Senators slip past Jets 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014

OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are starting to get on a roll.

Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period and the Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Thursday night for their third straight win.

Until Monday, when they beat the Washington Capitals 3-1, Ottawa hadn't won back-to-back games in more than seven weeks.

"I feel like finally getting that second (win) and finally getting momentum was huge for us," said Mika Zibanejad, who had a goal and an assist.

"We need to keep playing well and finding a way to win, and not just one game. We've been talking about it and talking about it and it won't change until we do it. We've been working hard and maybe some games we should have won, but I think it pays off now and we have to keep it going."

Kyle Turris intercepted a clearing pass inside the Winnipeg zone and passed to MacArthur, who then scored as he outwaited Winnipeg goalie Al Montoya before going top shelf to give the Senators a 4-2 lead.

"It was nice to get rewarded at the end, but as far as the game goes, that was an important two points for us," MacArthur said.

"We've got something rolling now with three in a row and they're not all going to be pretty, but at this time of the year and where the standings are we'll take anything we can get. When it's 4-2 you want to keep it there but you just can't write the script."

Milan Michalek and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators, who have four wins in their past five games.

Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets and Montoya made 25 saves.

Seconds after Smith gave the Senators a 3-2 lead on a deflection of a Marc Methot point shot at 6:42 of the third period, Craig Anderson maintained it with a glove save off Mark Scheifele who was alone in the slot to collect a rebound.

Anderson had 32 saves. The Jets hit the post three times, including once earlier in the third period when the game was still tied.

"We didn't pressure, we didn't spend as much time as we wanted to in the other team's zone, but we had three posts that could have gone in. That's the way it goes sometimes," Kane said.

After MacArthur gave the Senators a 4-2 lead, Jokinen pulled the Jets within a goal with a little more than five minutes to play.

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