Flynn, Pacioretty goals help Canadiens top Senators 3 1 end 4 game losing run

By , on December 12, 2015


Brian Flynn (left) and Max Pacioretty (right) (Photo from Wikipedia)
Brian Flynn (left) and Max Pacioretty (right)
(Photo from Wikipedia)

MONTREAL—Brian Flynn and Max Pacioretty scored in the first period and the Montreal Canadiens ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Jeff Petry also scored for Montreal (20-8-3), which scored more than two goals in a game for the first time in six contests.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for Ottawa (15-10-5), which ended a four-game road trip at 1-3-0,

Determined to break their losing streak, and facing a flat-looking opponent, the Canadiens tied a team record with 27 shots on Craig Anderson in the first period and took a two-goal lead.

Nathan Beaulieu’s wrap-around was blocked but Flynn was at the far post to score on the rebound 2:48 into the game. Tomas Plekanec sent Pacioretty in on his off-wing to put a wrist shot under the crossbar at 19:27 to double the lead.

Petry trailed in to take a feed from Dale Weise and scored from the slot 5:39 into the second frame.

It was after a goal was disallowed at 6:25 because Pacioretty batted the puck in with his hand that coach Dave Cameron pulled Anderson for Chris Driedger, who had only 22:52 of previous NHL experience in a game last season in New York.

The move woke up the Senators and Pageau, with a third goal in three games against Montreal this season, won a race for a big rebound off Alex Chiasson’s shot on a counterattack to beat Dustin Tokarski to the glove side at 11:24.

Anderson allowed three goals on 31 shots, while Driedger stopped all 11 he faced. He has yet to allow a goal in the NHL. Tokarski faced 26 shots.

Notes: Montreal last had 27 shots in one period in 1973 and 1977. The league record is 33 by Boston against Chicago in 1941. . . The Canadiens are 3-4-1 since Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury Nov. 25. . . Beaulieu returned to the Montreal lineup after sitting out a game. . . Anderson made a 14th straight start for Ottawa.