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Duclair helps Senators defeat Red Wings, end four-game losing streak

Scores two goals, Nilsson makes 34 saves to send Detroit to sixth straight loss

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Duclair buries wrist shot

DET@OTT: Duclair finishes Chabot's cross-ice feed

Anthony Duclair takes a nice cross-ice dish from Thomas Chabot and fires the puck home to extend the Senators' lead to 4-2

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OTTAWA -- Anthony Duclair scored two goals, and the Ottawa Senators ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

"We weren't too pleased with what happened on the road trip," Duclair said of losing all three games (0-2-1). "One point out of six wasn't good enough. There's games where you're going to lose, but you've got to make sure your effort level is there. Coming back at home in front of our fans, we wanted to make sure we had a good showing and I think we had a solid 60 minutes tonight."

Chris Tierney had a goal and an assist, Thomas Chabot had two assists and Anders Nilsson made 34 saves for the Senators (2-6-1), who were 0-3-1 in their previous four games.


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"Maybe [the Red Wings] were a little tired on a back to back, but I think we just kind of smothered them," Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki said. "That's the type of hockey we have to play to be successful, and we're going to slowly figure that out. If we can bring that kind of effort from everyone every night we're going to put ourselves in a good spot."

Darren Helm and Tyler Bertuzzi scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves for the Red Wings (3-7-0), who lost their sixth straight game and have been outscored 27-9 during the losing streak.

"We're digging ourselves a big hole again here now," forward Frans Nielsen said. "This is the third year in a row now we've done that, right out of the gate, and I don't know what to say. I don't even care what it looks like next time, we just have to find a way to win right now."

Tierney tapped in a cross-crease pass from Bobby Ryan to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 6:16 of the first period.

Video: DET@OTT: Tierney cleans up rebound in front

Helm one-timed a pass from Justin Abdelkader in the slot to tie it 1-1 45 seconds into the second period.

Patrik Nemeth's shot rebounded into the slot and Bertuzzi put it into the top-left corner to make it 2-1 at 2:25.

Borowiecki tied it 2-2 at 3:15 with his first goal of the season, sending a wrist shot over Bernier's glove from the top of the slot.

"The goalies always laugh at me [in practice] because I always try to shoot high glove," Borowiecki said. "They just shade over to that side of the net and know it's coming. Luckily Bernier didn't know my moves."

Jean-Gabriel Pageau elected to shoot on a shorthanded 2-on-1 and scored with a wrist shot into the top-right corner to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead at 5:27.

Video: DET@OTT: Pageau nets SHG on two-on-one rush

Duclair took a cross-ice pass from Chabot and finished into an open net to make it 4-2 at 17:09.

Duclair scored his second of the game into an empty net with 1:48 remaining in the third for the 5-2 final.

"I thought tonight was the worst defensively we've played in a while," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I don't want to take anything away from Ottawa, they played hard, but we were loose."

Video: DET@OTT: Borowiecki wires home pinpoint wrist shot


They said it

"We've got to be tighter [defensively]. We've got to find a way to learn to win games 2-1, and [when it's] 1-1, take it to overtime, whatever it is. We've got to find ways. This league is a grind and we have got to start figuring that out." -- Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen

"The penalty kill has probably been the strongest part of our game all year. We've got a lot of workers. We've got some guys that can kill penalties, especially those four [defensemen] back there, they've all killed penalties in this league. [Pageau], Tierney, we've got some guys that have done a really nice job, Connor Brown, [Vladislav] Namestnikov, [Duclair]. Wire to wire, our penalty kill has probably been the best part of our game." -- coach D.J. Smith after the Senators killed all five Red Wings power plays

"I thought he was physical, I thought he got to the net. I think he's maturing, for sure. I wasn't here when he started out as a rookie, but you can see he's starting to mature." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on forward Logan Brown, who played 12:09 in his season debut


Need to know

Red Wings forward Luke Glendening, playing in his 700th NHL game, left in the second period with an upper-body injury. Blashill said Glendening will be sidelined "for a little bit," and they will know more Friday. … Chabot has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Senators forward J.C. Beaudin had one shot in 6:39 in his NHL debut. … Nilsson has made 127 saves in his past three starts.


What's next

Red Wings: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the New York Islanders on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV)

Video: Duclair scores pair of goals in Senators' 5-2 win

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