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Sens rock Habs' hopes

DANY Heatley scored twice in 38 seconds to rally the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 road victory over the depleted Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The loss left the Canadiens (41-28-10), who were playing without injured key defensemen Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schneider, in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They are a point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (42-28-9) with three games left to play in the regular season.

The Canadiens can earn a playoff spot with a win at the New York Rangers (40-30-9). They lead the Rangers and Florida Panthers (39-29-11) by three points, while Ottawa has been eliminated from the playoff race.

Chris Campoli opened the scoring for Ottawa on a second-period powerplay before Alexei Kovalev and Mathieu Dandenault gave Montreal a 2-1 lead.

Heatley leveled the score at 11:23 into the third period, then delivered the game-winner seconds later with his 37th goal of the season.

Heatley's first goal came on a scramble around the Montreal goal. He fired the second past Canadiens netminder Jaroslav Halak after a turnover.

Halak, who has been playing while starter Carey Price recovers from a virus, made 20 saves.

In the only two other National Hockey League games played on Monday, the Detroit Red Wings eased past the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 while the Calgary Flames scorched the Los Angeles Kings by the same scoreline.


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