Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Danault Scores Overtime Winner to Give Canadiens 3-2 Pre-Season Win over Sens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Danault Scores Overtime Winner to Give Canadiens 3-2 Pre-Season Win over Sens

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Danault scores OT winner as Habs top Sens 3-2

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OTTAWA - Guy Boucher will not tolerate tardiness this season and he made sure Bobby Ryan and Cody Ceci got the message loud and clear.

The two players were late for a pre-game meeting and sat for the entire first period as a result Saturday afternoon as the Ottawa Senators fell 3-2 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens in pre-season action.

"We handled it well, we tried to sit there and be good teammates and cheer the team on as much as we could, but we were late and we paid the price," said Ryan. "It's the first (meeting) I've missed in 10 years."

Ryan admitted it was a little embarrassing and doesn't plan on letting it happen again.

Boucher downplayed the incident and said it was just a matter of following the team's rules.

"The players did very well in terms of owning it and were actually encouraging our guys behind the bench," said Boucher. "You own it and then you move on and there's no issue."

Phillip Danault scored 46 seconds into extra time for the winner. Paul Byron and Brian Flynn also scored for the Canadiens while Al Montoya made 24 saves.

Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris found the back of the net for Ottawa with Andrew Hammond stopping 29 shots.

"We're not looking at scores," said Boucher. "Whether we win 6-1 or lose, we're looking at every individual facet of the game."

This was the Senators' first pre-season game on home ice, giving the 17,147 spectators at Canadian Tire Centre their first opportunity to see the new head coach at work.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the first period as Byron took advantage of some weak defensive play by the Senators and beat Hammond through the legs.

Ryan made his presence known early in the second period as he made a great pass to Hoffman to set up a power-play goal and tie the game 1-1. …

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