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Habs visit Sens, try to extend road success

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens hope to extend their current run of success on the road Thursday night when they visit the Ottawa Senators.

The Habs are right back in action after rallying for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Columbus went up 2-0 with 10:22 to play, but the Canadiens scored three power-play goals in the frame.

Max Pacioretty scored twice around P.K. Subban's goal that tied the game with 5:36 to go. Pacioretty then netted the winner 59 seconds later.

Andrei Markov tallied two assists and Carey Price made 14 saves for Montreal, which bounced back from two straight losses at home to win for the sixth consecutive time on the road.

Montreal has won 10 of its past 13 overall and is one point back of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"We played a great game. I'm having a lot of fun right now. Everyone is contributing," said Pacioretty, who has a goal in five straight games and leads the club with 20 tallies on the season.

Dustin Tokarski could get the call in net tonight to give Price a breather. Tokarski has not started since Dec. 30 and has never before faced the Senators.

The Sens play host to the Habs tonight having lost four of their last five games. They went 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip, capping the swing with Tuesday's 5-4 setback to the Dallas Stars.

Ottawa got first-period goals from Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur and Jared Cowen, but the Stars responded with four second-period goals to go in front. Milan Michalek added a third-period goal on the power play for Ottawa, while Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone had two assists each.

"We got sloppy," Senators head coach Dave Cameron said. "It's tough when you give up four (goals) in the second to come back against anybody."

Robin Lehner allowed all five goals on 29 shots in defeat.

Craig Anderson is likely to start tonight for Ottawa and has gone 6-7-2 in his career versus the Canadiens with a 3.28 goals against average and .888 save percentage in 16 games (14 starts).

Montreal has won four straight over Ottawa, including a 4-1 victory at home on Dec. 20 in the first of four meetings. Price gave up an early short-handed goal to Erik Condra, but rebounded with 24 saves.

Lehner gave up four goals on 29 shots in the loss.

Montreal has won two straight in Ottawa.