The Canadian Press | Friday, 04.04.2014 / 10:29 PM

OTTAWA -- Max Pacioretty scored a hat trick as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-4 Friday night.

Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver, Lars Eller and David Desharnais also scored for Montreal (44-27-7) as Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots for his 10th win of the season.

Zack Smith scored twice for the Senators (32-31-14) while Ales Hemsky and Mika Zibanejad had the others. Craig Anderson faced 22 shots.

Ottawa jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was six minutes old, but then allowed the Canadiens to score seven straight times.

With already two on the night, Pacioretty completed his hat trick at 1:09 of the third and Desharnais made it 7-3 midway through the third beating Anderson up high.

The Senators finally managed to put an end to the onslaught 14 minutes into the third as Zibanejad beat Budaj.

Despite being outshot 15-4 in the second the Canadiens scored twice to take a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes.

Montreal took its first lead of the game as Eller jumped on a rebound early in the second to make it 4-3.

Ottawa appeared to tie it up on the ensuing play, but the goal was called back due to goaltender interference.

Montreal made it 5-3 on Pacioretty's second of the night as he took advantage of a Senators turnover and broke in alone to beat Anderson through the legs.

The game was made that much more interesting after Erik Karlsson checked Brendan Gallagher hard into the boards and Alex Galchenyuk took offense, leading to Karlsson and Galchenyuk exchanging a couple punches.

Trailing 3-0 the Canadiens got on the board as Markov scored off a bad angle down low on Montreal's second shot of the game. Two minutes later Weaver's point shot made it past a screened Anderson.

The comeback was completed as Pacioretty got past Ottawa's Eric Gryba on a bouncing puck and beat Anderson between the legs.

After giving up the early lead, Montreal's P.K. Subban saw just 37 seconds of ice time in the first and didn't get another shift until the Canadiens went on the power play at the two-minute mark of the second.

Ottawa opened the scoring at the two-minute mark of the first as Smith scored his first off his backhand.

The Senators made it 2-0 just over two minutes later as Hemsky tipped Patrick Wiercioch's point shot and it was 3-0 as Smith scored his second of the game off a great pass from Zibanejad.

The Senators played the third without Hemsky, who left with an upper body injury.

Ottawa next faces the Rangers Saturday night in New York, while the Canadiens return home to host the Detroit Red Wings.

Notes: C Jason Spezza returned to the Senators lineup after missing the last two games. The Senators were without D Jared Cowen (lower body, day-to-day), LW Colin Greening (lower body, day-to-day) and RW Bobby Ryan (sports hernia, out for season). LW Matt Kassian was a healthy scratch. The Senators used the last of its call-ups as it did the paperwork to change Jean-Gabriel Pageau's call-up from emergency to regular recalla Montreal D Douglas Murray served the first of his three-game suspension. RW Rene Bourque and D Nathan Beaulieu were a healthy scratch. RW Dale Weise missed the game with an upper body injury.

Game highlights
The Numbers Game - April 4, 2014
Getting the call
New and used skates drive
Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:28OTT Zack Smith (12) ASST: Chris Phillips (13) 1 - 0 OTT
04:35OTT Ales Hemsky (12) ASST: Patrick Wiercioch (18) 2 - 0 OTT
05:50OTT Zack Smith (13) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (16), Chris Neil (6) 3 - 0 OTT
07:22MTL Andrei Markov (7) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (18), Alexei Emelin (13) 3 - 1 OTT
09:17MTL Mike Weaver (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (22), Max Pacioretty (20) 3 - 2 OTT
15:52MTL Max Pacioretty (36) ASST: Thomas Vanek (38), Mike Weaver (11) 3 - 3 Tie
2nd Period
04:09MTL Lars Eller (12) ASST: Brian Gionta (22) 4 - 3 MTL
15:25MTL Max Pacioretty (37) ASST: NONE 5 - 3 MTL
3rd Period
01:09MTL Max Pacioretty (38) ASST: David Desharnais (35), Thomas Vanek (39) 6 - 3 MTL
09:14MTL David Desharnais (16) ASST: Max Pacioretty (21), Thomas Vanek (40) 7 - 3 MTL
14:07OTT Mika Zibanejad (15) ASST: Kyle Turris (31) 7 - 4 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
G: 3Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:31
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:07
Mika Zibanejad
Mika Zibanejad
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 15:23
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:10MTL Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  Kyle Turris
17:43MTL George Parros  Interference against  Jean-Gabriel Pageau
2nd Period
02:02OTT Clarke MacArthur  Hi-sticking against  Jarred Tinordi
04:32OTT Erik Karlsson  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
04:32MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
04:32MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Erik Karlsson
13:15MTL Jarred Tinordi  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Eric Gryba
13:15OTT Eric Gryba  Fighting (maj) against  Jarred Tinordi
13:15MTL Jarred Tinordi  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Gryba
15:58OTT Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58OTT Chris Neil  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58OTT Chris Neil  Roughing against  Alex Galchenyuk
15:58MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Roughing against  Chris Neil
15:58OTT Zack Smith  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
15:58MTL Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Zack Smith
3rd Period
10:01OTT Zack Smith  Misconduct (10 min) against  Alexei Emelin
10:01OTT Zack Smith  Slashing against  Alexei Emelin
18:22OTT Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  George Parros
18:22MTL George Parros  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/4
Faceoff Wins2344
Blocked Shots143
Penalty Minutes2947
11B. GallagherR0000214:14
14T. PlekanecC0112219:18
15G. ParrosR00-10128:23
20T. VanekL0323016:07
21B. GiontaR0112015:38
24J. TinordiD00-10714:03
27A. GalchenyukC0100615:06
43M. WeaverD1122025:39
48D. BriereC0020011:51
49M. BournivalL00-11011:27
51D. DesharnaisC1122016:12
53R. WhiteC00-10012:49
55F. BouillonD0010021:20
67M. PaciorettyL3235016:31
74A. EmelinD0141021:17
76P. SubbanD00-31013:39
79A. MarkovD1031024:02
81L. EllerC1013014:22
30P. Budaj3943.90760:00
3M. MethotD00-24023:06
4C. PhillipsD0102016:58
5C. CeciD00-12019:02
7K. TurrisC0106021:57
9M. MichalekL00-10018:02
15Z. SmithC20041411:45
16C. MacArthurL00-22217:34
19J. SpezzaC00-34017:57
22E. CondraR0004012:29
25C. NeilR01012410:08
44J. PageauC0000012:10
46P. WierciochD01-10019:36
61M. StoneR00-13017:46
62E. GrybaD00-10514:20
65E. KarlssonD0002222:33
68M. HoffmanL00-15013:43
83A. HemskyR100209:31
93M. ZibanejadC11-22015:23
41C. Anderson1623.69660:00