OTTAWA – When a guy like Daniel Alfredsson is envious of your talent, you must be doing something right. Such is the case with Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno.
Foligno had two goals and Jason Spezza added two of his own for the Senators in a 6-2 pre-season win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
After the game Alfredsson had high praise for Foligno.
“He’s looked really good this training camp getting to loose pucks and winning battles,” said Alfredsson. “The two goals he scored were unbelievable and I wish I could do that.”
Bobby Butler and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators (2-2-0), who bounced back after losing 4-2 Friday night in Montreal.
Brian Elliott played the entire game in the Ottawa net making 27 saves, including a second-period penalty shot by Ben Maxwell.
Maxwell opened the scoring and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens (1-2-0), who got a 24-save performance on 30 shots from starter Carey Price.
Trailing 2-1 late in the second period, the Senators found new life as they scored three times in a span of less than four minutes to take a 4-2 lead.
Plekanec scored at 2:55 of the second period after Maxwell and Neil traded first-period goals. Spezza scored his first of the game at 15:33 and just 29 seconds later Elliott stopped Maxwell on a penalty shot after he was tripped by Chris Campoli on a breakaway.
At 18:32 Foligno scored his third of the pre-season on a setup from Spezza, and then at 19:25 Butler beat Price through the legs on a penalty shot of his own.
“It was a pretty high tempo in the first period and I had to catch my breath in between the first and the second. It slowed down a little in the second period and in the third period I thought we played our best,” Alfredsson said.
Spezza scored his second goal of the game and the fifth for the Senators at 10:31 of the third period and Foligno rounded out the scoring at 17:11.
“I was happy obviously to score those goals but I thought our team really played well,” Foligno said.
“I thought the young guys came in and really did a good job. Butler had a goal and that line with (Mike) Hoffman and (Zack) Smith played well. It’s going to do well for this team to have those kind of guys pushing so hard and playing so well and it’s going to push everyone to be a lot better.”
Special teams were key for the Senators as they scored three power-play goals on seven opportunities while killing off eight of nine short-handed situations.
“They scored three power-play goals, one on the penalty shots and two gifts,” said Canadiens coach Jacques Martin.
“Certain players didn’t play well and there were some young guys who had a good showing, but this really demonstrates how important special teams are and we have to work on them.”
The Senators next pre-season game is Tuesday in Dundas, Ont., against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens host the Minnesota Wild Sunday night.
Notes: The game was the fourth of the pre-season for the Senators who have games with Buffalo, Toronto and two with the New York Rangers still to come. . . . The Canadiens played their third pre-season game and have games with Florida, Minnesota, Buffalo and the New York Islanders remaining.