Nilsson makes 38 saves, Senators beat Hurricanes 4-1

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Anders Nilsson made 38 saves and the Ottawa 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Hurricanes: Host Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Senators: At Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.

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