Andrew Hammond made 33 saves to help the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.
The win Thursday night was also the Sens first home regulation win on the season.
The Canucks were able to get on the scoreboard first as Sven Baertschi scored at the 7:48 mark of the first period giving the Canucks the early 1-0 lead.
The Senators evened up the score at the 13:02 mark of the first period when Bobby Ryan scored his sixth goal of the season on a power play.
Hammond, who is 2-0-2 this season and 22-1-4 during the regular season in his NHL career, made saves on all 19 shots he faced in the second period.
The Senators pulled ahead in a one goal second period when all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson scored his second goal on the season at the 14:00 mark.
Chris Wideman put the Senators ahead 3-1 when he scored on the power play with 1:55 left in the third period. Shortly after Alex Edler scored his fourth goal with 24 seconds remaining with the Canucks on the man-advantage to make it 3-2.
After the game Ryan Miller, said he blamed himself on the Wideman shot.
“It hit the top of my pocket,” Miller said. “It’s really not a good goal on my part. No matter what would have happened at the end, we had to have a chance, and that kind of ruined that. So, yeah, I blew it.”
Vancouver is 1-2-1 so far on its seven-game road trip and has lost the special-teams battle in each game; it’s allowed six power-play goals and scored one only.
Willie Desjardin was asked about the penalty kill after the game and he believes that guys are simply “trying maybe a little too hard”, and over thinking simple situations.
On their current road trip, the Canucks are only 1-for-14 on the man advantage.
Up next: The Canucks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs for a Saturday afternoon game at 4:00pm.