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MacArthur nets winner as Sens down Jets

Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek, left, celebrates a first period goal with teammate Cory Conacher against the Winnipeg Jets' during NHL hockey action in Ottawa Thursday. The Senators won 4-3 against the Jets.


Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek, left, celebrates a first period goal with teammate Cory Conacher against the Winnipeg Jets' during NHL hockey action in Ottawa Thursday. The Senators won 4-3 against the Jets.

OTTAWA - Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist Thursday and Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period as the Ottawa Senators beat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Thursday.

Kyle Turris stole the puck and fed MacArthur who then scored and helped the Senators win for the third straight time. They had not won back-to-back games in nearly seven weeks prior to the second win of their current streak.

Milan Michalek and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators (18-18-7), who have four wins in their past five games.

Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets (19-19-5) while Al Montoya made 25 saves.

Seconds after Smith gave the Senators a 3-2 lead on a deflection off a Marc Methot point shot at 6:42 of the third period, Craig Anderson maintained it with a glove save off Mark Scheifele who was alone in the slot to collect a rebound.

Anderson can include that among his 32 saves in the game, but he would also be the first to give thanks to his goalposts who were there to bail him out three times, including once earlier in the third period when the game was still tied.

After MacArthur gave the Senators a 4-2 lead, Jokinen made the home crowd nervous by pulling the Jets to within a goal with a little more than five minutes to play.

The Jets entered the third period tied 2-2 thanks in part to the fact that they had help on both their goals from their opposition.

Kane tied the game in the second minute of the second period from behind the net after he banked a shot off the back of Anderson and in. Seconds earlier Anderson had made a save on streaking Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba but was unable to get back into position in time to prevent the goal.

Byfuglien scored the Jets' first goal and that one tied the game 1-1 at 15:37 of the first when his shot was redirected past Anderson by Senators defenceman Joe Corvo.

Slightly more than two minutes before that goal, Zibanejad had opened the scoring when he picked up a rebound off a Corvo shot and beat Montoya. Conacher actually got to the loose puck before Zibanejad but was only able to push the puck forward slightly.

Both Zibanejad and Conacher were in on the go-ahead goal by Michalek in the final minute of the first period. Conacher sent a pass to Zibanejad who took a shot from the right faceoff circle. Montoya made a pad save but the puck went right to Michalek in the slot and then to the back of the net.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 2, 2014 D1

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  • FPTimCampbell

    @FPTimCampbell: It's opportunity lost in Ottawa. Final score #NHLSens 4 #NHLJets 3. 9:02 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Olli Jokinen converts Dustin Byfuglien's feed during four-on-four and it's now 4-3 Sens. 5:29 to play. 8:51 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Clarke MacArthur's goal makes it 4-2 Ottawa. 8:46 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Marc Methot's point shot finds the top of the net, #NHLSens 3 #NHLJets 2. 8:36 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Now done two periods in Ottawa, #NHLJets 2 #NHLSens 2 8:05 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Evander Kane wrists it in off Anderson's butt from behind the goal line and it's #NHLJets 2 #NHLSens 2 7:33 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Michalek whacks in a fat rebound with 46.4 left in first #NHLSens lead #NHLJets 2-1 at end of first. 7:14 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: They're calling it Byfuglien's goal, point shot was tipped by a Sens player thru Craig Anders. 1-1, #NHLJets and Sens 7:08 pm on Jan 2

  • Tim Campbell

    @Tim Campbell: Zibanejad fishes loose puck from crease and deposits, 1-0 Sens over #NHLJets nearing end of first. 7:04 pm on Jan 2

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Zenon Konopka on waivers. Be interesting to know if #nhljets put in waiver claim. He'd bring an element that's missing. Good on draw. $925 k 11:28 am on Jan 2

Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci, right, and Winnipeg Jets' Adrew Ladd fight for the puck during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Milan Michalek, left, celebrates a first period goal with teammate Cory Conacher against the Winnipeg Jets Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher gets roughed up by Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien during second period in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson gets lucky as the puck bounces off the cross bar and out during second period NHL hockey action against the Winnipeg Jets in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Clarke MacArthur celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Kyle Turris as Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd, back, looks on with teammates Dustin Byfuglien, left, and Mark Scheifele during the third period in Ottawa Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Craig Anderson tries to keep his eye on the puck as teammates Milan Michalek, left to right, Joe Corvo, and Chris Phillips defend against Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left to right, Chris Thorburn, and Devin Setoguchi during the third period Thursday.
Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad helps teammate Craig Anderson by making a save as Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen, left, and Chris Thorburn battle it out in front of the net during the third period. The Sens defeated the Jets 4-3.

Updated on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM CST: Updates score, changes headline.

8:12 PM: Updates score, changes headline after second period.

9:07 PM: Updates final score, changes headline.

9:36 PM: Adds post-game wire story.

9:40 PM: Changes photo.

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