NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Ottawa
(Tuesday, November 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza registered the game-winning goal in the shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place.
Jonathan Cheechoo scored his first goal in a Senators uniform, while Chris Neil and Nick Foligno also tallied for Ottawa, which has won two of its last three games. Pascal Leclaire ended with 31 saves in the victory.
Dustin Penner, Ethan Moreau and Gilbert Brule scored for the Oilers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.
Jeff Deslauriers allowed three goals on 25 shots in the loss.
In the final round of the shootout and as the last skater of the group of six, Spezza made several deke moves before he tucked the puck just inside the right post. The disc deflected off the back of the pad of Deslauriers before it crossed the goal line as the Senators bench celebrated.
The teams entered the third period with the score tied, 2-2, but Neil's third goal of the season gave the Sens the lead with 6:49 to go in regulation. Neil gained control behind the net following a dump-in and corralled the puck along the rear boards. Neil then quickly skated to the front of the net for a stuffer attempt, and the puck barely crossed the goal line as several players crashed into Deslauriers.
"I don't like how the goals went in on us again," said Oilers coach Pat Quinn. "I have a problem with how the last one went in for sure. It was interference on our goaltender and it was offside as well. I guess you have to live with that stuff. It makes it hard."
But the Oilers fought back soon after, and Brule's tally at the 15:17 mark made it 3-3. Brule accepted a pass along the left side and fired a blazing wrist shot that Leclaire initially stopped. The puck, though, trickled slowly behind the netminder, and Brule followed the shot and made sure it went fully in as he slammed the puck into the back of the cage.
Ottawa has now won five straight games against the Oilers.
Penner's 11th goal of the season opened the scoring at the 7:33 mark of the first period, but Cheechoo's one-timer from the right circle -- a rocket that whizzed by Deslauriers -- with an assist from Alex Kovalev knotted the contest with 6:30 to go in the first stanza.
"I hadn't scored in a while so I started to press a little bit," said Cheechoo. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to do some things and scoring is one of them. Hopefully I'll be a lot more relaxed out there."
Just under three minutes later, Moreau's successful stuffer at the right post put the visitors back on top. Moreau gained control in the right corner along the boards and moved quickly to the near post for his third goal of 2009-10.
Foligno's weak backhander from the low slot -- the only goal of the second frame -- tied it up.
Edmonton fell to 2-6-0 on the road this season...The Oilers last win in Ottawa occurred on March 14, 2002...The Oilers were scoreless on their only power- play chance, while the Senators did not have a single power-play opportunity in the contest...Cheechoo was acquired by the Senators in the Dany Heatley deal with San Jose prior to the season.
11/11 02:38:32 ET