Artem Anisimov bags 2 regular goals, shootout winner in Ottawa's 4-3 home win over Detroit Red Wings
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Artem Anisimov scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Saturday night.
Scott Sabourin also scored in regulation for the Senators, who earned their first shootout win of the season. Marcus Hogberg made 25 saves for his fifth win.
Anisimov’s goals won’t count as a hat trick, but the forward is labeling it one.
“The puck crossed three times the goal line,” Anisimov said with a laugh.
It was a career night for the 31-year-old, who had 10 shots on goal.
“I always want to shoot the puck in games, but sometimes you see better opportunity and you pass, but the pass (is not) connected and it’s a turnover,” Anisimov said. “I decided why not shoot the puck and the puck was around me always and I just needed to shoot it.”
Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin and Sam Gagner scored for the Red Wings, who have lost nine of 10. Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 shots.
“We took a step forward,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We were better in certain areas than we’ve been. We can still be better, for sure, but we took some steps forward. We need to win, so it was disappointing not to get the win, but it was certainly a better effort than the last couple nights.”
The Red Wings were coming off an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday and had talked about giving a better effort.
“As a group we felt ashamed a little bit,” Jonathan Bernier said. “We’re professionals, obviously it’s a tough season, but you’ve just got to compete and come in every night and give your best and that’s all you can do.”