Cam Talbot had a 32-save shutout on the way to a 3-0 win by the Senators over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. It was Talbot’s first shutout of the NHL season and 28th of his 10 season career.
On the offensive side, Alex DeBrincat was able to notch two power-play goals, both assisted by Claude Giroux. Parker Kelly also scored for the Senators, who have been upping their game recently, going 4-1-1 in their past six matchups.
Ottawa improves to 12-14-2 on the season and currently sit in 8th place for the Atlantic Division, just one place away from the very bottom. If the Sens can keep up their form as of late however, they could make a run for a place in the playoffs, given how early it is in the season.
Lukas Dostal made 35 saves in his season debut for Anaheim, who fell to a league’s worst (7-19-3) record. The Ducks will be in a tough matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, who have been on a tear as of late.
The game was controlled by the Senators from the drop, as Kelly deflected a point shot from Nikita Zaitsev for his first goal of the season. It gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 5:42 of the first period.
A few minutes later, Ducks forward Brett Leason was called for interference on Tim Stutzle. It wasn’t but nine seconds later that DeBrincat scored in the ensuing power play for a 2-0 lead to Ottawa.
The Ducks also had a few good chances on goal, one from Ducks forward Adam Henrique was extremely close but he wasn’t able to convert a short-handed breakaway at 17:17 in the first period.
The second period went scoreless but DeBrincat was able to score again via a powerplay in the third period. It was DeBrincat’s 11th goal in 14 games against Anaheim in his career.
Up next for the Senators are the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at the Canadian Tire Center. With the Canadiens only a couple games ahead of the Sens in the division, this could be a big game for both teams.
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