The Senators let a three goal fly away against the Montreal Canadiens Friday night, before losing 7-4 and for a second consecutive time.
Zach Smith scored twice in the first period. Between those two, Ales Hemsky also added one. It was a perfect start for the Sens with a three goal lead after 5:50 played.
Everything fell apart afterwards. The Canadiens made a quick comeback with seven unanswered goals with three in the first period.
Andrei Markov, Mike Weaver and Max Pacioretty tied the game up and brought their team back in the game.
Lars Eller and Pacioretty scored in the second period with a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Pacioretty completed his 4th hat trick of the season on the sixth goal for the Canadiens. For the statistics fans, the American became the first member of the Montreal Canadiens history to score a hat trick against the Sens since the comeback of these last in the NHL in 1992-93.
Pacioretty ended the night with five points.
David Desharnais, for the Canadiens, and Mika Zibanejad, for the Sens, scored the other two goals.
Thomas Vanek had three assists during the game.
Weaver and Desharnais each had two points.
For the Sens which are officially out of playoff contention, Smith and Zibanejad each had two point nights.
Craig Anderson was criticized for a poor performance, but on the other side his defense didn’t help him much allowing 23 shots only. It wasn’t much but the errors by the defense made it tough for him.
The Sens will be in Manhattan Saturday night where they will face the New York Rangers.
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