Posted November 18, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Milan Michalek had a goal and an assist, and the Ottawa Senators won their third straight game on a long road trip by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Thursday night. Colin Greening, Kaspars Daugavins, Jesse Winchester and Zenon Konopka also scored for the Senators (10-9-1), who have rebounded following a five-game slide. This marked the first time Ottawa has won both games on an Alberta road trip since 2003. Anton Lander and Ryan Jones scored for the Oilers (9-7-2), who have lost four in a row and five of six following a six-game winning streak. After some great early chances for the Oilers, the Senators took a 2-0 lead on their first two shots at Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Just 7:30 in, the Senators had a 2-on-1 break. Michalek feathered a past to Greening for his fifth goal of the season. Only 9 seconds later, Ottawa came flying off the faceoff, and Daugavins fired a shot that beat Khabibulin high to the glove side. The Senators made it 3-0 with just under a minute to play in the first period as Michalek scored his 12th goal after Jason Spezza won a faceoff. Devan Dubnyk replaced Khabibulin in the Oilers net to start the second. Edmonton got back into the game two minutes into the second period on a short-handed break as Lander ripped a wrist shot past Craig Anderson for his first NHL goal. Ottawa made it 4-1 five minutes later, seconds after Oilers forward Jordan Eberle was hooked down in the Senators zone on a scoring opportunity. Fans howled when no penalty was called. Winchester took the puck up ice and beat Dubnyk high for his first of the season. Despite the one-sided score, the shots were 11-10 for Edmonton through 40 minutes. The Oilers, who pulled defenseman Andy Sutton out of the lineup right before the national anthem because of a groin injury, were further hampered when defenseman Corey Potter didn't come out to start the third period because of a right ankle injury. The Senators took a four-goal lead three minutes into the third when Konopka batted in a backhanded shot in tight. Edmonton got a goal back on the power play in the final minute when Eric Belanger's shot caromed off a couple of legs, including off of Jones, and into the net. NOTES: The Senators will play the fifth game of their six-game trip in Vancouver on Sunday. ... Oilers D Cam Barker will have ankle surgery and miss three months. Forward Sam Gagner missed the game with a sore back, and Magnus Paajarvi replaced him in the lineup. ... Matt Carkner (knee), Peter Regin (shoulder) and Chris Neil (ankle) remained out with injuries for the Senators. ... It was the first meeting of the season between the teams, who split two games last season. ... The Senators have won eight of nine in the series and five straight in Edmonton. ... Anderson made his NHL-high 18th start in the Ottawa net.
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