Senators centre Kyle Turris acknowledges the Ottawa crowd after being named first star following his overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)
Kyle Turris is starting to make a habit of this. The Senators centre scored a big goal in last year's playoffs in Game 4, and there he was again Tuesday night in Game 4 firing the winner by Montreal Canadiens' backup goalie Peter Budaj at 2:32 of overtime, giving Ottawa an emotional 3-2 comeback victory.
OTTAWA -- Kyle Turris is starting to make a habit of this.
The Senators centre scored a big goal in last year's playoffs in Game 4, and there he was again Tuesday night in Game 4 firing the winner by Montreal Canadiens' backup goalie Peter Budaj at 2:32 of overtime, giving Ottawa an emotional 3-2 comeback victory.
Just trying to get something to the net with Daniel Alfredsson causing a screen, Turris fired it by Budaj. Last spring against the Rangers, Turris scored the OT winner, but the Senators did go on to lose that series in seven.
This time, the result looks like it could be different with Ottawa holding a 3-1 series lead.
"I was just trying to throw something on the net," said a smiling Turris in the Ottawa dressing room. "Luckily it went in."
Coach Paul MacLean was pleased to see Turris step up. He also won 65 per cent of his faceoffs.
"Kyle was very good," said MacLean. "He has grown a lot. He has had to take over the No. 1 centre position and he has really started to come out of the other end of the tunnel to see the light. He's had games where his overall game has improved.
"He makes good decisions."
The Senators comeback was incredible, really. They looked like they were finished when they were down 2-0 in the third. Then, Mika Zibanejad scored with 8:05 left, and Cory Conacher tied it with 22.6 seconds remaining on the clock.
"That's probably the biggest goal in my career," said Conacher.
Should it have counted?
The Canadiens weren't happy a shot that looked like Zibanejad kicked in counted. He appeared to redirect a pass from Chris Neil by Price with his stick to give Ottawa life.
While the officials went to Toronto to have it reviewed, it was ruled a goal in the end. That was a little surprising and Zibanejad was coy when talking about it afterwards.
"I was just hoping for the goal. I was pretty sure [it was a goal] when it happened. It took a weird bounce off my stick or skate ... whatever. They allowed it so it's a good goal," said Zibanejad.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien sounded mystified the goal stood afterwards.
"The kicking motion? There's nothing we can do about it. That's what the people in the league decided. You have to respect that decision and that's what we're going to do," said Therrien.
MacLean wasn't completely pleased with the way the club's top defenceman played in Game 4.
"With Erik [Karlsson] we always like him when he plays for us," said MacLean. "Sometimes tonight I thought he played for both teams. When that happens we don't like him very much.
"Those are the situations we're going to go over with Erik and we're going to work with Erik on them. Let's face it, Erik makes us a better team. He's a very important player on our team. Even if it wasn't his best night he's still very important and a very good player."
No word on Price
Therrien didn't have an update on the status of Price. He left at the buzzer when he stretched on a shot by Zibanejad. It looked like he may have pulled something.
"Obviously the shot at the end of the third period gave Goalie 31 some discomfort," said MacLean, taking another dig at the Habs.
The Habs also didn't have winger Brandon Prust in overtime.
All this should make the task of trying to comeback in this series even more difficult for the Habs. They aren't ready to throw in the towel, but erasing a 3-1 deficit will be tough, especially in the fashion they lost.
"We've got to fight for our lives. We're facing elimination now, and none of us want to go home, none of us are done playing. We've got a lot of pride in this room," said defenceman Josh Gorges. "And now it's do-or-die. You've got to have that mentality of, let's throw everything we've got.
"There's no tomorrow for us anymore, so we've got to play that way."
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