Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sens ground Jets

OTTAWA—Winning one game wasn’t a problem for the Ottawa Senators.
Taking two in a row already seemed like a heady accomplishment.

But three-straight wins have the Sens wondering just how far the wave will take them.
Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period last night as the Senators beat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Until Monday, when they beat the Washington Capitals 3-1, Ottawa hadn’t even won back-to-back games in more than seven weeks.
“I feel like finally getting that second [win] and finally getting momentum was huge for us,” said Mika Zibanejad, who had a goal and an assist.
“We need to keep playing well and finding a way to win, and not just one game,” he stressed.
“We’ve been talking about it and talking about it, and it won’t change until we do it.”
Kyle Turris intercepted a clearing pass inside the Winnipeg zone and fed MacArthur, who then scored as he outwaited Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya before going top shelf to give the Senators a 4-2 lead.
“It was nice to get rewarded at the end,” said MacArthur. “But as far as the game goes, that was an important two points for us.
“We’ve got something rolling now with three in a row and they’re not all going to be pretty,” he added.
“But at this time of the year and where the standings are, we’ll take anything we can get.”
Milan Michalek and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators (18-18-7), who now have four wins in their past five games.
Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets (19-19-5) while Montoya made 25 saves.
Seconds after Smith gave the Senators a 3-2 lead on a deflection off a Marc Methot point shot at 6:42 of the third period, Craig Anderson maintained it with a glove save off Mark Scheifele who was alone in the slot to collect a rebound.
Anderson can include that among his 32 saves in the game. But he also would be the first to give thanks to his goalposts, who were there to bail him out three times, including once earlier in the third period when the game was still tied.
“We didn’t pressure, we didn’t spend as much time as we wanted to in the other team’s zone, but we had three posts that could have gone in,” noted Kane.
“That’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Elsewhere, Montreal topped Dallas 6-4, San Jose dumped Edmonton 5-1, Minnesota beat Buffalo 4-1, the N.Y. Islanders edged Chicago 3-2 (OT), and Colorado nipped Philadelphia 2-1.
Boston shaded Nashville 3-2 (OT), Carolina edged Washington 4-3 (OT), St. Louis dumped L.A. 5-0, and Columbus blanked Phoenix 2-0.

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