|Date of game: 1/31/2015
Recap: Ottawa vs. Arizona
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Robin Lehner made 35 saves, and the Ottawa Senators scored four goals in a 5 1/2 minute span in their 7-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon.
"He was great down the stretch," said Senators forward Bobby Ryan. "He controlled the pace of the play."
Milan Michalek and Mark Stone each scored in the closing minutes of the second period, and Ryan and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added goals very early in the third period.
Ottawa also got goals from Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad to win for the second time in three games. Marc Methot tallied a career-high three assists.
Mike Smith allowed five Senators goals on 20 shots against him before getting the hook in the third period. Zbynek Michalek and Sam Gagner scored Arizona's goals as the Coyotes fell to 1-3-2 on their ongoing eight-game road trip.
After two goals were scored in the first 69 seconds of the game, it took until late in the second period for either team to light the lamp again. Milan Michalek skated around two Coyotes before snapping a shot past Smith to break the 1-1 tie. Stone extended Ottawa's lead two minutes later when he deflected Methot's point shot.
Ottawa added to its lead right after a successful penalty kill early in the third period. A Coyotes turnover exiting the zone sent the Senators moving the other way. Ryan took the backhand pass from Clarke MacArthur and jabbed a one-timer past Smith.
Just 20 seconds later, Pageau's backhand goal chased Smith from the game, and Louis Domingue made his NHL debut in relief.
Gagner scored the next goal when he deflected Lauri Korpikoski's wrist shot by Lehner, but the Coyotes would not get any closer.
With eight minutes to go in the game, Karlsson took advantage of an ill- timed Arizona line change to fire a shot by Domingue, and Zibanejad scored with 1 1/2 minutes left after Ryan set him up for a one-timer at the side of the net.
"In the end, it was embarrassing," said Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek. "That's not how we want to play."
One game after only needing five seconds in a period to score a goal, Arizona got off to another fast start against Ottawa. Zbynek Michalek scored just 40 seconds into the game when his wrist shot deflected off Methot's glove into the net.
Hoffman only needed 29 seconds to tie the game when he wristed a loose puck by Smith.Game Notes
Ottawa swept the season series, outscoring Arizona 12-3 ... Zibanejad has
scored in three straight games ... The Coyotes have been outscored 62-31
in the third period ... David Legwand had two assists for the Senators, and
Ryan, Stone, Karlsson and Zibanejad each had two points ... For the first time
since Jan. 12, 1985, two sets of brothers competed in the same game with
Zbynek and Milan Michalek and the Stone brothers, Mike and Mark.