(Ottawa) Goals from defensemen Darnell Nurse, Evan Bouchard and Tyson Barrie led the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
The Senators (2-11-1) suffered a third straight loss and lost 12 of their last 13 games, including 11 in regulation.
Their victories came against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener on January 15 and against the Montreal Canadiens on February 4.
Connor Brown and Evgeni Dadonov managed the Senators’ goals.
The Oilers posted a second straight win and have won five of their last six games.
With the win, the Oilers (8-7-0) crossed the .500 plateau for the first time this season, greatly helped by their success against the Senators.
It was the fourth duel between the two teams in ten days. The Oilers won the first two on their ice, 8-5, 4-2, before snatching a 3-1 victory on Monday at the Canadian Tire Center. The two clubs will face each other five more times by the end of the season.
Players other than Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have taken matters into their own hands for the Oilers, as the two offensive stalwarts of the Alberta roster saw their respective ten-game streaks with at least one point cut short.
Draisaitl saw his shot hit the post with seconds to go on the dial, just as the net was empty.
For a second night in a row, the Senators fought hard but left the ice empty-handed. Having conceded two bad goals didn’t help.
At 3:53 of the second period, Matt Murray replaced Marcus Hogberg after the Oilers took a 3-1 lead. Hogberg blocked 10 of the 13 shots he faced.