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Game Recap

Senators 3, Canadiens 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 3, Canadiens 1
Montréal Canadiens 1, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil scored goals 1:40 apart in the third period to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet, who stopped Alfredsson on a penalty shot in the second, came within 5:10 of his recording his second shutout in as many starts before the Senators captain tied it at 1-1 with his 12th goal of the season.

Alfredsson took Dany Heatley's pass from the right side and beat Huet with a shot from the slot.

Neil gave Ottawa the lead when he beat Huet with a shot from the right faceoff circle with 3:30 left for his second goal.

Alfredsson added an empty-net goal for his 13th of the season - his fourth in three games - as the Senators improved to 14-2-0. Ottawa lost 4-1 to Washington on Thursday to end its team-record eight-game winning streak.

Martin Gerber stopped 28 shots for his league-leading 11th win.

Huet, who was rested for Thursday's 2-1 win in Boston, made 34 saves. He stopped 29 shots for his first shutout in nearly a year in Monday's 2-0 win over Buffalo.

Andrei Markov scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play 11:11 in and the Canadiens nearly made it stand as the game's only goal.

Montreal, which has won three straight, went 1-for-4 with the man advantage. The Canadiens have scored 23 goals in 78 power-play opportunities for a league-leading 29.5 per cent success rate.

Markov drove a slap shot from the point over Gerber's right shoulder and into the top left corner with 8:49 remaining in the first, 38 seconds after Ottawa's Chris Neil was sent off with a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu exchanged blows with Ottawa's Patrick Eaves at 14:15. Both were given double roughing minors.

Huet made a remarkable glove save on Randy Robitaille's shot from the right side in the second and denied Alfredsson's backhand attempt on his penalty shot at 10:53.

Montreal missed a couple of good opportunities to add to its lead as Chris Higgins hit the left post in the dying seconds of the second period, and Koivu put a backhand off the post in the third on a play that necessitated a video review.

Notes: Canadiens C Steve Begin was out of the lineup because of a charley horse. D Josh Gorges also didn't dress for Montreal ... Senators C Jason Spezza missed his sixth straight game because of a groin injury ... RW Brian McGrattan was Ottawa's only healthy scratch ... A sellout crowd of 20,065 was on hand for the game ... The Senators don't see action again until Thursday, when the Montreal Canadiens visit Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., A-Channel, Team 1200).
 

scoring summary
1st Period
11:11
MTL
PPG - Andrei Markov (5) ASST: Saku Koivu (11), Michael Ryder (5)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:50
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (12) ASST: Dany Heatley (10), Mike Fisher (7)
1 - 1 Tie
16:30
OTT
Chris Neil (2) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (4), Dean McAmmond (2)
2 - 1 OTT
19:34
OTT
EN - Daniel Alfredsson (13) ASST: Dany Heatley (11), Mike Fisher (8)
3 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
06:59
OTT
Dany Heatley  Tripping against  Mark Streit
10:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:15
MTL
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
14:15
MTL
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
14:15
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Roughing against  Saku Koivu
14:15
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Roughing against  Saku Koivu
2nd Period
01:28
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Interference against  Wade Redden
07:12
MTL
Michael Ryder  Hooking against  Joe Corvo
17:38
OTT
Dany Heatley  Hi-sticking against  Michael Ryder
3rd Period
07:04
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Tripping against  Chris Higgins
20:00
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Tom Kostopoulos
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 36TOI: 59:04
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0