Sens edge Jets 4-3 in OT Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Ryan Dzingel scored the game winner 3:44 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators edged the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime Saturday night.

The Senators winger took a saucer pass from Chris Tierney before skating in and beating Winnipeg goaltender Laurent Brossoit with a backhand deke before calmly sliding the puck into a wide open goal.

The tally was his 22nd of the season.

"I put (Chris) Tierney in a bad spot on the blue line and he chips it in and then makes a great pass. Like I joke around that he's skating at half speed at the time, but when you make plays like that you can skate as slow as you want," quipped Dzingel.

"He's been playing really good for us and he's been a guy we leaned on a lot lately," he added.

In fact, Dzingel is enjoying his best NHL season to date and that comes as no surprise to Senators Head Coach Guy Boucher.

"If you look at Zinger, he started his NHL career, he was a little jittery, an extremely fast guy whose vision is probably more limited than it is now. His second year you could see his understanding of the game grew, calming his game down a little bit and that's why you see him making plays a lot more than the last two years."

Mark Stone had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

Rudolfs Balcers and Matt Duchene added singles for the Senators, who beat the Jets for the second time in the last week.

Anders Nilsson picked up the win, making 23 saves for Ottawa, who moved to 22-31-5 on the season.

Tyler Myers had a pair of goals for the Jets and Brandon Tanev chipped in a goal and an assist.

Laurent Brossoit turned aside 37 shots for Winnipeg, who dropped to 36-19-4.

Mark Stone got Ottawa on the board with a power play marker 1:38 into the game when he hammered a Brady Tkachuk feed past Laurent Brossoit to score his 27th of the season.

Brandon Tanev scored on a shorthanded breakaway just under the three minute mark when Adam Lowry thwarted the Ottawa rush at the blue line before Tanev darted ahead and picked up the disc at the centre red line before breaking in and beating Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson with a backhand deke.

Tyler Myers gave the Jets the lead just 2:37 later when Brandon Tanev hit him with a backhand pass from the corner on his way to the net.

Myers beat Nilsson high glove side to make it 2-1.

The two shorthanded goals by the Jets were the fastest two shorthanded markers in Jets history.

Ottawa tied the game on the power play when Rudolfs Balcers got his stick on a shot from the point and redirected the disc past Brossoit to make it 2-2 at 13:53.

Ben Chiarot appeared to give Winnipeg the lead just fifteen seconds later, keeping the puck in at the Ottawa blue line before skating in and drifting a high wrister past Nilsson but the play was challenged successfully by the Senators as being offside.

With Jacob Trouba off serving a double minor for high sticking, Matt Duchene gave Ottawa the lead 47 seconds into the third on the power play, one timing a Bobby Ryan cross crease feed past Brossoit to make it 3-2.

The goal was his 27th of the season.

Tyler Myers scored on a slapshot from the point at 14:01 to make it 3-3.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

Winnipeg defenceman Tyler Myers, who had a pair of goals in the loss, said there is still confidence in the Jets room despite the losses lately.

"No concern. All of the guys in the room, we have a confident group in what our top speed is, what our top level is. I’ve said it before but sometimes the challenge, when you’ve had so much success and you are where we are in the standings, you almost have to create a little bit of hype for yourself going into a game at this stage. For the most part, we’ve been pretty good at it. Every team goes through a tough stretch at some point. We’re facing a little adversity right now, we’ll get our life back and finish (with) a good last 20 here."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said his club has been struggling lately.

"We are concerned. Going into tonight, it was the first five-game block of the season where we’re under .500 at 2-3. So yeah, you’re concerned."



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Philip Paul-Martin

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