Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the Ottawa Senators

Senators News

Sens offence explodes against Calgary

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

The Ottawa Senators' offence exploded Thursday night.

The Sens tied a season high with six goals as they dominated the Calgary Flames 6-1 at Canadian Tire Centre.

"Tonight, the puck just went in the net for us," head coach D.J. Smith said. "Earlier in the year it was going the other way and tonight was one of those games it went our way."

Drake Batherson scored for the fourth straight game while Colin White (2), Erik Gudbranson, Connor Brown and Erik Brannstrom also had goals for the Sens (7-14-1). Matt Murray made 29 saves.

Calgary's (9-10-2) Milan Lucic scored while David Rittich made 16 saves before being pulled in the second period. Artyom Zagidulin turned away nine shots in his NHL debut.

"That was a great game for us," White said. "We're playing really good hockey right now. We're sticking with each other and it's a lot of fun around here."

The Sens opened strongly and were rewarded at 7:45 of the first as Tim Stützle's shot from the left faceoff circle was saved by the left pad of Rittich but came right out to Batherson who buried his sixth of the season.

The lead was doubled just 1:42 later as the hometown boy Gudbranson walked in off the right wing and ripped a slap shot high over Rittich's right shoulder.

"It's pretty cool," Gudbranson said. "That [puck] can go up in the cottage some time and I'll take a look at that later on in life and I'm sure I'll be very proud of that moment."

Lucic got Calgary on the board 1:41 into the second as he beat Murray five-hole but Brown restored Ottawa's two-goal lead at 4:39 as he took advantage of a misplayed pass up the boards, poked the puck between two Flames defenders and beat Rittich with a backhander in close.

Brannstrom made it 4-1 at 7:24 as he wired a slap shot from the neutral zone close to the left wing boards that squeezed through Rittich and rolled in for his second goal of the season. Rittich was removed from the game shortly after once Zagidulin got his equipment on.

As for the third, White took control of that period himself scoring twice in the final 20 minutes.

He extended Ottawa's lead to 5-1 at 4:55 as his shot snuck under the left pad of Zagidulin and then added another at 14:46 as he buried Evgenii Dadonov's lovely pass from behind the net.

The win was the third straight for the Sens, a season high.

"We've been really happy with the way our game has been coming along," Thomas Chabot said. "To play a full game and get some wins, it's good for everyone. Everybody gets more confidence, everybody makes more plays, everybody is happy coming to the rink, everybody is in a good mood.

"It's just great for the team overall."  

The game marked only the second game in Senators franchise history in which neither team was assessed a penalty.

With his goal tonight, Batherson became just the sixth player in Sens history aged 22 or younger to score in four straight games.

The Senators and Flames will face off again Saturday afternoon.

View More