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Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, centre, moves in on Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson as Senators' Cody Ceci defends during third period NHL pre-season hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, September 22, 2018.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Tomas Tatar scored early in the third period as the Montreal Canadiens came back from two goals down to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in pre-season play Saturday.

Nikita Scherbak and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 15 saves on 17 shots.

Brady Tkachuk and Cody Ceci found the back of the net for the visiting Senators. Craig Anderson, making his second pre-season start, stopped 29-of-32 shots.

The Canadiens outshot Ottawa 32-17. The Senators remain winless this pre-season (0-4-0).

Montreal scored two goals in 23 seconds to start the third period to complete the comeback.

Byron netted the equalizer with a seemingly harmless wrist shot at 1:18 and Tatar deflected a shot from the point at 1:41 to give Montreal the 3-2 lead.

It was the first pre-season meeting between 2018 first-round draft picks Jepseri Kotkaniemi and Tkachuk.

Montreal selected Kotkaniemi third overall, while Ottawa chose Tkachuk with the very next pick.

Tkachuk got the Senators on the board just 1:15 into the game as he beat Price between the pads on a breakaway — Ottawa’s first shot on goal.

Ceci doubled Ottawa’s lead at 17:41 of the second period with a wrist shot from the faceoff dot to Price’s left. Tkachuk won the faceoff that led to Ceci’s goal.

Montreal got one back at the end of the second via a tight-angle shot from Scherbak, who just threw the puck on net from the corner of the ice.

Mark Stone nearly equalized in the game’s final minutes, but his shot rang off the post.

Montreal’s next exhibition game is Monday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Senators are off until Thursday, when they play the Chicago Blackhawks.

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