NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Josh Norris scored the deciding goal in a shootout to take the Ottawa Senators to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Monday night, extending the Senators’ winning streak to three games.
“I did my best and was fortunate to come in,” said Norris, who leads the Senators with 10 goals this season. “We’re having fun. We hope it continues.”
Tim Stutzle of Ottawa and Tomas Tatar of New Jersey also scored in the shootout.
Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators. Anton Forsberg made 22 saves in regulation and overtime for Ottawa and stopped Andreas Johnsson in a shootout to secure the victory.
Ottawa had beaten Carolina and Colorado before Monday’s game.
“We play good hockey. We kept it tight until the end, ”said Batherson, who leads the Senators with 20 points on a line with Norris and Thachuk. “Getting three wins in a row strengthens our self-confidence. “
The Devils lost their fourth straight game in a game that made up for the postponed Nov. 16 game due to the Senators’ COVID-19 outbreak. Damon Severson and Nathan Bastian scored for the Devils and Mackenzie Blackwood made 21 saves.
Severson’s goal gave the home side the advantage with just 35 seconds left in the game when his shot through traffic from the right point managed to get past Forsberg. It was Severson’s third goal of the season, with assists for Jonas Siegenthaler and Jesper Bratt.
Batherson tied the game with his eighth of the season at 7:15 of the second with assists from Thomas Chabot and Tkachuk. But Bastian – on his 24th birthday – responded for the Devils just over a minute later at 8:20 a.m. to restore the lead with his third goal of the season and his second since joining the Devils at the waiver of Seattle on November 25. PK Subban and Ty Smith attended.
“It’s nice to be back with the guys and seeing my best friends in the ice every day,” said Bastian, a 2016 Devils second-round pick. “I feel more urgency now. I would like to do whatever I can to prove that I belong to the league.
Tkachuk then tied the game at 12:42 with his eighth of the season.
New Jersey hosted the Senators for the first time since Nov. 13, 2019, when the Devils lost 4-2 at the Prudential Center.
“There were a lot of parts of our game that I liked. Our defensive play was good, ”said Devils coach Lindy Ruff. “It’s probably a game we have to win 2-1. You have to give them credit. They did a very good job. “
New Jersey fell to 6-4-3 at home, while Ottawa improved to 3-7-1 on the road this season.
New York Post