NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Montreal
(Saturday, February 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Montreal 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Wade Redden scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, as Ottawa and Montreal resumed their battle for playoff positioning with a 5-3 Senators victory to wrap up a home-and-home series at the Bell Centre.
Mike Comrie, Chris Kelly, Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, who won Thursday's opener of this key set, with Spezza compiling a goal and an assist to fuel Ottawa to a 4-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.
Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson each added a pair of assists in this tilt. Ray Emery blocked 37-of-40 shots in the win.
Steve Begin, Michael Ryder and Andrei Markov each scored for the Canadiens, who suffered their fifth loss in their last six outings. Sheldon Souray added a pair of assists in the loss, while David Aebischer stopped 25-of-30 shots.
"We'll continue to work, because we're not on the same page," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said.
Comrie put Ottawa on the board right away, scoring on a slap shot 2:10 into the game. Kelly's wrister about eight minutes later made it a two-goal margin heading into the first intermission.
Begin took Mike Johnson's pass from behind the net and scored on a wrister a tick over five minutes into the second period to get Montreal on the board, and Ryder scored on a tip-in on the power play at 9:14 to tie the score at two.
Redden's wrist shot on a 4-on-3 power play with 3:23 left in the second, however, notched a 3-2 advantage for Ottawa heading into the second intermission.
Ottawa blew the game open early in the third. Fisher's tip-in of Alfredsson's missed shot 17 seconds into the stanza gave the Senators a two-goal lead, and a Spezza snap shot 3:31 into the period gave them a comfortable 5-2 advantage heading down the stretch.
But, the Canadiens quickly regrouped, taking advantage of the power play. Markov's snap shot at 5:04 closed their deficit to two goals.
"This team is good enough to recover," Montreal right wing Alex Kovalev said. "There's just one piece missing right now, and we have to start tomorrow, which will be a new day."
Ottawa finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while Montreal was 2-for-6 on the man advantage.
Montreal placed defenseman Craig Rivet on the injured list Saturday because of pneumonia, and activated Begin from the injured list after he missed 27 games because of back spasms...Montreal owns a 17-10-3 home record, while the Senators are 16-11-1 on the road thus far.
02/10 22:50:52 ET