Murray gets first shutout of season, Senators top Canadiens


MONTREAL — Matt Murray made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Drake Batherson had two goals and an assist for Ottawa (15-26-4), which has won two of three following a four-game losing streak.

Carey Price made 11 saves in his first game since April 5 for Montreal (19-14-9), which went 2-4-0 while he was out with a lower-body injury. The Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 here Friday.

Murray got his 12th NHL shutout in his second start since missing 11 games. It was his first shutout since Oct. 26. 2019, for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Batherson set up Artem Zub, who gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period on the first shot Price faced. 

Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson was struck in the face when Batherson’s shot deflected off his stick. The Senators forward retrieved the puck and carried it into the right corner before passing back to Zub, who scored on a wrist shot from the slot.

Batherson made it 2-0 when he scored between Price’s pads on a 2-on-1 at 13:12 of the second.

Batherson scored again on the power play at 15:26 of the third period for a 3-0 lead.

Nikita Zaitsev shot into an empty net from behind his own goal line to make it 4-0 with 4:15 remaining.

Forward Shane Pinto, making his NHL debut, got his first point with an assist on the goal. The Senators’ second-round pick (No. 32) in the 2019 NHL Draft is the fifth player to make his NHL debut for Ottawa this season. 

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