fisher (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Hossa (Senators - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Y. Perreault (Canadiens - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Montreal sets team record with just 12 shots

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators finally wore down Jose Theodore.

 Marian Hossa
Marian Hossa scored 50 seconds into overtime, after Mike Fisher scored with 45.7 seconds left in regulation to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.

The Senators had outshot the Canadiens 32-11 before Fisher's goal sent the game into overtime by putting Martin Havlat's rebound past Theodore.

"We've been in that position before in Montreal, where we had tons of shots and they beat us," Fisher said. "Even last time they were in here, they got a late goal to beat us and we kind of had that on our minds. We played hard throughout for 60 minutes and I thought we got rewarded for our hard work."

Hossa completed Ottawa's comeback in overtime when he sped past stumbling Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois before backhanding a shot over Theodore's right shoulder for his 21st goal of the season.

"He kept us in this game," Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet said of Theodore, who finished with 36 saves. "It was very unfortunate that they did score that tying goal, and the overtime goal, but we need to help him out a little."

Montreal set a team record with just 12 shots in the game -- including only one in overtime. The Canadiens had 13 shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders in New York on Monday, tying the team's previous low for the fifth time since 1955.

"It's concerning when you only have 11 or 12 shots on net," Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet said. "You're not going to win a lot of hockey games when you only have 12 shots on net so that's something we're going to have to address."

Zdeno Chara also scored for the Senators, who are 5-0-1 since a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Dec. 16. Ottawa has lost just twice in its last 23 games (17-2-4).

"It's a great record, and I think we thrive on it, too," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "But we know it's a long year. We've been playing a lot of games lately so hopefully we can stay pretty fresh and keep going here."

Yanic Perreault scored goals 52 seconds apart late in the second period for Montreal, which was outshot 39-12 overall while losing its second straight.

"Right now, we're not using our speed like we should be using our speed," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We should be skating a lot better. There are some adjustments to be made, and we're going to make those adjustments."

Perreault's first goal made the score 1-1 with 3:17 left in the second. Perreault, who scored with 17.8 seconds left in the third to beat the Senators 11 days earlier, added his 19th on the next shot of the game with 2:25 left in the period.

Theodore stuck out his left leg to make a pad save on Fisher's power-play chance midway through the first as the Senators failed to convert any of its three power-play opportunities in the period.

Chara opened the scoring with 2:35 left in the first period as he drove to the net and slid the puck around Theodore.

Outshot 14-3 in the first, Montreal managed just one shot in the first 10 minutes of the second as Ottawa held a 22-4 lead in shots midway through the game.

Game notes
Perreault has five goals and three assists in four games against Ottawa this season. He has 18 goals and 34 points in 25 career regular-season games against the Senators. ... Juneau returned after missing two games because of a concussion. ... It was the Senators' first sellout of the season. ... Ottawa went 0-for-5 on the power play in the game. ... Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov had dental surgery and was a late scratch.

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