NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Ottawa|
(Tuesday, October 11th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza scored the deciding goal in the
shootout as the Ottawa Senators rallied to take a 4-3 victory over the
Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Place.
Milan Michalek lifted a backhand over Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom's
glove before Spezza raced up the middle and wristed a shot through Backstrom's
legs to seal win.
Chris Neil registered a goal and an assist and Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots
as the Senators earned their first win of the season.
"We've been plugging away here through training camp and working real hard so
it's nice to see the guys getting rewarded," Spezza said about the win.
Kyle Brodziak, Devin Setoguchi and Nick Johnson notched goals for the Wild.
Backstrom allowed three goals on 44 shots in a losing effort.
After facing almost constant pressure by Ottawa through the first portion
of the opening period, Minnesota got on the board first when Brodziak got his
stick on a Clayton Stoner shot from the left circle and the puck skipped past
Spezza was called for a slashing penalty with less than two minutes remaining
in the first and the Wild quickly capitalized for a 2-0 lead. Dany Heatley
sent a pass down to Mikko Koivu in the corner, who slid the puck to the high
slot and Setoguchi's one-timer flew past the glove of Anderson with 49 seconds
Ottawa made it a one-goal game at the 8:17 mark of the second period. Nick
Foligno took the puck from behind the Wild's net, circled around to the slot
and passed it to Neil on the side of the goal. Neil took a quick shot that was
blocked by Backstrom and Foligno stuffed the rebound home. It was the first
goal by the Senators this season that was not scored in the third period.
But Minnesota got its cushion back early in the third. After the Wild won a
faceoff inside Ottawa territory, Johnson rushed towards the side of the net
and took a shot. Anderson made the save, but as Spezza tried to clear the
puck, he pushed it into his teammate David Rundblad's skate and it deflected
into the net.
The Senators answered less than five minutes later when Neil collected a Peter
Regin rebound from a wraparound and lifted the puck over Backstrom from a
sharp angle. The play was reviewed but the goal was upheld as the puck snuck
just under the crossbar.
A Colin Greening power-play goal then knotted the game at three with 11:38
left in regulation. Michalek's shot from the high slot was blocked by a
defender and Greening fired the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and
into the twine.
"It's disappointing," Heatley said. "We had a two-goal lead in the third
period and we have got to hang on to that."
Heatley made his return to Ottawa for the first time as a member of the Wild
and had an assist. Heatley spent four seasons in Ottawa before demanding a
trade in the summer of 2009...The Senators have now won six straight against
Minnesota and have not lost to the Wild since March 16, 2004...Ottawa outshot
Minnesota 28-15 over the last two periods and overtime.
10/12 00:48:19 ET