NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Ottawa
(Thursday, March 18th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Colorado 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Patrick Lalime made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the Corel Centre.
Peter Schaefer and Wade Redden scored goals just under a minute apart in the first period for Ottawa, which returned home from a five-game road trip and snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Senators and Toronto, a 3-2 winner over Philadelphia on Thursday, pulled within one point of first-place Boston in the Northeast Division. The Bruins dropped a 2-0 decision to Minnesota on Thursday.
"We need to keep moving forward and bring intensity to the next game," Lalime said.
Colorado was shut out for the sixth time this season and has lost the first two of a three-game eastern Canada road trip that ends Saturday in Toronto. The Avalanche, who had won four straight before dropping a 4-2 decision on Tuesday in Montreal, are still in first place in the Northwest Division.
David Aebischer made 33 saves in defeat.
Ottawa managed to beat Aebischer twice in a span of just 59 seconds to grab a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Schaefer netted his 15th goal at the 12:31 mark on a power play. Greg de Vries fired a shot from the top of the left circle that hit teammate Chris Neil in the slot. The puck deflected to the left side of the crease and Schaefer flipped it home behind Aebischer, who had come out to challenge the initial shot.
Colorado was then caught on a bad line change and Jason Spezza raced into the Avalanche zone alone. Aebischer made the save on Spezza's shot, but Redden was trailing the play and backhanded the rebound home for his 16th goal.
"Great play by Redden to follow up," said Spezza. "He's been great all year."
Lalime, meanwhile, made seven saves in the first period and eight in the second. He then turned aside eight more in the third to preserve his 32nd career shutout.
"A great team effort to allow me to see the shots," Lalime said.
The Avalanche had a chance to get back into the game with a 5-on-3 power play for 54 seconds early in the third. Lalime, however, came up with a couple of saves, including one on a point-blank shot from the slot by Milan Hejduk.
"We had a couple of chances that wouldn't go in," said Colorado's Joe Sakic. "Not a very good game on our part."
Both the Senators and Maple Leafs officially clinched playoff berths on Thursday...Marian Hossa set up Redden's goal and notched the 200th assist of his career...The Senators are 5-1-1 in their last seven meetings with the Avalanche, who are 0-5-1 in their last six visits to Ottawa...The Senators improved to 7-0-1-1 in their last nine at home.
03/18 23:08:37 ET