Ottawa
Senators
44-32-6
Montréal
Canadiens
39-33-10

28 SOG
32 SOG
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game recap

Senators 4, Canadiens 2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:43 AM

Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) -Daniel Alfredsson's leadership was on full display in his first game back with the Ottawa Senators after a shoulder injury sidelined him for three weeks.

The Ottawa captain had a goal and two assists in his return to the lineup, and Zack Smith scored his first NHL goal in the Senators' 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Alfredsson, who missed 11 games because of a separated left shoulder, and Chris Phillips scored 1:22 apart to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead - its second of the game - 5:07 into the second.

"It's a great boost for us, not only his skill but that's what his leadership is, by going out there and leading by example, working hard every time he's on the ice and being reliable," Phillips said. "That's what he's all about and it's a big mental boost for everyone to see him back in there."

Mike Brodeur stopped 30 shots in his third career start and second in a row, including a 2-0 win in New York against the Rangers on Thursday night for his first shutout.

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Brodeur, who improved to 3-0, was called up from Binghamton of the AHL and pressed into action two nights earlier when both Ottawa goalies were unable to start in New York. The Senators lost No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire for a week with a concussion after he was struck by Mike Fisher's slap shot in practice Thursday. Backup Brian Elliott was ill.

"I'm floating right now, that's for sure," said Brodeur, who got the win in his NHL debut Dec. 19 in a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.

Alfredsson got his third point with his second assist as Mike Fisher scored into an empty net with 25.2 seconds remaining.

"It was a lot of fun to be back playing, obviously, and in a building like this as well," said Alfredsson, who set up Smith's short-handed goal in the first. "Our penalty killing and goaltending were really solid and some timely goals for us as well. We scored at the right time and then I thought we weathered the storm really well."

Ottawa's consecutive wins follow a five-game losing streak.

"It's so important to try and win in regulation and not make it just a one-point game on the other team," Alfredsson said. "We're very happy and hopefully we can keep this little streak going."

Benoit Pouliot and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which has lost three of four against Ottawa this season.

"I just wish we wouldn't have left it to a game where we had to tie it up in the last 2 minutes," Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri said. "I thought tonight was our game to come out and compete and win at home and we didn't do that."

Carey Price made 24 saves for Montreal. His record fell to 11-16-3.

Price had little chance on Phillips' goal 5:07 into the second. Phillips was credited with his fifth of the season after his slap shot struck Plekanec's stick on its way past Price.

"I'll take it," Phillips said. "You know, you've got to be lucky to be good."

Alfredsson had tied it at 2 moments earlier with his first goal since Nov. 28. The Ottawa captain, who had not scored in his previous 13 games when he was injured in an 8-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, got his 10th goal at 3:45 when he backhanded a rebound of Matt Carkner's shot past Price.

"It felt great," Alfredsson said. "I was able to get a rebound and move a little bit laterally and slide it 5-hole. It was a great feeling and a little bit timely for us as well."

Smith opened the scoring with a short-handed effort 11:26 in for his first goal in five games, including four this season. Recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Jan. 8, Smith took Alfredsson's pass after the Canadiens turned over the puck on the power play and drove in to fire a wrist shot past Price into the top left corner from the top of the right faceoff circle.

"It's unreal, especially to score here in Montreal in front of all these fans," Smith said. "It's a pretty special building."

Pouliot scored for the second straight game at 12:49 to tie it at 1.

Plekanec gave Montreal a short-lived 2-1 lead with his 11th goal 2:05 into the second. The Czech center's sharp-angle shot from the right corner caught Brodeur by surprise and went in off the goalie's legs.

"It came off the wall real quick - I didn't get to my post quick enough, you know, I was kind of looking through skates," Brodeur said. "It did catch me by surprise. I don't want to give that one up any other time, that's for sure."

NOTES: Smith, who appeared in one game for the Senators last season, was selected 79th overall by Ottawa in the third round of the 2008 draft. ... Pouliot has six goals in his last nine games. ... Plekanec, who leads the Canadiens with 46 points, had gone five games without a point.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:26
OTT
SHG - Zack Smith (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (23)
1 - 0 OTT
12:49
MTL
Benoit Pouliot (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (26), Brian Gionta (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:05
MTL
Tomas Plekanec (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Roman Hamrlik (13), Jaroslav Spacek (10)
2 - 1 MTL
03:45
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Carkner (6), Mike Fisher (19)
2 - 2 Tie
05:07
OTT
Chris Phillips (5) Slapshot - ASST: Alex Kovalev (20)
3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
19:34
OTT
EN - Mike Fisher (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Kelly (15), Daniel Alfredsson (24)
4 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
10:40
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking against  Mike Cammalleri
13:52
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Hooking against  Glen Metropolit
19:56
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Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
2nd Period
06:53
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Tripping against  Brian Gionta
09:24
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Hooking against  Max Pacioretty
3rd Period
03:03
MTL
Matt D'Agostini  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
12:52
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Hi-sticking against  Alexandre Picard
16:21
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
goalie stats
Mike Brodeur
Mike Brodeur
3-0-0
SA: 32TOI: 59:53
Saves: 30EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 27TOI: 59:22
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 1