NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Edmonton
(Saturday, January 14th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Vaclav Varada netted two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Dany Heatley, Antoine Vermette and Peter Schaefer all scored for the Senators, who won for the second time in three games.
Dominik Hasek made 23 saves in the victory for Ottawa, which propelled them into a three-way tie for the best record in the NHL with Philadelphia and Detroit. All three teams have 63 points.
Marc-Andre Bergeron netted his first career hat trick for the Oilers, who have lost two straight and three of their last four games.
Ty Conklin stopped 12 of 16 shots before being pulled in the second period and replaced by Jussi Markkanen, who stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.
The Senators opened up the scoring with a goal early in the first period. Mike Fisher brought the puck into the Oilers zone and fed a pass from the right boards across the goal mouth that Varada tapped into the net just 2:18 into the contest.
"I thought five on five we did a great job tonight," said Ottawa forward Daniel Alfredsson. "I don't think we gave them a lot of chances at all. Kept them on the outside mostly and got some big goals from Varada and their line tonight and that was the key."
However, Edmonton took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with goals by Bergeron separated by just 4:15.
Ales Hemsky had the puck at the top of the left circle and sent it to the high slot where Bergeron one-timed it into the left corner of the net at the 8:09 mark. Then on the power play, Chris Pronger sent a pass from the left point to Bergeron at the top of the right circle and Bergeron one-timed it over Hasek's glove with 6:36 remaining.
Ottawa, though, scored three straight times in the second period to make it a 4-2 game.
Fisher fed the puck to Heatley at the far right circle and Heatley's one- timer went off of Conklin's left pad and into the net just 1:08 in for a power-play tally.
Vermette tapped in a Brian McGrattan centering pass at the 10:23 mark of the second. Just 93 seconds later Anton Volchenkov blasted a shot from the right point that went high. But, the puck bounced off of the back boards and Schaefer smacked it in from the right side for his 10th goal of the season.
Conklin was pulled after the goal and replaced in net by Markkanen.
"You have to give them credit for their ability to check and they knocked us off the puck and they turned over a lot of pucks," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "But at the same time we were turning the pucks over and it just seems like we never settled into our game even from the outset we didn't settle into out game. But I think you give them credit for giving us a little bit of a lesson."
Edmonton got one back to make it a one-goal game going into the final 20 minutes.
Bergeron had the puck high in the slot and blasted a shot on net that went over Hasek's left shoulder to make it 4-3 with 5:42 remaining in the second.
Ottawa increased its lead on Varada's second goal of the night with 5:43 left in the final period to seal the victory.
The Oilers next host the Sabres on Monday...Ottawa travels to Minnesota for a matchup on Monday...Shawn Horcoff has an eight-game point streak registering six goals and seven assists during the run...Edmonton went 2-for-5 on the power play while Ottawa scored on one of its five chances.
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