Senators slip past Jets 4-3
- Associated Press
- January 2, 2014 - 9:30 PM
OTTAWA — Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist Thursday and Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period and the Ottawa Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Thursday.
Kyle Turris stole the puck and passed to MacArthur, who scored and helped the Senators win for the third straight time. They had not won back-to-back games in nearly seven weeks prior to the second win of their current streak.
Milan Michalek and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators, who have four wins in their past five games.
Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets and Al 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 of Mark Scheifele, who was alone in the slot to collect a rebound.
Anderson had 32 saves. The Jets hit the post three times, including once earlier in the third period when the game was still tied.
After MacArthur gave the Senators a 4-2 lead, Jokinen pulled the Jets within a goal with 5:29 to play.
The Jets entered the third period tied 2-2.
Kane tied the game at 2-2 at 1:32 of the second period from behind the net after he banked a shot off the back of Anderson and in.
Seconds earlier, Anderson had made a save on Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, but was unable to get back into position in time to prevent the goal.
Byfuglien scored the Jets' first goal that tied the game 1-1 at 15:37 of the first when his shot was redirected past Anderson by Senators defenseman Joe Corvo.
Slightly more than two minutes before that goal, Zibanejad opened the scoring when he picked up a rebound of a Corvo shot and beat Montoya. Cory Conacher actually got to the loose puck before Zibanejad, but was only able to push the puck forward slightly.
Both Zibanejad and Conacher were in on the go-ahead goal by Michalek in the final minute of the first period. Conacher sent a pass to Zibanejad who took a shot from the right faceoff circle. Montoya made a pad save but the puck went right to Michalek in the slot and then to the back of the net.
NOTES: Scratches for the Senators were defensemen Eric Gryba and Patrick Wiercioch along with forward Chris Neil. For the Jets, defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Eric O'Dell were the scratches. ... Senators goaltender Craig Anderson posted a 6-1-2 record in December with a 2.60 goals-against-average and a 9.21 save percentage. His 68 wins are four behind Ron Tugnutt for second all-time with the Senators. ... Ottawa captain Jason Spezza missed his third straight game with a lower body injury. ... Heading into Thursday's game, Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien led all NHL defensemen in shots on goal with 140. ... Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd is tied for the NHL lead with six shootout goals this season.
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