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Canadiens 4, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 4, Senators 0
Ottawa Senators 0, Montréal Canadiens 4

MONTREAL - Chris Higgins scored three goals and Carey Price got his first shutout of the season to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Higgins scored a short-handed goal 7:22 in before extending the Canadiens' lead to 2-0 with his second of the game 14:11 into the second.

The Smithtown, N.Y., native completed his first career hat trick when he scored Montreal's fourth goal on a breakaway 16:35 into the third.

Guillaume Latendresse also scored for Montreal, which had lost consecutive games (0-1-1) for the first time this season.

Price stopped 28 shots, including a right pad save on Dany Heatley's breakaway shot 7:36 into the third, for his fourth career shutout.

Alex Auld made 27 saves for Ottawa, which lost its second straight after going unbeaten in regulation over its previous five games (4-0-1).

Montreal's Tom Kostopoulos began serving a three-game suspension handed down by the league Monday for his hit from behind on Toronto's Mike Van Ryn on Saturday.

Higgins opened the scoring when he beat Auld with a shot from the left side with three seconds remaining in defenceman Ryan O'Byrne's delay of game penalty for putting the puck over the glass.

Robert Lang got the Canadiens' second delay of game penalty for the same infraction 11:52 into the second, but Montreal's penalty-killing unit was so successful that at one point it appeared as if it was conducting a 4-on-5 power play.

Higgins finished off a fine pass by Sergei Kostitsyn with a shot from the right side past Auld at 14:11.

Lang had a hand in the Canadiens' third goal at 15:39 when he won a draw against Ottawa's Dean McAmmond and drew the puck back in the Senators' zone.

Latendresse stepped into the bouncing puck and drove a slap shot over Auld's left arm into the top right corner for his first goal in 11 games.

Notes: Auld has started eight of the Senators' last nine games ... Price's last shutout also was against Ottawa, a 3-0 win on April 1 for the third shutout of his rookie season ... The Senators return home to face the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Scotiabank Place. Fewer than 1,500 tickets remain for the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:22
MTL
SHG - Chris Higgins (2) ASST: Saku Koivu (8), Josh Gorges (2)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
14:11
MTL
Chris Higgins (3) ASST: Sergei Kostitsyn (4), Ryan O'Byrne (3)
2 - 0 MTL
15:39
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (2) ASST: Robert Lang (5)
3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
16:35
MTL
Chris Higgins (4) ASST: Alex Tanguay (8), Josh Gorges (3)
4 - 0 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:44
OTT
Mike Fisher  Holding against  Saku Koivu
05:25
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:08
MTL
Josh Gorges  Holding the stick against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
08:47
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
11:52
MTL
Robert Lang  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:16
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
18:16
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
18:41
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
3rd Period
02:05
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Fighting (maj) against  Jarkko Ruutu
02:05
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Fighting (maj) against  Francis Bouillon
02:05
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Charging against  Maxim Lapierre
12:05
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Misconduct (10 min)
13:08
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Holding against  Dany Heatley
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 31TOI: 59:59
Saves: 27EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .871SH: 2 - 3
Carey Price
Carey Price
7-2-1
SA: 28TOI: 59:59
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1