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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Edmonton



(Sunday, March 14th)

Final Score: Edmonton 3, Ottawa 1

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Radek Dvorak and Ethan Moreau scored less than a minute apart midway through the second period to erase a one-goal deficit and lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Rexall Place.

Raffi Torres also scored and Petr Nedved set up a pair of goals for the Oilers, who finally snapped an NHL-record streak of seven overtime games and earned at least a point for the ninth straight contest (4-0-2-3). Edmonton is now five points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It was a key [game] for us," Nedved said. "It was an easy game for us because we knew they are one of the best teams in the league both on defense and on offense so we had to play our best."

Ottawa, which was coming off a 2-1 win at Vancouver on Saturday, lost for just the second time in five games (3-2-0). Martin Havlat scored the lone goal for the Senators, who are 2-2-0 on a five-game road trip that ends Tuesday in Minnesota.

Ty Conklin needed to make just 12 saves for Edmonton, which outshot Ottawa 22-13.

"That's a hell of a hockey team over there and we checked them well to keep their shot total down," said Moreau. "You're not going to win many games in this league if you only get 13 shots."

Martin Prusek started in net for the Senators, but was pulled because of a minor back injury after allowing three goals on 16 shots through two periods.

Prusek stopped all five shots he faced in the first period as Ottawa opened a 1-0 lead, but the Oilers scored three times in the second to move in front.

Dvorak tied it at the 11:54 mark, backhanding home a shot from the right side of the crease after taking a feed from Nedved in the right corner.

Moreau put the Oilers on top just 45 seconds later. Shawn Horcoff had the puck in the right corner and sent a pass toward the top of the crease. Moreau's first shot was stopped by Prusek, but he whacked the rebound home for his 17th goal of the season.

Edmonton then cashed in a power play with 1:18 remaining in the period. Torres took a feed from Nedved and sent the puck from the right corner toward the crease. Prusek simply misplayed the puck and it slipped through his pads, giving Torres his 20th goal.

Patrick Lalime played the third period in net for Ottawa and stopped all six shots he faced, but his teammates mustered just four shots on Conklin.

Ottawa struck first and scored the lone goal of the first period at the 14:11 mark. Jason Spezza fired a shot from the blue line well wide of the net and chased down the rebound behind the cage. He then fed a pass into the slot for Havlat, who snapped a shot home for his 28th goal of the season.

"I think we played pretty smart in the first [period], but you could tell we didn't have the energy we did last night," said Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson. "We couldn't protect the lead and they kept coming hard. It was obvious they needed the game more than we did. When you're tired you need to keep the game simple and we didn't do that tonight."

Game Notes

The Oilers outshot the Senators 11-3 in the decisive second period...The teams played to a 3-3 tie on November 6 in Ottawa...Edmonton improved to 11-2-4 in the last 17 meetings...The Oilers are 6-0-1-2 in their last nine home games.

03/14 23:20:03 ET


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