Senators bury Jets with four goal third period Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Tyler Ennis scored the game winner with 7:35 remaining in the third period as the Ottawa Senators downed the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-2 score Thursday night.

The win snapped a two-game losing skid for Ottawa.

The Senators scored four times in the third period, including a three-goal spurt in a 3:15 span to break the game wide open to put a further dent in the Jets post-season hopes.

The Dallas Stars went up five points on the Jets for the final Western Conference wildcard playoff spot as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout.

Brady Tkachuk scored twice for Ottawa.

Colin White and Connor Brown also scored.

Michael Del Zotto and Tim Stutzle each had a pair of assists.

Anton Forsberg turned aside 22 shots for the Senators, who moved to 23-36-5.

Josh Morrissey and Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg.

Mark Scheifele had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets, who dropped to 30-26-10.

Josh Morrissey scored 8:38 into the first when he moved in along the left side boards before sliding the disc between Anton Forsberg's pads to make it 1-0 Jets.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Brady Tkachuk evened the contest at 14:03 when he tipped a puck off a Artem Zub shot past Connor Hellebuyck to score his 21st of the season.

There was no scoring in the second period.

Tyler Ennis gave the Senators the lead with 7:35 remaining in regulation when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Mathieu Joseph.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

With Brendan Dillon off for hooking, Colin White gave Ottawa a two-goal cushion when Tim Stutzle found him by the side of the net and hit him with a crisp pass.

White simply pivoted toward the net before sliding the puck just inside the right post to score his 2nd goal of the season.

Connor Brown scored to provide an insurance marker just under a minute later when he took a Micahel Del Zotto feed in his own end before skating through the neutral zone and working a 2-on-1 with Tim Stutzle before shovelling the disc past Hellebuyck at 15:40.

The goal was his 10th of the season.

Kyle Connor scored at 17:06 to pull Winnipeg to within a pair of goals.

The goal was his 40th of the season and extended his points streak to nine games, both career highs.

Brady Tkachuk added a late empty netter to make it 5-2 Senators.

Winnipeg hosts Columbus on Friday while Ottawa returns home to host the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

SHOTS-OTTAWA 33 WINNIPEG 24

ATTENDANCE-14,175

NOTES-The game had only one penalty, a third period hooking call on Brendan Dillon.

Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.