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Andrew Hammond stops 35 shots as Senators topple Jets 3-1

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WINNIPEG - Rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond made 35 saves and Kyle Turris had a goal and assist as the Ottawa Senators upset the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday.

Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra also found the back of the net for Ottawa (28-23-11), which was coming off a 3-2 shootout loss the night before in Minnesota.

The Senators are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games and battling for a playoff spot. Their 67 points puts them four points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Frolik was the only Winnipeg player to beat Hammond early in the third period after the Sens had mounted a 3-0 lead.

Hammond, who is 6-0-1 since his first start Feb. 18, was starting his seventh straight game because Craig Anderson is still nursing a hand injury.

Michael Hutchinson got the nod for his fifth straight start for Winnipeg (32-21-12), but was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec with 8:06 left in the second period after Condra's goal made it 3-0 for the Sens.

Hutchinson had stopped 14 of the 17 shots he faced. Pavelec only had to stop three shots in relief.

Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien also left the ice after Condra's goal and didn't return because of what the team called an upper-body injury. He appeared to be favouring his right arm during Condra's scoring play.

The loss ended a four-game homestand for the Jets (2-1-1).

Turris scored the only goal of the first period, his 16th goal of the season, with a sharp-angle, high shot that beat Hutchinson at 4:59.

Hammond, 27, made 15 saves in the opening frame, including a stellar one after he quickly moved back into position and stretched out his right pad to deny an Andrew Ladd shot.

Ottawa, which had five shots on goal in the opening period, went up 3-0 when Ryan and Condra scored within a three-minute span midway through the second.

Ryan's 17th of the season was scored on the power play at 9:07 of the second with Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba in the penalty box for slashing.

Condra made it 3-0 at 11:54 with another one-timer that sent Hutchinson to the bench.

Frolik solved Hammond when defenceman Tyler Myers made a backhand pass across the front of the net to Frolik for his 14th of the season at 5:46 of the third. Newly acquired forward Lee Stempniak picked up an assist in his Jets debut.

Ottawa begins a three-game homestand Friday against Buffalo. Winnipeg heads out for a four-game road trip, starting Saturday in Nashville.

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