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Ottawa 5, Colorado 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Marc Joannette, T.J. Luxmore
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Bryan Pancich
Attendance: 14468

Matt Duchene had a two goals and an assist, Ryan Dzingel added a goal and an assist and the host Ottawa Senators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Brady Tkachuk and Mark Stone also scored while Anders Nilsson made the goals hold up with 30 saves for Ottawa.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Nikita Zadorov scored a goal and Mikko Rantanen added two assists for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who finished their five-game road trip 1-4.

The Senators came into Wednesday with 39 points, fewest in the NHL, but have now won three of their last four. Nilsson, acquired from Vancouver on Jan. 2, has been in net for the recent surge. He was sharp early in the third period when Colorado was pressing for a goal.

Ottawa got on the board after a scoreless first period with two quick goals to start the second. Tkachuk was standing in front of Varlamov when Chris Tierney's shot bounced off the goaltender. Tkachuk knocked it in for his 11th of the season at 2:06.

Stone's goal at 3:13, his 21st of the season, made it 2-0. Ottawa made it a three-goal lead when Duchene and Thomas Chabot moved the puck quickly around the Colorado zone to Dzingel at the doorstep, and he knocked it in for his 19th goal at 9:01.

Colorado got one back late in the period when MacKinnon passed to Zadorov at the point, and the big defenseman's one-timer beat Nilsson high for his fourth goal of the season at 18:53.

Duchene, who returned after missing three games for the birth of his son, put in a rebound at 7:49 of the third to make it 4-1.

Colorado went on the power play with 4:47 left and pulled Varlamov for a sixth skater. MacKinnon's goal at 16:01 cut it to 4-2. The Avalanche got another power play, and Varlamov went off again, but they but couldn't score.

Duchene score into an empty net at 18:58. It was his 20th goal of the season.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Colorado   Ottawa
Nathan MacKinnon 2 Points Matt Duchene 3
Nathan MacKinnon 1 Goals Matt Duchene 2
Mikko Rantanen 2 Assists Matt Duchene 1
Nathan MacKinnon 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov .867 Save Percentage Anders Nilsson .938
Semyon Varlamov 26 Saves Anders Nilsson 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 32 2 1-3 3-3 6 31
Ottawa 31 5 0-3 2-3 6 32
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Senators have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .414 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .440 after a loss.