Ottawa snap five-game losing streak with 2-0 win

Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:35am EDT
 
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadians on Monday.

Peter Regin and Erik Karlsson scored goals for Ottawa while Brian Elliott made 29 saves to shut out the Canadiens.

It was Ottawa's second win in 10 games since the NHL season resumed after the Vancouver Olympics.

The Senators (38-30-5) moved into fifth in the Eastern Conference on 81 points while Montreal (36-30-7) remained tied for sixth with Philadelphia on 79 points.

Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak was beaten on a tip-in by Regin at 10:15 in the first period and on a wrist shot by Karlsson at 8:17 in the third, but made 25 other saves.

"It feels great. Obviously the two points, but even more I think the way we played," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who had assists on both goals, told reporters.

"The way Elliott played was huge for us. I mean that gave us a lot of confidence, and I thought we played really well in front of him as well and really put a lot of pressure on them."

The shutout was Elliott's fourth of the season.

Canadiens left wing Travis Moen was injured in the second period after he was cut on the face by a skate.

"It's scary when the skate comes up like that," said Montreal defenseman Hal Gill. "You just hope it's not the eye. You hope he's doing all right."

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

 
<p>Ottawa Senators goalie Brian Elliott (L) makes a save on Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (R) during second period of NHL hockey action in Montreal, March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>