Ottawa Senators Undermanned, But Beat Devils Anyway

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists as the undermanned Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Mike Hoffman, Chris DiDomenico, Colin White and Zack Smith also scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 30 saves.

The Senators were already without veteran forwards Mark Stone (knee) and Bobby Ryan (hand) when they learned they would be without Derick Brassard, who is banged up, and Nate Thompson, who left the morning skate early as he continues to deal with a lower-body injury.

Travis Zajac, Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid allowed four goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Eddie Lack, who gave up one goal on 12 shots.

Trailing 5-2 to start the third period, the Devils made it a two-goal game on Palmieri’s 11th of the season.

The Senators took a 4-1 lead midway through the second as White scored his first NHL goal on a great feed from Thomas Chabot in front of 13,991 at Canadian Tire Centre. The goal put an end to Kinkaid’s night.

The Devils trimmed the deficit when Hall scored his 19th of the season on a power play, extending his scoring streak to 11 games (seven goals, 10 assists). Alex Burrows was given a double-minor after taking exception to a hit from Hall.

The Senators made it 5-2 in the final minute of the second when Jean-Gabriel Pageau fed Smith for a breakaway as he stepped out of the penalty box. He made no mistake in beating Lack.

An entertaining first period saw the Senators jump out to a 3-1 lead.

The Devils opened the scoring two minutes in as Stefan Noesen took advantage of a turnover and found Zajac, who beat Anderson short side.

The Senators made the most of a two-man advantage as Hoffman beat Kinkaid with a one-timer to the top corner. On the ensuing power play, DiDomenico scored his fifth of the season.

Duchene completed the scoring, beating Kinkaid short side on a play that started with a great behind-the-back pass from Hoffman.

NOTES: Ottawa recalled Max McCormick from Belleville of the AHL. … Hall played in his 500th NHL game.

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Devils: Host the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Senators: Host the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

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