Michel Therrien said the Canadiens have been full of surprises all season and they delivered another one Friday night as they defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1.

“It’s character and that’s what we showed all season,” Therrien said after the Canadiens won with three top forwards — Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty — on the sidelines with injuries. “We surprised everyone who thought we would be down after losing three key players.”

Therrien said earlier in the day that goaltender Carey Price had to be good.

He was that and a little more.

“Carey was very good tonight, he made key saves at the right moments,” Therrien said after Price made 29 saves to allow the Canadiens to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

Price, who ducked the media after a less-than-stellar performance in Game 1 on Thursday, said he put that out of his mind.

“This is the playoffs and you can’t dwell on the last game,” said Price.

Price credited a strong team performance for the win.

“Attention to our system was a key,” he said. “We did a really good job of sticking to our game plan. That’s how it’s been all season. We’ve had guys out all year and other guys have stepped in and been able to play.”

One player who stepped up was Ryan White, who opened the scoring after blocking a pass from Erik Karlsson while on the forecheck.

“It was a strange shift because we were down in our end for about two minutes,” said White. “When I knocked the puck down, I wasn’t trying to do anything with it. (Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson) were both going for the loose puck and I got there first.”

“The defence was the difference tonight,” said Tomas Plekanec. “Carey was very good and we did a good job on the (penalty-kill).”

The Senators went 0-for-4 with the extra man and the Canadiens outhit the Senators 37-26, and helped Price by blocking 34 shots.