Alex Newhook scored the winning goal with just 1:33 remaining. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-5 Monday night to win their fifth straight victory.
Jared Bednar won his 193rd win against Colorado, tied with Bob Hartley for the most wins by an Avalanche coach.
Bednar stated that “Well, it feels great and I’ll accept it.” “I’m more thrilled about the two points tonight than we were last night.”
Zach Sanford was able to score his first career hat trick, but it wasn’t enough for Ottawa as the team also played their first week-end game.
After a Calgary loss of 4-0 on Nov. 14, the Senators were out of action. They also had to miss five practice days because of a COVID-19 epidemic. After Jack Capuano, an associate coach, and eight other players were removed from the NHL protocol list, the Senators returned to the ice on Saturday.
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Senators return little rust
Josh Norris, Artem Zub, and Brady Tkachuk also scored for Ottawa. The team was outshot 41-21. Filip Gustavsson saved 33 Senators. The Senators fought with the Avalanche, despite an unexpected hiatus.
Thomas Chabot said, “First game back, after five, six, or whatever days off, and playing against one of best teams in league and you find ways to always come back, tie it up, and take a leading,” “That one hurt.”
Senators defenceman Josh Brown, who was activated from protocol, was injured during the first period. He didn’t return.
Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said, “Looks like it’s going to take some time.” Smith spoke out.
Nazem Kadri scored a goal with three assists, Cale Makar scored two goals for Colorado, while Devon Toews, Mikko Rantanen and Valeri Nichuskin also scored.
Despite being idle, the Senators showed very little rust. Ottawa led 5-4 with Sanford’s third goal, but Rantanen tied the score at 9:08, and Newhook’s second of this season put the Avalanche ahead.
Kadri scored an empty-net goal in 12 seconds.
Norris gave Senators a lead of 4-3 in the third, while Makar tied it 1 minute and 42 seconds later.
In the second period, Colorado beat Ottawa 19-4 but it was still 3-all going into the third. Toews had given the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with a goal at 13:44 but Sanford’s second of the night — on the Senators’ second shot of the period — tied it again at 16:33.
Makar stated that “every team in this league can beat each others any night.” “We had a few unfortunate bounces that were going into early, and it was us as a group, it was a lot more inconsistency. The game started well, but it dipped and then came back up. We persevered with it.”