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Sports Senators win over Oilers again in Edmonton

07:50  05 december  2019
07:50  05 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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  Struggling Mike Smith gets the start, but Edmonton Oilers still have two solid choices in net Struggling Mike Smith gets the start, but Edmonton Oilers still have two solid choices in net Ask almost any fan of the Edmonton Oilers and they will tell you the same, that goalie Mike Smith is struggling right now.

The win moved the Oilers three points up on the Arizona Coyotes for first in the Pacific Division and restored the six-point gap ahead of the Canucks. The Oilers host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) at Rogers Place. “It’s tough, because you don’t want to back off too much

and the Ottawa Senators . Before I get started on today’s GDB can we all just agree that this is a game that the Oilers absolutely have to win ? We know there are no gimme games in the NHL, every team can win on any given night, the Oilers need to approach this thing like they’re going up against one of

a group of people riding skis down a snow covered slope: Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Alex Chiasson (39) as Mark Borowiecki (74) defends during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Alex Chiasson (39) as Mark Borowiecki (74) defends during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night.

The Senators have won six road games in a row against the Oilers. They've taken 12 of their last 14 visits to Edmonton.

The Oilers had several chances in the first period and finally scored when forward Jujhar Khaira chipped in a pass from Leon Draisaitl. The Senators unsuccessfully challenged the play for offside.

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The Oilers outshot the Sens 10-4 in the first.

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The Senators' Artem Anisimov and Connor Brown scored 12 seconds apart early in the second. Edmonton native Tyler Ennis struck with 8:18 left in the period to make it 3-1 Senators.

Mike Smith replaced Mikko Koskinen in the Oilers' net. Koskinen allowed three goals on 12 shots. The Oilers clawed back to within one when Oscar Klefbom blasted a power-play point-shot past Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson with 2:23 remaining in the frame.

The Senators' Anthony Duclair made it 4-2 90 seconds into the third, then Vladislav Namestnikov added some insurance with 8:13 to go.

The Oilers spent most of the final four minutes on the power play but couldn't mount a charge.

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Smith made the save of the night in the third, stretching his right arm across the goal line and trapping a Brady Tkachuk shot under his blocker.

The Oilers (17-10-3) will host Los Angeles on Friday.

Edmonton Oilers searching for answers with Leafs up next .
"We're not going to sit here and be in a grump about it.""Just that we've done a lot of good things well," answered goalie Mike Smith when asked about Tippett's message. "There are parts of our game that on a consistent basis need to be better. We're not going to sit here and be in a grump about it.

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