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Halak solid as Canadiens blank Senators

Sep 27, 2008 - 2:51 AM MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves and the Kostitsyn brothers combined for two goals and three assists as the Montreal Canadiens cruised to a 5-0 preseason victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

Slated to back up Corey Price this season, Halak turned aside seven shots in the first period, six in the second and eight in the third en route to the shutout.

Halak received all the support he needed early in the second period, when Sergei Kostitsyn converted a pass from brother Andrei at 3:41 for a power-play goal. Matt D'Agostini doubled the lead with 6:54 to go in the session and defenseman Andrei Markov - who added two assists - netted a man-advantage tally 3 1/2 later for a 3-0 bulge.

Defenseman Yannick Weber capped the four-goal outburst in the second with 80 seconds remaining and Andrei Kostitsyn netted his second tally of the preseason during a power play just 24 seconds into the third to complete the scoring.

Alex Auld stopped 25 shots for the Senators, who went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Tensions were high between the Northeast Division rivals as four fights broke out, including two in an eight-second span early in the third period. Montreal defenseman Alex Henry was involved in two scraps, battling Ottawa enforcer Chris Neil late in the second before taking on Brad Isbister in the final session.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0 0
    MONTREAL 0 4 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 1 (ANDREI KOSTITSYN, ANDREI
    MARKOV) 3:41
    MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 2 (DAVID DESHARNAIS, GREGORY STEWART)
    13:06
    MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 1 (MAX PACIORETTY, SERGEI
    KOSTITSYN) 16:

    Sep 26 10:05 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    MONTREAL 5
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 2 (TOMAS PLEKANEC, ANDREI MARKOV)
    0:24

    Senators 0, Canadiens 5  3rd - 19:36Sep 26 9:31 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    OTTAWA 0 0 0
    MONTREAL 0 4 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 1 (ANDREI KOSTITSYN, ANDREI
    MARKOV) 3:41
    MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 2 (DAVID DESHARNAIS, GREGORY STEWART)
    13:06
    MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 1 (MAX PACIORETTY, SERGEI
    K

    Sep 26 9:11 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    MONTREAL 4
    2ND PRD: MON - YANNICK WEBER 1 (ANDREI KOSTITSYN, ALEXEI KOVALEV)
    18:41

    Senators 0, Canadiens 4  2nd - 1:19Sep 26 9:09 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    MONTREAL 3
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI MARKOV 1 (MAX PACIORETTY, SERGEI KOSTITSYN)
    16:38

    Senators 0, Canadiens 3  2nd - 3:22Sep 26 9:04 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    MONTREAL 2
    2ND PRD: MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 2 (DAVID DESHARNAIS, GREGORY STEWART)
    13:06

    Senators 0, Canadiens 2  2nd - 6:54Sep 26 8:56 PM


  • NHL
    OTTAWA 0
    MONTREAL 1
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 1 (ANDREI KOSTITSYN, ANDREI
    MARKOV) 3:41

    Senators 0, Canadiens 1  2nd - 16:19Sep 26 8:38 PM


  • NHL
    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 7 7
    MON 8 8
    GOALIES: OTT - ALEX AULD
    MON - JAROSLAV HALAK

    Sep 26 8:11 PM