Tkachuk scores twice to lead Senators to Avalanche in overtime – .

Tkachuk scores twice to lead Senators to Avalanche in overtime – .

OTTAWA – When Brady Tkachuk picked up the puck in the neutral zone and skated on his own towards the goal in overtime, his first thought was to “don’t peck.” ”
But his speed and breakaway execution were impeccable, and Tkachuk’s second goal of the game after 51 seconds of overtime gave the Ottawa Senators a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday.

“With all the ice, I thought I’d better score,” said Tkachuk, who added an assist for a three-point night.

Tim Stutzle also had two goals and an assist, while Josh Norris and Austin Watson rounded out the Senators’ scoring (6-15-1), who have won two straight games for the first time this season after beating Carolina Thursday.

“It was a good effort from our team,” said Tkachuk. “It’s a good team and now we have put in a good effort against two of the best teams. We have made great efforts, but I think we have more.

“I thought we played a responsible game and did a lot of things well. “

Thomas Chabot collected two assists and Anton Forsberg made 26 saves for the win.

Alex Newhook, Devon Toews and Gabriel Landeskog each have a goal and an assist for the Avalanche (12-7-2) while Darren Helm and Tyson Jost also scored. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists.

Jost scored 1:52 in the third period to take the Avalanche to 5-4.

The Avs appeared to have tied the game in the final three minutes, but a challenge from the Senators showed the game was offside.

Then Toews scored on a point shot at 6:40 PM to send the game into overtime.

Jonas Johansson started the game for Colorado and allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by Justus Annunen, who made his NHL debut and allowed two goals on 19 shots.

The Senators entered the third period with a 5-3 lead thanks in part to two goals from Stutzle in the second period, the first of which was odd.

Stutzle gave the Senators a 3-2 lead after being pushed to Johansson by Jack Johnson during a partial break. All three of them ended up in the net, as did the puck, but only after the net was dislodged.

After a long examination, the goal was only 1:13 in the period.

“I think it’s the luckiest goal I’ve ever scored,” said Stutzle.

“Everyone thought it would be a good goal so everyone was excited. For me, it was great after a pretty tough start with goals, but Brady’s overtime goal was much more important. “

Senators coach DJ Smith had little doubt the goal would count.

“I saw that (John) Tavares had the same goal in Toronto about a month ago and it counted, so I was confident it was going to count,” Smith said.

We’ve done a lot of things and obviously we have to find a way to keep those pucks on the outside at the end. Good teams can suppress and we gave up a few in the end. “

Norris gave the Senators a 4-2 lead at 2:49 and knocked Johansson out of the game. Annunen came on and gave Stutzle a power play goal at 7:46.

“I didn’t like the way we played in the first half of the game,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “We didn’t handle the puck very well. Both goal one and goal two against, both are turnovers, one in the neutral zone, one in the (offensive) zone.

“We talked about how dangerous Ottawa is outside of the race, they have pace and they can make plays outside of the race. And if we could take that away from them, then our chances of success would increase dramatically. We didn’t do that tonight. “

Then came the best goal of the night as Newhook rounded Lassi Thomson, came in alone and beat Forsberg, reducing Ottawa’s lead to 5-3 just before the game’s halfway point.

The teams combined for four goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period, but they also combined for four goals just over eight minutes into the first.

Helm gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 1:26 of the game, but the Senators responded with goals from Tkachuk and Watson 29 seconds apart about four minutes later. Watson’s goal was his first of the season.

Landeskog tied the game by tipping a Toews point shot past Forsberg at 8:19, just seven seconds into a power play. Landeskog extended his points streak to seven games.

REMARKS: Michael Del Zotto, Adam Gaudette and Victor Mete were eliminated for the Senators while Bowen Byram, Cale Makar, Nazem Kadri and Darcy Kuemper were eliminated for the Avalanche.


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