- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Carey Price called it one of his best performances of the season.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender was outstanding, making 40 saves in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

“The reason for tonight’s win is Carey Price,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “He kept us in the game through two periods. I thought he was extraordinary.”

Price made a number of big saves and at one point had many of the Senators wondering if they would find a way to beat him.

“He was the difference in the game,” Senators forward Bobby Ryan said. “When he saved me I thought this is going to get ugly here and then he made the 10-beller on (Mark) Stone right afterward. I just got lucky enough to get another opportunity right away.”

Through two periods, Price had faced 38 shots and admitted he felt good despite having to be so busy.

“It was fine,” Price said. “That’s what we train for all year.”

The Canadiens got off to a great start by jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but four unanswered goals allowed the Senators to start the third leading 4-3.

After giving up the lead in the second, Price said little needed to be said.

“There was a few things said, but we’ve all heard those speeches before,” Price said. “We knew what needed to be done. Our leaders took over and did a good job.”

The Canadiens caught a break on the tying goal midway through the third. Tomas Plekanec broke in alone and while Craig Anderson made the initial save, defenseman Jared Cowen watched as the puck went in off his skate.

“I couldn’t even get out of the way because I was stopping,” Cowen said. “Just one of those things where you feel like you’re helpless. In the end it’s just one of those terrible feelings you feel in the pit of your stomach.”

The game then went to overtime where Subban scored 23 seconds into the extra period as his shot trickled through Anderson’s legs.

Despite the loss, the Senators felt they played well and showed a lot of resiliency.

“I thought we did a lot of good things,” Ryan said. “I thought we controlled the pace most of the game. It’s a loss and it’s a negative in that regard, but I think everyone in the room can take a lot of positives from it.”

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