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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa



(Monday, December 28th)

Final Score: Ottawa 4, Montreal 2

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Neil scored the game-winner in the third period and Pascal Leclaire stopped 29 shots as the Ottawa Senators tallied four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.

Neil, Chris Campoli and Peter Regin each had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won two straight. Ryan Shannon notched the other goal in the win.

Michael Cammalleri and Benoit Pouliot each had a goal for the Canadiens, who had won four straight coming into the game. Jaroslav Halak was charged with three goals on 27 shots in the loss.

With the score tied at two in the third, Ottawa took the lead on a shot from the right point that popped into the air with Neil banging it into the net. The goal was reviewed to determine if Neil's stick was over the crossbar, but the call on the ice was upheld and the Senators had a 3-2 lead at the 6:15 mark.

The Habs pulled Halak from the net in the final minute of play, but Campoli's empty-netter with 45.7 seconds to play sealed the win.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead just 4:59 into the game as Andrei Kostitsyn sent a pass from the right circle to the left where Cammalleri deposited it into a wide open net. The goal was the 20,000th in the long history of the Montreal franchise.

Halfway through the opening frame, the Habs took a 2-0 advantage. Brian Gionta whiffed on a one-timer from the slot, but the puck went down low where Pouliot whipped it in for his third goal of the season.

Ottawa, though, got one back three minutes later as Neil's one-timer from the left point was stopped by Halak, but Regin was there to bang home the rebound.

Skating on the power play in the second period, Ottawa tied the game as a right circle faceoff win was drawn back to Shannon, who skated to the high slot and beat Halak with a wrister at the 15:33 mark.

Game Notes

Gionta played for the first time in 21 games as he was suffering from a broken left foot...Ottawa hosts Colorado on Wednesday...Montreal continues its season-high seven-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Wednesday...Ottawa went 1- for-5 on the power play while Montreal didn't have a single power-play opportunity...Halak was selected as the NHL's top star on Monday for the week ending December 27. He had a 3-0-0 record with a 1.97 goals-against average for the week.

12/28 22:23:00 ET


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