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Senators sliding in Atlantic Division race

Tied for second after loss to Jets; another defenseman injured

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Ottawa Senators fell into a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division after losing to the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 at MTS Centre on Saturday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs tied the Senators with a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings. Ottawa (41-27-9) is 2-5-3 in its past 10 games and leads the Boston Bruins by one point for third place. Boston defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 and has played one more game.

"We're still in a good spot, we control our own destiny," Senators goaltender Mike Condon said. "We've got a couple big games against the Red Wings coming up. We're still in good shape, there is no panic here. We just have to go into the next game, get two points and keep going, and we'll be all right."

 

WATCH: All Senators vs. Jets highlights

 

Mathieu Perreault broke a 2-2 tie at 7:46 of the third period. Nikolaj Ehlers scored into an empty net with 25 seconds left.

"We just don't quit," Perreault said. "I wish we would've done it earlier in the season, but it's nice to get those wins now and get that good feeling in the room and knowing that we can do it and build on that."

Blake Wheeler and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (37-35-7), who have won a season-high four straight.

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves.

Mike Hoffman scored twice for the Senators, and Condon made 24 saves. 

"They just got the last bounce," Hoffman said. "We could have very easily been up by one or two, but it just seems that bounces don't really want to go our way right now."

Video: OTT@WPG: Condon blockers away power-play opportunity

Hoffman scored at 16:15 of the first period to make it 1-0. He stole the puck from Joel Armia in the neutral zone but lost it. Nelson Nogier's clearing attempt up the middle failed, and Derick Brassard passed to Hoffman for a one-timer.

Wheeler tied it 1-1 at 3:29 of the second period after Senators forward Chris Kelly tried a reverse pass behind the net that came out in front to Wheeler's stick.

Hoffman scored 11 seconds later for a 2-1 lead. He tried a centering pass that deflected off the stick of Bryan Little past Hellebuyck. Lowry tied it 2-2 by backhanding a rebound past Condon at 10:43.

Senators defenseman Cody Ceci left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. Defensemen Marc Methot (finger) and Erik Karlsson (upper body) were scratched.

 

Goal of the game

Little threaded a pass between two Senators to Perreault in the high slot. Perreault quickly turned and got a wrist shot off to beat Condon.

Video: OTT@WPG: Little finds Perreault for go-ahead goal

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck got his glove on a Kyle Turris slap shot from the slot late in the third period with the Senators net empty, preserving a 3-2 lead.

Video: OTT@WPG: Hellebuyck protects the lead with late save

 

Highlight of the game

Condon sprawled across his crease and cleared a puck off the goal line with his glove after Lowry's shot deflected off Frederik Claesson toward the net.

 

Unsung performance of the game

Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba had two assists, was plus-3 and had four shots and three blocked shots in 24:46.

 

They said it

"We were expected to be surrounded all year. Coming into the season, there was no guarantee anyone in the League was going to make the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. We're happy where we are. We're happy where we are in the standings. Obviously, we'd like more separation in the standings, but we're happy in these close games, these tight games." -- Senators forward Mark Stone

 

"We're going to need some more candles at church to be lit up for sure. Hopefully [his injury] takes less time than more, but in the end if he's not there, we're going to play with the guys who are there and we're going to have to battle through and find ways to scratch some points and go through it." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on if defenseman Erik Karlsson could play Monday

 

"Handle it right. It's a tough situation. You've got to come to the rink and you've got to play hard, because that's your job regardless. And we've done that." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on their winning streak after being eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention

 

Need to know

Boucher said Ceci won't play Monday against the Red Wings. "We're going to have to recall somebody for sure," he said. … Ottawa leads the Tampa Bay Lightning by five points for the second Eastern wild card. … Hoffman has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in his past 18 games. … Wheeler has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. … Ehlers reached 100 NHL points (39 goals, 61 assists) in his 151st game.

 

What's next

Senators: At the Detroit Red Wings on Monday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 

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