The Ottawa Senators were able to snap their five-game losing streak on Monday night, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on the road. The Sens improved their NHL regular season record to 34-31-5 and currently sit in the fifth seed of the Atlantic Division with 73 pts.
Dylan Ferguson, shined in his first career start in the NHL with 48 saves, almost single-handedly stopping the Penguins in their tracks. Ferguson held a shutout through most of the contest, as Rickard Rakell was the only Pittsburgh player to score with less than six minutes remaining in regulation.
This was Ferguson’s first NHL appearance since back in 2017, when he played just over nine minutes at the age of 19 with the Vegas Golden Knights. The performance is sure to catch the eye of many teams across the league and will likely get him a few more starts in Ottawa.
The game opened relatively quietly, as both teams grappled for control in the first period. It wasn’t until late in the frame that Thomas Chabot was able to sneak one past Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry for his 10th goal of the season.
The Penguins dominated possession for much of the second and third quarters but only managed the one goal off the stick of Rackell late in the third. The Senators were then able to draw a penalty in the closing minutes, giving them their 2nd power play of the game and it wouldn’t go to waste. Drake Batherson was able to redirect the puck into the net for the game-winner at 17:51 and his 21st of the season.
The Senators are still clinging to a little bit of hope of making the playoffs this season but are looking at an uphill battle as they try to squeeze into one of the Wild Card spots. They are currently trailing the Panthers, Islanders and Penguins in the race.
Who do the Senators play next?
The Senators will have a tough one next, as they go up against the league-leading Boston Bruins at TD Gardens on Tuesday night. Ottawa will need to pull out their A-game to get the win and keep their chances of making the playoffs alive.
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