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Donovan's goal helps Senators edge Canadiens

Sep 23, 2007 - 1:34 AM MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Shean Donovan is trying to prove the Ottawa Senators made the right move in acquiring him.

Donovan snapped a tie late in the second period, leading the Senators to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which improved to 3-0-0 during the preseason. It was the second road victory for the Senators following a triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers in London, Ontario.

With time winding down in the second and the game even at 1-1, defenseman Anton Volchenkov kept the puck in the offensive zone at the right point before sending a pass to Spezza in the corner. The high-scoring center fed Donovan, who one-timed the puck past goaltender Cristobal Huet from the top of the crease at 17:55 for a 2-1 edge.

A veteran of 774 NHL games, Donovan was obtained from Boston in a salary-driven trade over the summer that sent Peter Schaefer to the Bruins.

After a scoreless first session, Ottawa opened the scoring on the power play at 12:32 of the second. From his own zone, Volchenkov cleared the puck, which was misplayed by Montreal blue-liner Andrei Markov.

Spezza gained possession and broke in on Huet, beating the netminder to the glove side from 20 feet out for a 1-0 lead.

A trio of prospects helped the Canadiens draw even with 4:16 to go in the period.

Matt D'Agostini battled for the puck behind the Senators net and flipped a backhand pass to Duncan Milroy at the top of the crease. The right wing's shot was stopped by netminder Martin Gerber, but Kyle Chipchura put the rebound just inside the right goalpost to forge a tie.

Gerber made 11 saves in two periods before being replaced by Jeff Glass, who turned aside all 12 shots he faced.

Huet went the distance for Montreal, allowing two goals on 19 shots.

Chris Higgins made his preseason debut for the Canadiens after undergoing shoulder surgery during the offseason but failed to record a shot on goal.

Montreal went 0-for-6 on the power play.






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    Senators vs. CanadiensFeb 16 9:26 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 2 0 2
    MONTREAL 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: OTT - JASON SPEZZA 2 (ANTON VOLCHENKOV) 12:32
    MON - KYLE CHIPCHURA 1 (DUNCAN MILROY, MATT D'AGOSTINI)
    15:44
    OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (JASON SPEZZA, ANTON VOLCHENKOV) 17:55
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSI

    Sep 22 9:29 PM


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    Ottawa
    0 2 --2
    Montreal 0 1 --1
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    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: C Neil, Ott (tripping), 2:02; D Heatley,
    Ott (tripping), 3:55; C Neil, Ott (roughing), 9:52; M Komisarek, Mon
    (roughing served by M Grabovski), 9:52; M Komisarek, Mon (holding),
    9:52; M Komisarek, Mon (double minor high sticking), 14:40; B L

    Sep 22 8:39 PM


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    OTTAWA 2
    MONTREAL 1
    2ND PRD: OTT - SHEAN DONOVAN 1 (JASON SPEZZA, ANTON VOLCHENKOV) 17:55

    Senators vs. CanadiensSep 22 8:33 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    MONTREAL 1
    2ND PRD: MON - KYLE CHIPCHURA 1 (DUNCAN MILROY, MATT D'AGOSTINI) 15:44

    Senators vs. CanadiensSep 22 8:30 PM


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    OTTAWA 1
    MONTREAL 0
    2ND PRD: OTT - JASON SPEZZA 2 (ANTON VOLCHENKOV) 12:32

    Senators vs. CanadiensSep 22 8:24 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0
    MONTREAL 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTT 8 8
    MON 7 7
    GOALIES: OTT - MARTIN GERBER
    MON - CRISTOBAL HUET

    Sep 22 7:45 PM