Senators Win 5-2 Over Oilers

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Two teams riding two different types of streaks took to the ice at Rexall Place Thursday evening in Edmonton.  The Senators looked to extend their winning streak to 3 games while the Oilers hoped to post their first five-game home winning streak since 2007-08.  Ottawa had won in their last 4 visits to Edmonton so it was up to the Oilers to snap the trend.

They tried to do just that early on but ran into the red hot Craig Anderson, who made a couple of big saves right off the bat.  Then, Colin Greening took a nice pass from Milan Michalek on a 2 on 1 and buried it by Nikolai Khabibulin to give the Sens a 1-0 lead.  9 seconds later, the Senators struck again as Kaspars Daugavins broke in off the wing and snapped it by the Oilers goaltender to increase the lead to 2.  Finally, with less than a minute left in the period, a bouncing puck off the faceoff ended up on Milan Michalek’s stick, who quickly shot it by Khabibulin and the Senators went to the dressing room with a 3-0 lead.

The Oilers began the second period by changing goaltenders.  Devan Dubynk came in to replace Nikolai Khabibulin, who allowed 3 goals on 7 shots.  The switchup seemed to work as while killing a penalty, Lennart Petrell banked a pass off the boards and sent Anton Lander in on Craig Anderson along the wing.  Lander would go top shelf on Anderson’s glove side and the young Swede’s first NHL goal would be a shorthanded one.  But the Senators regained their 3 goal lead when, after the fans felt the referees had missed a tripping call, Jesse Winchester went in alone on Dubynk and buried it for his first of the season and first goal in 42 games.  The rather strange part of the play was that Winchester almost stopped before looking back to make sure there wasn’t a call being made. (Winchester would later say the crowd got real loud and he wanted to make sure there wasn’t a whistle)   

The Oilers would be down to 4 defencemen in the third as both Sutton (groin) & Potter (right ankle) left the game with injuries.  So, the Senators piled on as Zenon Konopka backhanded his 2nd goal of the season by Dubynk to make it 5-1.  A late goal by Ryan Jones on the PP made it 5-2, but that’s all the Oilers could muster and the Senators went on to win their 5th straight game in Edmonton, third straight overall.  With the win, Ottawa now is 1 game over .500 and has a chance to sweep their Western Canada road trip for the first time ever Sunday night in Vancouver.  

Erik Karlsson’s assist on the 2nd Senator goal was his 17th on the season and tied him with Daniel Sedin for the league lead.  Milan Michalek’s goal in the first put him at 12, 1 behind league-leader Phil Kessel.  Chris Phillips left the game with 7 minutes to go and did not return.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Spezza & Winchester (video)


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