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OTTAWA, ON – A flurry of second-period goals tilted the game in Ottawa's favour as the Senators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Hockey Day in Canada Saturday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Centre.
“It was more or less mental (today). With the big win in Montreal, we were feeling like we could just go out there and play the easy way but it doesn’t work that way," said Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson. "We have to play the game hard for 60 minutes and today we wanted to play the easy way.”
The Senators broke a 1-1 deadlock with two goals 16 seconds apart in the opening minute of period two. First, Cody Ceci put the home team back in front only 41 seconds into the frame. From the right circle, Ceci one-timed a cross-ice pass through the legs of Viktor Fasth. Then 16 seconds later, Kyle Turris wristed a shot that Fasth got a piece of but the puck then trickled in over the line.
Richard Bachman replaced Fasth in goal after the second Senators goal. Fasth stopped 12 of 15 shots.
"We didn't play very good today," said Fasth. "We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. Everybody, including myself. It wasn't good enough."
Edmonton got one of those goals back just over two minutes later. Mark Fayne teed up a shot from the left point that beat Lehner to make it 3-2 with 16:54 to go in the second.
Only 38 seconds after the Oilers goal, Ottawa scored again to regain their two-goal lead. Turris spotted Michalek who flicked it past Bachman; 4-2 Ottawa.
Right off the face-off after the goal, Luke Gazdic and Chris Neil dropped the gloves in a heavyweight battle. Both combatants threw a series of haymakers in what could be termed a draw.
In the final minute of the period, Alex Chiasson's shot from the high slot went just out of Bachman's reach and into the net to give Ottawa a three-goal lead.
David Legwand and Mike Hoffman added late third-period goals to make the final 7-2.
Coach Nelson was perplexed by the effort of his squad after three very good games in New Jersey, New York and Montreal.
“Before today, we played three really good games. I don’t know where that came from,” Nelson noted. “Right off the start in the first five minutes, managing the puck we were doing things that were uncharacteristic of how we played the last three games before today.
“I don’t know where it came from, but we’re going to have to fix it quick.”
Early in the contest, Ottawa had a majority of the chances but about five minutes in, Jeff Petry was tripped up by Mika Zibanejad in the Edmonton zone. This gave the Oilers the first power play of the game.
On the ensuing power play, Michael Stone stole the puck in the corner of the Oilers zone and fed Milan Michalek in front. Viktor Fasth was sharp in making the quick stop in what was the best chance for either side during the man advantage.
Near the end of the penalty, Ryan Hamilton collided with Mark Borowiecki and got two for interference to put the Sens on the PP.
While Ottawa was on the power play, the shorthanded team once again had a great chance. Teddy Purcell broke in alone on Sens netminder Robin Lehner. Lehner made the save and a trailing Nugent-Hopkins just missed the rebound.
Coming back the other way, Fasth made a save off a point shot by Erik Karlsson but Michalek was right there to put home the rebound on a backhand from the right circle and it was 1-0 for the Sens.
With 4:43 to go in the first, Derek Roy wristed a shot from the right circle past Lehner to get the Oilers back on even terms at 1-1.