In Ottawa, the Senators’ Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves as the Sens handed the Winnipeg Jets their seventh straight loss, 2-1.
“That’s how it’s going for us right now,” Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler said. “I think they only had a couple even-strength scoring chances all game, and we lose the game. It’s kind of hard to describe.”
Nikita Zaitsev scored with 73 seconds left in regulation to give the Senators a 2-1 lead, they would protect.
“It’s unbelievable, actually. I forgot that feeling, to score on a goalie,” Zaitsev said.
Josh Morrissey was the lone goal scorer for the Jets.
“We’ve lost seven in a row. That’s just a fact,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said. “What we’re talking about here is not letting that become the story in the room and being able to keep your head composed and being able to come out and fight your way out of it. There are fans that love this team, and if you lose seven in a row, they’re not going to be very happy with that, and why would you? I can tell you that nobody here is happy with that.”
Connor Brown also scored for Ottawa.
“That’s the best goaltending display that we’ve seen,” Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith said. “And to be honest, we made some mistakes in front of him, and it’s probably a couple games now … he’s been making incredible stops. It’s good to see.”
Laurent Brossoit made 16 saves in the loss.
“Production from him is going to be huge for us,” Wheeler said. “He had a great hockey game tonight. He could’ve won the game by himself, he had so many opportunities, just making really good plays, jumping into the play at the right time.”