(Ottawa) With contributions from four different scorers, the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Center.
The Jets swept away the honors of the two-game series between the two teams in Ottawa, after their win of 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night.
Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler netted the Jets (3-1-0), who controlled most of the game. Ehlers and Scheifele added help each.
Chris Tierney deprived Connor Hellebuyck of a shutout at 17:03 of the third period.
The Senators (1-2-1) looked limp and made too many careless mistakes.
Ehlers was the first to find the back of the net, 11:50 a.m. of the initial throw-off, thanks to a wrist shot unchecked from the top of the box.
The puck stayed close to the ice and slipped through the pads of goaltender Matt Murray, whose sight was partially obscured.
Ehlers collaborated on the next goal early in the second period. From the corner of the ice, he passed to Kyle Connor, who sent the puck to Scheifele, posted at the mouth of the net to Murray’s right.
Scheifele just had to redirect the puck behind the Senators goaltender, who couldn’t help it.
The Jets moved away from their rivals with two more goals before the end of the period.
After a nice pass from DereK Forbort over the ramp, Trevor Lewis came in front of Murray and thought he had beaten him with a nice feint, but the puck hit the post. Lowry grabbed the comeback and completed the streak, at 7:05.
About six minutes later, it was Wheeler’s turn to hit the target, completing a three-way game with Connor and Scheifele.
Marcus Hogberg took over from Murray early in the third period in goal for the Senators.
The two teams will face off for a third consecutive time on Saturday, this time in Winnipeg.
For the Senators, it will be the first in a seven-game road series.