Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Devan Dubnyk recorded 35 saves while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals to help the Edmonton Oilers snap a five-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday at Canadien Tire Centre.
Dubnyk had his best performance of the season, holding the Senators scoreless through the first two periods despite facing 25 shots as the Oilers improved to 2-6-1 after getting their first road win of the season.
Nugent-Hopkins scored his third and fourth goal of the season while Jordan Eberle delivered his third score for the Oilers. The two also finished the game with two assists apiece.
However, the win came with a price as the Oilers lost forward Taylor Hall to a left knee injury in the second period. Hall, the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, has three goals and five assists in nine games.
Hall was called for slashing after he was hit hard by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at 11:04 of the period. He came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room with 6:42 left in the period.
Robin Lehner stopped 18 of 20 shots while Chris Neil scored his first goal of the season with assist from Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch as the Senators slipped to 3-3-2 after the Oilers ended their two-game winning run.
The Oilers scored on their first shot of the game when Nail Yakupov and Eberle came down the ice on a 2-on-1 rush.
Nugent-Hopkins connected on a saucer pass from the neutral zone to Eberle, who knocked home the puck past Lehner at 2:15 of the first period.
Edmonton took a two-goal lead courtesy of Nugent-Hopkins’s third goal of the season at 10:29 of the first period. Yakupov shot the puck on Lehner, who rebounded it wide to Nugent-Hopkins backdoor for the score.
With 5:48 remaining in regulation, Ottawa scored their first goal of the night behind Neil’s efforts. At first, tt appeared that Neil might have hit the puck in with his glove but he was awarded the goal after a thorough review.
Nugent-Hopkins iced the game for Edmonton with an unassisted empty-netter with 34.4 seconds remaining to make it a 3-1 game.