EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — If it was Ales Hemsky's last game with the Edmonton Oilers, he went out on a high note.
Rumored to be a candidate to be dealt before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, Hemsky scored two goals and the Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Hemsky, who has spent all 11 seasons in the NHL with Edmonton, said he just tried to make sure he went out well, if his time with the club is indeed up at the deadline.
"It is hard not to think about it when you are hearing all the rumors, but I have been in this situation for the last four years. I just tried to play my game and not think about it. It was fun.
"It was definitely a nice game for me if it was my last one here, but it is still sad if it comes to an end. It is what it is. It is a business. We'll see what happens."
Oilers forward Jordan Eberle, who had the other goal in the win, said it was great to see the veteran forward have such a strong game during trying circumstances.
"It's got to be tough for him," he said. "For the past four years since I have been here, his name has been on the list of guys on the trade block. That can't be easy, especially with so much social media now. For him to come out and give a performance like that at a time like this, it is awesome."
"There is not much more that he could have done tonight," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said.
"He was absolutely excellent. He was energetic and entertaining to watch. I found my eyes fixated on him a lot. I thought he was great from the initial drop of the puck.
Taylor Hall had a pair of assists for the Oilers, who remain in second to last place in the NHL despite a 6-2-2 record in their past 10 games.
Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson responded for the Senators, who have lost three of their past four games in the midst of trying to move up into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We started well and then we started trading chances with them and we really couldn't keep up," Karlsson said. "Their goalie obviously made some huge saves for them and we couldn't put it in the net obviously. I think we could have played a little bit smarter."
Spezza is hopeful the loss didn't turn the Sens from buyers into sellers on deadline day.
"It's a very disappointing loss," he said. "We missed a good opportunity to make up some points. We saw that Detroit loss and not being able to win this game is frustrating.
"We got the first one and then we were a little bit flat through the first period. You have to give them credit too, they defended well. But I still think we needed to find a better way to stay in that game."
Ottawa opened the scoring at 5:22 of the first. Milan Michalek sent a backhand pass from behind the net through a few bodies in front to Spezza, who was able to beat Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens with a quick shot for his 16th of the season.