Cory Conacher predicted the pre-season tilt against the Montreal Canadiens would be more about seizing opportunity than settling any old playoff scores.

He stepped up and backed up his words finding a comfortable home on the team’s vacant second-line right wing position sparking some instant chemistry with linemates Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur and pacing the Senators with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over the Habs with 16194 fans taking in an entertaining affair at Canadian Tire Centre.

Conacher made the most of his opportunity on Ottawa’s first goal floating a pass to a streaking MacArthur who beat Peter Budaj with a low hard snap shot. Conacher struck again on a third-period power play tipping Patrick Wiercioch’s point shot as the Senators started padding the score late.

“I felt pretty comfortable with those guys they’re easy guys to play with they know how to find the open ice or help me when I’m in trouble and they know how to find me as well” said Conacher. “I think we clicked pretty well. My role on the line is to win the puck battles and the races and make it a little easier for them as well.”

The offensive outburst came at a good time both for Conacher and the team as Bobby Ryan left the game in the third period and did not return with the team citing “precautionary reasons.”

Ryan shrugged off the injury after the game saying he caught a shoulder stinger in a collision late in the game.

“The (doctor’s) room is pretty crowded right now” said Ryan as Erik Condra Patrick Wiercioch and Erik Karlsson each left the game at times though coach Paul MacLean said none of the players suffered major setbacks.