Montoya makes 33 saves in Jets' 1-0 win over Sens

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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OTTAWA (AP) — Alex Ponikarovsky provided all the offense Al Montoya and the Winnipeg Jets needed to skate off with a shutout.

Ponikarovsky scored the only goal in the tight goalie matchup between Montoya and Ottawa backup Ben Bishop to lift Winnipeg to a 1-0 win over the host Senators on Saturday.

Ponikarovsky broke the deadlock 5:57 into the third period. The Senators had no answer against Montoya, who made 33 saves in place of ailing Ondrej Pavelec (flu) and posted his first shutout of the season and third of his NHL career.

"The team really battled for me," Montoya said. "I felt for the start of every period we were in control of the puck, and sometimes you want to see shots, but I felt good and I felt comfortable out there.

"I felt like I did everything to prepare for this game."

Like Montoya, Bishop made just his second start of the season as Craig Anderson got the day off. Bishop finished with 36 saves.

"Ben Bishop was outstanding," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "He really played well, but we weren't even good enough.

"The last 10 minutes after they scored is when we actually started to play. They were way better than us. Montoya played very well for them. We had 80 attempts at the net but we didn't have enough people at the net."

The Jets did just enough to win.

Kyle Wellwood intercepted a clearing attempt and took a shot from inside the blue line that Ponikarovsky deflected in off Bishop's shoulder and both posts.

"It was a pretty good game, and everyone battled for every inch of the ice. Overall, the guys did a good job," Ponikarovsky said. "We had a couple opportunities to score, but it didn't go in.

"We just stuck with the game plan, and it happened to be me who got the goal, but everyone worked hard. I'm just glad to get the goal for the team."

The Jets (5-5-1) won for the second time in six games and snapped a three-game road skid.

The Senators (6-4-2) have scored just seven goals in past five games, including four in a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.