Nikita Zaitsev scored 1:13 in the third round to earn the Ottawa Senators a 2–1 win over the struggling Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.
Zaitsev won his sixth win of Ottawa (20–27–5) in eight games (6–1–1) for the third time of the season. Goaltender Philippe Gustavsson went on to win, stopping 28 shots, while the Senators hit all six of Winnipeg’s power-play.
Connor Brown also scored and assisted on Jeetsev’s winning goal for Otorva.
Josh Morrissey scored for Winnipeg (27-21-3), now losing seven straight games.
Ottawa lost defenseman Thomas Chaot with a clear shoulder injury for the first time. After a tough fight with Winnipeg’s Logan Stanley, Chabot left the ice, briefly returning before heading back to the dressing room.
The loss of the chaatboat is a major loss for Olawa. He is the team’s top scoring defenseman (six goals, 25 assists) and leads the NHL in average ice time (26 minutes, 46 seconds) in the competition.
Brown scored with a short-handed goal at 11:31, his league-season finishing fourth this season. He took a scoring pass from Nick Paul on a 2-on-1 break and defeated Laurent Brossoit of Winnipeg for 17 games and a 12th goal in the 18th game.
Gustavsson held it to a one-goal game with a solid game in the second as Winnipeg defeated the Senators by a margin of 17-4. The Jets had the first 11 shots of the period, with Gustavsson coming big on Mark Sheffile around the middle of the frame just before the Jets power play.
Although it was Brossoit’s turn, however, the third had to play well to start as Ottawa had some good scoring on the power play. Morrissey then tied the contest with his fourth of the season at 9:46, a shutdown bid by Gustavsson.