Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – The ageless Jaromir Jagr scored on the power
play with 1:21 left in overtime to send the New Jersey Devils past the Ottawa
Senators, 3-2, on a somber night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Saturday’s game was the first for the Senators following the tragic shooting
of a Canadian soldier in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday. A moment of silence was
held for the victim prior to the national anthems, with both teams circling
members of the Canadian Armed Forces at center ice.
The emotional vibe in the arena gave way to disappointment as the Senators had
their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Devils ended their four-game skid as Damon Severson scored a goal and
assisted on Marek Zidlicky’s tally. Cory Schneider, one day after losing in a
shootout against the Stars, made 33 saves in the victory.
Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan netted the game-tying goal with 6:09 left in regulation,
but his teammate, Clarke MacArthur, caught Zidlicky in the face with a high
stick with 2:23 left in the extra session.
A turnover in the neutral zone saw Adam Henrique lead Jagr in stride, and the
42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer wristed his 19th career overtime goal past
Lehner made 26 saves in the setback.
The Senators, who had not played since last Saturday, wasted two power-play
chances in the opening period but cashed in on one midway through the second.
Alex Chiasson top-shelved a wrister coming in from the corner at the 10:09
mark, and the equalizer was scored 1:20 later, as Severson netted his fourth
of the season with a blistering slap shot from the right circle.
Severson fed Zidlicky for a one-timer on the power play with 3:15 remaining in
the middle stanza, and it stayed a 2-1 game until Ryan evened things.
A hustle play by Milan Michalek kept the Senators in the offensive zone while
on a power play. Michalek was taken down to the ice but managed to poke a pass
over to Erik Karlsson, who found Ryan between a pair of defenders in front for
a snap shot that beat Schneider.
The Devils had lost seven of their previous eight trips to Ottawa … The
Senators play at Chicago on Sunday … Devils forward Martin Havlat once again
sat out and has not played since suffering facial lacerations on Oct. 16.