Sens have a blast

Ottawa Senators Wade Redden, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal as...

Ottawa Senators Wade Redden, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal as Montreal Canadiens Andrei Marrkov skates past during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007.(CP PHOTO/ Ryan Remiorz)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Ray Emery lost his temper, but he didn't come unglued last night.

Despite his frustration with the crease-crashing from the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, the Senators goalie held it together long enough to put the Habs in their place.

After nearly dropping his gloves and watching a two-goal lead melt away, Emery slammed the door shut in a 5-3 Senators win.

Mike Comrie had a goal and an assist, while captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists. Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Wade Redden and Chris Kelly also scored as the Senators closed this home-and-home series against the Habs with their second straight win.

"Emery was excellent. He shouldn't have hit the guy and he paid for it," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I thought we played excellent in the third period. We're just so confident going into the third period now and we really feel like we can get things done."

If this was a preview of a first-round playoff matchup, fans should start to get excited.

BAD BLOOD

The bad blood boiled over -- especially between Chris Neil and the Canadiens' Francis Bouillion and Mike Komisarek -- and there was plenty of intensity.

This game turned wild in the second period as the Habs erased a two-goal Ottawa lead as the result of a couple of bad goals on Emery to tie it 2-2.

"That's a huge two points for us," said Fisher. "We know that this is a team we're going to be battling with right to the end. To get two wins over them is big for us."

Redden's fifth goal of the season at 16:37 of the second gave the Senators the lead going into the third. Fisher and Spezza put it away with goals in the third.

But Emery, who had been complaining to officials Eric Furlatt and Marc Joanette about the amount of traffic in his crease, blew his stack midway through the second.

When Maxim Lapierre plowed into him in the crease, Emery smashed his stick across the side of Lapierre's head and was getting ready to throw his blocker aside to deliver a punch. After stopping himself, Emery was fortunate to only get a minor for the high stick. The result was a goal by Michael Ryder with a tip on a shot from the point at 9:14 that tied it 2-2.

"I kind of felt bad," said Emery. "I didn't mean to hit him that high. But it seemed like they were in the crease a lot. Usually, I don't mind that stuff, but it seemed like there was a lot of it going on. I'm just glad we got the win."

Canadiens fans were all over Emery in the second after a gaffe behind the net led to Montreal's opening goal.

Playing a puck behind the net, Emery fell to the ice as Mike Johnson threw it out front. Steve Begin, returning after missing 27 games with back spasms, popped it into the open net.

The Senators were in control to that point. While Emery was making the saves, David Aebischer was looking shaky for the Habs.

The Canadiens outshot the Senators 40-30.

Kelly gave the Senators a 2-0 lead at 10:26 of the first and made it look like this was going to be no contest.

After Comrie hit the post, Kelly, parked near the crease, just had to push it into an open net. Comrie opened the scoring with his 13th of the season after taking a pass from Vermette at the top of the circle and beating Aebischer on the glove side at 2:10.

With the victory, the Senators moved to 4-3-0 against the Habs this year. The clubs will play their final regular- season game on March 30 in Ottawa.

The Habs had a 34-minute closed-door meeting after the game.


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