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Recap: Jets , Senators
Date: March 17, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
  

OTTAWA (AP) - There was a sense of celebration in the Ottawa Senators' dressing room, and the happy feelings went way beyond simply beating the Winnipeg Jets.

The Senators' 4-1 victory on Sunday was satisfying in its own right, but even more so because it snapped Ottawa's 11-game streak of one-goal games.

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Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to power the Senators to the rare multi-goal victory. Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris added goals for Ottawa (15-8-6), which got 25 saves from Robin Lehner.

``It was nice not being a one-goal game for once,' said Turris, who scored his eighth of the season. ``We played our game and finished strong.'

Zach Bogosian scored the lone goal for the Jets (15-12-2). Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves, but Winnipeg's three-game winning streak was snapped.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the third, the Jets finally beat Lehner at 3:26 as Bogosian's shot from just inside the blue line made it through traffic and just under the crossbar.

Evander Kane had a great chance to tie the game midway through the period on a 2-on-1 break, but was robbed by Lehner, who made a great pad save.

``We've seen a lot of good things from Robin, but maybe Lehner is Irish,' Senators coach Paul MacLean joked. ``He was outstanding. The difference in the game was Robin.'

Ottawa had a scare when Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien knocked Lehner down, and the goalie needed a few moments to gather himself before he got back up.

``I don't remember much,' Lehner said. ``It was a big body coming at me, and he hit me in the head, but fortunately I felt good after a little while and could finish.'

The Senators made it 3-1 with a power-play goal by Turris, and 1:15 after that, Silfverberg scored his second of the game to give Ottawa a three-goal edge.

Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play, an impressive feat because the Jets had gone 11 games without giving up a power-play goal.

``They made some nice plays,' Jets coach Claude Noel said. ``They made a dot-to-dot play that's really tough on your goalie. You've got to give them credit. They can make those plays.'

Fatigue seemed to be a factor for the Jets, who played for the third time in four days. Ottawa dominated the first period, jumping out to a 2-0 lead and outshooting Winnipeg 19-6.

``I think the fact we played three games in four days, and not really playing with enough of four lines really caught up with us,' Noel said. ``I can't fault the players for their effort. I thought they worked hard and tried to come back in the second period. It was a factor, no doubt.'

The Senators opened the scoring at 3:44 when Daniel Alfredsson fought his way down the side boards to the front of the net where the puck bounced in off Latendresse.

The Senators made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 1:21 remaining in the period. Sergei Gonchar made a pass across the crease to Silfverberg, who managed to handle a bouncing puck and beat Pavelec up high.

``It wasn't our best game, that's for sure,' Pavelec said. ``They came in hard on us, and I think they were a better team.'

Gonchar extended his point streak to seven games with assists on goals by Silfverberg and Turris.

NOTES: Senators LW Kaspars Daugavins was a healthy scratch. Ottawa is without G Craig Anderson (ankle sprain), D Mike Lundin (concussion), D Dave Dziurzynski (concussion), D Erik Karlsson (Achilles), C Jason Spezza (upper body), LW Milan Michalek (knee), D Jared Cowen (hip). ... Winnipeg D Paul Postma, C Alexander Burmistrov and G Al Montoya were healthy scratches. The Jets were without D Tobias Enstrom (shoulder), D Zach Redmond (leg), RW Anthony Peluso (hand), C Jim Slater (upper body).

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