The Ottawa Senators had their biggest offensive output in their last seven games, and needed nearly every bit of it to snap their four-game losing streak.
Mark Stone had a goal and two assists, Mike Condon stopped 35 shots and the Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday night.
Ottawa scored six times in a win over the New York Islanders on Dec. 18, but had totaled just 12 total goals in six games since before finding its offense against Edmonton.
”The guys putting five up on the board and playing great defensively, that’s how you break those type of streaks, with a gutsy type win,” Condon said.
Zack Smith, Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris each added a goal and an assist while Tom Pyatt also scored for the Senators.
Patrick Maroon had two goals and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers. Connor McDavid had two assists and Jonas Gustavsson made 13 saves.
Edmonton entered the third period trailing 4-3 and desperately pressed for the tying goal but Condon shut the door. The Oilers outshot the Senators 17-3 in the period and 29-8 over the final 40 minutes.
”We got into a bit of a tailspin there but it was a fun third and a lot of action,” Condon said.
”The puck was bouncing everywhere in the third period as we were getting chances. I thought we should have won,” said Maroon, who has five goals in his past three games. ”I thought in the first period we weren’t that sharp but I felt the second and third gave us a chance where we could have gone 3-1 on a really hard road trip.”
Turris scored into an empty net to seal the win.
Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Oilers tied it on Maroon’s two goals 63 seconds apart. He beat Condon through the legs from in close at 5:58, and then banked in a shot off Senators defenseman Cody Ceci at 7:01.
McDavid started the play that led to the second goal by stealing the puck at the Ottawa blue line, but his shot on the ensuing breakaway was wide. Maroon picked up the puck along the boards, shot and scored.
”I’m playing with really good line mates, Leon (Draisaitl) and Connor (McDavid) and without those guys some of those goals don’t go in,” Maroon said.
Draisaitl gave the Oilers their first lead of the game when his shot from behind the net hit Condon and went in with 7:01 left in the period.
Despite having just five shots in the second, the Senators managed to close out the crazy period with two goals to regain the lead.
Stone scored with about 6 1/2 minutes to go to tie it, and Pyatt put the Senators up 4-3 with 1:46 remaining.
”Four’s too many and you don’t win in this league giving up four, yet I don’t think we played that poorly,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. ”Kind of mixed emotions and I’ll have to review the game a bit, but I don’t think we gave up a lot but we gave up enough to lose the game.”
The Senators opened the scoring just 3:36 into the game when Smith beat Gustavsson through the legs from the top of the crease after a bit of a scramble around the Oilers’ net.
Seconds later the Oilers nearly tied it on a backhand shot from Benoit Pouliot that beat Condon, but not the crossbar.
Later in the period, while on the power play, Erik Karlsson took a point shot and broke teammate Dion Phaneuf’s stick. Hoffman then hit the post with a one-timer from the face-off circle before scoring on the exact same play moments later with 5:06 left in the peirod for a 2-0 Senators lead.
”I really liked our first period. It was about paying the price in front of their net and getting the shooting mentality,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. ”I thought we were very aggressive and brought a lot of energy into that period but when we came back in the second period, whoops, we didn’t have that shooting mentality.”
NOTES: Fredrik Claesson was scratched for the Senators. Brandon Davidson and Jesse Puljujarvi were scratches for the Oilers. … Senators forward Curtis Lazar has no points in 18 games this season. … The Senators had scored just three goals in their previous 11 periods before Sunday. … McDavid leads the league with 15 multi-point games and has more assists (34) than the top point-getter on 14 other teams in the league.
Oilers: Host San Jose on Tuesday night.
Senators: Host Pittsburgh on Thursday night.