Chiasson, Smith leads Senators past Jets 2-1
Mar. 31, 2016
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Alex Chiasson saw the puck change direction — and he put it in the net.
Chiasson jumped on a loose puck, a deflected pass that went off Mark Scheifele's skate in front of Winnipeg's net, and scored to help the Ottawa Senators edge the Jets 2-1 on Wednesday night.
"It was a lucky bounce there," Chiasson said of his eighth goal of the season. "Good forecheck by (Ryan) Dzingel. It kind of bounced on my stick and it was nice to get rewarded."
Zack Smith also scored and the Senators snapped a four-game road losing streak.
"It's nice to see everyone rolling well," Chiasson said. "I can't say there was a line that wasn't playing up to the standards. It was a good effort for that."
Andrew Hammond stopped 20 shots for his sixth win of the season as Ottawa improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven against the Jets.
"The biggest thing that sticks out in my mind is the shot blocks throughout the game at key times," Hammond said. "Whether it was on the penalty kill or at the end of the game there when they had the goalie out, that was a huge part."
Mark Scheifele scored the tying goal, his team-leading 26th, for Winnipeg at 6:55 of the third period, but Chiasson put Ottawa back in front less than two minutes later. A deflected pass went off Scheifele's skate, leaving a loose puck in front of the Jets' net. Chiasson quickly jumped on it and slapped it in for his eighth of the season.
"At the start of the year, you think about numbers and you set goals for yourself," Scheifele said. "And getting closer and closer to 30 (goals) is obviously a goal of mine. But the biggest thing is winning games and help this team and grow as a full 200-foot player."
Michael Hutchinson finished with 18 saves for Winnipeg.
Smith opened the scoring on Ottawa's first shot of the game as Mark Stone found Smith in the high slot, beating Hutchinson glove side for his 22nd goal of the season.
Stone was carrying the puck through the neutral zone midway through the second period and Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien stepped up and caught Ottawa's leading scorer with his head down with a crushing and clean hit at the blue line. While some Senators players jumped to their teammate's defense, Stone went directly to the locker room.
Stone soon returned and finished the second period, but before the third, the Senators announced he would not return after sustaining a chest injury.
"You just don't see those very often," Jets coach Paul Maurice of the ferocity of the hit. "It's clean, but so hard that you're wondering how a guy can come back from it, but he did. Good for him."
NOTES: Ottawa continues its three-game road trip with stops in Minnesota and Philadelphia on Thursday and Saturday. ... The Jets continue their final homestand of the season with two Central Division opponents as they host Chicago on Friday and Minnesota on Sunday.