Canadiens defeat Senators for second straight win since pause

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OTTAWA Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault each had a goal and an assist for the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Canadiens’ top line combined for six points, with Tomas Tatar getting two assists.

Jake Allen made 22 saves for the Canadiens (16-8-9), who won their second straight since returning from a nine-day COVID-19 pause and extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2). Allen is 2-0-1 with a .948 save percentage against the Senators this season.

Connor Brown scored and Filip Gustavsson made 34 saves for the Senators (12-21-4), which had a six-game point streak end (3-0-3).

Danault scored on a Gallagher rebound at the edge of the crease to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 10:48 of the first period. 

Paul Byron took a centering pass from Jake Evans and scored with a backhand deke shorthanded to make it 2-0 48 seconds into the second period. Montreal leads the NHL with eight shorthanded goals, which is tied for the most in one season in Montreal history (eight in 2015-16).

Evans’ shot rebounded to Corey Perry in front of the net and he lifted the puck over Gustavsson’s glove to make it 3-0 at 4:43 of the third period. Gallagher tapped in a cross-crease pass from Danault to make it 4-0 at 10:04.

Mike Reilly‘s one-timer bounced off the boards and right to Brown, who chipped it over Allen’s blocker on the power play with 1:47 remaining for the 4-1 final.

Montreal had not allowed a goal since returning to play (118:12). It shut out the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday when Carey Price made 17 saves.

Senators forward Colin White sustained an upper-body injury late in the second period and did not return.

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