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Canadiens 3, Senators 2

October 22, 1998

MONTREAL (AP) _ Brian Savage, playing his first game of the season after agreeing to a contract Tuesday, scored early in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Savage, who signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal, scored on a 2-on-1 break with Mark Recchi after Senators defenseman Stan Neckar lost control of the puck in the neutral zone.

Saku Koivu had a shorthanded goal and Vladimir Malakhov added a power-play goal to help the Canadiens snap a two-game losing streak. Jocelyn Thibault made 26 saves for his third victory of the season.

Ottawa scored two goals in 3:13 span late in the second period to tie it at 2. Andreas Dackell beat defenseman Brett Clark to a loose puck at the edge of the crease and beat Thibault at the 13:53 mark.

Shawn McEachern tied it after Thibault failed to control Neckar’s shot from the point. With the puck trickling toward the net after going through Thibault’s legs, McEachern tapped the puck into an open net.

The Canadiens opened the scoring late in the first period on Malakhov’s shot from the point that deflected past goalie Damion Rhodes. Koivu made it 2-0 early in the second, beating Rhodes with a low shot from the slot.

Thibault made a great pad save late in the third period on Andreas Johannson’s close-range shot on a power play.

Recchi had two assists to raise his season total to nine.