Nikita Zaitsev point with 1:13 remaining in the third period gave the Ottawa Senators a 2–1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. The loss to the Jets is their losing streak in a 7-game regulation, the longest the franchise moved to Winnipeg.
Winnipeg had its own opportunities, including 10 minutes to beat Ottawa 11–0 in the second period. He finished the night 0–6 on the powerplay despite 13 shots despite scoring a goal with Manpower.
Philipp Gustavsson was making life difficult for the Jets as he made 25 straight saves before breaking his shutout midway through the third period to Winnipeg. He finished the night with 28 runs when the Jets outscored Ottawa 29–18 in the game. It was the first start of a rookie goalie since April 1 and was just the fifth of his career.
Ottawa forward Conor Brown opened the scoring with a shorthand effort at the 8:30 mark of the first period. The teammates were able to attack Jets goalkeeper Laurent Brossoit by defeating teammate Nick Paul, Winnipeg’s Neil Pionk and Paul Stastny to find Brown in front of the net. That was Brown’s fourth shorthand goal of the season and extended his talk against Winnipeg to five games.
Taking a 1-0 lead at the break, Ottawa would lose a key player in the period. Defenseman Thomas Chabot took about eight minutes into the game from Jets’ blue-liner Logan Stanley and did not return due to an upper body injury.
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The Jets did everything but score in the second period. Winnipeg opened the frame to beat Ottawa 11–0 for the first ten minutes and 17–4 period.
But they still could not get past Gustavsson as the score remained 1-0 for Ottawa during 40 minutes.
Winnipeg would eventually break midway through the third period. At the four-position, a point shot from Josh Morrissey only got Golstason hard to score a goal in the game. Morrissey also led the game with nine shots.
But Ottawa found a way to regain its lead. Zatsev’s game-winner came on a slap shot from Blueline, which went through two Jets players and was left to play with a minute over Brossoit’s shoulder.
Brossoit made 16 saves on 18 Ottawa shots in the loss, his first start since 14 April.
Winnipeg’s defeat combined with Montreal’s 3-2 overtime win against Toronto meant the Jets (27-21-3) and the Canadiens (24-18-9) were also in the standings on 57 points through 51 matches. Huh.
The Jets tried to end the skid skid as they closed their three-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames. You can listen to the game live on 680 CJOB with Kelly Moore, Paul Edmunds, and Jamie Thomas and the pregame show will begin at 6:30 pm and catch up only after 8:30 pm.
Adam Lowery was back on his usual line with Andrew Cope and Mason Eppleton as he made his return to the Jets lineup.
Lowery last played against Toronto on April 22, leaving the competition after taking a hit from Alex Gallenchyuk of the Maple Leafs.
The 28-year-old center played 17:57 with 3 hits, scoring 2 goals and scoring 67 percent in the faceoff circle.
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