NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Ottawa
(Saturday, October 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Atlanta 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period and dished out an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Chris Neil, Alex Kovalev, and Jarkko Ruutu each scored a goal for the Senators, who have won three straight games following a season-opening loss to the New York Rangers. Alexandre Picard had two assists, while Brian Elliott stopped 26-of-28 shots for the victors.
"It feels great to get my first goal but to get the win, that's the most important thing," said Kovalev. "When you score goals and don't get the win, that's frustrating."
Ron Hainsey and Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal apiece for the Thrashers, who beat the Lightning and Blues to start the season. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 30- of-34 shots in defeat.
The Senators scored two quick goals to take the early lead. Just 43 seconds into the first period, Kovalev lit the lamp. Ruutu then scored on a wrister at the 2:25 mark to make it a 2-0 game.
Atlanta responded with two goals of its own to deadlock the tilt after one. Russian star Kovalchuk cut the deficit in half with a goal at the 9:35 mark on a slap shot and Hainsey tied things up when he lit the lamp with 1:52 remaining on a long wrist shot.
Fisher's power-play score, a backhander from short range, at the 3:44 mark of the second was the lone goal of the frame, as Ottawa took a 3-2 edge into the third.
Neil added an insurance goal 5:12 into the third period to put the Senators ahead by two.
Atlanta, which was outshot 14-8 in the third, pulled Pavelec with 40 seconds left for an extra attacker, but failed to do anything.
Ottawa and Atlanta split four meetings last year, but the Sens have taken six of the last nine matchups between these clubs. The Thrashers have also dropped six of eight and nine of their last 13 contests in Canada's capital city...Kovalchuk has five goals through three games.
10/11 00:59:04 ET