Pacioretty's hat trick propels Canadiens over Senators

Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba fights Montreal Canadiens' Jarred Tinordi during NHL hockey action at...

Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba fights Montreal Canadiens' Jarred Tinordi during NHL hockey action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Friday April 4, 2014. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

It wasn’t the Montreal Meltdown, but the Senators had another three-goal lead against the Canadiens go up in flames Friday night.

And, it was Craig Anderson, who got burned.

Instead of being given a mercy pull by coach Paul MacLean, the Senators top goalie gave up seven goals only only 23 shots as the Habs skated to an easy 7-4 win at the Canadian Tire Centre.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the first, the Senators took it on the chin as Max Pacioretty had a hat-trick while David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Andrei Markov and Mike Weaver as the Habs scored seven unanswered goals.

Pacioretty completed his three-goal night in the third to put icing on the cake as the Senators closed out their five-game homestand with two straight losses in front of 19,241.

The Senators remain seven points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets with only five games remaining and are all but officially eliminated from the NHL’s playoff picture.


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