Michalek, Turris lead Senators past Flames 6-3
- Associated Press
- March 30, 2014 - 7:10 PM
OTTAWA, Ontario — Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris had two goals apiece to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
Jared Cowen gave Ottawa a lift with a tiebreaking goal on a wrist shot 1:12 into the third period, and Clarke MacArthur made it 5-3 with a tip-in at 12:22. Turris then scored his 25th goal into an empty net.
Robin Lehner made 37 saves as the Senators (31-29-14) won back-to-back games on home ice for the first time since they won three straight in late December and early January.
Matt Stajan, Paul Byron and Sean Monahan scored for the Flames (31-37-7), and Karri Ramo made 31 saves.
Calgary outplayed Ottawa in the second, outshooting the Senators 21-9, but it was tied at 3 heading into the final period.
Byron, an Ottawa native, tied it at 2 when he corralled a rebound in the slot and put a shot into the top corner four minutes into the second.
It was Byron's second career game in his hometown, and he has a goal in each one. He scored his first goal in his second NHL game for Buffalo at the Senators on Jan. 25, 2011.
Monahan then gave Calgary its first lead when he picked the corner over Lehner's left shoulder at 7:05.
Monahan is the third rookie this season to reach 20 goals, joining Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon (23) and Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson (22).
Michalek scored both of his goals in the first period, helping the Senators to a 2-1 lead. He opened the scoring when he redirected a point shot from Erik Karlsson past Ramo at 10:42.
After Stajan tied it with his 12th of the season, Michalek made the most of a great play by Jason Spezza and put Ottawa in front again.
Spezza moved around a sliding Calgary defenseman behind the goal line, cut back out in front and slid a backhand pass to Michalek for his 16th goal at 19:37.
NOTES: Ottawa scratched Cody Ceci, Bobby Ryan and Colin Greening, and Calgary scratched Bryce Van Bradrant, Ladislav Smid, Dennis Wideman, Kenny Agostino, David Jones, Ben Hanowski and Markus Granlund. ... The game was the first Ceci has missed in his career since he was called up from Binghamton in early December. He played in 41 straight games.
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