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|Senators outlast Red Wings 4-2|
|Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer|
|Sunday, 24 November 2013 00:40|
DETROIT — Clarke MacArthur scored two goals, and the Ottawa Senators outlasted Detroit in a testy third period to beat the Red Wings 4-2 on Saturday night.
Bobby Ryan scored the tiebreaking goal on a two-man advantage with 16:09 remaining for the Senators, who have won two in a row at Joe Louis Arena for only the second time. They won 6-1 at Detroit on Oct. 23.
Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa.
Pavel Datsyuk tied it at 2 early in the third — with the Red Wings enjoying a 5-on-3 power play. But Ottawa took advantage of its own opportunity when Detroit was down two men, going back ahead on Ryan’s goal.
Detroit’s Daniel Alfredsson was out of the lineup against his former team because of a groin injury.
Darren Helm scored in the first period for the Red Wings, who have won only one of their last nine games — although they have earned points in six thanks to a string of games that went beyond regulation.
Datsyuk tied this one just over a minute into the third period. He sent what looked like a pass across the goal mouth, but the puck caromed off the left skate of Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen and past goalie Robin Lehner for Datsyuk’s 12th goal.
But with Helm in the box for hooking, Detroit’s Kyle Quincey received a four-minute, high-sticking penalty, giving Ottawa a 5-on-3 edge for 81 seconds.
The Senators needed all but 5 seconds, but Ryan finally one-timed a shot past goalie Jimmy Howard from a sharp angle to the left of the net.
It wasn’t long before the Red Wings were up two men again — their third 5-on-3 chance of the game. This one lasted 92 seconds. Ottawa killed it — although moments after one of the penalties expired, Detroit’s Johan Franzen batted a rebound into the net with his left hand. The goal was immediately disallowed.
MacArthur’s power-play goal with 4:02 to play made it 4-2.
Lehner had 34 saves and Howard had 25.
Neil and Detroit’s Brendan Smith fought in the second period, and the third period was full of skirmishes and penalties. There were nine minor penalties called in the third, in addition to Quincey’s double minor. The Red Wings hurt their chances of a comeback by committing three penalties in the last 5:51.
The Senators led 2-1 after the first period despite being outshot 17-7. Detroit controlled the early stages and had the game’s first eight shots. The Red Wings finally took the lead on a power-play on a goal by Helm.
Ottawa answered with two goals in 2:21. MacArthur was able to lift the puck into the net after a scramble in front of Howard, and the Senators took the lead on Neil’s goal.
Ottawa’s only other back-to-back wins at Detroit were separated by nearly 18 months. The Senators beat the Red Wings 2-1 on Oct. 24, 1995, then beat them 3-2 on April 11, 1997.
Detroit had a two-man advantage for 1:33 in the second, but Ottawa killed it, to the delight of a group of fans high above the goal the Senators were defending.
NOTES: Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi missed the game with an upper-body injury. Stephen Weiss returned to the lineup for the Red Wings, coming off the injured lost earlier Saturday. Weiss had been out with a groin injury. ... Cowen appeared to catch Datsyuk in the head with his left arm in the third period, but the Detroit star was able to keep playing.
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