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Brown scores again in Senators win against Jets

Forward gets goal in eighth straight; Dadonov breaks tie in third following gaffe by Hellebuyck

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Brown's streak continues

WPG@OTT: Brown scores in eighth consecutive game

Connor Brown fires a shot that goes in off the glove of Connor Hellebuyck for his eighth straight game with a goal, tying it 2-2 in the 1st

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OTTAWA -- Connor Brown extended his goal streak to eight games for the Ottawa Senators in a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

Brown's goal streak is the longest in Ottawa history and tied for the 11th longest in the NHL since the 1990-91 season.

"I've never seen anything like it," Senators forward Brady Tkachuk said. "I told him that, at this pace, we're going to have a little bet going. I think he's going to score in the next 13 (games). Nobody deserves it more than him."

Tkachuk scored twice, and Anton Forsberg made 24 saves for the Senators (14-25-4), who ended a four-game losing streak.

"Pretty gutsy win, having been down 2-0," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. "A lot of young guys sometimes start going out on their own page, but we didn't tonight. We found a way to get ourselves a win."

Video: WPG@OTT: Tkachuk snipes his second goal on breakaway

Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers scored, and Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for the Jets (25-14-3), who had won three straight.

"He's been outstanding," Connor said of Hellebuyck. "I'm sure he wants every single goal back because he's just that type of player that pushes himself and competes that hard. I think his confidence won't waver. He's that guy, he'll bounce back and be even greater next game."

Connor gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 5:00 of the first period with a one-timer off a pass from Josh Morrissey on the power play. Ehlers then scored with a wrist shot under Forsberg's glove on a rush to make it 2-0 at 8:25.

Tkachuk cut it to 2-1 at 11:03 when Josh Norris' wrist shot from the right face-off dot deflected off his skate on the power play.

Brown tied it 2-2 at 18:38 with a wrist shot from the top of the slot that hit Hellebuyck's glove and fluttered into the net.

"I thought all four lines contributed," Brown said. "We're just building and building and building. We've played good games before that leading up, against real top-end teams that are ready to win Cups now, and we're making plays right with them. We're not just hanging on by a thread, relying on our goalie. We're in the games, we're going play-for-play with them."

Video: WPG@OTT: Dadonov converts miscue to give Sens lead

Evgenii Dadonov gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead at 10:10 of the third period. Hellebuyck misplayed a dump-in by Thomas Chabot in front of his crease, and Dadonov shot into an open net with his backhand.

Tkachuk forced a turnover by Jets defenseman Neal Pionk in the Senators zone and scored on a breakaway with a snap shot over Hellebuyck's glove at 16:12 for the 4-2 final.

"We had a hard time managing the puck, physically and mentally," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "We gave up four breakaways, so you're not winning that game, or you don't deserve to."

Defenseman Victor Mete played 9:43 in his Senators debut. Ottawa claimed him off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens earlier Monday.

"It's pretty crazy," Mete said. "Had practice this morning in Montreal and then skated with the extras after. Got told at [noon] that I got claimed by Ottawa. Got a call from [Senators general manager Pierre Dorion] and D.J. asking if I could make the game and I said, 'Yeah.' … My fiancée and I quickly packed and I came straight to the rink.

"No pregame routine today, but I felt good."

NOTES: Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom had an assist and was plus-3 in 15:16 of ice time. ... Forsberg's win was his second this season. He had one win playing three games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2019-20.

Video: Tkachuk, Brown fuel Senators' 4-2 win against Jets

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