For the second time in as many meetings, the Canadiens stormed back from a three-goal deficit to beat Ottawa.
This time, they didn't need OT.
Max Pacioretty had a hat trick, raising his season's total to 38 goals. He added two assists.
The Canadiens got singles from Lars Eller, Mike Weaver, David Desharnais and Andrei Markov.
Peter Budaj faced a bombardment of 43 shots.
Craig Anderson was beaten seven times on 23 shots.
Nailing it down
Max Pacioretty completed his hat trick and David Desharnais raised the Canadiens leead to 7-3 before Mika Zibanejad got a late one for Ottawa.
Peter Budaj faced 15 shots in the second period.
He stopped them all.
The Canadiens had four shots at Craig Anderson.
Two went in: Lars Eller's 12th of the season and Max Pacioretty's 37th (and second of the game).
The period included a fight between Jarred Tinordi and Eric Gryba – plus a no-punch brawl started by Brendan Gallagher and Chris Neil.
Within less than six minutes, Ottawa had a 3-0 lead on two goals by Zach Smith and another by Ales Hemsky .
The Senators outshot the Canadiens 7-0, and P.K. Subban was on the bench after 37 seconds of play and minus-2.
Three-goal deficit? The Canadiens had Ottawa just where they want them.
Andrei Markov's seventh goal of the season started the comback.
Mike Weaver's first and Max Pacioretty's 36th – off a brilliant head-man pass by Thomas Vanek – tied it at 3-3.
Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 13-11.
Ottawa still has a slight chance of making the playoffs.
The Canadiens know they'll be playing hockey in late April.
At the Canadian Tire Centre Friday night, the home team will be hungrier. And Ottawa has taken at least a point in all four previous games against the Canadiens this season.
The most recent encounter was that wild March 15 game at the Bell Centre. Trailing 4-1 with less than four minutes left, the Canadiens got goals from Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and, with a second remaining in regulation, David Desharnais to force Overtime. Francis Bouillon, of all people, scored 1:26 into OT for the win – setting the Canadiens off on a streak in which they won seven of eight games.
Peter Budaj gets the start. Carey Price will face the red-hot Wings at the Bell Centre Saturday night.
Puck drops 7:10ish.
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