Lee’s first career goal helps Senators veto Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — Rookie defenseman Brian Lee picked
the perfect time for his first career NHL goal.

Lee netted a power-play goal to snap a tie with 8:28 remaining
in the third period as the Ottawa Senators avoided a fourth
straight loss with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on

“It was just a big sigh of relief I guess,” the 21-year-old Lee
said. “It’s good to get that first one out of the way.”

Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson both scored a goal
and set up another and Martin Gerber made 20 saves for the
Senators, who had lost eight of their previous 10 contests.

Captain Ethan Moreau and rookie Liam Reddox tallied and Shawn
Horcoff had two assists for the Oilers, who saw their three-game
winning streak come to an end.

It was Ottawa’s third straight stop in Western Canada after
falling to the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks over the
weekend. The Senators, who have not won away from ScotiaBank
Place since October 30, are also halfway through an eight-game
road trip.

“For us it felt like a playoff game,” Spezza said. “We were
desperate, we were struggling and we were down on ourselves.
Our confidence isn’t very high right now and we’re pulling at
straws to find positives.

“We needed this win. The intensity for us toward the last 10
minutes of that game was pretty intense.”

With the contest knotted at 2-2, Lee received a backhanded pass
from Antoine Vermette in the high slot and blasted a one-timer
past goaltender Mathieu Garon.

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“Brian’s been a good player, we called him up and he’s played
all three games on this trip,” Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg
said. “He’s making big strides as a player. He’s a young
player but he’s been very impressive in these three games.”

Spezza opened the scoring at 9:56 of the first period,
converting a centering pass from Alfredsson. But the Oilers
responded after the captain committed a turnover in front of the
Ottawa net, leading to Moreau’s goal with 6:03 remaining in the
opening session.

Alfredsson made up for his blunder at 4:07 of the second,
notching his 10th goal of the season to give Ottawa a 2-1 edge.

Reddox tied the contest with his second career goal with 6:38
left in the middle session, knocking Horcoff’s centering attempt
past Gerber, who couldn’t find the puck.

“I’m not going to make huge plays like (Ales Hemsky) out there
but sometimes simpler is better,” Reddox said. “I just tried to
bring that part of my game tonight, shooting pucks low and
trying to get to them and making more space for my linemates.”

Garon finished with 22 saves.

“We didn’t start as sharply as we needed to,” Oilers coach Craig
MacTavish said. “When you are playing a team that is
struggling, you know they are going to be desperate to get out
of it and you have to show them something early in the hockey