Montreal at Ottawa

    Senators hit Canadiens for five goals; Meszaros scores twice

    CBS wire reports

    OTTAWA -- 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.

    Alexei 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.

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    Scoring Summary
    8:44Peter Schaefer - Assists: Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson
    11:14Alexei Kovalev - Assists: Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn
    13:31Power Play - Mike Fisher - Assist: Daniel Alfredsson
    18:47Andrej Meszaros - Assists: Chris Kelly and Chris Neil
    5:43Power Play - Andrej Meszaros - Assist: Daniel Alfredsson
    8:06Tomas Plekanec - Assists: Guillaume Latendresse and Mathieu Dandenault
    12:36Chris Neil - Assists: Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley
    Penalty Summary
    1:36Michal Barinka: holding - minor
    9:11Garth Murray: fighting - major
    9:11Jamie Allison: fighting - major
    12:49Tomas Plekanec: hooking - minor
    4:46Saku Koivu: hooking - minor
    8:16Chris Phillips: hooking - minor
    9:24too many men - minor
    10:04Tom Preissing: holding - minor
    :27Mike Fisher: hooking - minor
    3:37Chris Neil: interference - minor
    7:13Craig Rivet: tripping - minor
    9:24Guillaume Latendresse: tripping - minor
    10:43Andrei Markov: hooking - minor
    14:37Patrick Eaves: tripping - minor
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