Senators 8, Canadiens 3

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OTTAWA- Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and four assists, and Chris Kelly had a career-high four points in the Ottawa Senators’ 8-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Dany Heatley added a goal and two assists as Ottawa scored four goals in each of the first two periods to match its season high for goals in a game.

Wade Redden, Antoine Vermette, Mike Comrie, Patrick Eaves and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Senators, who beat New Jersey 8-1 on Oct. 21.

Alfredsson, who scored his 15th goal late in the first to put Ottawa up 4-0, assisted on two of Ottawa’s three previous goals in the opening period. He added two more assists on the Senators’ first two goals of the second as Kelly’s ninth goal 3:31 into the middle period chased Montreal’s Cristobal Huet with Ottawa ahead 6-0.

Ottawa, which has won four straight, nearly blew a 5-0 lead Thursday before holding on for a 6-4 road win over the New York Rangers. The Senators have won nine of 11, going 9-1-1 during that span.

Chris Higgins and Craig Rivet scored 22 seconds apart in the second, drawing Montreal to within 6-2.

All-Star Sheldon Souray scored his 15th goal 7:30 into the third, setting a record for Canadiens defensemen with his 12th power-play goal.

Redden opened the scoring 4:29 in and Vermette made it 2-0 midway through the first.

Comrie beat Huet from the goalmouth on a pass from Heatley at 16:00 for the first of three straight power-play goals by the Senators.

Heatley’s 28th goal 2:37 into the second made it 5-0, and Kelly scored Ottawa’s sixth goal 54 seconds later to chase Huet.

Higgins got his 14th at 5:20, and Rivet added his sixth 22 seconds later.

Eaves got his 10th with an unassisted effort at 19:18, and Meszaros got credit for his fifth goal 23 seconds later when Souray accidentally swiped the puck into his own net when he attempted to clear the rebound.

Notes: Senators president Roy Mlakar apologized directly to Canadiens managing partner Foster Gillett, the son of team owner George Gillett, for an inappropriate recurring video scoreboard skit involving the Senators mascot forcing a visiting team’s fan to jump off a ship. Canadiens GM Bob Gainey’s daughter was lost at sea in December. … The Canadiens haven’t allowed nine goals in a game since a 9-2 loss to Boston on Oct. 28, 1998. … Guy Lapointe, Mathieu Schneider and Patrice Brisebois each had 11 power-play goals in a season for Montreal. … The Senators have scored five straight goals in each of their last three games.

AP-ES-01-13-07 1701EST

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