OTTAWA - Mathieu Perreault scored in the sixth round of the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday night.
Perreault had the only goal in the shootout and helped the Jets to improve to 6-0-2 over their past eight games.
Perreault may have scored the winner but the story of the game, however, was goaltending as Ottawa's Craig Anderson and Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec stopped a combined 73-of-75 shots through regulation and overtime.
Chis Neil scored in regulation for the Senators (7-3-2) while Anderson made 36 saves and denied five skaters in the shootout.
Toby Enstrom had the goal for the Jets (7-5-2) and Pavelec made 37 saves and six more in the shootout including a huge glove save off David Legwand.
Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie as they entered the third period with both goaltenders shining.
Legwand did have Pavelec at his mercy with less than five minutes to play in regulation.
With Mark Stuart off for tripping and the Senators enjoying their second power play of the game, the puck came to Legwand at the side of the goal but he fanned on his shot with Pavelec out of position.
Mike Hoffman had a great opportunity in overtime to give Ottawa the win, but his quick shot from the slot was stopped by the quicker right pad from Pavelec.
Moments later, Erik Karlsson took out Jets' forward Evander Kane with a hip check at the blue-line that drew a rise out of the crowd and a long gaze from Kane at Karlsson.
Neil opened the scoring when he capitalized on the Senators' only power play of the first period by beating Pavelec with a wrist shot on the short side at 11:48.
The Jets used their only power play of the period to tie the game six minutes later when Enstrom's point shot hit the post before finding the back of the net behind Anderson.
Winnipeg outshot Ottawa 14-7 in the first period. It was Anderson that kept the game tied going into the second period. He had allowed just one goal in the two previous games heading into Saturday.
The Senators outshot the Jets 12-10 in a scoreless second period that saw both goaltenders shine as they each made key saves.
Notes: Chris Phillips, Bobby Ryan and Alex Caisson were all scratches for the Senators on Saturday. Adam Pardy and Matt Halischuk were scratches for the Jets???The Senators wrap up a four-game homestand Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs???The game was the first of five straight on the road for the Jets, who next play in Montreal Tuesday???Four of Clarke MacArthur's team-leading seven goals for the Senators have come on the power play???Kyle Turris is one assist shy of 100 for his career. He has 72 with the Senators???Jets forward Andrew Ladd is tied for the NHL lead in game-opening-goals with four???The Jets currently have the longest drought in the NHL without a hat trick. The last one was recorded by Eric Boulton on Dec. 18, 2010 when they were still the Atlanta Thrashers.