Senators start the year strong

The Ottawa Senators snapped the Buffalo Sabers' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 win at the Canadian Tire Center on Sunday.

Senators start the year strong

The Ottawa Senators snapped the Buffalo Sabers' six-game winning streak with a 3-1 win at the Canadian Tire Center on Sunday.

It was Jacob Lucchini who gave his team the victory by shaking the ropes for the first time in the National Hockey League in his fourth career game. The 27-year-old forward was overlooked to the left of the net on the power play and fired a one-timer that didn't give opposing goaltender Craig Anderson time to react.

The young German star Tim Stützle had opened the mark. He recovered a loose puck in the slot and hit the target with a good shot, after less than a minute elapsed in the game. The number 18 of the “Sens” obtained a second net in an empty net.

Anton Forsberg gave his side a chance to get the win by stopping 33 of 34 shots he faced. Zemgus Girgensons is the only one to have managed to outsmart him.

The Sabers have suffered a rare loss in recent weeks. They are 7-3 in the last 10 games.

A first for Vlasic

In Chicago, Quebecer Marc-Édouard Vlasic scored his first goal of the season in a convincing 5-2 San Jose Sharks victory over the Blackhawks.

The "Hawks" had a great opportunity to find the way to victory against the Californian team, which also occupies the shallows of the Bettman circuit. Like their game the day before, a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Luke Richardson's men instead suffered defeat again against an unthreatening formation.

The hosts, however, led by two goals at halftime. Patrick Kane and Sam Lafferty threaded the needle in the middle of the second period.

After a retort from Jonah Gadjovich, Vlasic brought both teams back to square one by redirecting from the skate a throw-in from Matt Benning. The Montrealer, who was also playing his 1200th career game, had not hit the target since March 26, 2022.

Alexander Barabanov, Timo Meier and Evgeny Svechnikov then added their two cents to allow the Sharks to break their three-game losing streak.

Spectacular Swedish defenseman Erik Karlsson notched his 39th and 40th assists of the season in the win.

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