Nick Paul’s 2 goals help lead Senators past Flames in 4-1 win – Calgary

Nick Ball scored twice in the first half and Matt Murray scored 27 times to claim his first win of the season when the Ottawa Senators beat Calgary Flames 4-1 on Thursday.

The senators had been playing their first game since New Year’s Day and only their second in 26 days, but they didn’t look rusty beating Calgary 34-28 when they opened a shortened two-game Alberta road trip.

Drake Paterson and Conor Brown also scored for Ottawa (10-18-2), whose 11 games were postponed. They played 30 games with the New York Islanders for the lowest level in the league.

Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary (17-11-6), who have lost four consecutive games and lost 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.

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Jacob Markstrom blocked 30 of 34 rounds on the losing attempt and fell to 12-8-5. Murray, who lost his first six starts of the season, won for the first time since April 22, 2021.

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The Flames were playing on home ice for the first time since December 11 after delays caused by the COVID outbreak and capacity restrictions.

With restrictions still in place, actual attendance was well below half the permitted capacity with far more empty seats than fans.

There wasn’t much to cheer for the home side’s fans with Paul opening the scoring on the first shot of the match less than two minutes later.

A defensive zone along the side panels saw the puck exit to Alex Formenton, who fired Paul and flicked his wrist from 25 feet over a Markstrom’s gauntlet.

Later in the period, Formenton stripped Mikael Backlund inside his own blue streak, and from there, Conor Brown and Paul worked his give-and-go method with Paul to finish him accurately at the 16:37 mark. This is his third game in his career with two goals and the first since December 30, 2019.

Ottawa Senator Nick Poole scores at Calgary Flames goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

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Paul was playing halfway between Formington and Brown, losing Senators Tim Stutzel, who was added to COVID Protocol on Wednesday. Ottawa is also without center backs Shane Pinto and Colin White, both of whom are out due to shoulder injuries.

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The Senators led 2-0 after 20 minutes, outsmarting Flames 13-6 in the second half, scoring the only goal in the last minute from a sharp corner from Paterson.

From the goal line on the side of the net with a small hole over Markstrom’s shoulder as he embraced the post, Paterson sent a perfect shot under the crossbar to score his 10th goal.

The Flames got onto the scoreboard 47 seconds into the third minute when Tkachuk deflected perfectly from Chris Tanev’s shot.

However, despising any hopes of a comeback, Brown regained Ottawa’s lead by three goals in a break-up at 4:52. He pounced on a pass from the errant Tkachuk from behind the Senator’s net, darted away on a breakaway and Markstrom won through the five holes.

Defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker, who hails from the nearby town of Okotoks, Alta, has been activated. , of the Taxi Squad and has been paired with Thomas Chabot. Among the family members who watched his ninth game of his career are Bernard Duker’s parents, who watched him play a National Hockey League game for the first time.

Scott Sabourin’s first game with Ottawa since November 14 lasted just over a while. He was left injured after losing in a one-sided battle against Milan Lucic.

Ottawa Senator Scott Saborin, left, fights with Milan Lucic of Calgary Flames during second period hockey league in Calgary, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

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