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Latendresse, Higgins lead Canadiens to first victory

Sep 26, 2006 - 1:16 AM TRURO, Nova Scotia (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens finally have their first preseason victory.

Guillaume Latendresse and Chris Higgins each scored two goals and added an assist to help lead the Canadiens to a 7-3 comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators for their first victory in five contests.

With the game tied at 2-2 after two periods, the Canadiens pulled away by scoring five times in the third. Latendresse started the outburst with his first goal at 7:45 and Jonathan Ferland tallied less than three minutes later to give Montreal a 4-2 lead.

After Ottawa's Dany Heatley sliced the deficit to a goal, Higgins responded 13 seconds later for a 5-3 advantage.

Latendresse, Montreal's second-round selection in the 2005 draft, finished the scoring on the power play with 87 seconds remaining.

Montreal, which outshot Ottawa, 46-23, also got goals from Andrei Kostitsyn and Kyle Chipchura.

Jason Spezza had a pair of first-period tallies for the Senators, who went 1-for-6 on the power play.

David Aebischer made 20 saves for the Canadiens.

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