Giroux has goal, 3 assists as Senators beat Red Wings 6-2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Claude Giroux scored the tiebreaking goal and had three assists, Thomas Chabot had a goal and two assists and the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 Monday night.
Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stutzle, Drake Batherson and Jake Sanderson also scored to help Ottawa win its second straight after a two-game skid. Cam Talbot finished with 22 saves.
David Perron and Tyler Bertuzzi scored goals for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight after winning seven of eight. Magnus Hellberg had 36 saves.
This matchup of teams chasing a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference was a makeup for the game that was canceled on Dec. 23 due to a snowstorm. The teams meet again here on Tuesday.
Detroit remained three points behind Pittsburgh for the East's second wild card. Buffalo is just a point behind the Penguins, and the Red Wings are in a three-way tie with Florida and Washington with 64 points.
Perron fired a shot from the left circle on a power play for his 15th goal of the season to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead at 5:11 of the second period.
The Red Wings then scored the next four goals over an 8 1/2-minute stretch to take control of the game.
Batherson tied it with Ottawa's second power-play goal of the game on a shot from the right circle with 7:25 remaining in the middle period. It was his 19th of the season — 12th on the power play.
Giroux put the Senators ahead for good as he got a long pass from Dylan Gambrell and skated in on Hellberg on a breakaway and slid the puck through the goalie's legs for his 24th with 5:50 left in the period.
Tkachuk took a pass from Giroux and fired it past Hellberg from the left circle for his 25th with 2:19 left in the second to make it 4-2.
Chabot got a pass from Giroux, skated up the left side and beat Hellberg top shelf for his 9th to give the Senators a three goal lead 47 seconds into the third period.
Stutzle capped the scoring with his 27th with 5 minutes left.
Bertuzzi got the Red Wings on the scoreboard first as he skated in all alone on Talbot, cut across the front of the goal and put a backhander in from the left side with 8:12 left in the first period. It was his fourth.
Sanderson tied it on the power play at 3:41 of the second as he got the return pass on a give and go from Giroux and fired a shot from center point through traffic and past Hellberg. It was his fourth.
Hellberg initially left the Red Wings as a free agent and signed with Seattle last summer. He was placed on waivers during the preseason and claimed by the Senators on Oct. 3. Just over a month later, after having made one appearance for Ottawa, he was put back on waivers and claimed by Seattle. The Kraken then placed Hellberg back on waivers and he was claimed by Detroit, where he’s now having a chance to play meaningful games.
Red Wings: At Ottawa on Tuesday night to wrap up the two-game series and trip.
Senators: Host Detroit on Tuesday night to finish the two-game series and homestand before playing six of next seven games on the road.
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