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Mark Stone lifts Senators to win against Oilers

Scores tying goal, has two assists to help Ottawa end four-game losing streak

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Mark Stone had a goal and two assists to help the Ottawa Senators end a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

Stone scored his 12th of the season and set up goals by Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman. Tom Pyatt and Kyle Turris also scored for the Senators (21-14-4), and Mike Condon made 35 saves.

Patrick Maroon had two goals, giving him five in the past three games, and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers (21-14-7). Connor McDavid, whose 48 points lead the NHL, had two assists, and Jonas Gustavsson made 13 saves on 17 shots.

The Oilers failed to earn a point for the fourth time in their past 18 games (9-4-5). They went 2-2-0 on a four-game road trip.


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The Senators led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Smith (3:36) and Hoffman (14:53). Hoffman's goal was the first for the Senators on the power play in five games; they were 0-for-14 during the four-game losing streak.

"I thought we played a great first period," Stone said. "We came out and limited them, didn't give them anything. Had the two-goal lead, lately when we've been getting those leads, we let the foot off the gas. Obviously, it wasn't the prettiest second period, but we battled hard and came back on top.

Video: EDM@OTT: Stone finishes off Sens' rush

"The third period, we battled hard but relied on our goalie for the last 15 minutes. It's weird sometimes. I thought we played a lot better hockey in the games we were losing, then kind of sneak one out here. I think it all evens itself out for the most part. It's a big win, obviously, for us."

The teams traded the lead back and forth in the second period, when they combined to score five times.

Maroon scored goals 64 seconds apart starting at 5:58 of the second period to erase Ottawa's 2-0 lead.

Draisaitl put the Oilers ahead 3-2 when, after taking a pass from McDavid down low to Condon's left, his shot from below the goal line bounced off Condon and into the net at 12:59.

Video: EDM@OTT: Draisaitl banks in puck from behind the net

Stone tied it 3-3 with his 12th goal of the season and his third point of the game at 13:33.

Pyatt scored the game-winner with 1:46 left in the period, redirecting a pass from defenseman Cody Ceci to put the Senators up 4-3.

Turris scored into an empty net to make it 5-3 with 1:22 remaining.

Video: EDM@OTT: Hoffman finishes pretty passing play for PPG

"I thought the first period, we weren't that sharp, but then we found our identity that we played in New Jersey (in a 2-1 overtime win against the Devils on Saturday), and that's how we should play every night, is get pucks deep, use our size, cycle, wear them down, throw pucks at the net," Maroon said. "The second and third period, I thought we did everything but score. We did all that in the third, and we couldn't score. I just felt like the puck was bouncing everywhere."

Goal of the game

Ceci set up Pyatt for the winning goal when he pinched on the right-wing boards, took a hit from Oilers forward Matt Hendricks, and centered the puck to Pyatt for a redirection that went in off Gustavsson's left arm.

Video: EDM@OTT: Pyatt slots home Ceci's centering feed

Save of the game

With the Senators leading 4-3, Condon got his right skate on McDavid's one-timer off a one-touch, between-the-legs pass from Draisaitl from behind the net at 8:51 of the third period.

Video: EDM@OTT: Condon robs McDavid after slick passing play

Highlight of the game

At 6:50 of the second period, McDavid stole the puck from Stone at the Oilers blue line and took off on a breakaway. He shot wide but then chased down the puck to set up Maroon to tie it 2-2.

Video: EDM@OTT: Maroon pots his second off deflected pass

Unsung performance of the game

Senators coach Guy Boucher put center Jean-Gabriel Pageau up against McDavid for all but four of McDavid's 22 shifts, and Pageau did a pretty good job limiting McDavid's offense. McDavid's two assists came when Pageau wasn't on the ice.

They said it

"Four is too many. You don't win in this league giving up four, yet I didn't think we played that poorly. It's kind of mixed emotions. I didn't think we gave up a lot, but we gave up enough to lose the game. The opportunities that we had, [Senators goalie Mike Condon] played extremely well. If we're trusting and relying on our offense to get us five or six a night, that's going to be a tough task." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan


"We got in a little bit of a tailspin there, and the guys did a great job of putting five up on the board, playing solid defense, helping in the third period. That's how you break those types of streak, with a really gutsy one like that."  -- Senators goaltender Mike Condon

Need to know

Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan returned to the lineup after he was scratched Saturday for a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. … Senators forward Chris Kelly won six of seven faceoffs (85.7 percent). … Ottawa had scored at least five goals in a game once (six against the New York Islanders on Dec. 18) in its previous 12 games.

What's next

Oilers: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, CSN-CA, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, ROOT, NHL.TV)


Video: Condon, Stone lead Sens past Oilers, 5-3

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