Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) congratulates goalie Craig Anderson (41) after the final buzzer as Ottawa Senators left wing Zack Smith (15) looks on following third period hockey action against the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL 100 Classic in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Senators needed a big effort from their top players Saturday night, and they got it.
Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots for his 40th career shutout, leading Ottawa to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson scored to help the Senators get consecutive wins for the first time in more than a month.
"We knew we needed to have a good game," said captain Erik Karlsson, who had one assists while playing a season-high 32:55. "We didn't know what to expect, what type of game it was going to be, but I think we came out strong and we finished strong. I don't think we strayed from the kind of game that needed to be played in an atmosphere like this."