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Ottawa Senators forward Connor Brown and Edmonton Oilers defensemen Ethan Bear chase a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place.
Ottawa Senators forward Artem Anisimov and Edmonton Oilers defensemen Darnell Nurse look for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen makes a save on Ottawa Senators forward Connor Brown during the second period at Rogers Place.
Ottawa Senator forward Logan Brown at team practice on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.
EDMONTON — As the Ottawa Senators made their way to the City of Brotherly Love Thursday morning, you can’t blame them if they were still flying high.
Not only did they end a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rogers Place Arena, the Senators did it in style by completely shutting down one of the highest-scoring duos in the league by not allowing Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to even get a point.
The two points should give them confidence heading into Philadelphia for a matinee game at 1 p.m. against the Flyers Saturday to end what has been a long journey that started last Thursday with a 7-2 loss in Minnesota, continued with a 3-1 defeat against the Calgary Flames and then didn’t look good in a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday.
The Senators found a way to get their act together after being outshot 10-4 in the first period and then pretty much halted the Oilers by not giving up many scoring chances while capitalizing on their own for the first time in what felt like an eternity.
Trailing 1-0 after the first, coach D.J. Smith told his team to settle down.
“It wasn’t a great period, it could have been a lot more than 1-0 and we need to man up because we’re in the midst of a five-game losing streak and I didn’t think that (first) was a great effort,” Smith said following the game. “Back-to-back that’s a good hockey team and McDavid went through five guys a couple of times and that’s a pretty special player.
“We scored on our chances in the second period and gave our bench some life.”
That was the key for Ottawa. Winger Connor Brown ended a 17-game slump that dated back to Nov. 2 against the Boston Bruins by giving the club a 2-1 lead at 5:27 of the second only 12 seconds after Artem Anisimov got Ottawa on the board with a badly needed power play goal.
“I thought we came out much more determined (in the second and third) to hold onto the puck and play where everyone was on the same page,” said goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 24 stops. “We knew we were going to throw pucks at the net so we were able to retrieve pucks, hem them in their zone and get some zone time.
“It was the complete opposite of the first.”
OFF THE GLASS
That goal by Brown helped ease the pain a little bit. He took a stick in the mouth late in the club’s loss to Vancouver and had a tough day because he was able to get any good down because of the stitches plus a large gash in his mouth. Scoring meant a lot to Brown because he’s had so many good chances. “That was good for myself and a couple of guys in the room to find the back of the net there,” said Brown. Smith felt good for him. “I was happy for him,” Smith said. “He could barely eat. He plays a lot of minutes, he was good on the penalty kill and it was good to see him get rewarded, finally, with a goal.” … Born and raised in Edmonton, winger Tyler Ennis, who still returns here in the summer, was introduced as the first star in the building and that was good for a guy who hasn’t really had much luck here at any level in the past. “It was nice to get one with some family and friends here,” Ennis said. “I’ve struggle here, let’s put it that way, but it felt good (Wednesday).” … Winger Scott Sabourin is closing in on a return. He has been skating in Ottawa while the team is on the road after that collision with David Backes Nov. 2 in Boston. “He should be practising with us shortly,” Smith said.
THE LAST WORDS
Centre Logan Brown has put himself in a precarious position and if he doesn’t get his game together then he could be following defenceman Erik Brannstrom to Belleville. While the Senators would rather have him skate in Ottawa, Logan Brown played only 5:28 against the Oilers and he was scratched Saturday in Calgary after a sub-par performance in Minnesota Friday when he was minus-2 with just over 10 minutes of ice time … The Oilers weren’t exactly pleased with themselves by allowing the Senators to come on in the second period and leave with the victory. “We just stopped playing the right way, cheated for offence,” said Draisaitl. “We have to fix that. I thought we were the better team in the first, we just can’t seem to find a way to play that over 60 minutes. You’re not going to beat anyone; you’re probably not going to beat an AHL team playing like that.” … Forward Nick Paul has a sore neck after a collision with Josh Archibald in the first Wednesday. Paul isn’t expected to be out long and there’s a chance he could play in Philly Saturday but don’t be surprised if the club recalls a forward. Paul got up on his own, looked a little wobbly and went straight to the dressing room. The Senators didn’t skate Thursday so Smith will provide an update after the club’s skate Friday in a Philly suburb.
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