Josh Norris scored the deciding goal in a shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators over the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night, extending the Senators’ winning streak to three games.
“I did my best and I was lucky to get in,” said Norris, who leads the Senators with 10 goals this season. “We are having fun. We hope this continues.”
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Tim Stutzle of Ottawa and Tomas Tatar of New Jersey also scored on penalties.
Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators. Anton Forsberg made 22 saves in regulation time and overtime for Ottawa, stopping Andreas Johnsson on penalties to secure the victory.
Ottawa had beaten Carolina and Colorado heading into Monday’s game.
“We are playing hockey well. We kept it close until the end, ”said Batherson, who leads the Senators with 20 points inline skating with Norris and Thachuk. “Getting three wins in a row helps our confidence.”
The Devils lost their fourth straight game in a game that was compensation for the postponed Nov. 16 due to the Senators’ COVID-19 outbreak. Damon Severson and Nathan Bastian scored for the Devils, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves.
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Severson’s goal put the home team ahead just 35 seconds into play when his shot through traffic from the correct spot found its way over Forsberg. It was Severson’s third goal of the season, with assists for Jonas Siegenthaler and Jesper Bratt.
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Batherson tied the game with his eighth of the season at 7:15 of the second with assists to Thomas Chabot and Tkachuk. But Bastian, on his 24th birthday, responded for the Devils just over a minute later at 8:20 to restore the lead with his third goal of the season and the second since rejoining the Devils on waivers from Seattle on Saturday. November 25. PK Subban and Ty Smith attended.
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“It’s nice to be back with the guys and see my best friends on the track every day,” said Bastian, a 2016 Devils second-round pick. “I feel more urgency now. I would like to do everything possible to show that I belong to the league.
Tkachuk then tied the contest at 12:42 with his eighth of the season.
New Jersey hosted the Senators for the first time since November 13, 2019, when the Devils lost 4-2 at Prudential Center.
“There were many parts of our game that I liked. Our defensive game was good, ”Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s probably a game that we have to win 2-1. You have to give them credit. They did a good job. “
New Jersey fell to 6-4-3 at home, while Ottawa improved to 3-7-1 on the road this season.
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