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Hogberg, Senators defeat Flames for first win in 10 games

Makes 40 saves, Tkachuk has goal, assist for Ottawa, which was 0-5-4 in previous nine

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Hogberg's gorgeous stick save

CGY@OTT: Hogberg denies Bennett with stick save

Marcus Hogberg extends his stick as he is falling to the ice to keep Sam Bennett's wrist shot out of the net in the 2nd period

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OTTAWA -- Marcus Hogberg made 40 saves, and the Ottawa Senators got their first win in 10 games with a 5-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

"Definitely happy we got those two points. It was all because of [Hogberg]," said Senators forward Brady Tkachuk, who had a goal and an assist. "He stood in there and had a phenomenal performance. Wish we could've lessened the load in the first period, but he just showed everybody how great of a goalie he is."

Connor Brown and Vladislav Namestnikov each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa (17-23-8), which was 0-5-4 in its previous nine games.


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"Winless in nine, I thought that was probably the biggest thing," Senators coach D.J. Smith said. "Guys want to go into the [All-Star] break feeling good about themselves."

Video: CGY@OTT: Brown pushes puck home for PPG

Mark Jankowski scored his first goal of the season, and David Rittich made 16 saves for Calgary (26-19-5), which enters the break with six wins in its past eight games.

"When it's not going in for you, you've got to try and manufacture a goal," Flames coach Geoff Ward said. "I thought that we could've done a better job with our traffic tonight. I thought that we could've done a better job at trying to get more pucks to the front of the net."

Tkachuk gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 7:15 of the first period when his centering pass redirected off defenseman Travis Hamonic's stick into the net.

Video: CGY@OTT: Tkachuk nets early goal off defender's stick

Calgary outshot Ottawa 15-3 in the first period.

"A lot of shots in the beginning," Hogberg said. "I had a good feeling. Just have to keep it rolling now."

Chris Tierney scored with a backhand on a rebound at the edge of the crease to make it 2-0 at 11:04 of the second period, and Brown jammed in a rebound at the left post on the power play after Tkachuk's initial shot trickled past Rittich to make it 3-0 at 16:53.

Video: CGY@OTT: Tierney pots backhander at the doorstep

"It felt like we'd generated so much, and then they'd get one player around our net and it'd go in," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "I think their first three goals, one was off our stick and the other two were right around our crease, so we've got to be a little bit sharper in those areas."

Colin White scored on a rebound to extend the lead to 4-0 at 5:30 of the third period.

Jankowski scored with a backhand while skating across the slot to cut it to 4-1 at 14:09, but Namestnikov pushed the lead to 5-1 with an empty-net goal at 16:46.

Video: CGY@OTT: Jankowski buries backhanded shot

Noah Hanifin scored with a wrist shot through a screen at 18:02 for the 5-2 final.

"It's absolutely dried up," Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk said of their offense. "I don't really have an answer for you or else we would've changed it."


They said it

"We both talked about doing it last year. This year, we had no idea, we didn't even talk about it. We weren't going to do it. And Wes [McCauley] is great. He said, 'If I'm reffing, you guys have got to do the opening draw. Your mom will love it.' And [Brady] snapped that one back at me pretty good. He seemed to destroy the rest of our team tonight too." -- Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on taking the opening face-off against his brother, Brady Tkachuk

"It's huge. I think everybody's got something nagging going on, so each day is a nice day to recover and especially have some fun. Whether you're going on a little trip or going home and seeing everyone and your family, it's just nice to kind of lounge around." -- Senators forward Brady Tkachuk on the All-Star break

"He was outstanding. I think he's got points in four straight (1-0-3). He gave us every chance to win those other three games. He was really good again tonight. So it's good for our team and our organization to have a young guy that's playing at this level." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on goalie Marcus Hogberg


Need to know

Calgary has scored three goals in its past three games. … Ottawa sent forwards Filip Chlapik, Drake Batherson and Rudolfs Balcers down to Belleville of the American Hockey League following the game.


What's next

Flames: Host the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 28 (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 27 (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, MSG+, NHL.TV)

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