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Galchenyuk, Canadiens take 2-0 lead vs. Senators

by Sean Farrell /

MONTREAL -- Alex Galchenyuk scored 3:40 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre on Friday.

Galchenyuk spun around after getting the puck off a rebound of a shot by forward Brendan Gallagher and sent a shot past Ottawa goalie Andrew Hammond to give Montreal a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur scored in the first period. Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty and defenseman P.K. Subban scored in the second to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead. Center David Desharnais assisted on both goals.

Pacioretty scored a power-play goal at 7:18 in his return from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for Montreal's final two regular season games and the Canadiens' 4-3 win in Game 1 at Bell Centre on Wednesday. He beat Hammond with a low shot between the pads for a power-play goal that drew Montreal even at 1-1.

Subban, who got a game misconduct for his major penalty for slashing Ottawa forward Mark Stone on Wednesday, gave Montreal the lead with a slap shot from the right side into the top right corner past Hammond at 16:30 of the second.

Ottawa defenseman Patrick Wiercioch tied it at 2-2 with a power-play goal with 6:31 remaining in the third period. Hammond made 39 saves.

Montreal goalie Carey Price made 29 saves, including MacArthur's tipped shot in front of the net moments before Senators defenseman Marc Methot was called for holding at the other end of the ice with 1:16 left in the third.

Senators right wing Mark Stone who sustained a microfracture and ligament damage to his right wrist Wednesday had two assists. Stone missed parts of Game 1 after he was slashed by Subban.

Ottawa center Mika Zibanejad generated a second-effort scoring chance in the first period when he lunged for the puck and swiped at it with his stick when Price attempted a poke-check. Price kicked out his right pad to make a toe save.

Price could not come up with a glove save on MacArthur's wrist shot from the right side at 18:42 of the first period. The puck fluttered after MacArthur released his shot from the high slot and went past Price's glove to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead after the first period for the second straight game.

Canadiens right wing PA Parenteau did not play because of an upper-body injury he sustained Wednesday. He is day-to-day.

Game 3 is Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA).

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