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Batherson ties Senators' team record with goals in six straight games

Ottawa Senators right winger Drake Batherson scored two goals Monday night against the Calgary Flames to give him goals in six straight games to tie a Senators' franchise record. - Marc DesRosiers / USA Today Sports
Ottawa Senators right winger Drake Batherson of New Minas scored two goals Monday night against the Calgary Flames to give him goals in six straight games to tie a Senators' franchise record. - Marc DesRosiers / USA Today Sports

New Minas winger scores twice in Ottawa's 5-1 victory over Calgary on Monday

Drake Batherson has a hot hand in Ottawa.

Batherson, who was raised in New Minas, tallied twice and tied a franchise record with goals in six consecutive games to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-1 home victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

“Drake makes plays but he plays really well away from the puck. He’s dangerous every night,” Senators head coach D.J. Smith said of Batherson during a post=game news conference.

“He’s really good on the power play but he’s doing a really nice job 5-on-5. Him and Timmy (Stutzle) are making it hard for other teams. They had a lot of speed and were really dangerous tonight.”



Batherson shares the franchise record with four former Ottawa forwards.

Bob Kudelski was the first during the Senators’ second season in 1993-94.

He stood alone until Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley each had goals in six consecutive games in 2006-07. Jason Spezza then matched the mark three seasons later in 2009-10.

“It’s pretty cool. I watched all three of those guys growing up,” Batherson said in the post-game news conference.

“I couldn’t tell you what’s going on. I said to the boys I think the last time I scored six like that was maybe peewee.

“I was happy to get it tonight obviously. I was thinking about it in the back of my head but it wasn’t bothering me too much. The boys are making some great plays for me. I have to thank my teammates. They're making some great plays out there.”

His linemate Stutzle collected a pair of assists and goaltender Matt Murray made 27 saves for the Senators, who have won four of five games and have taken two of the first three straight meetings with the Flames.

After a scoreless first period, Ottawa’s Artem Anisimov opened the scoring at 6:22 of the second. Batherson scored his first of the night two minutes later during an odd-man rush. The 22-year-old took the puck to the high slot and beat Flames netminder David Rittich.



Calgary’s Milan Lucic cut the Ottawa lead to 2-1 but Batherson restored the two-goal advantage after Rittich mishandled a pass attempt from behind his net and handed the puck to the Ottawa forward inside the face-of circle. Batherson fired the puck into the Calgary net for his ninth goal of the season and eighth in as many outings.

“I think we played a great second period,” Batherson said. “We had a lot of chances and we were getting a lot of shots. We’re getting more comfortable as a team and we were rewarded tonight.”

“We didn’t sit back in the third and kept it going and got a couple more goals. It was perfect.”

The clubs meet a fourth consecutive time when they face off Thursday in Calgary.



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