July 23, 2024

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OTTAWA — In Jakob Chychrun’s opinion, his team’s performance Sunday night was no Picasso.

But even though the Ottawa Senators may not have put a masterpiece together, they did enough to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.

Chychrun was instrumental in scoring two power-play goals.

Tim Stutzle, Drake Batherson and Parker Kelly also scored for Ottawa (30-36-4). Joonas Korpisalo had a busy night stopping 33 shots.

Adam Henrique, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman replied for the Oilers (42-23-4). Calvin Pickard made 11 saves.

By all accounts the Oilers probably deserved a better fate. They controlled the play for much of the third period and almost seemed to be toying with the Senators but couldn’t find a way to beat Korpisalo.

“Yeah, not a lot of O-zone time in the third that’s for sure,” said Chychrun. “The boys did a heck of a job of sticking with it and finding a way. We talk about it all the time. We feel like we’ve had games this year where we play really well and have a lot of chances and out-chance the other team and don’t get the result we want and it’s kind of the opposite tonight.

“They out-chanced us and we had a goalie that was standing on his head for us and we’re able to find a way at the end, so it’s nice to come out on top of this one.”

The teams exchanged first-period goals.

Mattias Ekholm set up Henrique to open the scoring early in the first period. Ottawa tied the game with its first of three power-play goals. Batherson found Chychrun in the circle to wire a shot past Pickard.

Edmonton jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second.

Draisaitl made it 2-1 early in the second with a power-play goal. Connor McDavid picked up his 90th assist on the play to join Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey as the third Oiler to get 90 assists in a season.

 

 

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