Senators 4, Oilers 1

The Ottawa Senators’ post-Olympic misery is over.

Chris Kelly had a goal and an assist, and Matt Cullen, Milan
Michalek and Mike Fisher also scored for the Senators, who snapped
a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton
Oilers on Tuesday night.

The Senators scored three times in the third period, matching
their total during their post-Olympics skid.

“We got some goals in a flood at the end there and it was nice
to get the run support,” goalie Brian Elliott said. “We’ve lost a
couple, so a win like this lifts the spirits.”

Daniel Alfredsson added three assists.

“We didn’t play well the first two games after the Olympics but
we had a gutsy effort to build from in our last one with a bunch of
guys sick,” he said. “That carried into tonight. I thought we
played a strong game. The biggest thing was having a strong effort
and getting the power play going in the third.”

Fernando Pisani had the lone goal for the Oilers, whose two-game
winning streak ended. Edmonton, which owns the NHL worst record, is
six points behind Toronto.

“Playing like that is what got us in trouble lots of other
nights,” Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “We had a lot of turnovers,
and when you are a chaser you never establish the forecheck and
spend lots of time in your own zone.

“When your forwards play the way ours did it puts a lot of
pressure on your goaltender and defense. We didn’t win any battles.
It would be hard to give any one of our forwards a good
grade.”

The Senators, who outshot Edmonton 39-19, had the bulk of the
early scoring opportunities, but Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers
stood tall. He helped killed a two-man Ottawa advantage when he
stopped Alex Kovalev and Michalek.

Edmonton’s best chance of the first came with just over two
minutes left when Brian Lee hauled down Mike Comrie. The Oilers
forward was awarded a penalty shot, but Elliott made the save to
keep the game scoreless.

“I know Mike from being in Ottawa and he is a little
trickster,” Elliott said. “He got a good shot but I got it with
my stick.”

Ottawa looked to have broken the deadlock with just 45 seconds
remaining in the period. Fisher banked a shot off the skate of
defender Taylor Chorney, but Deslauriers dove across to smother the
puck.

The Oilers got on the board at 4:27 of the second. Elliott
allowed a big rebound on Aaron Johnson’s point shot and Pisani
lifted the puck up and over the sprawling netminder for his third
goal.

The Senators finally got one past Deslauriers at 16:18 when
Kelly took a bad angle shot that got between the pads and the post
to make it 1-1 after 40 minutes.

Ottawa took its first lead 8 minutes into the third. Cullen
fired a shot from the point on the power play for this 14th of the
season.

The Senators made it 3-1 less than two minutes later. Fisher
stole the puck in the Oilers’ zone and slid it past
Deslauriers.

Ottawa put the game away at 13:09 when Michalek scored during a
5-on-3 advantage.

NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams
this season. Ottawa earned a 4-3 win over Edmonton in November and
has won six straight against the Oilers. … Edmonton forward
Patrick O’Sullivan left the game because of a left hand injury in
the first period and didn’t return. … The Senators, who have been
badly hit by the flu recently, had Alfredsson and Peter Regin back
in the lineup. … Ottawa forward Nick Foligno, who broke his right
leg in February, is skating. He could rejoin the Senators during
their Western Canadian road trip. … Senators D Filip Kuba (lower
body) didn’t travel with the team. … Edmonton G Nikolai
Khabibulin (back surgery) said he won’t return this season, but
that recovery is going well.