KANATA - The Canadiens maintained their perfect preseason record with a win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
The Canadiens' penalty kill unit played a big role in the first frame at the Canadian Tire Centre. Claude Julien's troops managed to kill off three penalties in the first, giving up just two shots.
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid also contributed a solid effort, including this spectacular save on forward Alex Formenton.
Video: MTL@OTT: Kinkaid extends for marvelous glove save
Unlike the Senators, the Habs were able to capitalize on the power play. On their first opportunity with the man advantage, Montreal took the lead at 6:02 of the second period thanks to a goal by Jeff Petry. Forwards Joel Armia and Phillip Danault figured on the goal.
Video: MTL@OTT: Petry buries the loose puck for PPG
Later in the middle frame, Riley Barber took advantage of caught goalie Craig Anderson out of position and dished the puck to Jake Evans in the slot, leaving Evans to bury it for his second preseason goal.
Video: MTL@OTT: Evans finishes the feed from Barber
Not only did the Canadiens build a two-goal lead in the second period, but they also dominated in the shots department by outshooting Ottawa 18-6.
The Habs' power play got back to work in the third period. Forward Tomas Tatar got off a wrister that beat Anderson to make it 3-0, with youngster Nick Suzuki earning a helper on the play.
Video: MTL@OTT: Tatar extends lead with power-play goal
Just 39 seconds later, centerman Phillip Danault added to the lead on a second straight power play.
Video: MTL@OTT: Danault tips home Petry's shot for PPG
The Canadiens finished the game with a 100% success rate on both the power play and penalty kill.
Making his preseason debut, Kinkaid himself had a perfect night in stopping all 27 shots he faced.