Senators rally to top Avalanche goalie making debut

Chris Stevenson  - Correspondent | Friday, 10.17.2014 / 12:53 AM

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators were a frustrated hockey team for much of the first period Thursday.

Their power play was struggling and there was a sense they weren't taking advantage of 22-year-old Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard, who was forced to make his NHL debut after Reto Berra was injured 2:47 into the game.

But third-period goals 3:04 apart by Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur allowed the Senators to win their home opener 5-3.

"We were frustrated. We needed 20 minutes to blow the smoke off," MacArthur said. "They pressure hard everywhere and we had to get the puck in the middle and bump it up just to slow the pressure down. Once we did that we were fine, but we made it hard on ourselves in the first.

"Last year maybe things go a different way. You get down two or three and you get frustrated and we did the individual thing. I thought we stuck with it. That's the only chance we have this year is if we play together. That was a good example [Thursday] night."

Colorado's No. 1 goalie, Semyon Varlamov received treatment for a sore groin Wednesday and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Pickard was called up by the Avalanche from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League to back up Berra. Pickard was selected by the Avalanche with the 49th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and was 1-1-0 with a .952 save percentage for Erie this season.

Berra was injured when Senators center Kyle Turris collided with him after Turris was pushed by Colorado center John Mitchell.

The Avalanche, who had four goals in their first four games, took a 3-1 lead in the first period.

Alex Tanguay, Mitchell with a shorthanded goal, and Gabriel Landeskog on the power play, each scored his first goal of the season for the lead.

Zack Smith had Ottawa's only goal of the first period, knocking in a loose puck off a shot from Senators rookie Curtis Lazar at 11:01 to make it 2-1. The assist was Lazar's first NHL point.

The Senators scored the only goal of the second period when Pickard mishandled a shot by Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson with his glove hand, giving up a big rebound to forward David Legwand as the Senators power play scored at 6:11.

"I did some good things, but I thought I'd like to have that second one back. I've got to make that glove save on Karlsson," Pickard said.

"That third one, I got surprised by Ryan's shot there going five-hole. There's the difference in the hockey game. There's two goals there and that's the difference in the hockey game."

Ryan beat Pickard with a shot along the ice from the left circle at 8:39 to tie the game 3-3 after a rush by Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci off an Avalanche turnover in the neutral zone.

MacArthur scored the winner at 11:43 from the right circle after taking a pass from Matt Stone, who did a good job gaining the Colorado zone on the right wing.

Ottawa's Chris Neil scored into the empty net.

"We cannot be happy about our game overall," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "We had 13 turnovers. If you do turnovers when you're up by one goal, eventually the puck is going to end up in the net.

"We can blame it on a 22-year-old goalie, but, hey, we have to be better with the lead. We have to be a lot smarter than that."

The Senators had four power plays in the first period but picked up where they left off last season as they failed to score. Ottawa was last in the NHL with 16 power-play goals at home last season.

The problem was made worse when the power play surrendered the shorthanded goal to Mitchell, in his season debut, to make it 2-0 at 9:57 of the first period.

"I thought we had a lot of nerves in that game, but we found a way to stick with it and the second half of the game we were much better," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.

MacArthur said, "I think the crowd gave us a little jitters at the start. Obviously, the sellout and they're pumped up. I knew I was jittery a bit."

So was Pickard.

"I was excited," he said. "You always have to be ready in this league and I got thrown right into it, two minutes in. It was probably a good time for a debut because you just didn't have to think about it. It was a fun atmosphere in a good Canadian building. It was a good experience, but I would have liked to get the win for sure."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:25COL Alex Tanguay (1) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (2), Daniel Briere (1) 1 - 0 COL
09:57COL SHG - John Mitchell (1) ASST: NONE 2 - 0 COL
11:01OTT Zack Smith (1) ASST: Curtis Lazar (1) 2 - 1 COL
17:38COL PPG - Gabriel Landeskog (1) ASST: Nathan MacKinnon (3), Ryan O'Reilly (1) 3 - 1 COL
2nd Period
06:11OTT PPG - David Legwand (1) ASST: Erik Karlsson (2), Kyle Turris (3) 3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
08:39OTT Bobby Ryan (1) ASST: Cody Ceci (2) 3 - 3 Tie
11:43OTT Clarke MacArthur (2) ASST: Mark Stone (1) 4 - 3 OTT
18:38OTT EN - Chris Neil (1) ASST: David Legwand (1) 5 - 3 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Clarke MacArthur
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:31
Curtis Lazar
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:09
Nathan MacKinnon
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:46
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:43COL Max Talbot  Holding the stick against  Kyle Turris
11:19COL Jan Hejda  Holding against  Alex Chiasson
14:07COL Matt Duchene  Tripping against  Milan Michalek
17:00OTT Eric Gryba  Holding against  Matt Duchene
18:39COL Daniel Briere  Holding against  Kyle Turris
2nd Period
02:57OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
02:57OTT Mark Borowiecki  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
02:57COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Mark Borowiecki
05:31COL Nate Guenin  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:44OTT Eric Gryba  Holding the stick against  Max Talbot
08:44OTT Chris Neil  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
08:44COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Neil
3rd Period
02:53OTT Mika Zibanejad  Holding against  Tyson Barrie
07:01COL Nick Holden  Boarding against  Erik Condra
07:32OTT Mark Stone  Tripping against  Brad Stuart
13:40COL Max Talbot  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/7
Faceoff Wins2936
Blocked Shots2012
Penalty Minutes2117
2N. HoldenD00-10220:47
4T. BarrieD00-22019:23
5N. GueninD0013216:33
6E. JohnsonD00-23024:23
7J. MitchellC10-12013:02
8J. HejdaD0000217:01
9M. DucheneC00-12216:36
11J. McGinnL00-31014:55
12J. IginlaR00-22016:21
17B. StuartD0000017:55
25M. TalbotC0003411:29
29N. MacKinnonC0207015:46
40A. TanguayL1012017:25
45D. EverbergR000008:48
48D. BriereC0111211:14
55C. McLeodL0000711:49
90R. O'ReillyC01-11018:31
92G. LandeskogL10-12016:00
20R. Berra002:46
31C. Pickard2327.85256:36
4C. PhillipsD0020020:16
5C. CeciD0120019:06
6B. RyanR1005015:14
7K. TurrisC0102017:19
9M. MichalekL0020017:38
15Z. SmithC1013014:58
16C. MacArthurL1003016:31
17D. LegwandC1101016:28
22E. CondraR0001011:46
25C. NeilR101158:34
27C. LazarR0113015:09
46P. WierciochD0001020:24
61M. StoneR0100216:50
62E. GrybaD0010412:17
65E. KarlssonD01-16026:57
74M. BorowieckiD0011412:43
90A. ChiassonR00-10015:01
93M. ZibanejadC0001214:11
41C. Anderson2831.90360:00