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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Ottawa



(Thursday, October 17th)

Final Score: Ottawa 5, New Jersey 2

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each notched a goal and two assists, as the Ottawa Senators opened their home slate with a 5-2 win over the struggling New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre.

Bobby Ryan added a goal and an assist, while Milan Michalek and Zack Smith each scored once for the Senators, who went 2-2-2 on a season-opening six-game road trip.

Craig Anderson backstopped the Sens' second straight victory with 40 saves.

"He's a great goalie and he comes up big for us when we need him," Karlsson said of Anderson. "Obviously today he might have saved the game for us."

Steve Bernier and Travis Zajac each lit the lamp once for the Devils, who saw goaltender Martin Brodeur give up four goals on 22 shots.

The loss extended New Jersey's season-opening winless stretch to a team record seven games (0-4-3).

"We're seven games in, we haven't found a way to get a win yet," New Jersey center Ryan Carter said. "You can't look for excuses."

Karlsson opened the scoring just 4:32 into the game when he rifled a slapper from the top of the right circle that snuck through the five-hole of Brodeur for a 1-0 lead.

Ryan followed with his fourth of the season just 2:19 later, as he stuffed in a wraparound off a quick feed from Kyle Turris to make it 2-0.

Smith extended Ottawa's lead late in the second when Karlsson charged into the slot and slid a backhand feed to the low right circle, where Smith buried a one-timer from a sharp angle to give the Senators a 3-0 cushion.

New Jersey cut into the deficit less than a minute into the third thanks to a high-sticking minor against Ottawa's Eric Gryba with 42 seconds left in the second.

Skating on the man-advantage to start the third, Marek Zidlicky received the disc near the left faceoff dot and feathered a pass through the slot to Zajac, who controlled the puck before flipping a shot that snuck through the legs of Anderson to bring the visitors within 3-1 just 54 seconds into the stanza.

Bernier trimmed the margin to one when he beat Anderson high to the glove side at the 10:59 mark, but Michalek answered under five minutes later, with his heavy slapper from the top of the left circle sailing high over Brodeur to make it 4-2 with 4:48 left in the contest.

Brodeur left the New Jersey net with nearly 2 1/2 minutes left to give the Devils a 6-on-5 advantage, but Spezza all but ended New Jersey's comeback bid with an empty-netter at the 18:14 mark to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Devils have tallied just 13 goals in seven games this season ... New Jersey went 1-for-7 on the power play and is 2-for-22 in such situations this season ... Ottawa finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage ... Spezza scored his fifth goal of the season.

10/18 00:53:15 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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