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Gallagher gets tiebreaking goal in 2nd period as Canadiens go on to 4-1 win over Senators

  • Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher scores against Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher scores against Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (14) scores against Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec (14) scores against Ottawa Senators goaltender Robin Lehner during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban (76) collides with Ottawa Senators' Alex Chiasson (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban (76) collides with Ottawa Senators' Alex Chiasson (90) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

Brendan Gallagher scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Carey Price stopped 24 shots, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night.

Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, which completed a 4-1-0 homestand and opens a four-game road trip Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

Erik Condra scored for Ottawa and Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots. The Senators, coming off a 6-2 win at home over Anaheim on Friday night, dropped to 3-2-1 since Dave Cameron replaced Paul MacLean as head coach.

Gallagher got the go-ahead goal at 7:30 of the second as he finished off a 3-on-2 rush. The puck went from Max Pacioretty to Galchenyuk to Gallagher, who shot it into the open side of the net.

Plekanec swept a puck in off the far post from the edge of the crease on a power play with 3:10 remaining in the third, and Galchenyuk knocked in a pass from Alexei Emelin 44 seconds later to seal the win.

The Senators opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 2:50 into the game. Montreal's Sven Andrighetto fell at the Ottawa blue line, allowing Condra to skate in and send a harmless looking wrist shot that got through Price and dropped in the crease. Condra then poked it in for the goal.

The Canadiens got it back at 6:38 when Prust had a harmless looking shot of his own from the right circle and it got between Lehner and the post before falling just over the goal line.

NOTES: Pacioretty was in the Montreal lineup despite leaving Thursday's game against Anaheim and going to hospital with what looked like a serious injury. ... Lars Eller returned after missing two weeks with an upper-body injury, while AHL call-up Andrighetto bumped Michael Bournival out of the lineup. ... Joey MacDonald backed up Price with Dustin Tokarski on a conditioning sting with Hamilton of the AHL. ... With Curtis Lazar loaned to the Canada's world junior team, Jean-Gabriel Pageau dressed for the Senators ... Ottawa listed D Patrick Wiercioch as a scratch. Chris Neil and Marc Methot are injured.