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Ryan has goal, assist and Senators beat Sharks
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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist, Craig Anderson made 31 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight home win.
Ottawa has won just two of its past five games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Wideman and Erik Karlsson also scored.
Joe Thornton and Brent Burns had the goals for the Sharks, and Alex Stalock made 31 saves.
Pageau started and finished the play that gave the Senators a 2-1 lead 8:22 into the third period. After Pageau’s faceoff win, Cody Ceci took a shot, and then Dave Dziurzynski fired the rebound back at net. Stalock got a piece of Dziurzynski’s shot but left the rebound right on the goal line for Pageau to poke in.
Wideman got the eventual winner and Karlsson provided some insurance with goals later in the period.
Burns closed out the scoring with 2:24 left.
The first period had no goals but plenty of action.
The teams combined for 25 shots amid odd-man rushes, struck goal posts, brilliant saves and several scoring chances.
Thornton opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the second with a power-play goal after he took a pass from Burns and beat Anderson with a wrist shot from the slot.
The lead was short lived. Ryan scored just over 4 minutes later by cutting in front of the net and jamming a puck through Stalock.
Notes: Jared Cowen was the lone scratch for the Senators. Logan Couture, Mike Brown and Matt Tennyson were scratches for the Sharks. ... Ryan is one goal shy of 200 for his career. He has 52 with the Senators. ... Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has 199 career points. ... Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has played in 492 consecutive games dating back to April 9, 2009. ... The Senators have two games before Christmas, travelling to Florida for games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. ... The Sharks close out a five-game trip with games against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night before heading home for Christmas.