Oilers 1, Senators 0
Nov. 23, 1997
KANATA, Ontario (AP) _ Rookie Mike Watt scored his first NHL goal late in the final period to give torrid Curtis Joseph and the Edmonton Oilers a 1-0 victory Saturday night over the punchless Ottawa Senators.
Watt took Jason Arnott's pass from the corner and beat Damian Rhodes to the stick side with 4:52 left, extending the Senators' winless streak to eight games. It was the Oilers' second consecutive shutout. Joseph also was in the net during a 3-0 victory Thursday night against St. Louis.
The goal by Watt, playing his fifth game after being called up from the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, decided the duel between Rhodes and Joseph.
Joseph stopped all 26 Ottawa shots for his 13th career shutout. Rhodes made 18 saves in the physical contest.
The Senators have scored only 11 goals during their 0-7-1 run.
Joseph robbed Alexei Yashin early in the second period, just before a heavyweight bout between Edmonton's Bill Huard, a former Senator, and Ottawa's Chris Murray.
Zholtok had a great opportunity midway through the third period, but couldn't beat Joseph, who also turned aside Alexandre Daigle on an ensuing power play.
A month ago, Ottawa was touted as the team to beat in the Northeast Division, and had fashioned a club-record five-game unbeaten streak.
Now team meetings and motivational sessions figure prominently on the Senators' itinerary.
Second-line center Sergei Zholtok has not scored in 16 games; third-line center Radek Bonk is scoreless in 19 and captain Randy Cunneyworth is goalless in 18. Even leading goal-scorer Shawn McEachern has fired blanks in his last eight games.