Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ryan White and Brendan Gallagher scored in a 53-second span early in the second period to lift the Montreal Canadiens past the Ottawa Senators, 3-1, in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal from Bell Centre.
Michael Ryder also lit the lamp in the middle frame for the Canadiens, who evened this best-of-seven set despite the absences of captain Brian Gionta along with forwards Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty to upper-body injuries.
Eller was kept overnight for observation at a local hospital but released Friday morning after absorbing an illegal hit to the head from Sens defenseman Eric Gryba during Thursday's series opener. Gryba was given a two-game suspension by the league prior to the contest.
Carey Price rebounded from a shaky performance in Game 1 by making 29 saves.
Milan Michalek notched the lone score for the Senators, while Craig Anderson halted 31 shots in defeat.
Game 3 will take place in Canada's capital on Sunday.