|OTT||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|MTL||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
MONTREAL (CP) - Tomas Plekanec's second-period goal, and a strong performance by Carey Price, gave the Montreal Canadiens a 3-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators on Thursday night in NHL pre-season action.
Cory Conacher was the lone goal scorer for Ottawa (4-2-0). Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots.
The Senators outshot Montreal 30-25.
This was Montreal's second game in as many against the Senators. Ottawa beat Montreal 5-2 on Wednesday.
The Senators, who have played three games in as many nights, fielded a much younger - and less-experienced - team on Thursday. Veterans Jason Spezza, Chris Neil, and Erik Karlsson were all healthy scratches.
Ottawa got on the scoreboard first when Conacher tapped a loose puck into the net at 5:09 of the first.
Price stopped the initial Chris Wideman shot from the blue line, but neither he nor Andrei Markov could clear the puck. The goal was Conacher's third of the pre-season.
Plekanec gave the Canadiens the lead, and the eventual win, at 18:06 of the second period, firing a shot in the roof of the net from the face-off circle to Anderson's right.
Max Pacioretty doubled the Canadiens' lead mid-way through the final frame.
The Canadiens open the regular season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
|Cory Conacher (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Wideman (1)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Alex Galchenyuk (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (1), Lars Eller (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Tomas Plekanec (1) Slapshot - ASST: Brian Gionta (1), Rene Bourque (1)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Max Pacioretty (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (2), David Desharnais (1)|
3 - 1 MTL
|Michael Sdao Holding - 2 min against Daniel Briere|
|P.K. Subban Cross checking - 2 min against Jim O'Brien|
|Michael Bournival Hooking - 2 min against Mark Stone|
|David Desharnais Hi-sticking - 2 min against Mark Stone|
|Mark Stone Hooking - 2 min against Tomas Plekanec|
|Josh Gorges Hi-sticking - 2 min against Mark Stone|
|Michael Sdao Holding - 2 min against Michael Bournival|
|Mark Borowiecki Roughing - 2 min against Travis Moen|
|Travis Moen Roughing - 2 min against Mark Borowiecki|
|Dave Dziurzynski Boarding - 2 min against P.K. Subban|
|Matt Kassian Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Travis Moen|
|Travis Moen Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Matt Kassian|
|SA: 25||TOI: 58:36|
|GA: 3||SV%: .880|
|SA: 30||TOI: 59:50|
|GA: 1||SV%: .967|