NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Ottawa
(Saturday, December 19th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Minnesota 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Brodeur made 22 saves in his NHL debut, and four different Ottawa players scored a goal, as the Senators handled the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Milan Michalek, Anton Volchenkov, Jarkko Ruutu, and Erik Karlsson all lit the lamp for the Senators, who improved to 13-4-3 at home this season.
"It was good to see Mike (Brodeur) play really well in his first game. He played great," Senators forward Mike Fisher said of Brodeur.
Martin Havlat scored the lone goal for the Wild, who had a two-game win streak snapped. Niklas Backstrom turned aside 20-of-24 shots in defeat.
"We had our chance on the power play and didn't capitalize on those. We couldn't do the job tonight," Wild forward Mikko Koivu said.
The Senators drew first blood on Volchenkov's slapper with 1:55 to play in the first period. Brodeur stopped all nine shots he faced over the first 20 minutes.
Michalek lit the lamp 24 seconds into the second to make it a 2-0 game. Ruutu then scored with 2:10 remaining to extend Ottawa's margin to three.
Karlsson's slapper made it a 4-0 contest just 2:55 into the third. Havlat's tip-in finally got Minnesota on the board at the 4:40 mark.
Karlsson scored his first-career goal...This was the first meeting of the season between the Senators and Wild...Minnesota went 0-for-6 on the power play, while Ottawa went 0-for-3...A fire in Minnesota's equipment van outside Scotiabank Place on Friday destroyed much of its equipment...The Wild recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Houston (AHL)...The Sens were without forward Jason Spezza (knee) for a third straight game.
12/20 00:13:10 ET