Price sharp as Canadiens drop Senators

Montreal got 29 saves by Carey Price to beat the Senators at Bell Centre in the back end of a home-and-home series.

Tomas Plekanec's goal at 18:06 of the middle period broke a 1-1 tie, and Max Pacioretty added some insurance by beating Craig Anderson midway through the final period.

"We had a pretty good lineup tonight, and it's nice to go out with a win," Montreal captain Brian Gionta said one night after a lineup made up mostly of young players lost 5-2 at Canadian Tire Centre. "At the same time, there are still things that need to be improved."

The Canadiens open Tuesday night at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ottawa completes its preseason Sunday against the New York Islanders.

Ottawa's Cory Conacher tapped home a loose puck 5:09 into the game to open the scoring. Alex Galchenyuk tied it late in the first by finishing off a three-way passing play with Lars Eller and Daniel Briere. Plekanec put the Canadiens ahead to stay when he roofed a shot from the left circle.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:09OTT Cory Conacher (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Wideman (1) 1 - 0 OTT
17:42MTL Alex Galchenyuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (1), Lars Eller (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
18:06MTL Tomas Plekanec (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Gionta (1), Rene Bourque (1) 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
11:14MTL Max Pacioretty (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (2), David Desharnais (1) 3 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:21
Daniel Briere
Daniel Briere
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:48
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 11:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:35OTT Michael Sdao  Holding  - 2 min against  Daniel Briere
11:02MTL P.K. Subban  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jim O'Brien
13:35MTL Michael Bournival  Hooking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
14:58MTL David Desharnais  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
15:22OTT Mark Stone  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
00:57MTL Josh Gorges  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Mark Stone
06:23OTT Michael Sdao  Holding  - 2 min against  Michael Bournival
3rd Period
12:09OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing  - 2 min against  Travis Moen
12:09MTL Travis Moen  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mark Borowiecki
14:02OTT Dave Dziurzynski  Boarding  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
16:55OTT Matt Kassian  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Travis Moen
16:55MTL Travis Moen  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matt Kassian
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/4
Faceoff Wins2734
Blocked Shots1823
Penalty Minutes1515
2J. CowenD00-20026:11
5C. CeciD0014022:29
15Z. SmithC00-32019:28
18J. O'BrienC0003013:14
26M. PuempelL000209:35
27C. LazarR0001013:39
28M. KassianL00-2055:20
45C. WidemanD0103022:38
49F. ClaessonD00-11017:50
55B. RobinsonR00-10014:44
57D. GrantC0000011:48
58M. SdaoD00-10414:11
59D. DziurzynskiL00-11216:19
61M. StoneR00-23215:49
68M. HoffmanL0011016:34
74M. BorowieckiD00-12217:16
89C. ConacherC1013017:17
93M. ZibanejadC0014017:02
40R. Lehner00.0000:00
41C. Anderson2225.88058:36
11B. GallagherR00-12012:13
14T. PlekanecC1012018:21
17R. BourqueR0112016:19
21B. GiontaR0113015:46
26J. GorgesD0010219:38
27A. GalchenyukC1001011:56
32T. MoenL0001710:26
40N. BeaulieuD0000017:02
48D. BriereC0221016:48
49M. BournivalL000428:51
51D. DesharnaisC0110217:40
53R. WhiteC000109:53
55F. BouillonD0000019:25
61R. DiazD0020018:40
67M. PaciorettyL1013017:21
76P. SubbanD0003222:12
79A. MarkovD0012023:20
81L. EllerC0100014:19
30P. Budaj00.0000:00
31C. Price2930.96759:50