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Brown goal streak ends at eight in Senators loss to Jets

Brossoit makes 27 saves for Winnipeg, which scores twice in third period

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

Scheifele nets Ehlers' one-timer

WPG@OTT: Scheifele deposits Ehlers one-timer into net

Mark Scheifele receives an alert cross-ice one-timer from Nikolaj Ehlers and scores after a Jets transition opportunity to tie the game at 1

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OTTAWA -- Connor Brown had his goal streak end at eight games for the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday.

Brown's goal streak was the longest in the NHL since 2008-09 (Mike Green, eight games, Washington Capitals). Two players in the past 27 seasons (since 1993-94) have had a goal streak of nine or more games: Teemu Selanne in 1997-98 (11 games, Anaheim Ducks) and Jaromir Jagr in 1996-97 (nine games, Pittsburgh Penguins).

"He was on fire," Senators forward Nick Paul said. "It just showed in his play. He was working hard, creating turnovers offensively, getting in the right spots, getting to the net, in the right areas to score. If he's going to keep playing like that he's going to keep putting up numbers."

Brown had one shot on goal. He had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games for the Senators (14-26-4), who have two wins in their past nine games. Matt Murray made 32 saves in his first start since March 10. He sustained an upper-body injury in warmups before a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 14.

"I thought he was all right," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said of Murray. "I thought he played hard. We didn't give [Winnipeg] much through two, and then all of a sudden we're giving them Grade A chances. That's a tough game for a goalie, where he doesn't see a whole lot and then all of a sudden it's a breakaway. It's good to get him back out there. I thought he battled through a lot of shots from the point and looked a lot more confident."

Mark Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault and Trevor Lewis scored, and Laurent Brossoit made 27 saves in his first start since March 27 for the Jets (26-14-3). 

"Second period, especially, he was really square and right to pucks that came to the net," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. "A lot of what [Ottawa] will do is throw pucks from tough angles and try to get a stick on it. It's kind of funny. It's either not dangerous at all because it's such a bad angle shot, or it's very dangerous, so he was good."

Winnipeg is 11-1-2 following a loss after losing 4-2 to Ottawa here Monday.

The Jets are in second place in the seven-team Scotia North Division, five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and three points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers. The Senators are in seventh place, 13 points behind the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens. The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nick Paul scored on a snap shot to the top right corner on a breakaway to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 1:19 of the first period. It was his first goal in 27 games.

Scheifele one-timed a cross-ice backhand pass from Nikolaj Ehlers to tie it 1-1 at 3:24. The assist was the 300th NHL point for Ehlers.

"He should be very proud of the number," Maurice said. "And then when you look at the improvement in his game in one year, he's a different player now. Not that he was a poor player before -- he's always been dynamic -- but he was banging tonight, he's winning battles. He just creates so much open ice, makes a lot of smart plays, and he's such a positive personality."

Video: WPG@OTT: Perreault rips go-ahead PPG home top-shelf

Perrault scored with a wrist shot over Murray's glove from the right face-off dot on the power play to make it 2-1 at 2:07 of the third period.

"They play a hard game. They don't give you any easy ice out there," Perrault said. "We just kind of stuck with it. We've got to play a hard game as well and chip away at it, and we were able in the third period to find a way to get a couple goals and get a win, so it's a big win for us, especially after what happened last game. We didn't really like our game or our effort, so it was a good bounce-back game."

Video: WPG@OTT: Lewis nets shorthanded goal off the rush

Lewis lifted a wrist shot over Murray's glove on a shorthanded breakaway to extend the lead to 3-1 at 9:39.

Josh Norris one-timed a pass from Thomas Chabot on the power play at 19:50 for the 3-2 final.

Senators defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker played 15:33 in his NHL debut. He was added to the lineup after defenseman Nikita Zaitsev left warmups with a lower-body injury.

"The coaching staff and all the guys did an unbelievable job of making me feel comfortable and just making it a fun night for me," Bernard-Docker said. "Obviously we didn't come out on the winning side there, but everyone was nice enough to come up to me after the game and say 'Congratulations' and take a picture with me. It was a really special moment for me."

NOTES: Ehlers has scored 133 goals and has 167 assists in 412 NHL games, the third-fewest number of games to reach 300 points among players to debut with the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers. (Ilya Kovalchuk, 300; Scheifele, 379). Ehlers has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak. … Scheifele has scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the past 12 games. … Senators forward Brady Tkachuk had a game-high six shots on goal and leads the NHL with 180.

Video: Scheifele, Jets hold off Senators for 3-2 victory

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