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Senators score five unanswered goals to beat Canadiens

Mar 13, 2015 - 4:36 AM Montreal, QC ( - Erik Karlsson had two goals and one assist as the Ottawa Senators scored five unanswered goals to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, on Thursday night.

Erik Condra, Mark Stone and Marc Methot also lit the lamp for the Senators, who sit seven points behind Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins beat the Lightning in a shootout on Thursday.

Andrew Hammond remained unbeaten in regulation over his brief NHL career thanks to 27 saves.

"We know that to make the playoffs we need to go on a run here and to not have anyone pack it in and keep fighting when we're down 2-0 just shows the care in the locker room and that we're going to see this thing through, and I think it's just a big asset that we have that character in here," said Hammond.

Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six to fall into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Carey Price gave up all five goals on 28 shots.

Trailing 2-0, Karlsson put the Senators on the board at the 2:50 mark of the second stanza. David Legwand's cross-ice pass set up Karlsson's blast from the top of the right circle.

Ottawa tied it at 18:21 when Jean-Gabriel Pageau's pass from behind the net deflected off Condra and into the back of the net.

Stone deflected Patrick Wiercioch's shot past Price at 1:23 of the third. Karlsson made it 4-2 at 9:43 when he tipped Milan Michalek's pass past Price.

Methot's shot from the left circle beat Price at 12:36.

The Canadiens took a 1-0 lead at 6:43 of the first period. Pacioretty deflected P.K. Subban's power-play slap shot from the point past Hammond.

Pacioretty then scored a short-handed goal at 8:54 when he beat Hammond on a breakaway.

"I think we had some opportunities to put the game away," Subban said. "When you're up 2-0 you want to get that third goal to really put the dagger in, but we didn't get it."

Game Notes

Canadiens defenseman Sergei Gonchar played his 1,300th NHL game ... Michalek had two assists ... Ottawa went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Montreal went 1-for-5 ... P.A. Parenteau returned to Montreal's lineup after sitting out four games.