Mark Stone and Cody Ceci each with three points as Senators top Canadiens 5-2

MONTREAL — Mark Stone and Cody Ceci each had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 in NHL pre-season action Thursday night.

Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch also scored for Ottawa, while Andrei Markov and Nathan Beaulieu had goals for Montreal. The Canadiens outshot the Senators 43-21. 

The teams meet again Saturday night in Ottawa.

Montreal’s Max Pacioretty, returning earlier than expected from a knee injury, wore the C for the first time at the Bell Centre since being named captain at the start of training camp.

The Canadiens scored on their first shot on Craig Anderson, a soft backhand from the right circle by Markov at 1:05.

A power play had just ended when Beaulieu crept in from the point on a back door play to convert a Pacioretty pass at 9:52.

Ceci got one back at the 15:00 mark when he took a drop pass from Stone and saw his shot go off Alex Galchenyuk’s stick and under the crossbar.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau slipped a pass to Stone to go in alone and beat Carey Price shorthanded 4:11 into the second. Then Stone set up Hoffman for a wrist shot past Price at 9:31.

Ceci’s shot dropped behind Price and MacArthur put it into an open net on a power play 14:20 into the third. Price was screened as Wiercioch scored from the left point at 16:43.

Ottawa scratches included Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris, Milan Michalek and Chris Phillips. Montreal did not use the line of David Desharnais, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann and defenceman Jeff Petry.

 

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press