OTTAWA — Solid goaltending and some timely scoring led the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots, while Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot, Mark Borowiecki and Kyle Turris, with an empty netter, scored for the Senators (6-6-4), who posted back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.
The game kicked off a five-game homestand for the Senators, who have struggled at home as of late with a 2-3-2 record so far.
With Ottawa holding a two-goal lead Lehner was instrumental holding off the Canadiens in the third, stopping all eleven shots he faced.
Despite being outshot 14-6 in the second the Senators, with 19,292 on hand marking their first sellout of the season, managed to take a 3-1 lead on goals by two Ottawa natives.
Methot made it 2-1 midway through the period as he picked up Markov’s clearing attempt and beat Price high. Just 37 seconds later Borowiecki scored his first NHL goal as his shot from just inside the blue-line made it through traffic.
The Senators didn’t get off to a great start in their own end, forcing Lehner to make a number of big saves.
The Canadiens opened the scoring with Markov’s power-play goal midway through the first period, but the lead was short-lived as the Senators tied it less than 30 seconds later. Ryan, with his team-leading ninth of the season, beat Price with Turris creating a screen.
This was the first of five games between the two teams this season. Thursday’s game also marked the first meeting between the teams since Ottawa eliminated Montreal in five games during last spring’s Eastern Conference quarter-finals.