The skinny: Lars Eller scored the deciding goal in a shootout to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Senators Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. What appeared to be a cakewalk for the home side turned into a nail-biter when Carey Price allowed a harmless shot by Patrick Wiercioch to slide through his pads at 1:50 of the third period. That completed a Senators’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit.

Still in first: The win moved the Canadiens into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a two-point edge over idle Pittsburgh. Montreal moved three points clear of Boston in the Northeast Division, but the Bruins are in the driver’s seat with three games in hand.

Resilient team: The Senators continue to collect points despite the loss of top scorer Jason Spezza, Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson and top goaltender Craig Anderson. They have at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games and stand fifth in the Eastern Conference with a one-point edge over Toronto.