Plekanec grabs double as Montreal beat Ottawa

Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:00am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Center Tomas Plekanec led the Canadiens with two goals, while Torrey Mitchell had the other as Montreal spoiled the Ottawa Senators home opener with a 3-1 victory on Sunday

Both teams rested their first choice goalies, with rookie Mike Condon stopping 20 shots for the win for Montreal.

"A lot of times when the backup goes in there, you see (the team) changing, and we didn't change anything," Canadiens defensemen P.K. Subban said.

"Guys felt confident with him in there. He established early that he was ready and he was sharp.

"Listen, I've got to give him credit. He went in there and did exactly what he had to do. We get that from Carey (Price) every night. What Carey brings, we got that from him tonight."

Senators goalie Matt O'Connor made 31 saves, while center Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored their lone goal.

Plekanec beat O'Connor with a weak shot that bounced off the goaltender to open the scoring before he picked up his second on a breakaway with 1:26 remaining in the first period when he put it through O'Connor's pads.

Pageau put Ottawa on the board in the second period with a short-handed goal, before Mitchell deflected a screened shot by Subban that O'Connor never saw into the net with just over 14 minutes remaining in the game.

Condon then made two big stops off Erik Karlsson in the final minute with O'Connor on the bench for an extra attacker to preserve the victory.   Continued...

Oct 11, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) scores a goal on Ottawa Senators goalie Matt O'Connor (29) at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports