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10/31/2006 10:34:21 PM


MONTREAL (CP) - Chris Higgins' third shorthanded goal of the season broke a scoreless tie and lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 NHL victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

A turnover at centre ice by Jason Spezza let Higgins go in alone and shovel a backhander one-handed under Ray Emery's pad 5:30 into the second period. It was Higgins' sixth career shorthanded goal.

Alex Kovalev scored in the second period and then three goals were scored in the final 1:16 of play - Andrei Markov into an empty net, Steve Begin, and Ottawa's Tom Preissing with nine seconds left.

The Canadiens (6-2-3) also got a solid game from goaltender David Aebischer as Ottawa outshot the home side 33-29.

Spezza scored his fifth of the season for Ottawa (5-6-0), which was coming off a 2-1 defeat in Boston.

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