The bottom line: With a weekend sweep, the Canadiens earned the right to sit back and have a couple of cold ones as they enjoyed the Super Bowl. After beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 Saturday, the Canadiens used a solid defensive effort and the power play to beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Sunday at the Bell Centre. Carey Price made 25 saves to improve his season record to 15-19-4.
Power play tips the scales: The Canadiens erased a 1-0 deficit with a pair of power-play goals in the span of 1:39 in the second period. The Senators’ problems began when Mark Borowiecki went off for hooking Jonathan Drouin at 5:22, and Erik Karlsson was assessed a double minor for high-sticking Drouin at 6:06. The penalties gave Montreal a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:16, but Jeff Petry needed only 10 seconds to tie the score. It was Petry’s third power-play goal in two games — he scored twice in Saturday’s win over the Ducks — and he has eight goals on the season. Karlsson was still in the box when Artturi Lehkonen scored at 7:54. Lehkonen had his back to the net when he took a pass from David Schlemko. He made a quick pivot and jammed the puck behind Mike Condon to end a 24-game goal drought. The Canadiens scored five power-play goals on 10 opportunities on the weekend and rank seventh in the NHL with a success rate of 21.6 per cent.
Lehkonen owns the Senators: Lehkonen made it 3-1 when he scored his second goal of the game at 18:47. Tomas Plekanec won the battle for the rebound off a shot by Brendan Gallagher. Plekanec made a blind pass to Lehkonen, who was crashing the net up the middle. It was Lehkonen’s fourth goal of the season, and his two previous goals came in the Canadiens’ 8-3 win in Ottawa on Oct. 30. Lehkonen has five goals and two assists in six career games against the Senators. Plekanec’s assist was his 600th NHL point.