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article imageNHL: Senators end Canadiens streak

By Luke Vermeer     Jan 30, 2013 in Sports
The Ottawa Senators improved their record to 5-1-1 after handing the Montreal Canadiens their first loss since the opening night of the season, 5-1 at Scotiabank Place.
In a game that featured 64 penalty minutes, including 36 in the first period alone, it was the Senators who capitalized scoring a pair on the man advantage and stifling the Montreal Canadiens powerplay which was ranked sixth in the league.
Montreal opened the scoring on a goal from Tomas Plekanec but Ottawa would score five unanswered including Mika Zibanejad's first career NHL goal.
Colin Greening, Andre Benoit and Zack Smith each had two assists for the winners with Daniel Alfredsson notching his first marker of the season.
Craig Anderson stopped 31 of 32 shots for his fifth win of the season improving his season goals-against-average to 0.99.
Raphael Diaz had an assist on the Plekanec power play goal giving him eight points on the season and tying him for the team lead with defensive partner Andrei Markov, who also had an assist on the Plekanec goal.
Montreal continues their season on Saturday when they play host to Buffalo, Ottawa visits Carolina on Friday before the teams meet again on Sunday in Montreal.
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