Canadiens 6, Senators 2

Randy Cunneyworth has fond memories of playing in Ottawa. Thanks

to the Montreal Canadiens’ much-needed win over the Senators, the

Canadian capital has given him another treasured hockey

souvenir.

Michael Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Louis Leblanc, P.K. Subban

and Erik Cole each had a goal and an assist, and Montreal ended a

five-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Senators on Tuesday

night.

Raphael Diaz had three assists and Lars Eller scored his second

short-handed goal of the season for the Canadiens, who gave interim

coach Cunneyworth his first NHL win in five tries.

”He’s been doing a good job for us and we haven’t been playing

up to par so it was really good to be able to get that one for

him,” said Carey Price, who stopped 33 shots.

Cunneyworth was Ottawa’s captain when the modern Senators

claimed their first playoff spot in 1997.

”I would have taken it a couple of games earlier but obviously

a win’s a win, and it’s the start of hopefully many more,” said

Cunneyworth, who was an assistant before he took over behind

Montreal’s bench when head coach Jacques Martin – his former coach

with the Senators – was fired on Dec. 17.

The Canadiens scored five unanswered goals, including four

before chasing Ottawa starter Craig Anderson 2:03 into the second.

Mathieu Darche had two assists.

”I would hope that we can play a little more uninhibited now,

have a little more assertiveness in our game,” Cammalleri said.

”It’s one game, though. Let’s not pretend that this is a 10-game

winning streak already.”

Jason Spezza scored Ottawa’s second goal at 6:49, 56 seconds

after Subban beat Alex Auld to put Montreal up 5-1.

Zack Smith gave the Senators a 1-0 lead with his 10th goal 1:42

in.

Anderson made three saves, including two in the first period,

when Ottawa held a 13-5 advantage in shots. Auld, who was Price’s

backup with Montreal last season, made 19 saves.

”They didn’t have a lot of chances in the first and then

they’re up 3-1, so they made the most of it,” said Senators

captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose next goal will be his 400th. ”And

then we knew they play pretty solid defense. They had four guys

back, they chipped the puck and played really simple, and I didn’t

think we had the legs really to give the kind of push we can and

create the havoc we can.

”We did create some chances but not enough to make up for the

goals we gave up.”

Eller snapped a shot past Anderson from the left faceoff circle

to draw the Canadiens even after Smith put away a rebound to give

the Senators an early lead.

Darche picked up his second straight assist as Plekanec

redirected Diaz’s cross-ice pass in off the bottom of the crossbar

to put Montreal up 2-1 with his eighth goal at 12:39.

Diaz got his third assist in a row on Cammalleri’s seventh goal

at 15:25.

Leblanc scored his second goal in 13 games overall to chase

Anderson early in the second with the Canadiens leading 4-1.

Subban made it 5-1 with his third goal against Auld at 5:53.

Cole restored Montreal’s lead to four with his team-leading 14th

goal during a two-man advantage with 5:02 to go.

Notes: Leblanc and Diaz each had their first multi-point game.

… The Canadiens have scored three short-handed goals this season.

The Senators have allowed five. … A crowd of 20,500, Ottawa’s

10th sellout of the season, was on hand as the Senators unveiled

Scotiabank Place’s partially-completed new video scoreboard. Large

HD video screens were in place on all four sides of the

scoreboard’s temporarily exposed framework, which will have more

displays added to it in time for next month’s NHL All-Star Game.

”You look at situations, replays and what-not, it’s way better for

us players, and I’m sure the fans like it even more,” Alfredsson

said. … The scoreboard went blank during the final minute of play

and the PA announcer called out the remaining time.