The hit NHL show “As the Habs Turn” went into overdrive in the drama department last night, as Montreal starting goaltender and Quebec messiah Carey Price was chased from the crease by Ottawa in a 5-4 Senators win in Canada’s capital.

Price surrendered four goals on 15 shots and headed for the exit after a goal by Jarkko Ruutu. Jaroslav Halak’s fine play in relief with 23 saves kept the Habs alive before they came up one goal short.

Now Montreal both has a race for a playoff berth and a goaltender controversy (for not the first time this  year) to contend with. Pat Hickey of The Gazette provides the details.

MK: The train wreck that is Carey Price’s rushed NHL career and second NHL season is almost too gruesome to watch. Let’s hope he has the will to battle through, even if he does play for Montreal.

Elsewhere around the division:

•Ruutu took a ribbing in the locker room for his Price-chasing goal.

•With three rookies in the lineup on defense, Toronto failed in its bid to play spoiler at Florida.

•Buffalo still believes it can make the playoffs.