Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 1st
Game 2: Sunday, October 2nd

Canadiens 6

(5-2-0, 10 pts)

Senators 3

(6-1-0, 12 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 2 46
OTT 1 1 13

Top Skaters

Montreal 6, Ottawa 3

OTTAWA (AP) -- Tomas Plekanec strengthened his case to make the Montreal roster Saturday, scoring once and adding a pair of assists to lead the Canadiens to a 6-3 win over the previously unbeaten Ottawa Senators.

Plekanec, battling to survive the final round of cuts ahead of Wednesday's season opener, opened the scoring at 8:46 of the second period to cut Ottawa's lead to 2-1.

Mike Ribeiro, Alexei Kovalev, Richard Zednik, Michael Ryder and Christopher Higgins also scored for Montreal. Martin Havlat replied with a pair of goals for Ottawa, with Dany Heatley adding a single goal.

Radek Bonk assisted on the Canadiens' first goal in his first game against Ottawa, where he had spent his entire 10-year career before joining Montreal as a free agent prior to the NHL labor dispute. With a goal and seven assists, Bonk finished one point behind Plekanec in the Canadiens' pre-season scoring race.

Kovalev scored a power-play goal early in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give the Canadiens their first lead of the game. Zednik gave the Habs a 4-2 lead before Heatley scored on the power play to pull the Senators within a goal.

Ryder restored the two-goal cushion with an unassisted breakaway goal just past the midway point of the third period.

All three second-period goals came on the power play. The Canadiens went 3-for-9 with the man advantage while Ottawa was 2-for-11.

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