OTTAWA (TICKER) —Patrick Lalime is just having fun.Lalime stopped 24 shots for his second shutout in as many nights and league high-tying seventh of the season as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 2-0.
Lalime made six saves in the first period, 10 in the second and eight in the third to extend his shutout string to 143 minutes, 42 seconds. He turned aside 20 shots in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Pittsburgh.
“Lalime is a great goalie and he keeps us in games,” said Magnus Arvedson, who capped the scoring in the third period. “When we get the first goal, it is tough for the other team as we have one of the best goalies in the league.”
Arvedson added a third-period tally for the Senators, who took over the NHL lead in points with 80, one more than the Dallas Stars. They are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1).
“When you win, everything is a little easier,” Lalime said. “You don’t want to get carried away. We’re playing with a lot more confidence. I think we enjoy what we’re doing, we know what we’re doing right and we’re playing with confidence.”
Tommy Salo made 24 saves for Edmonton, which lost for the third time in four games.
The Oilers fell for the first time in Ottawa since January 18, 1994, ending a 5-0-1 run. They had gone unbeaten in 13 games against the Senators (13-0-1) before dropping the only two meetings between the teams this season - both by shutouts.
“It was a frustrating loss, being shut out by the same team twice,” Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said.
The Oilers rarely tested Lalime, who made his best save with 12:15 left in the second period, when he slid from right to left to get a glove on Jason Chimera’s shot from in tight, keeping the game scoreless.
“It was a broken play,” Lalime said. “(Mike) York was coming out to the net and I thought he was going to shoot and the puck just slid across and he shot it right into my glove.”
Some 2 1/2 minutes later, Hossa capitalized on a power play, blasting a slap shot by Salo from the top of the right faceoff circle.
Arvedson made it 2-0 with 13:24 left in the game, scoring two seconds after a power play expired as his slapper from the right point went through a screen and between Salo’s right arm and leg.
“They effectively got two power-play goals,” MacTavish said. “It was a pretty tight game and it came down to special teams. They capitalized and we did not.”
The Oilers nearly tied it at 1-1 early in the third period, but Lalime denied Georges Laracque from in close on the right side. He also made a good save in the closing seconds to preserve the shutout.
“We had a few chances tonight, but Lalime was up to the task,” MacTavish said. “Any time we got a good opportunity in front, he made a good save.”
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