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Senators 5, Canadiens 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Canadiens 4
Montréal Canadiens 4, Ottawa Senators 5

OTTAWA - Jason Spezza scored a pair of goals 52 seconds apart late in the first period and Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and an assist in the Ottawa Senators' 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Nick Foligno and Jarkko Ruutu also scored for Ottawa, which has won three in a row and seven of eight. Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots and set an Ottawa rookie record with his seventh straight victory.

Montreal, which got a pair from Guillaume Latendresse and singles from Alex Tanguay and Tom Kostopoulos, lost its fourth in a row and remains tied with Carolina for seventh place in a tight race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spots.

The Canadiens fell to 1-2-2 since general manager Bob Gainey took over behind the bench after firing Guy Carbonneau on March 9.

Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves after taking over for Carey Price following Ruutu's highlight-reel goal early in the second. Halak stopped Christoph Schubert on a breakaway and made a left toe save on Alfredsson before Latendresse scored his second of the game midway through the second to draw Montreal to within 4-3.

Foligno scored with the man advantage 51 seconds after Latendresse opened the scoring 2:04 into the first period with his first goal in two games since returning from a shoulder injury.

Spezza scored Ottawa's second straight power-play goal 16:44 into the first before adding his second goal - his 27th of the season - on a deflection that made it 3-1 at 17:36.

He picked up his third point of the game with an assist on Alfredsson's goal 14:34 into the second that put Ottawa up 5-3.

Montreal closed within one three times, including Kostopoulos' ninth goal late in the second, without getting the tying goal.

Tanguay, who had the flu and missed Tuesday night's 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, scored 48 seconds into the second to draw Montreal within 3-2.

Ruutu answered moments later to chase Price, who made 11 saves. The pesky Finnish forward drove the right side and put the puck between his legs before putting a backhand into the top right corner that left the Canadiens goalie looking over his left shoulder while the Senators celebrated restoring their two-goal lead.

Notes: Tanguay has two goals in six games since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for two months ... Elliott improved to 14-4-3 in 25 games since he was called up from Binghamton of the AHL in January ... Jani Hurme won six straight games for Ottawa during his rookie season in 2000-01, and Ray Emery matched the streak as a rookie in 2005-06 ... Senators LW Dany Heatley scored five of Ottawa's nine goals overall against Montreal through the first four games of their season series ... The attendance of 20,500 set a Scotiabank Place record for a regular-season game.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:04
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (10) ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (12), Maxim Lapierre (10)
1 - 0 MTL
02:55
OTT
PPG - Nick Foligno (15) ASST: Filip Kuba (32), Brendan Bell (10)
1 - 1 Tie
16:44
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (26) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (45), Filip Kuba (33)
2 - 1 OTT
17:36
OTT
Jason Spezza (27) ASST: Anton Volchenkov (6), Chris Phillips (13)
3 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
00:48
MTL
Alex Tanguay (12) ASST: Saku Koivu (26)
3 - 2 OTT
02:28
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu (6) ASST: Chris Neil (7), Brendan Bell (11)
4 - 2 OTT
10:04
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (11) ASST: Josh Gorges (16), Tom Kostopoulos (13)
4 - 3 OTT
14:34
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (23) ASST: Chris Phillips (14), Jason Spezza (36)
5 - 3 OTT
19:18
MTL
Roman Hamrlik (5) ASST: Mike Komisarek (7), Maxim Lapierre (11)
5 - 4 OTT
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
MTL
Matt D'Agostini  Holding the stick
16:20
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Delay of game
18:24
OTT
Dany Heatley  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
10:14
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
11:40
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Holding against  Mathieu Schneider
3rd Period
15:56
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
goalie stats
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 15TOI: 22:28
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .733SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
16-12-1
SA: 24TOI: 36:29
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .958SH: 1 - 1
Brian Elliott
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0