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Post-game report: Ottawa 3 Montreal 0

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA (AP) - Daniel Alfredsson had two goals and an assist and Dominik Hasek recorded his fifth shutout, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 win over Montreal on Thursday night as the Canadiens tied a franchise record by being held to 12 shots.

Zdeno Chara also scored for Northeast Division-leading Ottawa, which outshot Montreal 33-6 through the first two periods and 40-12 overall. The Senators went 2-for-6 on the power play through the first two periods while Montreal had only one opportunity with the man advantage over the same stretch.

The Canadiens, who have lost 17 of 19 on the road, fell to 1-4 on a six-game road trip that ends Saturday in Toronto. Montreal tied its previous season-low when they managed just 15 shots in Wednesday's 5-3 win in Philadelphia.

Hasek made his eighth straight start and only needed to make 12 saves - including a 78-foot slap shot by Mark Streit with nine seconds left in the third - to claim his second shutout in three games. He moved past Roy Worters into 11th place on the all-time shutout list with 68 after surpassing Patrick Roy on Saturday in a 7-0 win over Toronto.

Alfredsson, who has scored five goals in his last three games, scored his 250th goal on a power play 2:21 into the second. He added his second of the game on a 5-on-3 at 6:16 to move ahead of linemate Dany Heatley for the team lead with 32 goals.

Jason Spezza and Wade Redden each assisted on both of Alfredsson's goals.

Chara opened the scoring with a fine individual effort for his ninth goal 12:36 in. The 6-foot-9 defenseman stepped around Montreal's Sheldon Souray before beating Cristobal Huet, who made his second straight start for the Canadiens.

The Senators converted their first of five second-period power plays when Alfredsson scored his 31st of the season early in the period to make it 2-0.

With Canadiens forward Jan Bulis already in the penalty box, Souray was sent off for holding at 5:48 and Alfredsson made Montreal pay moments later when he increased the lead to three with a slap shot from the point that got past Huet, who was screened by Chara.

Notes: The Canadiens had a franchise-low 12 shots against Ottawa on Dec. 27, 2002. ... Heatley and Alfredsson both extended their point streaks to six games each. Heatley has four goals and six assists over the course of his streak, and Alfredsson has five goals and six assists during his streak. ... The crowd of 19,908 was Ottawa's 21st sellout in 25 home games. ... The Senators finished 2-for-7 on the power play. Montreal was 0-for-4.


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