Senators knock off Canadiens in pre-season tilt

Senators' Chris Phillips battles with Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during NHL pre-season action at...

Senators' Chris Phillips battles with Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher during NHL pre-season action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

OTTAWA - Cory Conacher predicted the pre-season tilt against the Montreal Canadiens would be more about seizing opportunity than settling any old playoff scores.

He stepped up and backed up his words, finding a comfortable home on the team’s vacant second-line right wing position, sparking some instant chemistry with linemates Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur and pacing the Senators with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Habs, with 16,194 fans taking in an entertaining affair at Canadian Tire Centre.

Conacher made the most of his opportunity on Ottawa’s first goal, floating a pass to a streaking MacArthur, who beat Peter Budaj with a low, hard snap shot. Conacher struck again on a third-period power play, tipping Patrick Wiercioch’s point shot as the Senators started padding the score late.

“I felt pretty comfortable with those guys, they’re easy guys to play with, they know how to find the open ice or help me when I’m in trouble, and they know how to find me as well,” said Conacher. “I think we clicked pretty well. My role on the line is to win the puck battles and the races and make it a little easier for them as well.”


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