Senators 6, Jets 4

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 30, 2011
Zack Smith and Milan Michalek scored two goals each to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Smith broke a 4-all tie with his second score of the night on a power play with 6:15 left, cutting in off the boards and sending a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Jason Spezza had the tying goal in the third period and Nick Foligno added an empty-netter with 1:08 remaining. Craig Anderson had 39 saves. Evander Kane had two goals for the Jets, and Blake Wheeler and Alexander Burmistrov also scored. Pavelec finished with 28 saves in the opener of Winnipeg's five-game homestand. The Jets will play 13 of their next 15 at the MTS Centre. With the Jets trailing 3-2 after two periods, Kane scored both of his goals early in the third period to give Winnipeg a 4-3 lead. He tied the score at 1:24 and got the go-ahead score on the power play 1:17 later. However, Spezza sent a wrist shot past Pavelec for his ninth of the season to pull the Senators even with 10:25 to go. Michalek ripped a shot over Pavelec's glove to put Ottawa ahead 1-0 with 4:05 remaining in the opening period. The teams then combined for four goals in the second and five in the third. The Jets tied the score at 7:06 of the second period when Wheeler tapped in his second goal of the season. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien rushed the length of the ice, sent a floater into the slot, and it bounced around to Wheeler all alone in front of the goal. Burmistrov banked a shot off the inside of Anderson's pad to give the Jets a 2-1 lead 8 minutes later, but Smith jammed a puck past Pavelec to tie it again just 45 seconds later. Michalek tipped a point shot by defenseman Chris Phillips with 43 seconds remaining in the second period to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead. It was his 14th goal of the season. NOTES: Senators F Nikita Filatov left the game in the first period after he was hit in the face by the skate of falling Jets winger Eric Fehr. ... Next up for Winnipeg is a matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes, who left Winnipeg for the desert in 1996. Coyotes captain Shane Doan, a member of the original Jets, makes his return to Winnipeg. Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Anaheim's Teemu Selanne are the only other players remaining in the NHL from the earlier Jets.
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