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Gionta scores winner in Habs debut

Sep 19, 2009 - 2:59 AM MONTREAL(AP) -- Brian Gionta scored 15:06 into the third period of his Montreal debut to lead the Canadiens to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Ben Maxwell scored in the second period for Montreal, which beat Florida 3-2 on Thursday in its preseason opener.

Milan Michalek scored in his debut for Ottawa (0-3).

Gionta, Travis Moen, Hal Gill and Paul Mara all played their first game with the Canadiens since signing as free agents this summer.

"The biggest thing is trying to get out there and feel comfortable," said Gionta, who played on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. "There are so many new guys, guys that I've never played with, it's just a matter of time to feel comfortable. The first period was a little slow, but I thought the second and third period our line really had some good chances, some good jump, and it felt pretty good."

Jaroslav Halak made 14 saves through the first 30:18, then Curtis Sanford stopped all 10 shots he faced the rest of the way.

Senators No. 1 goalie Pascal Leclaire stopped 16 of 17 shots in two periods, while Robin Lehner made 12 saves in the third.

Michalek, who played on a line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, opened the scoring 2:02 into the game.

"They're unbelievable players," said Michalek, who was acquired along with Jonathon Cheechoo from San Jose on Saturday in a trade for Dany Heatley. "We had good chances but we had some breakdowns in the defensive zone and we have to get better there."

Maxwell, who was stopped by Leclaire on a breakaway late in the first, drew the Canadiens even with a power-play goal 15:15 into the second.

Montreal's Eric Neilson got three fighting majors in the game and had a game misconduct added to his last bout with Ottawa's Cody Bass, who was also ejected following their fight midway through the third.






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    1ST PRD: OTT - MILAN MICHALEK 1 (JASON SPEZZA, ALEXANDRE PICARD) 2:02
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) BEN MAXWELL 1 (GLEN METROPOLIT, PAUL MARA) 15:15
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    (tripping), 1:19; G Kinrade, Ott (holding), 3:04; J Cowen, Ott
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