The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators last night.
Montreal dressed a veteran lineup, most of whom made the final cut, while the Senators held most of their stars out. Ottawa actually carried the play early, with Cory Conacher opening the scoring just five minutes into the game, and the Senators out shooting Montreal 17-8 in the first.
Alex Galchenyuk was able to tie it up late in the period, when he converted an impressive passing play from Lars Eller and Daniel Briere. Briere fed home the puck from behind the goal line, and Galchenyuk let loose a one timer that Senators goaltender Craig Anderson had no chance of stopping. Galchenyuk started the play by winning a battle for the puck along the blue line, and keeping the play onside in the meantime.
The score remained tied until a Tomas Plekanec quick rising laser, beat Anderson over the blocker side shoulder to make it 2-1. The goal was set up by Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta winning a battle for the puck in the corner, and feeding Plekanec with a perfect pass.
Max Pacioretty wrapped up the scoring, and his impressive pre-season with a tap in goal midway through the third period. The goal was set up nicely by Daniel Briere, who came out from behind the net, and slid a perfect pass across that left Anderson with no chance to stop Pacioretty redirection.
Price was excellent in his final test before the regular season begins, stopping 29 shots, including 16 in the first period alone.
The Canadiens pre-season schedule is finished, and they now await their meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs to begin the regular season in just four days.