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.

Andrei Markov scored the lone goal for the Canadiens (8-8-1) as Carey Price faced 24 shots. Montreal is winless in its last four games.

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:32MTL PPG - Andrei Markov (2) ASST: P.K. Subban (13), Tomas Plekanec (6) 1 - 0 MTL
13:00OTT Bobby Ryan (9) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (8), Eric Gryba (2) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:31OTT Marc Methot (2) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 OTT
12:08OTT Mark Borowiecki (1) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (9), Bobby Ryan (8) 3 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
18:51OTT EN - Kyle Turris (3) ASST: Bobby Ryan (9) 4 - 1 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .971SH: 5-5
Mark Borowiecki
Mark Borowiecki
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:22
Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:28
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:21MTL Brendan Gallagher  Hi-sticking against  Zack Smith
01:21OTT Zack Smith  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
07:22MTL Brendan Gallagher  Tripping against  Eric Gryba
12:01OTT Jason Spezza  Cross checking against  Alex Galchenyuk
18:01MTL Brendan Gallagher  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
2nd Period
05:20OTT Clarke MacArthur  Holding against  David Desharnais
09:28OTT Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
09:28MTL Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
12:59OTT Mika Zibanejad  Interference against  Michael Bournival
16:02OTT Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
16:51MTL Brendan Gallagher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Robin Lehner
3rd Period
09:40OTT Cory Conacher  Too many men/ice - bench
11:30MTL Rene Bourque  Holding the stick against  Kyle Turris
14:50MTL Michael Bournival  Hi-sticking against  Cory Conacher
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/50/5
Faceoff Wins2338
Blocked Shots2218
Penalty Minutes1414
6D. MurrayD000009:40
11B. GallagherR00-22815:20
14T. PlekanecC01-14018:09
15G. ParrosR00-1002:55
17R. BourqueR00-12217:33
21B. GiontaR00-12018:24
26J. GorgesD00-20018:29
27A. GalchenyukC00-24013:13
32T. MoenL00-1007:11
49M. BournivalL0002213:17
51D. DesharnaisC0000015:11
53R. WhiteC00-1108:00
55F. BouillonD00-30216:55
61R. DiazD00-10020:11
67M. PaciorettyL0002018:43
76P. SubbanD01-19027:09
79A. MarkovD10-25027:39
81L. EllerC00-21018:15
31C. Price2023.87059:46
2J. CowenD0010021:25
3M. MethotD1032021:23
4C. PhillipsD0001021:50
6B. RyanR1232016:28
7K. TurrisC1032018:46
9M. MichalekL0013020:52
14C. GreeningC0001013:17
15Z. SmithC0000216:32
16C. MacArthurL0241418:13
19J. SpezzaC0013220:51
25C. NeilR000209:48
28M. KassianL000103:22
57D. GrantC000108:27
62E. GrybaD0111017:37
65E. KarlssonD0013224:28
74M. BorowieckiD1021012:22
89C. ConacherC0000012:00
93M. ZibanejadC000029:48
40R. Lehner3334.97160:00