Wild snap Senators' four-game win streak, hold on for 4-2 victory

OTTAWA — Ryan Hartman’s first goal of the season proved to be the game winner Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild snapped the Ottawa Senators' four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.

Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Frederick Gaudreau, with an empty net, also scored for the Wild (3-3-1), who played their third of a five-game road trip. Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.

After opening the season with consecutive road losses, Ottawa had been looking to close out its five-game homestand with a perfect record, but settled for going 4-1-0.

Alex DeBrincat and Thomas Chabot scored for the Senators (4-3-0). Anton Forsberg, back in goal after missing the last game with an undisclosed ailment, stopped 36 shots.

Trailing 3-1, Ottawa made the most of a two-man advantage 4:03 into the third period when DeBrincat found a wide-open Chabot for his second goal in as many games.

With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, the Senators went on the power play and pulled Forsberg, but Minnesota sealed it as Gaudreau added the insurance marker with an empty net.

The Wild dominated the second period.

Minnesota outshot the Senators 17-8, controlled the play for much of the period and Hartman scored his first of the season to make it a 3-1 game 4:25 into the frame.

Fleury made key stops when Ottawa did have chances, including three huge saves late in the period with the Senators on the power play.

DeBrincat opened the scoring 3:47 into the first, beating Fleury glove side. The Wild went on to score twice to finish the period up 2-1.

With Forsberg screened, Zuccarello had a clear lane for his fifth of the season 7:53 into the frame. Kaprizov gave the Wild the lead with 1:36 left in the period, tipping Jared Spurgeon’s point shot.

Fleury preserved the lead with a glove save on DeBrincat with 17 seconds remaining in the period.

INTERESTING FACT OR STAT

Shane Pinto has goals in his last five games and is tied with captain Brady Tkachuk for the team lead in goals.

NOTES: The Senators signed forward Mark Kastelic to a two-year contract, which has an average annual value of US$835,000. Ottawa goalie Cam Talbot, who is dealing with a rib injury, took shots in practice today, which was encouraging. Minnesota’s Tyson Jost was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. He has one assist in six games.

UP NEXT

The Senators head to Florida to face the Panthers Saturday night. Minnesota heads to Detroit where they will take on the Red Wings Saturday night.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 27, 2022.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press