Cole records hat trick as Canadiens handle Senators

Erik Cole netted a natural hat trick in the first period and the Montreal Canadiens coasted to a 5-1 win over the Northeast Division rival Ottawa Senators on Friday at Bell Centre.

Petteri Nokelainen and Lars Eller also lit the lamp, while P.K. Subban, David Desharnais and Chris Campoli all had two assists for the Canadiens, who snapped their three-game losing streak. Carey Price made 37 saves in the victory.

Jason Spezza scored the only goal for the Senators, who have dropped three straight and five of their last six contests.

Craig Anderson gave up three goals on 23 shots and Ben Bishop gave up two tallies on just nine shots in defeat.