Perrault gets SO winner as Jets beat Senators, 2-1
OTTAWA (AP) Mathieu Perreault is still looking for his first goal of the season - sort of.
Perreault scored in the sixth round of the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday night.
''It was a great feeling,'' Perreault said of the only goal scored in the tiebreaker. ''I was looking at what the other guys were doing and they were all coming in with speed and trying to rip it so I just tried to slow it down a bit and pick a corner.
''Luckily it went in.''
Perreault's timely goal helped the Jets to improve to 6-0-2 over their past eight games.
Toby Enstrom had Winnipeg's goal in regulation and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 37 shots through overtime and all six Ottawa skaters in the shootout - including a huge glove save on David Legwand's attempt.
''I don't like the shootouts at all. Especially ones that go that long,'' Pavelec said. ''We found a way to win and it continues what we've been doing lately. It was a tough game for us. (Senators goalie Craig Anderson) has been great for Ottawa all season long and he was great again tonight. It was a battle. It's all about the two points and we got them.''
Chis Neil scored in regulation for the Senators and Anderson finished with 36 saves.
Neil opened the scoring when he capitalized on the Senators' only power play of the first period by beating Pavelec with a wrist shot on the short side with 8:12 remaining.
The Jets used their only power play of the period to tie the game about 6 minutes later when Enstrom's point shot hit the post before finding the back of the net behind Anderson.
Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie as they entered the third period with both goales shining.
Legwand did have a great chance with less than five minutes to play in regulation. With Mark Stuart off for tripping and the Senators enjoying their second power play of the game, the puck came to Legwand at the side of the goal but he fanned on his shot with Pavelec out of position.
Mike Hoffman had a great opportunity in overtime to give Ottawa the win, but his quick shot from the slot was stopped by the quicker right pad from Pavelec.
Moments later, Erik Karlsson took out Jets' forward Evander Kane with a hip check at the blue line that drew a rise out of the crowd and a long gaze from Kane at Karlsson.
''We had opportunities in overtime to put them away and I think we gave ourselves a chance to win and that's all you can ask for,'' Neil said. ''When you get to a shootout it's a 50-50 coin flip and obviously (Anderson) gave us a chance to win. We weren't able to bury one and it makes it tough when you can't score goals.''
NOTES: Chris Phillips, Bobby Ryan and Alex Caisson were all scratches for the Senators. Adam Pardy and Matt Halischuk were scratches for the Jets. ... The Senators wrap up a four-game homestand Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Winnipeg opened a five-game road trip, and will visit Montreal next on Tuesday.