The Montreal Canadiens suffered their third straight loss Tuesday night, and the second consecutive 'L' at the hands of the less-than-stellar Ottawa Senators. But given what occurred in the final moments of their latest effort, Montreal might see Toronto more deserving of blame than Ottawa.
In the final seconds of a 4-4 tie between Montreal and Ottawa on Tuesday, the sliding Canadiens seemed to break through, with winger Brendan Gallagher deflecting home the potential game-winner as only a few seconds remained on the clock. A few minutes later, though, the score was back to level, a review of the play by the NHL's video review headquarters in Toronto resulting in the goal being called back due to goalie interference.
Gallagher was understandably frustrated with the turn of events post-game, with the sequence that played out in the Senators' crease leaving much to be debated.
A look back at the play shows Gallagher enter the right side of Matt Murray's crease, jostling and arguably pushed in by Ottawa's Nikita Zaitsev — the battle results in Gallagher tumbling to the ice in front of Murray, bumping the netminder and prompting the latter to spin around to right himself.