Matt Murray made 32 saves, and Connor Brown and Nick Paul each had a goal and an assist as the host Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Monday night.
Brown played in his fourth multi-point game of the season upon his return after missing 10 games with a broken jaw.
Nick Holden and Adam Gaudette scored nine seconds apart in the second period to give Ottawa a 3-1 lead. Brown, who set up Nick Paul’s tying goal at 16:51 of the first period, capped the score at 11:58 of the third with his sixth goal of the season. Paul had the first assist.
The Devils have lost seven straight and are 1-10-0 in their last 11 games, a slip that propelled them to last place in the Metropolitan Division.
New Jersey outshot Ottawa 33-24, but Murray allowed just one first-period goal to Devils captain Nico Hischier and improved to 5-0-2 in his last seven games. His biggest save came in the final minute of the second period, when he robbed Yegor Sharangovich.
Hischier gave the Devils a 1-0 lead when he scored a power play goal at 11:48 of the first period. He ended a personal six-game points drought by redirecting a shot past Murray for his ninth goal of the season.
But the Senators scored four unanswered goals, continuing New Jersey’s struggles when playing with a lead. The Devils are 9-10-3 when scoring first this season, one of the worst records in the NHL.
Ottawa tied the game with 3:09 left in the first period when Brown sent a pass behind the net to Paul, who beat Nico Daws for his ninth goal of the season. Holden scored his third of the season at 7:54 of the second period to give Ottawa the lead and Gaudette scored his fourth at 8:03 to give Ottawa a two-goal lead.
Daws, a rookie who was recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League on Friday and playing his third NHL game, made 20 saves.
In addition to Brown’s return, the Senators also welcomed defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, who missed 13 games with a heel injury, and forward Dylan Gambrell, who missed four games with a heel injury. upper body.
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