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Lehner, Silfverberg carry Senators to 4-1 win over Jets

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OTTAWA -- After being flattened by one of the NHL's biggest players, Robin Lehner brushed himself off and led Ottawa to victory Sunday night.

In fact, the finish was a comfortable one for the Senators -- for a change.

Left "dizzy" by cruising Winnipeg Jet defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, the Senators goalie told the team doctor he was okay then minutes later proved to be better than that with an outstanding left pad save on Evander Kane.

Lehner's heroics came as Ottawa was clinging to a 2-1 lead near the midway mark of the third period. Shortly thereafter, the Senators scored goals 75 seconds apart for a 4-1 victory at a sold-out Scotiabank Place.

The Senators' previous 11 games were decided by one goal.

"I got a little dizzy there," Lehner said of being run over by the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Byfuglien, who received a goalie interference penalty on the play. "It's more of a neck thing, I think. I looked at the replay, I had my head leaned forward. When you're hit on your head leaned forward like that, sometimes it's just going to take you out for a few seconds."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson put into perspective Lehner's stop on Kane, who fired toward an open side after taking a pass from Blake Wheeler during a shorthanded 2-on-1 break.

"That's great awareness," said Alfredsson. "He got over there in plenty of time. He didn't save it with his toe, it was the middle of his pad. That's a huge save for us in an important time of the game."

Rookie Jakob Silfverberg led the Senators attack with two goals, while singles went to Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris.

Alfredsson and Sergei Gonchar each chipped in with a pair of assists.

Zach Bogosian was the only Jet to beat Lehner, who faced 26 shots. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec was Winnipeg's best player, stopping 38 Ottawa offerings.

The victory was the second in two days for the Senators, who beat the Sabres in Buffalo Saturday afternoon. The Jets, who outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 10-round shootout Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, failed to pick up a point for the first time in seven games.

They arrived in Ottawa riding a three-game winning streak.

"It was tough, we put a lot into (Saturday's) game ... we were on the ice a little bit longer than I think we wanted to be," said Wheeler, whose team trailed the Senators 2-0 by the first intermission. "We just didn't get the start we wanted.

"You go down 2-0 in the first period, on the road, with all that in mind, it becomes a good challenge."

The Senators converted two of four power play chances, while Winnipeg came up empty on all three of its man-advantage opportunities.

Alfredsson did the legwork on the game opening goal at the 3:44 mark of the first period, pushing the puck past Jets defenseman Byfuglien and then his partner, Grant Clitsome. Latendresse finished off the play by directing the puck past Pavelec for his second goal of the season and third point in four games since returning from the injury list.

The Senators took control of play during a slashing penalty to Wheeler at the midway mark of the first. They didn't score with Wheeler in the box, but they did have five shots on goal. With their second power play, Gonchar set up Silfverberg for his first of the night and fifth of the season.

After a scoreless second period, Bogosian narrowed the gap with just over 16 minutes remaining in regulation time. His one-timer from the point changed directions early before going over Lehner's glove and in off the crossbar.

Untimely penalties prevented the Jets from building on that momentum. The one to Byfuglien didn't hurt so much -- Kane actually had two great shorthanded chances during that minor. But with Ron Hainsey in the box, Turris scored his third goal in two games, finding mesh with a sharp angle shot after taking a pass from Alfredsson, who was standing in the slot.

"Alf is so good at finding that guy (along the boards) and making that pass," said Turris. "I just got to make sure I hit the net."

Just 1:15 later, Silfverberg scored his second with his trademark quick release shot from the left wing faceoff dot.

"It was not our best game, that's for sure," said Pavelec. "They were coming hard on us today. I think they were a better team. They scored power play goals and we didn't. That was the difference in the game."

Meanwhile, the Senators were just happy to have some breathing room at the end.

"It was nice, it wasn't a one goal game for once," said Turris. "We played our game and we finished strong."

NOTES: Silfverberg's first period goal stopped a streak of 29 consecutive penalty kills for the Jets ... The Senators' all-time record in St. Patty's Day games is 8-2-2 ... Gonchar extended his consecutive games point scoring streak to seven ... Jets center Nik Antropov had his point collecting streak stopped at five games ... The Senators outshot the Jets 19-6 in the first period ... Winnipeg is 10-6-1 record since Feb. 15 when Bogosian returned to the lineup from a wrist injury ... Lehner made his sixth start since being recalled from Binghamton, but it was only his second appearance at Scotiabank Place. Four of Lehner's first five games went to overtime.
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