The Canadiens bested the Senators last night, defeating Ottawa 4-3, the AP reports. Montreal pulled within a single point of the Sens for the conference lead, as Ottawa has slumped badly without the injured Dany Heatley. Tomas Plekanec had two goals and an assist, Andrei Kostitsyn a goal and two assists, and Cristobal Huet had 26 saves. In other NHL action:
- Steve Downie scored late in the third period, and Flyers goalie Antero Nittymaki earned an 8-0 record against Atlanta with 23 saves, as Philly bested the Thrashers for the ninth straight time, 3-2.
- The quickly improving Kings came out firing and put a halt to the Rangers' three game winning streak, besting New York 4-2.