Murray gets his 1st win in the season when Senators beat Flames

The Ottawa Senators beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 with Nick Paul scoring twice in the opening period. Matt Murray saved 27 shots for his first win of this season.

The Senators were playing in their first game since New Year’s Day. It was also their second game in 26 days. However, they weren’t looking rusty outshooting Calgary 35-28.

Connor Brown, Drake Batherson, and Connor Brown scored for Ottawa (10-18-2), which had 11 games delayed. Their 30 games played rank second in the league behind the New York Islanders.

Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary (17-11-6). Calgary has lost four consecutive games and is currently at 2-7-1.

Jacob Markstrom made 30 of 34 saves in the losing effort, and was able to fall to 12-8-5. Murray won his first win since April, after he lost six of his season’s starts. 22, 2021.

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Senators beat Flames with the help of Batherson, a first-time all-star

Calgary defeated Ottawa 4-1. Drake Batherson scores a goal in the same day he was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game. 1:26

After postponements resulting from a COVID outbreak, capacity restrictions and postponements, the Flames were able to play on home ice again for the first time since December 11.

The actual attendance was much lower than the half capacity, with more empty seats and fans than allowed.

Paul opened the scoring with the first shot in the game, less than two minutes into the match.

The puck was flipped in the defensive zone along the side boards. Alex Formenton set up Paul, and his wrist shot 25 feet away went over Markstrom’s glove.

Mikael Backlund was later robbed of the puck by Formenton in his blue line. From there, Connor Brown worked with Paul to create a give and go, with Paul finishing the game at the 16:37 mark. This was his third consecutive two-goal game, and the first since Dec. 30, 2019.

Paul was playing center between Formenton & Brown. The Senators are missing Tim Stutzle. He was added to COVID protocol Wednesday. Centres Shane Pinto, Colin White and Colin White are also out of action with shoulder injuries.

After 20 minutes, Senators lead Flames by 2-0. In the second period, Senators outshot Flames 13-6. In the final minute, Batherson scored the goal on a sharp angle snipe.

Batherson scored his 10th goal from the goal line on the side of Markstrom’s net. There was a small opening just above Markstrom’s shoulder.

Tkachuk’s deflection of Chris Tanev’s point shot by Tkachuk was the perfect way for the Flames to get on the scoreboard in the third.

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After a fight with Milan Lucic, a Calgary forward, Scott Sabourin, Ottawa forward, leaves the ice with an apparent broken hand. 1:22

Brown, however, ended any hopes of a comeback and restored Ottawa’s three goal lead with a breakaway at 4 minutes 52. He seized on Tkachuk’s miss pass behind the Senators’ net and raced away to a breakaway, beating Markstrom through the fifth hole.

Notes: Jacob Bernard-Docker (defenseman) hails from Okotoks in Alta. He was activated by the taxi squad and paired up with Thomas Chabot. Bernard-Docker’s parents were among the family present to witness his ninth career game. This was the first time Bernard-Docker had ever seen an NHL game live. ΓǪ Scott Sabourin’s first game for Ottawa since Nov, 14 lasted just over a period. After a close fight against Milan Lucic, he was forced to leave the arena with an injury.