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Ottawa 5, Montreal 2

OTTAWA (AP) -- Andrej Meszaros scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson
had three assists, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 exhibition
victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Meszaros scored both goals on shots from the point, beating
David Aebischer with 1:13 left in the first and putting another
long drive past the goalie on a power play 5:43 into the second to
make it 4-1.

Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and Chris Neil also scored for
Ottawa (5-3). Martin Gerber made 31 saves.

Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal (2-5), which
had won two in a row, including a 7-3 win over the Senators on
Monday in Truro, Nova Scotia, after opening the preseason with four
straight losses.

Schaefer opened the scoring 8:44 in when he beat Aebischer from
the edge of the crease with a backhander after stopping a pass with
his left skate.

Kovalev tied it at 1 at 11:14 when he flipped Koivu's rebound
over Gerber.

Fisher put Ottawa up again with a power-play goal at 13:31.

After Meszaros' two goals, Plekanec drew Montreal within 4-2
when he banked a shot off Gerber's left skate from behind the net
8:06 into the second.

Neil restored the Senators' three-goal lead at 12:36, finishing
off a set up by Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.