Sports Shane Pinto scores 25 seconds in OT, Sens down Jets 3-2 in NHL pre-season

08:55  27 september  2021
08:55  27 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The Ottawa Senators opened its 2021-22 preseason with a 3 - 2 overtime win in Winnipeg thanks to Shane Pinto 's winner. The Jets ' Eric Comrie stopped 24 shots while Pierre-Luc Dubois and C.J. Suess scored . "Right from the start it was a high energy game," Parker Kelly said. "I thought it was a good effort by everyone overall. "You can't ask for a better first preseason game." Pinto ended the game on the first shot of overtime as he took the puck down the right wing, circled around the back of the net before he completed a full circle by coming back out into the right faceoff circle where he fired

Shane Pinto (born November 12, 2000) is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League ( NHL ). He was drafted 32nd overall by the Senators , the first pick in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

WINNIPEG — Shane Pinto took a little time, but it was worth it.

  Shane Pinto scores 25 seconds in OT, Sens down Jets 3-2 in NHL pre-season © Provided by The Canadian Press

The Ottawa Senators rookie forward weaved around the offensive zone with the puck and then fired the winning shot 25 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in NHL pre-season action Sunday.

The low shot beat Jets goalie Eric Comrie.

“I was going to drop it to (teammate Alex Formenton), but I realized they had three forwards and maybe if I faked it to Forme, they would bite on it,” Pinto said. “And he (Comrie) kind of did and I just got my shot off and it went in, so it was nice.”

Formenton had tied the game 2-2 at 12:17 of the third period with a low shot from inside the circle. He also picked up an assist on Pinto's game-winner.

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Anton Forsberg started in Ottawa's net and stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in just over 30 minutes of ice time. Filip Gustavsson got his turn and made 14 saves the rest of the way.

Comrie made 24 saves for the Jets.

“There were some good things,” Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said. “You just don’t weigh these games too heavily. There would be big chunks of both teams (that) wouldn’t necessarily be starting an NHL game.”

The Senators opened the scoring in the first with a slick goal by rookie Ridly Greig. The native of Lethbridge, Alta., slid the puck between his skates, kicked it to his stick and then sent a backhand shot past Comrie at 11:30 of the first.

Jets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois replied with a power-play goal with 37 seconds left in the first to make it 1-1, but then had to leave the ice midway through the second because of Greig.

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It was Pinto who opened the scoring and he did so by burying the first goal of his NHL career. Artem Zub's initial low shot was saved by the right pad of Allen but Pinto was on hand to bang the rebound in at 11:35 for his first pro goal. Montreal tied the game with 32 seconds left in the first off of a set play off a faceoff as Edmundson found himself in the slot to score his third goal of the season . Ottawa re-took the lead 3 :44 into the second as Josh Norris stuck with the puck on a battle behind the net and then centered out front to Tkachuk who'd bury his 17th of the year for a 2 -1 lead.

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Greig cross-checked Dubois in the face and was handed a game misconduct. The Sens were assessed a five-minute penalty. Dubois returned for the third period and said after the game he got 15 stitches.

“I don’t think he did it on purpose,” Dubois said of Greig. “I don’t really know him, but I know he’s a good player, scored a nice goal in the first.

“I think he just got scared, threw his stick up. He saw me coming and threw his stick up to defend himself, which is obviously against the rules for an obvious reason. It is what it is.”

Jets forward C.J. Suess scored at 2:13 of the second for the 2-1 lead in front of 14,625 vaccinated and masked fans in attendance at the newly renamed Canada Life Centre.

Winnipeg was dinged for four penalties in the first period, including two in the opening five minutes, but Greig scored at even strength. He was the third of Ottawa's three first-round picks (28th overall) in the 2020 NHL draft.

Aside from Greig's major penalty, Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith was impressed by the young skater.

“For your first game, you score a goal, you get involved. Obviously, the future is bright for him,” Smith said of Greig. “He can skate, he can make plays, he's a competitive kid, so looks like we've got a really good player.”

Ottawa only registered one shot on goal in the middle frame and were outshot 23-15 after 40 minutes.

Both teams are back in action Wednesday. Winnipeg hosts Edmonton while Ottawa is home against Toronto.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2021.

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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