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Canadiens even series at 1-1 behind Gallagher, Price

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MONTREAL -- Rookie Brendan Gallagher came up with another big playoff game for the Montreal Canadiens and this time Carey Price backed it up with stellar goaltending that outshined Ottawa' s Craig Anderson.

Gallagher scored his second goal in as many games as Montreal scored three times in the second period for a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Price made 29 saves and Ryan White and Michael Ryder scored for the Canadiens, who evened the first-round playoff series at 1-1.

"Carey was Carey. It's what we've seen all year," Gallagher said. "We have so much confidence in him, obviously, with us taking as many penalties as we did tonight. Our penalty kill came up big and usually the big reason is your goaltender."

Milan Michalek scored in the second period for Ottawa, which went 0-for-4 on the power play.

Anderson stopped 31 shots one night after setting a team record for saves in a playoff game. Anderson made 48 saves in the Senators' series-opening 4-2 win on Thursday night in the first postseason meeting ever between the two Canadian teams.

"(Thursday) night, we win the game, we don' t win the series. Tonight we lose the game, we don' t lose the series," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "It's still the team that gets to four first. We came here and we got a split so now we have home-ice advantage. Now it's up to us to respond to that."

Game 3 is Sunday night in Ottawa.

The Canadiens were missing center Lars Eller, left winger Max Pacioretty and captain Brian Gionta. Forwards Jeff Halpern, Colby Armstrong and Gabriel Dumont were inserted into Montreal's lineup in their place.

Eller suffered a concussion and facial and dental fractures on Thursday night from an open-ice hit by Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. Pacioretty and Gionta were sidelined by upper-body injuries.

"We've been putting up points all year missing players," said Price, who broke a couple of his front teeth during the game. "I think we've got a pretty good core group of guys here and you know guys stepped up. We have to have that same type of effort for the rest of the playoffs."

Gryba received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for his hit on Eller. He was suspended by the NHL for two games on Friday.

White created a turnover to open the scoring with an unassisted goal 3:20 into the second period. The Canadiens right winger picked Erik Karlsson's cross-ice backhand pass attempt to defensive partner Marc Methout out of the air and beat Anderson for his first point in nine playoff games.

"I was just trying to cut the ice in half and I really didn't think he was going to throw it over there, but I just had my stick in the right spot and got a pretty good bounce," White said.

Gallagher, who scored a power-play goal in his playoff debut on Thursday, made it a 2-0 lead 53 seconds later when he got open at the right side of the net to put home Alex Galchenyuk's centering pass.

Michalek tipped Chris Phillips' shot past Price at 8:21.

Ryder restored Montreal's two-goal lead at 18:57 when he came out from behind the net and found himself open on the left side to beat Anderson.

Price was struck on the mask by teammate Jarred Tinordi's skate in a goal-mouth collision in the second after Gallagher made it 2-0. The Montreal goalie skated to the bench and handed a couple of broken teeth to a member of the team's training staff before returning to his net.

"I'm just hoping to see a dentist tonight," Price said.

Anderson lost a tooth Thursday night when he was struck in the mask by a shot.

NOTES: The Senators followed a first-game win with another in the second just once in 11 opportunities through their first 21 playoff series. Ottawa won three straight games to open the 2007 Eastern Conference final, including the first two games in Buffalo. The Senators, who have never swept a series, beat the Sabres in five games and advanced to their only Stanley Cup final appearance, where they lost in five to Anaheim. ... The last time the Canadiens lost the first two games of a seven-game playoff series at home was in 1992 when they were swept in four by Boston in the Adams Division final. And the last time Montreal lost two straight home games to open a five-game series was against Buffalo in 1983 in an Adams Division semifinal. ... Senators forward Cory Conacher was left out of the lineup. He had one shot in 9:19 of ice time Thursday night. ... Defensemen Patrick Wierchioch and Mike Lundin, and forwards Peter Regin, Jim O' Brien and Mike Hoffman also did not dress for Ottawa. ... The Canadiens did not dress defensemen Davis Drewiske, Tomas Kaberle and Yannick Weber or forward Mike Blunden.
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