Nilsson makes 38 saves, Senators beat Hurricanes 4-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators are enjoying their success, even while in the midst of a rebuild.

Anders Nilsson made 38 saves and the Senators scored three first-period goals and beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday night.

Filip Chlapik, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the first as the Senators (6-9-1) won their second straight game and third in their last four. Brady Tkachuk also scored in the third period.

''I think we've just shown that we can beat some top teams in the league and that gives you confidence. Everyone is hungry and everyone wants to win and it's really fun right now,'' Chlapik said.

Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Hurricanes (9-7-1), who lost their fourth straight game. James Reimer made 26 saves.

The Senators led 3-1 at the start of the third period and it stayed that way until Tkachuk scored at 15:53. Ottawa improved to 5-4-0 at home.

''At the start (of the season) we were playing good hockey but not a full 60 minutes,'' Tkachuk said. ''Recently we're starting to string them together and it's just more of us working hard every single shift and playing our game which is fast and physical.

''We're still learning, but we're certainly being rewarded with some bounces.''

Chlapik gave the Senators a 1-0 lead just shy of the halfway mark in the first when he scored on a backhand off a rebound. Jonathan Davidson and J.C. Beaudin collected assists and their first NHL points.

Beaudin came close to getting his first NHL goal in the third period but his shot hit the crossbar.

The Senators set a franchise record for fastest two goals when Namestnikov and Pageau scored four seconds apart late in the first period to take a 3-0 lead.

Namestnikov had a shot by Tyler Ennis hit him in front of the net and get past Reimer at 16:47. On the ensuing faceoff Pageau chased the puck down in the Carolina zone and beat Reimer from just inside the top of the face-off circle at 16:51.

''Not the way we wanted to start and not the way we wanted to play,'' Reimer said.

''For me too, you want to stop pucks and you don't want to let them in. It was a frustrating way to start but we settled more into our game, but you can't spot a team three goals in this league.''

The Hurricanes came close to getting on the board late in the period, but Nilsson made a great pad save on Warren Foegele as time expired.

Late in the second, Nilsson made another great save in tight on Teuvo Teravainen. That came after Svechnikov beat him on the power play at 10:58, cutting the Senators' lead to 3-1.

''We're having a tough time scoring, and when you give away opportunities it makes it impossible. We've got to hunker down and not give them any opportunities, but that's not what happened,'' Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said.

''It's soul search time for our group and we're better than what we're showing right now, for sure, but tonight, that was unacceptable.''

NOTES: Bobby Ryan, Cody Goloubef and Mikkel Boedker were scratches for the Senators, while Hayden Fleury and Erik Haula were scratches for the Hurricanes. ... The Senators recalled forward Colin White from the Belleville Senators for Saturday's game. ... The Hurricanes were 22-7-6 in their last 34 games against the Senators heading into Saturday.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Host Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Senators: At Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

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CAR9-7-1
0101
OTT6-9-1
3014
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C00-439/5017:041
R. Dzingel LW00-120/1515:550
J. Edmundson D00-110/0216:124
W. Foegele LW00-111/1414:070
J. Gardiner D00-100/0018:320
B. Gibbons RW00-120/0011:570
D. Hamilton D01-260/0023:264
E. Luostarinen C00016/5010:352
B. McGinn RW00-130/1012:543
M. Necas RW00-110/0014:534
N. Niederreiter LW00-210/0013:361
B. Pesce D00-110/0019:271
J. Slavin D00-220/0022:160
J. Staal C000311/11217:464
A. Svechnikov LW10050/0015:542
T. Teravainen RW01-131/1017:041
L. Wallmark C000110/5016:202
T. van Riemsdyk D00-130/0014:282
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Beaudin C01112/2008:280
M. Borowiecki D00310/0016:447
E. Brannstrom D00100/0215:551
C. Brown RW00110/0020:140
T. Chabot D00040/0224:002
F. Chlapik C10120/0008:141
J. Davidsson RW01110/0006:453
D. DeMelo D00320/0219:422
A. Duclair RW01120/0017:451
T. Ennis LW01120/0016:040
R. Hainsey D01100/0019:400
V. Namestnikov LW10111/3515:413
J. Pageau C10134/10017:493
N. Paul LW01122/5017:034
C. Tierney C00108/9213:391
B. Tkachuk LW10146/3017:564
C. White C01117/6016:220
N. Zaitsev D00030/0021:343
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Reimer (L)3042660:00
GOALIESSA
J. Reimer (L)30
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (W)3913859:42
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (W)39
19:18Thomas Chabot shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • OTT
      15:53GOAL Brady Tkachuk (Wrist shot), Assists: Anthony Duclair and Ron Hainsey
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      10:58(PP) GOAL Andrei Svechnikov (Snap shot), Assists: Dougie Hamilton and Teuvo Teravainen
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • OTT
      16:51GOAL Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Wrist shot), Assist: Nick Paul
    • OTT
      16:47GOAL Vladislav Namestnikov (Tip-in shot), Assists: Tyler Ennis and Colin White
    • OTT
      09:34GOAL Filip Chlapik (Backhand shot), Assists: Jonathan Davidsson and J.C. Beaudin
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CAR
      18:26Joel Edmundson penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      19:44Warren Foegele penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • OTT
      10:15Chris Tierney penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • OTT
      03:57Erik Brannstrom penalty Tripping - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      11:43Warren Foegele penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • OTT
      04:20Vladislav Namestnikov penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • CAR
      04:20Ryan Dzingel penalty Fighting - 5 min.
    • OTT
      03:33Dylan DeMelo penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • OTT
      01:03Thomas Chabot penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • CAR
      09.0Jordan Staal penalty Slashing - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
CAR
OTT
Shots on Goal3930
Goals in Power Play10
Faceoff Wins3830
Penalties55
Major Penalties11
Minor Penalties44
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
CAR
Shots on Goal39
Goals in Power Play1
Faceoff Wins38
Penalties5
Major Penalties1
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
123T
CAR9-7-1
0101
OTT6-9-1
3014
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C00-439/5017:041
R. Dzingel LW00-120/1515:550
J. Edmundson D00-110/0216:124
W. Foegele LW00-111/1414:070
J. Gardiner D00-100/0018:320
B. Gibbons RW00-120/0011:570
D. Hamilton D01-260/0023:264
E. Luostarinen C00016/5010:352
B. McGinn RW00-130/1012:543
M. Necas RW00-110/0014:534
N. Niederreiter LW00-210/0013:361
B. Pesce D00-110/0019:271
J. Slavin D00-220/0022:160
J. Staal C000311/11217:464
A. Svechnikov LW10050/0015:542
T. Teravainen RW01-131/1017:041
L. Wallmark C000110/5016:202
T. van Riemsdyk D00-130/0014:282
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Beaudin C01112/2008:280
M. Borowiecki D00310/0016:447
E. Brannstrom D00100/0215:551
C. Brown RW00110/0020:140
T. Chabot D00040/0224:002
F. Chlapik C10120/0008:141
J. Davidsson RW01110/0006:453
D. DeMelo D00320/0219:422
A. Duclair RW01120/0017:451
T. Ennis LW01120/0016:040
R. Hainsey D01100/0019:400
V. Namestnikov LW10111/3515:413
J. Pageau C10134/10017:493
N. Paul LW01122/5017:034
C. Tierney C00108/9213:391
B. Tkachuk LW10146/3017:564
C. White C01117/6016:220
N. Zaitsev D00030/0021:343
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Reimer (L)3042660:00
GOALIESSA
J. Reimer (L)30
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (W)3913859:42
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (W)39
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
CAR9-7-1
0101
OTT6-9-1
3014
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C00-439/5017:041
R. Dzingel LW00-120/1515:550
J. Edmundson D00-110/0216:124
W. Foegele LW00-111/1414:070
J. Gardiner D00-100/0018:320
B. Gibbons RW00-120/0011:570
D. Hamilton D01-260/0023:264
E. Luostarinen C00016/5010:352
B. McGinn RW00-130/1012:543
M. Necas RW00-110/0014:534
N. Niederreiter LW00-210/0013:361
B. Pesce D00-110/0019:271
J. Slavin D00-220/0022:160
J. Staal C000311/11217:464
A. Svechnikov LW10050/0015:542
T. Teravainen RW01-131/1017:041
L. Wallmark C000110/5016:202
T. van Riemsdyk D00-130/0014:282
Total1203938/3013-31
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Beaudin C01112/2008:280
M. Borowiecki D00310/0016:447
E. Brannstrom D00100/0215:551
C. Brown RW00110/0020:140
T. Chabot D00040/0224:002
F. Chlapik C10120/0008:141
J. Davidsson RW01110/0006:453
D. DeMelo D00320/0219:422
A. Duclair RW01120/0017:451
T. Ennis LW01120/0016:040
R. Hainsey D01100/0019:400
V. Namestnikov LW10111/3515:413
J. Pageau C10134/10017:493
N. Paul LW01122/5017:034
C. Tierney C00108/9213:391
B. Tkachuk LW10146/3017:564
C. White C01117/6016:220
N. Zaitsev D00030/0021:343
Total4703030/3813-35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Reimer (L)3042660:00
GOALIESSA
J. Reimer (L)30
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (W)3913859:42
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (W)39
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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