Short-staffed Senators lose to Canadiens

Josh Gorges of the Canadiens battles Senators' David Dziurzynski in pre-season action Thursday in...

Josh Gorges of the Canadiens battles Senators' David Dziurzynski in pre-season action Thursday in Montreal. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs last spring with muscle.

On Thursday night, Ottawa just lacked some scoring punch.

Playing with a lineup that will be nothing close to what they'll dress a week from now on opening night, the Senators left their big guns at home and, as a result, couldn't solve Carey Price in a 3-1 loss at the Bell Centre.

Returning to the place where they sent the Habs packing in the playoffs, the Senators faced a Montreal team playing its final pre-season game with a lineup that wasn't many faces of short of what it will look like Tuesday vs. Toronto.

Had it not been for a strong effort by Carey Price with 29 stops in the Montreal net, this could have been really embarrassing for the Habs. Only Cory Conacher was able to beat him in what was not a great display for either team.


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