Canadiens 4, Senators 3, SO

Max Pacioretty keyed the comeback and Erik Cole scored the

shootout winner to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 preseason

victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Pacioretty converted Montreal’s first attempt in the shootout

after scoring a pair of power-play goals in the second to help the

Canadiens rally from a 3-0 deficit. The left wing had nine shots

and hit the post twice in his second game since returning from a

broken vertebra, the result of a controversial hit by Boston’s

Zdeno Chara on March 8.

”It’s nice to see Max come back,” Canadiens coach Jacques

Martin said. ”He’s played two games now and seems to be feeling

comfortable.”

Scott Gomez drew Montreal even at 3 with 36.5 seconds left in

the third when the puck went in off Ottawa captain Daniel

Alfredsson. Playing his first preseason game, Gomez centered

Pacioretty and prospect Brendan Gallagher on a line that combined

for 19 shots.

”It seemed like we were controlling the puck really well every

time we had it,” Pacioretty said. ”It just shows how good Gomer

is because most of the time the puck was on his stick down there

and we were just trying to create some space for him.”

Zack Smith scored goals 1:03 apart in the first period and Milan

Michalek got the Senators’ third goal midway through the

second.

”It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or regular season, blowing

a three-goal lead isn’t good by any means,” Smith said. ”It’s

kind of embarrassing, but we did things that put us in the

situation for them to come back. They got a couple of power-play

goals and that hurt us.”

Nathan Lawson stopped all 11 shots he faced after taking over

for Montreal starter Carey Price following Michalek’s goal. Lawson

got an assist with a long pass up the middle that set up

Pacioretty’s breakaway goal that drew the Canadiens within 3-2 at

17:06 of the second.

Price, who made 15 saves, has allowed seven goals in just over

60 minutes through two starts.

Craig Anderson played the entire game for Ottawa, stopping 29

shots.