LOS ANGELES — The Pacific air is the greatest good to the Ottawa Senators. They have won their battle to get out of the shallows of the general standings from the NHL on Thursday night by going to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on their ice of the Staples Center, its second win in 24 hours in the corner of Hollywood.
It was admittedly an improbable scenario so that they had to do without their goalkeeper, defender and centre numbers a, Craig Anderson, Thomas Chabot and Matt Duchene, for the beginning of this journey. The Senators (17-23-5) will now have an opportunity to sweep California for the first time since the month of February 2015, while the “Hamburglar”, Andrew Hammond, had become unbeatable, when they visit the San Jose Sharks and Erik Karlsson on Saturday night.
“This is a big victory for us. To me, this is my first visit to California, you hear a lot about this arena and the atmosphere here. Up to now, it’s been a nice journey”, has launched the rookie Brady Tkachuk, who got a pass and was very present in front of the keeper of the Kings Jonathan Quick during the whole game.
Two goals in less than two minutes in the second third of Bobby Ryan and Chris Tierney have launched the visitors on the way to that gain.
Ryan jumped on its own back to start at the beginning of an attack to five to tie the game 1-1, as he had done the previous night in Anaheim in the score of 2-1 against the Ducks. For the american striker, it was a sixth game in a row with at least a point, a sequence where he has amassed three goals and four assists. Brady Tkachuk was awarded a mention assistance on the game, breaking a sequence of five matches without a point.
Tierney followed a few moments later when his shot from the bottom of the circle updates the game has passed under the arm of goalie Jonathan Quick. Mikkel Boedker recorded his 200th passes in career in the game, while the rookie Rudolfs Balcers got his first, who had scored in his second game in the NHL on Sunday against Carolina.
Christian Wolanin added an insurance goal lucky in the beginning of the third period when his shot innocent of the tip has deflected off Jake Muzzin, and Tierney has completed a one-two in an empty net.
It was a contrast of the gods of hockey because even Muzzin took out the centre rookie Colin White of the game in the first period with a resounding failure. He did not return to the game after that and the Senators have announced that he was wounded in the left shoulder.
In his second start in a row, the goaltender Anders Nilsson has been very solid in the face of the 18 shots the Kings in the first third, and he could do nothing about it when Kyle Clifford deflects a shot from the edge of Jake Muzzin at the last moment in front of him to open the scoring. He made 33 stops in total, after completing 32 against the Ducks.
“It’s huge to start a trip with two victories, especially in two nights. We carried the momentum from last game into this one. We played well defensively and Nilsson was great again,” said Chris Tierney, the former Shark who will return now to San Jose Saturday.
The former Senator Dion Phaneuf has been quite invisible in this match, to him who knows to a season of disastrous with only a pass to his record by 38 parties. One of the players against whom he was traded, Marian Gaborik, still belongs to the Senators, but it soignerait always a back injury at his home in Los Angeles.
It was only the fourth win in 19 visits to Los Angeles (4-12-1-2) of the training ottawa.