Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (14) stops outside the crease as the puck passes Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via
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March 19, 2016

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators had the advantage when they were down a man against the Montreal Canadiens.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Curtis Lazar, and Alex Chiasson each scored short-handed goals and Andrew Hammond stopped all 30 shots for his first shutout of the season in Ottawa's 5-0 victory Saturday night.

It was the fourth time in franchise history that the Senators had three short-handed goals in one game, and the first since an 8-2 win at Toronto on April 3, 2008.

''It's fun to score on the (penalty kill),'' said Pageau, who recorded his league-leading sixth short-handed goal of the season. ''We've worked all year long to try to get better and not allow too many goals. I think we still need to work a little on this, but we're proud for (Saturday).''

Marc Methot and Mika Zibanejad also had goals for Ottawa, which was coming off a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Friday.

''I thought it was just a real solid effort by every guy on our team starting with (Hammond),'' Dion Phaneuf said. ''The bottom line, I thought, was that we just outworked them.''

Ben Scrivens made 39 saves for the Canadiens.

''I thought I made some good saves and I was trying to give the team a chance,'' Scrivens said. ''But, obviously, in the third period I've got to do a better job of that.''

Ottawa put the game out of reach early in the third when Methot made it 3-0, shooting the puck from a sharp angle. Just over a minute later, Chiasson chased down a loose puck and beat Scrivens through the legs.

Zibanejad rounded out the scoring late in the period, tipping in Mike Hoffman's point shot at 17:52.

''There was a lack of execution and concentration,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of giving up three short-handed goals. ''I've never seen anything like it.''

After getting called for too many men on the ice midway through the second period, the Senators once again displayed their short-handed skills.

Lazar gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead as he beat Scrivens up high on a breakaway for the Senators' second short-handed goal of the game.

Ottawa took a 1-0 lead at the 12-minute mark of the first period. Pageau scored down a man on a great pass from Mark Stone.

''It was a tough night,'' Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said. ''It's the NHL. You've got to show up and play hard and it didn't happen. We just gave them three goals.''

NOTES: C Ryan Dzingel was a healthy scratch as Matt Puempel got back in the lineup for the Senators. ... Canadiens D P.K. Subban missed his fourth straight game due to a neck injury. D Mark Barberio was also out with a concussion.

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