Carey Price said the Canadiens played their best game of the season Monday night, but he didn’t include himself in that assessment after the Ottawa Senators posted a 2-1 shootout at Scotiabank Place.

“It was just a bad goal,” Price said of a shot by Dave Dziurzynski at 6:49 of the second period. “It never should have gone in.”

It was one of those shots that goaltenders stop routinely. Dziurzynski fired from the point off the rush and Price was off balance as the shot found the far post.

It was the only miscue for Price in regulation time but the Canadiens couldn’t afford to make a mistake on a night when Ben Bishop continued his outstanding play as a fill-in for the injured Craig Anderson.

Bishop came in on a three-game winning streak and was named the NHL’s third star for his play last week.

“It’s a nice honour, but you can’t dwell on it,” Bishop said. “I have to take the games one a time and hope next time I’m the No. 1 star.”