Jaroslav Halak Makes 45 Saves to Lead Canadiens Over Sens

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OTTAWA — Jaroslav Halak made 45
saves, and Tomas Plekanec had three assists as the Montreal Canadiens
extended their winning streak to three with a 4-1 win over the Ottawa
Senators on Tuesday night.

Mike Cammalleri, Marc-Andre Bergeron
and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored for the second night in a row, and
Scott Gomez added an empty-net goal.

Cammalleri scored for a third
straight game late in the first for Montreal, which beat Philadelphia
3-1 on Monday despite being held to 13 shots.

Mike Fisher scored his 13th goal
early in the second for Ottawa, which had a five-game, home-winning
streak snapped despite a 46-27 shots advantage.

Brian Elliot stopped 23 shots in his
ninth straight start for the Senators, who earned a 4-3 shootout win at
Anaheim on Sunday to wrap up a 1-3-1 trip.

Plekanec, who assisted on
Cammalleri's goal, helped set up Bergeron's second power-play goal in
two games midway through the second period as Montreal regained a 2-1
lead.

The Czech center got his third point
on Kostitsyn's fourth goal during a power play with 2:18 remaining in
the game. Gomez scored his fourth goal into an empty net with 1:05
left.

Canadiens right winger Ryan White
played four shifts for a total of 3:13 in the first before he was
removed from the game because he was ineligible. Montreal recalled
White from Hamilton of the AHL earlier in the day but neglected to
inform the NHL about the roster move.

Halak made his second start in four
games, improving to 6-4. The Slovak goalie came up with a number of big
stops in the first as Ottawa held a 13-5 edge in shots in the opening
period.

Limited to one shot in the first
period on Monday, the Canadiens struggled to get anything through to
Elliott before Plekanec teamed up with Cammalleri on a 2-on-1 late in
the period.

Checked by Ottawa defenseman Anton
Volchenkov
, Plekanec fed a pass to Cammalleri, who fired the puck into
the left side of the net for his fifth goal in three games 18:32 in.

Fisher tied it 1:46 into the second when he was left alone in the slot to put Milan Michalek's rebound past Halak.

White was called up because
defenseman Paul Mara was unable to make the trip after he left Monday's
game because of an upper body injury.

Montreal lost another defenseman in
the first when Jaroslav Spacek was struck on the right knee by former
Canadiens winger Alex Kovalev's shot. Spacek left the game and didn't
return.

Notes
The Senators, 6-0-1 at home
in November, began a stretch in which they will play 10 of 15 games in
Ottawa. … The Canadiens have allowed just one goal in each of their
last three wins after giving up a total of 15 during a 0-3-1 skid that
preceded their current streak.

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