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Bulis scores twice in 3-2 win

OTTAWA (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens enjoyed a new perspective
on the puck's fickle bounces.

Jan Bulis scored his second goal of the game with 7:59 left, and
Jose Theodore made 38 saves to lead Montreal to a 3-2 win over the
Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Bulis also scored a short-handed goal in the first to help the
Canadiens win for the first time in three meetings with Ottawa this
season. They won despite being outshot 40-13.

"We were outplayed, but there were some games before where we
outplayed the other team most of the time and it just didn't go in
for us," Bulis said. "It's part of the game and thank God the
luck turned our way this time."

On the winner, Bulis found himself free in the slot to backhand
a shot over Patrick Lalime's right shoulder after the puck came out
from behind the net off Yanic Perreault's skate.

"We got the breaks tonight," Perreault said. "It's maybe the
first time this year the puck has turned on our side."

Donald Audette scored just 30 seconds after Bulis' goal in the
first to put Montreal up 2-0.

Jason Spezza and Wade Redden tied it with power-play goals for
the Senators, whose last seven goals have come with the man
advantage.

"You can't expect to win when you get down two," Redden said.
"Obviously we battled back, but we don't want to get in that
position."

The Senators, who outscored Montreal 11-4 while winning their
first two meetings, scored a team-record five power-play goals
Thursday in a 5-2 win over Columbus.

Theodore stopped numerous Ottawa chances as the Senators outshot
the Canadiens in all three periods, including 18-3 in the second.

"I was just concentrating on stopping the next shot," Theodore
said. "We haven't scored three goals in a while, and when we went
ahead 3-2, I knew we had to get the two points."

Theodore also caught a break moments before Bulis' go-ahead goal
when Martin Havlat lost control of the puck as he swept across in
front of a wide-open goal.

"You've got to be lucky to be good, and good to be lucky,"
Senators forward Peter Schaefer said. "He deserved it. He played
well and he earned them the win tonight."

With Montreal having just 10 goals in its previous nine games,
Canadiens coach Claude Julien juggled his lines for a sixth
straight game. Rookie Michael Ryder was left out of the lineup for
the first time this season and checking line center Joe Juneau
moved to left wing on the top line with Saku Koivu and Richard
Zednik.

Bulis scored a short-handed goal 8:48 in when he drove a slap
shot from the left faceoff circle past Lalime, just inside the left
post.

Audette made it 2-0 at 9:18 when he converted Mike Ribeiro's
pass to complete a two-on-one.

Spezza, who hadn't scored in seven games since a 6-2 win in
Montreal on Oct. 25, redirected Daniel Alfredsson's point shot past
Theodore at 18:51 to draw the Senators to 2-1.

Theodore came up with big saves on Schaefer and Havlat in the
first five minutes of the second, but the Ottawa power-play -- which
went 1-for-3 in the first -- connected on its first opportunity of
the second.

Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray drew a penalty at 13:26 when
he slashed Marian Hossa as the Senators' leading scorer nearly
circled Montreal's zone twice with the puck.

Redden scored on the ensuing power play, tying it at 2 when he
drove a slap shot under Theodore at 14:07 for his second of the
season.

Game notes
Canadiens D Stephane Quintal returned after missing three
games. Quintal was taken out of the lineup before a 2-1 loss in
Buffalo on Nov. 7 because of an irregular heartbeat. He was with
his wife when she gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday,
and was rested for Thursday's 3-1 loss in New York to the
Islanders. ... Senators D Karel Rachunek returned after missing
three games because of a sore back. ... Lalime made his eighth
straight start against Montreal, the last six against Theodore. D
Sheldon Souray (six) and Perreault (five) are the only Canadiens
with more than three goals. ... Ottawa junior coach Brian Kilrea
was honored prior to the game for his recent Hall of Fame
induction.