Hackett's 34 saves not enough to lead Habs to win

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators needed a big goal from one of
their less-heralded players to get by Jeff Hackett and the Montreal Canadiens.

Chris Phillips scored his first goal of the season late in the
second period to lift Ottawa to a 3-2 victory over Montreal on
Thursday night.

Phillips, a defenseman held to two assists through 16 games,
scored 18:33 into the second to break a 2-2 tie. He had gone 21
regular-season games without a goal, dating to last season.

"It was a great feeling that I was able to get it in, and to
contribute,'' said Phillips, who had six goals in 63 games last
season. "It's never fun to see that big zero beside your name.''

Hackett made 34 saves, including a remarkable pad stop on Marian
Hossa with just over eight minutes left to keep the Canadiens
within one.

"He played a great game, but tonight we got him beat a couple
of times and that was the key for us,'' Hossa said. "He likes to
play against us. He seems like he's on top of his game.''

Hackett lost for just the second time in 10 games (5-2-2) as he
made his second start in as many nights in place of injured goalie
Jose Theodore.

Theodore, last season's MVP, missed the two-game road trip
because of a hip flexor injury sustained Monday in a win over

Petr Schastlivy and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa,
unbeaten in five games (4-0-1).

Hossa extended his point streak to eight games with an assist on
Alfredsson's power-play goal in the second. He has six goals and
six assists during the stretch.

"It feels good,'' Hossa said. "We're working hard and we've
been pretty lucky so far on the power play. We could be a little
better 5-on-5, but so far, so good.''

Andrei Markov -- who scored the overtime winner in Montreal's 3-2
victory at Pittsburgh on Wednesday-- and Joe Juneau scored for the
Canadiens, who had a three-game win streak snapped.

"This was our fifth game in seven nights, and I could see the
energy was not there,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.
"When the energy's not there, sometimes you make some bad
decisions and that's what happened with us tonight. Jeff Hackett
played very well for us tonight and gave us a chance to stay in the

Ottawa took a 1-0 lead 14:33 in, but Montreal came back with two
goals early in the second period to go ahead.

Markov scored on a power play just 45 seconds into the period to
tie it. Juneau scored his third goal at 5:16 when he came around
the net, after passing to Andreas Dackell, and knocked in a loose
puck after Dackell's shot bounced high over goalie Patrick Lalime.

Alfredsson scored his eighth of the season on a power play 13:22
into the second to tie it at 2.

Lalime stopped Oleg Petrov on a breakaway with 11:04 left.

Game notes
Ottawa outshot Montreal 37-30. ... Five-foot-eight
Canadiens RW Donald Audette was flattened when he ran into 6-foot-9
Ottawa D Zdeno Chara 14 minutes into the second period. ...
Senators D Shane Hnidy missed the game after he was struck in the
left eye with a puck during morning practice. Hnidy, who is not
expected to lose vision in the eye, will be sidelined indefinitely.