Batherson, Senators defeat Penguins for first win in seven games


OTTAWADrake Batherson had two goals and two assists for the Ottawa Senators in a 6-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Thomas Chabot had two assists and Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves for the Senators (4-9-1), who won for the first time in seven games.

The Senators have nine players in COVID-19 protocol: forwards Austin Watson, Alex Formenton, Dylan Gambrell and Connor Brown, defensemen Nick Holden, Victor Mete, Nikita Zaitsev and Josh Brown, and goalie Matt Murray.

Evan Rodrigues scored twice, Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist, and Casey DeSmith made 18 saves for the Penguins (5-4-4), who lost in regulation for the first time in five games.

After his first shot was blocked by Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman, Zach Sanford picked up the loose puck in the slot and scored with a snap shot to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 5:21 of the second. Jacob Bernard-Docker got his first NHL point with the primary assist.

Michael Del Zotto‘s point shot made it through a crowd in front to make it 2-0 at 10:40. Twenty-seven seconds later, Parker Kelly scored his into an open net at the edge of the crease to make it 3-0. Lassi Thomson got his first NHL point with the secondary assist.

Tim Stutzle scored with a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot on the power play to make it 4-0 at 17:49. It was his first goal in 16 games.

Batherson took a cross-ice pass from Tyler Ennis on a break and scored with a backhand deke to make it 5-0 at 9:40 of the third.

Kapanen’s wrist shot beat a screened Gustavsson to cut it to 5-1 at 11:49.

Rodrigues’ one-timer from the top of the slot went off the right post and in to cut it to 5-2 at 12:55.

Rodrigues scored his second of the game with a one-timer from the left point, cutting it to 5-3 at 15:57.

Batherson scored into an empty net with 48 seconds remaining for the 6-3 final.

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