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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Montreal

(Saturday, October 25th)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Montreal 2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators over the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, in a scrappy game at Bell Centre.

Patrick Lalime stopped 23 shots in net for the Senators, who have won three straight on the heels of a two-game slide. Vaclav Varada, Peter Schaefer, Martin Havlat, Radek Bonk and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa.

Sheldon Souray scored both goals for Montreal, which had a two-game winning streak snapped. Jose Theodore made 25 saves in defeat.

Souray's second goal of the game pulled Montreal within 3-2 on a power play early in the third period, but Ottawa responded strongly, scoring twice in the next four minutes for a commanding 5-2 lead.

Spezza scored on a rebound at the 3:00 mark to make it 4-2. Then, just 3:11 later, Alfredsson wristed a beautiful shot from the right circle that beat Theodore over his shoulder for a 5-2 Senators advantage. It was Alfredsson's fifth goal of the young season.

Bonk tallied on a power play with 3:37 left in the game for the final margin. Oddly enough, the Senators became just the first team this season to score against Montreal in the third period.

Ottawa opened the game with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of play. Varada scored first, skating in on Theodore before putting a shot between the netminder's legs just over four minutes into the game. Schaefer's first goal of the season came just 37 seconds later.

Montreal got on the board before the end of the first when Souray scored his first of the game. After a faceoff in the Ottawa zone, he skated above the left circle and beat Lalime high to the glove side with 4:40 remaining in the period.

Havlat tallied the only goal of the second period, scoring on a power play at 7:05 to restore Ottawa's two-goal lead.

Game Notes

Ottawa defeated Montreal 5-2 in the season opener on October 9 and has won four straight meetings between the teams...The Senators improved to 3-3-1 in their last seven games at Bell Centre...Each squad was called for nine minor penalties in this one...Ottawa went 2-for-7 on the power play, while Montreal was 1-for-7 with the extra skater.

10/25 22:05:29 ET

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