NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Edmonton
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Chris Kelly registered a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Mike Fisher, Matt Cullen and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who opened their three-game Western Canada road trip by putting the brakes on a three-game winless skid. Brian Elliott made 18 saves in the victory.
"As soon as they got up 1-0 I thought we really buckled down and started pressuring even more," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "Our patience paid off."
Fernando Pisani scored the only goal for the Oilers, who saw their brief two- game win streak halted and lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games overall.
Jeff Deslauriers allowed four goals on 39 shots in the loss.
"J.D. played great to keep us in it," Edmonton center Sam Gagner said. "If we're not disciplined it's tough to bring it back. We have to try and get better."
The Oilers opened the scoring at the 4:27 mark of the second period. Aaron Johnson's shot from above the left circle was saved by Elliott, but the rebound sat loose in front before Pisani cut across the top of the crease and punched home the rebound from near the left post.
With 3:42 to play in the middle stanza, the visitors knotted the contest on Kelly's 12th goal of the season. He held control of the puck behind the goal line to the right of the net and he banked the puck off the back of the pad of Deslauriers and into the back of the cage.
Cullen's power-play goal at the 8:24 mark of the third proved to be the eventual game-winner. Erik Karlsson passed from the left point across the slot for Cullen, whose blazing one-timer from the right circle lit the lamp with the help of a screen in front by Jason Spezza.
Less than two minutes later, Fisher's 21st tally of the season gave the visitors a 3-1 edge. Strong forechecking deep in the Ottawa offensive zone kept the pressure on the Oilers, who eventually committed a turnover and the puck landed on the stick of Fisher. From the inner rim of the right circle, Fisher's wrist shot beat Deslauriers near the midpoint of the stanza.
Only eight seconds after Ryan Whitney went to the penalty box for a cross- checking minor, the Sens cashed in and Michalek's 22nd tally of 2009-10 capped the scoring.
Ottawa defenseman Filip Kuba missed his third consecutive game with a lower- body injury...The Sens have now defeated the Oilers six straight times...Mike Comrie of Edmonton failed to score on a penalty shot in the first period...The Senators were 2-for-9 on the power play, while the hosts were scoreless on their four chances with the extra skater...Daniel Alfredsson had three assists for Ottawa.
03/10 01:57:35 ET