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Hammond makes 33 saves, Senators defeat Canucks

by Chris Stevenson /

OTTAWA -- Andrew Hammond made 33 saves to help the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

It was Ottawa's first regulation win at home this season.

Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Chris Wideman scored for the Senators (8-5-3), who ended a two-game losing streak (0-1-1).

Sven Baertschi and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks (7-5-5). Goalie Ryan Miller made 22 saves.

Hammond, who is 2-0-2 this season and 22-1-4 in the regular season in his NHL career, made saves on all 19 shots he faced in the second period. He was pleased with the result if not his performance.

"It was a game where I didn't really feel like I had my best," Hammond said. "When you're at that point, you've got to find different ways to get something out of it.

"I just felt like I was fighting the puck most of the night. When you feel that way, it's extra important to make that first save. I thought where I put the puck after making that first save wasn't the best position most of the night. I don't think that's something by any means is part of my game. You're not going to have your best every night, and that's just the way it felt tonight."

The Senators went ahead 2-1 on Karlsson's second goal at 14:00 of the second period. Center Kyle Turris spotted an open Karlsson coming in from the point after he retrieved the puck along the left-wing boards following a shot by Mark Stone that went wide.

After being held without a goal the first 14 games, Karlsson has scored one in each of the past two games.

Wideman put the Senators ahead 3-1 when he scored on the power play with 1:55 left in the third period. Edler scored his fourth goal with 24 seconds remaining with the Canucks on the man-advantage to make it 3-2.

Miller blamed himself for allowing Wideman to score the game-winning goal on a shot from the point.

"It hit the top of my pocket," Miller said. "It's really not a good goal on my part. No matter what would have happened at the end, we had to have a chance, and that kind of ruined that. So, yeah, I blew it."

Wideman said he was just trying to get the puck on the net.

"My instinct was to look over to [defenseman Cody] Ceci, who was supposed to be at the point with me, but he was taking a guy coming out of the box, so I just threw it at the net quick, and I'm not sure they were ready for it," said Wideman, who has two goals.

The Senators tied the game 1-1 at 13:02 of the first period on the power play. With Canucks forward Adam Cracknell in the penalty box for tripping, Karlsson took the puck deep along the right wing and then snapped a pass out into the high slot to Ryan. With Ottawa's Milan Michalek and Vancouver defenseman Christopher Tanev jostling in front of the net, Ryan's shot found its way by Miller for his sixth goal.

The Canucks opened the scoring on Baertschi's second goal at 7:48 of the first. A shot by Radim Vrbata went in off Baertschi, who was going to the net with Wideman defending.

Vancouver is 1-2-1 so far on its seven-game road trip and has lost the special-teams battle in each game; it's allowed six power-play goals and scored one.

"I think guys are trying maybe a little too hard," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said about the penalty kill. "We're trying so hard to get the kill, maybe we're overplaying a little bit. All the teams got a pretty good power play and our penalty-killing's been great for us. It hasn't been as good this trip, but it's been great all year."

Edler's power-play goal was the first of the trip for Vancouver, which is 1-for-14 with the man-advantage in the four games.

"We have enough zone time and enough puck to score more, but this year we keep losing these one-goal games," Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "I think it's mostly special teams. That's where it needs to be better. (Penalty-killing) has done a great job, and the power play needs to step up.

"We know we have to be better. I still feel that right now we have the group that can score. We're setting up, we're winning faceoffs, it's just that last play where we can't put the puck in the net."

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