Canadian NHL roundup: Senators shut out Habs in pre-season finale

Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Saturday night in the final game of the pre-season for both teams.

The Senators wrapped up the pre-season with a 2-4-0 record, while the Canadiens were 4-3-0.

Tom Pyatt and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators, while Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Montreal goalie Carey Price allowed three goals on 21 shots in two periods. Antti Niemi stopped 10 shots in the third period.

Earlier in the day, Senators head coach Guy Boucher told reporters the team would be starting the regular season with the 13 forwards that remain, including rookie Brady Tkachuk and Alex Formenton.

Formenton has been impressive since the start of camp and had a great chance in the third period, but was robbed by Niemi.

Decisions remain to be made on the blueline as the Senators are unsure whether they will carry seven or eight defencemen. A battle remains between Ben Harpur, Maxime Lajoie and Christian Jaros.

The Senators open the season Thursday as they host the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Canadiens start their campaign Wednesday in Toronto.

Oilers come back against Flames

Kailer Yamamoto celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday with two goals, including the winner, to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 pre-season win over the Calgary Flames.

Yamamoto put another exclamation mark on his bid to land a job on right wing with the Oilers, scoring his fifth and six goals in the six pre-season games he’s played.

“Especially on my birthday. It makes it that much better,” said Yamamoto before the Oilers took off for Germany, where they will wrap up their pre-season with an exhibition game against the Cologne Sharks on Wednesday.

Watch Yamamoto’s pair of goals:

Yamamoto, celebrating his 20th birthday, scored twice in Edmonton’s 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. 1:44

Connor McDavid and Jujhar Khaira also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 6-1 on their exhibition schedule.

Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary.

Khaira, pencilled in for third-line duty with Ryan Strome and Jesse Puljujarvi this season, made the most of some power-play time when he put the Oilers up 1-0 in the first period. Khaira beat Mike Smith high to the stick side 3:37 in for his first goal of the pre-season.

It was all Calgary for the rest of the period as Gaudreau, Bennett and Lindholm beat Cam Talbot for a 3-1 lead. Gaudreau tapped home a rebound on a power play to tie it 1-1, Bennett had a shot deflect off Matt Benning and in, and Lindholm took a stretch pass from Mark Giordano and made it 3-1 at 18:02.