NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Phoenix|
(Tuesday, October 15th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Phoenix 3 (OT)
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators closed out their
season-opening six-game road trip on a high note.
Cory Conacher scored 2:48 into overtime to lift the Senators to a 4-3 win over
the Phoenix Coyotes.
Jason Spezza completed the fifth hat trick of his career to put the Senators
up in the third period, but Mike Ribeiro was credited with a power-play goal
with 3:30 remaining to force overtime.
In the extra session, Marc Methot sent a diagonal slap pass to below the right
circle for a successful one-timer by Conacher.
Craig Anderson made 34 saves for Ottawa, which compiled a 2-2-2 mark on its
"We end up with a .500 record to start the season with six games on the road.
We can go home and feel good about that, not really feel good about maybe the
way we played in all those games but we did find a way to get some points out
of four of the games," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean.
Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for the Coyotes, who returned home after a 3-2-0
"We made a couple critical mistakes that hurt us. We'll take the point and
move on," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett.
The Senators had a 12-4 shot advantage in the first period, but the game
Phoenix shook off the slow start and grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second
period. Rob Klinkhammer and Radim Vrbata scored goals separated by 1:17, the
latter coming at the 2:35 mark.
Spezza rallied the troops with a natural hat trick, scoring once in the middle
stanza and twice in the third period.
The new Ottawa captain tied the game off a Smith turnover 1:50 into the third.
The Phoenix netminder was caught out of position after nearly playing the puck
in the restricted area, and Spezza took a feed from Colin Greening and hit the
Spezza fired a slap shot past Smith on a power play to give the Senators the
lead at 7:19.
Greening and Milan Michalek both had two assists for Ottawa ... Vrbata now has
199 career NHL goals.
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