NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Ottawa
(Monday, November 20th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Minnesota 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Peter Schaefer had a goal and an assist to help the Ottawa Senators down the Minnesota Wild, 5-3, at Scotiabank Place.
Andrej Meszaros, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson also lit the lamp for Ottawa, which has won three of its last four. Ray Emery was solid in net, turning away 42 of the 45 shots he faced.
"We're finally doing the little things right and playing well as a team," said Ottawa forward Mike Fischer. "When we do that we know we can be successful."
Mikko Koivu, Brian Rolston and Pascal Dupuis all scored for the Wild, who have dropped four of five. Manny Fernandez had 28 saves in defeat.
"They really played hard right from the start," said Fernandez. "They caught us flat footed, myself included."
Meszaros opened up the scoring 5:04 into the contest on a slapshot from just inside the blue line that made it through a screened Fernandez.
Just over a minute later Kelly took a long feed from Dany Heatley, raced into the zone on a breakaway, and flicked the disc past Fernandez stick side to make it a two-goal game.
The Sens upped the advantage to 3-0 with 5:54 left in the first on a pretty goal by Neil. The right winger got the puck from Schaefer at the side of net, stepped in front and elevated a backhander over the right shoulder of the netminder.
The rout continued in the second stanza, as Alfredsson stopped on a dime and released a wrister from the bottom of the left circle that found the back of the net.
Minnesota got on the board a little over a minute later on Dupuis' rebound putback.
The Sens got whistled for an illegal cover-up in their own crease midway through the third, giving the Wild a penalty shot opportunity. Rolston got the nod and capitalized, beating Emery with a backhand shot to pull his team within two.
Schaefer, though, dug up a loose puck in front and stuffed it home late in the contest to put it away.
Koivu added a marker with 13 seconds left to cap the scoring.
The Senators hadn't won back-to-back games since taking three straight from October 21-26... Minnesota is just 3-5-1 so far in November...Ottawa was 2- for-3 on the power play, while Minnesota went 1-for-5.
11/21 02:19:00 ET