Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/3/13
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens had scored at least four goals in each of their first five wins. Facing the hottest goalie in the NHL, they managed to claim their latest victory with only half as much offensive production. David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored first-period goals and Carey Price made 32 saves to lead Montreal to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Desharnais scored his third goal in two games on the Canadiens' first shot on Craig Anderson 2:13 into the game. Cole put Montreal ahead to stay with his second goal at 11:29. Price improved to 6-1 by shutting out Ottawa over the final 58 minutes, 22 seconds. "I've got to give credit to our team," Price said. "We played very well in that third period. They came with a lot of pressure and we did a good job of containing it." The Canadiens, who beat Buffalo, 6-1, on Saturday, have won six of seven since dropping their season opener to Toronto on Jan. 19. "I think you always win on defense-first mentality," Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges said. "We've been scoring some goals lately, but it was great to be able to clamp down, 2-1, shut the door." Jakob Silfverberg gave Ottawa a short-lived 1-0 lead 1:38 into the game with a power-play goal on the Senators' second shot. Anderson, who was named the NHL's first star for January, stopped 30 shots. He lost for a second straight game despite the fact that he has not allowed a goal in the second and third periods or overtime in any of his eight starts. Ottawa, which lost, 1-0, at Carolina on Friday, has outscored its opponents, 20-5, after the first period this season. "It feels like we left some points," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "Today was a better game for us overall, especially the second and the third period. "We got our forecheck going and we got some momentum in their end and put a lot of pressure on them, so it's tough when you lose like this." The Senators had a potential tying goal waved off 1:26 into the third period. Andre Benoit's shot from the point got past Price, but it was disallowed and Silfverberg was given a minor penalty for interfering with the Canadiens' goalie. "I didn't see them protesting at all," Alfredsson said. "We celebrated and then somebody said they're waving it off, and I'm like, 'How?' "I don't think anybody anticipated that at all and he must have seen something that we missed and made the call." Silfverberg opened the scoring with his second goal on a breakaway. The 22-year-old Swedish rookie got behind three Montreal penalty killers at the Canadiens' blue line to take defenseman Patrick Wiercioch's long pass up the middle before going in alone to fire a shot past Price into the top right corner. Desharnais, who scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday's 6-1 victory over Buffalo, drew Montreal even 35 seconds later. Max Pacioretty set up Desharnais' goal in his return to the Canadiens' lineup, eight days after having an emergency appendectomy. "It got better every day, and it's still continuing to get better every day," Pacioretty said. Cole put a backhand shot past Anderson at 11:29, only three seconds after Alfredsson's tripping penalty expired. Montreal's Rene Bourque drove a slap shot off the right post with just over eight minutes left in the third. NOTES: Ottawa and Montreal play two more times this season, including one more game at the Bell Centre. ... Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar had the flu and did not play. Gonchar had 26:08 of ice time in Ottawa's 1-0 loss at Carolina on Thursday after missing Wednesday night's game against Montreal because of a lower body injury. ... Senators left wing Guillaume Latendresse missed his second straight game because of the flu. ... Max Pacioretty missed four games. He was originally expected to be out for three to four weeks. ... Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle did not dress as a result of Pacioretty's return. Right wing Ryan White was left out of the lineup for a second straight game.
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