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
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
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