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Senators defeat Turris, Predators in overtime

Hoffman's 100th NHL goal gets win against former teammate in return

by Callum Fraser / Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Mike Hoffman scored 3:01 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 win against Kyle Turris and the Nashville Predators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Hoffman scored his 100th NHL goal on a breakaway against Juuse Saros.

"It feels good to hit a little milestone like that, and obviously makes it even more special when it's the overtime winner," Hoffman said. "I guess it couldn't have happened at a better time."


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Ryan Dzingel had two assists, and Craig Anderson made 35 saves for the Senators (19-25-9), who are 4-1-0 in their past five games.

"The guys that we've brought up and the guys who are playing right now are doing really well at filling in," Dzingel said. "We like where we're at right now, and if we can keep that going, it'd be great."

P.K. Subban scored twice for the Predators (32-12-9), including the goal that tied it 3-3 with 4:18 left in the third period.

Video: NSH@OTT: Subban knots game late with second goal

"Clearly it wasn't enough," Subban said. "Sometimes it's not about winning, just if you're scoring goals or creating offense. It's just your all-around game. It was better today, but I'm going to have to be a lot better on Saturday (against the Montreal Canadiens)."

Senators fans gave Turris a standing ovation during a stoppage in play in the first period while a tribute video played on the scoreboard. It was Turris' first game in Ottawa since getting traded to Nashville on Nov. 5; he did not have a point playing 14:41.

Video: NSH@OTT: Senators honor Turris' return with tribute

"It was really nice of the Sens organization to do," Turris said. "The support from the fans, the video they put together, that encompasses my six years here. I loved it. It's a great organization and I was very thankful to be part of it."

Ottawa took a 3-2 lead when Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal with the Senators on a wraparound at 11:59 of the second period. Erik Karlsson assisted to pass Alexei Yashin for third place in Senators history with 492 points.

"It's probably something that you look back to when your career is over," Karlsson said. "As of right now, I'm just focused on the present and I'm pretty sure that I've got a long way to climb up to those two (Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza)."

Subban gave the Predators a 1-0 lead 34 seconds into the first period when his shot across the crease deflected off Senators defenseman Cody Ceci.

Christopher DiDomenico one-timed a pass from Dzingel in the slot to tie it 1-1 at 8:00. The Predators went up 2-1 at 18:05 when Calle Jarnkrok finished a pass from Nick Bonino on the edge of the crease.

Video: NSH@OTT: DiDomenico rips home wrister from in front

Max McCormick scored his first goal of the season, in his fifth game, at 4:08 of the second period to tie it 2-2.


Goal of the game

Paajarvi's goal at 11:59 of the second period.

Video: NSH@OTT: Karlsson springs Paajarvi for slick goal


Save of the game

Saros' save on Colin White at 9:41 of the second period.

Video: NSH@OTT: Saros comes up big on White's breakaway


Highlight of the game

Hoffman's goal 3:01 into overtime.

Video: NSH@OTT: Hoffman nets 100th career goal for OT win


They said it

"It's a competitive game and you're battling and competitive on the ice, but at the same time, you're having fun with it. I'm good buddies with lots of those guys and you can joke about things too, so it's just time to be competitive, and in that you can also have some fun times." -- Predators forward Kyle Turris


"We've seen each other around for a very long time now. He congratulated me on my baby that's going to come, so that's very nice of him. He told me he forgot at the All-Star (Game), so I appreciate that, and I signed a stick for his brother, so I'm happy that I can spread some joy." -- Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on having a chat with P.K. Subban during a timeout


Need to know

Subban has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his past 17 games. … Hoffman has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. He played his 313th NHL game. … Alfredsson had 1,108 points for Ottawa, Spezza had 687.


What's next

Predators: At the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, TVA Sports, NHLN, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Senators: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)


Video: Hoffman scores in OT to give Senators 4-3 win

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