Final Score: Edmonton 3, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a pair of goals to
lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in a
Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves and Jordan Eberle also lit the lamp for the Oilers,
who overcame the loss of forward Taylor Hall to a second-period left-knee
injury to halt a five-game losing skid (0-4-1).
"We're all really happy we got those two points. It was nice that we could get
a couple for him early so we set ourselves up well," said Nugent-Hopkins of a
first-period burst which allowed Dubnyk room to operate.
Chris Neil provided the sole offense and Robin Lehner came up with just 18
stops for the Senators, who had won their previous two games.
Already up by two goals, Edmonton was given a full two-minute 5-on-3 advantage
less than four minutes into the third period after Ottawa's Milan Michalek and
Jared Cowen were sent off for concurrent minors, but the hosts were able
to prevent further damage.
The Senators were then ruled to have halved their deficit with 5:48 left in
Neil charged the net and the airborne puck made contact with the shaft of his
stick at the junction of the crossbar and left post. The disc slid into the
net after Dubnyk fell backwards, and a brief review confirmed the original
Lehner was called to the bench for an extra attacker as the clock wound down
towards one minute to play, and Nugent-Hopkins deposited the insurance tally
with 35 seconds left.
"I don't think we had enough traffic at their net, we didn't get to their net
probably as much as we needed to," noted Senators head coach Paul MacLean. "If
we could have got a little more traffic it probably would have helped us a
lot, but they did a good job of boxing us out."
The visitors picked up two scores in the first period. Eberle opened the
scoring with 2:15 played by slipping one by Lehner off a 2-on-1 break, then
Nugent-Hopkins ripped one home from between the circles at 10:29.
Edmonton improved to 8-4-2 with two ties in Ottawa since 1992, having won the
last three meetings in Canada's capital ... Nugent-Hopkins added an assist on
Eberle's goal, giving him his first three-point performance of the year and
first since a four-point evening at Calgary on April 3.
10/19 17:58:12 ET
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