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Zibanejad scores SO winner as Senators snap losing skid with win over Flames

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OTTAWA - Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner as the Ottawa Senators won their first game on home ice Wednesday night by edging the Calgary Flames 5-4.

Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in regulation for the Senators (4-3-2), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Craig Anderson made 34 saves.

Dougie Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Kris Russell and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames (2-7-0), who have now lost three straight. Jonas Hiller allowed four goals on 18 shots before leaving the game in the third with an injury. Joni Ortio stopped all five shots he faced in relief.

Hiller was run into by Ryan in a crazy third period that featured five goals and two lead changes.

Trailing 2-1 to start the third, Calgary regained the lead scoring twice in a span of 57 seconds to quiet the crowd of 16,923 at Canadian Tire Centre. Colborne got a stick on a loose puck to tie the game and less than a minute later, Russell scored to make it 3-2.

The Senators came right back and scored two of their own in 17 seconds with Turris tying the game 3-3 after beating Hiller from in close. Pageau scored in a similar fashion right after as Ottawa took a 4-3 lead. Bennett equalized the game at the 12-minute mark.

For the seventh-straight game the Sens gave up the first goal of the game.

Hamilton received a pass from Jiri Hudler and beat Anderson high glove side at 4:15 of the second.

Smith took the puck from inside his own blue line, deked Kris Russell and beat Hiller far side to tie the game 1-1. It was only Ottawa's ninth shot of the game.

Ryan, with his first goal in regulation, gave the Senators a 2-1 lead at 19:46 of the second. Ryan saw Turris behind the net, called for the puck and slid it under Hiller.

Ottawa had just one shot on goal through the first 14 minutes of the game.

Notes: The Senators were without LW Mike Hoffman (lower body, day-to-day) and RW Curtis Lazar (upper body, day-to-day). D Chris Wideman was a healthy scratch. The Flames' C Derek Grant and D Jakub Nakladal were healthy scratches. D TJ Brodie played his first game since breaking a bone in his hand.

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