Senators on hot streakArchived from 1998-99 season.
The sizzling hot Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 to extend their winning streak to five games and unbeaten streak to 10.
"We came out strong in the third but give credit to New Jersey, they played well tonight," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "During the intermission, we talked and decided that we needed to win the third period. We came out and did that and in doing so, deserved the win."
The five-game winning streak is a modern franchise record for the Senators, who rejoined the NHL in 1992 after a 58-year absence.
Andreas Johansson scored the winning goal with 7:13 remaining breaking the 2-2 tie. Johansson has four goals in three games against the Devils this season.
"When you get on a streak, the team feels like it can do anything," Johansson said. "When you get down and you're losing, instead of thinking bad things, you still have confidence and you still think you can win in the third."
Damian Rhodes played a strong game in the Sens' net making 29 saves. He improved to 5-2 lifetime against New Jersey.
"I thought I played a solid game," said Rhodes. "My mindset always seems to be strong against the Devils. I don't know what it is but I always have confidence and seem to play well. I can't explain it, and I'm not complaining."
The slumping Devils have now lost three straight games and are 1-4-1 in their last six contests.
"This was a tough way to lose," said Martin Brodeur. "We had control for the most part but we had to kill a lot of penalties and that drained us. It made our better players tired. I think that made the difference."
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