Bonk hadn’t scored in 44 regular-season games when he tipped Bouillon’s point shot past goalie Ray Emery to put Montreal up 3-0. Acquired in a three-way trade following the 2003-04 season, the Czech raised his stick after scoring his first goal since Feb. 3, 2004.
“It’s always like that, I guess, especially against my former team and in a win, too,” Bonk said of the relief involved in his celebration. “The win’s more important but obviously I’m happy it went in for me.”
Dandenault, who signed with Montreal as a free agent after nine seasons with Detroit, ended a 46-game goal drought when he notched the Canadiens’ fourth goal. Dandenault, who hadn’t scored since Feb. 18, 2004, didn’t get an opportunity to celebrate his first Montreal goal, which was originally credited to Jan Bulis.
“I was doing an interview after the period and they gave me a puck,” Dandenault said. “I had no clue. I just went to the net to get a rebound and the next thing I knew I was in the air and the puck was in the net.”
The Canadiens, who drew a standing ovation from the sold-out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 at the end of the first, ended a four-game losing streak and won for the second time in their last eight games.
“It’s fun,” Huet said. “Those fans had an influence on us and helped us a lot to get going, especially against a team like that.”
Steve Martins scored his first NHL goal since Nov. 6, 2003, in the second. Martins, recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Tuesday, had gone 25 games without scoring, including Ottawa’s two previous games this season.
Emery, who allowed all the goals in an 8-3 loss Monday in Atlanta, beat the Canadiens in each of his three previous appearances against them this season. He is 2-3-1 since setting a league record with his ninth straight win to begin his career, a 4-0 win over Montreal on Nov. 29 for his first career shutout.
“You either win or you lose, and losing feels the same,” Emery said. “I don’t care if I let eight goals in or one goal, I just go into a game wanting to win and play my best. It’s disappointing not getting a chance to finish a game but you’ve just got to move on. You can’t get too down after a performance like that when a game plays out that way.”
With captain Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Martin Havlat all sidelined by injuries, Ottawa lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season. The Senators, who lost 4-2 Thursday in Boston, ended a 1-3 road trip, the team’s worst stretch of the current season.
Koivu opened the scoring with his 10th goal. Defenseman Wade Redden was the only Ottawa player back as four Montreal skaters broke down the ice off a scramble in front of Huet.
“I saw a lot of red but I didn’t really count,” Redden said.
Senators coach Bryan Murray did count, however, and he believed the Canadiens had an extra skater on the play.
“Supposedly nobody saw it but they were all within 15 feet of our net when the goal went in,” Murray said.
Senators RW Chris Neil had several verbal exchanges with Montreal D Sheldon Souray after Neil and Canadiens RW Alex Kovalev exchanged checks in the first. … Montreal has sold out each of its 20 home games. … The Canadiens have won seven of 24 games (7-12-5) since getting off to a 12-3-1 start.