Stutzle scores three points, Senators defeat Canadiens to end skid

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MONTREAL — Tim Stutzle scored a goal for the third straight game and had his first two NHL assists, and the Ottawa Senators won for the first time in 10 games, 3-2 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Thomas Chabot had a goal and an assist, and Matt Murray made 36 saves for Ottawa (2-8-1), which had not won since its season opener Jan. 15.

Brendan Gallagher and Josh Anderson scored, and Carey Price made 19 saves for the Canadiens (7-2-2), who swept back-to-back games against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and Tuesday.

The Senators and Canadiens are scheduled to play at Ottawa on Saturday.

Price was racing to the bench for an extra attacker when Anderson scored shorthanded to make it 3-2 at 18:31 of the third. It was Montreal’s NHL-leading seventh shorthanded goal.

Chabot scored the first of two Ottawa goals in 18 seconds at 19:21 of the first period to tie the game 1-1. Stutzle set up the goal for his first assist in his eighth NHL game.

Stutzle gave the Senators a 2-1 lead with his fourth goal, on the power play, at 19:39. It was the first multipoint game in the NHL for the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Stutzle got his second assist when Connor Brown scored to make it 3-1 at 8:12 of the second period.

After Stutzle won a face-off, defenseman Erik Brannstrom took a long wrist shot that Brown deflected down and past Price inside the left post. It was Brannstrom’s season debut.

Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 10:31 of the first period.

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