Lee's first career goal helps Senators veto Oilers

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EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Rookie defenseman Brian Lee picked

the perfect time for his first career NHL goal.

Lee netted a power-play goal to snap a tie with 8:28 remaining

in the third period as the Ottawa Senators avoided a fourth

straight loss with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on

Tuesday.

"It was just a big sigh of relief I guess," the 21-year-old Lee

said. "It's good to get that first one out of the way."

Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson both scored a goal

and set up another and Martin Gerber made 20 saves for the

Senators, who had lost eight of their previous 10 contests.

Captain Ethan Moreau and rookie Liam Reddox tallied and Shawn

Horcoff had two assists for the Oilers, who saw their three-game

winning streak come to an end.

It was Ottawa's third straight stop in Western Canada after

falling to the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks over the

weekend. The Senators, who have not won away from ScotiaBank

Place since October 30, are also halfway through an eight-game

road trip.

"For us it felt like a playoff game," Spezza said. "We were

desperate, we were struggling and we were down on ourselves.

Our confidence isn't very high right now and we're pulling at

straws to find positives.

"We needed this win. The intensity for us toward the last 10

minutes of that game was pretty intense."

With the contest knotted at 2-2, Lee received a backhanded pass

from Antoine Vermette in the high slot and blasted a one-timer

past goaltender Mathieu Garon.

"Brian's been a good player, we called him up and he's played

all three games on this trip," Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg

said. "He's making big strides as a player. He's a young

player but he's been very impressive in these three games."

Spezza opened the scoring at 9:56 of the first period,

converting a centering pass from Alfredsson. But the Oilers

responded after the captain committed a turnover in front of the

Ottawa net, leading to Moreau's goal with 6:03 remaining in the

opening session.

Alfredsson made up for his blunder at 4:07 of the second,

notching his 10th goal of the season to give Ottawa a 2-1 edge.

Reddox tied the contest with his second career goal with 6:38

left in the middle session, knocking Horcoff's centering attempt

past Gerber, who couldn't find the puck.

"I'm not going to make huge plays like (Ales Hemsky) out there

but sometimes simpler is better," Reddox said. "I just tried to

bring that part of my game tonight, shooting pucks low and

trying to get to them and making more space for my linemates."

Garon finished with 22 saves.

"We didn't start as sharply as we needed to," Oilers coach Craig

MacTavish said. "When you are playing a team that is

struggling, you know they are going to be desperate to get out

of it and you have to show them something early in the hockey

game."

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