Red Wings Blank Senators – Bernier Gets Shoutout

OTTAWA — Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Saturday night.

Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings (21-25-7), who won their third straight and are now 5-2-0 in their past seven games.

Craig Anderson made 19 saves for the Senators (19-28-5), who are now mired in a four-game losing streak.

Ottawa Senators Craig Anderson Detroit Red Wings' Anthony Mantha
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson battles for the puck behind his net against Detroit Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

Ottawa has lost its last two games since returning from a nine-day break.

Both teams were playing the second half of a back-to-back as the Red Wings posted a 3-2 overtime win over Toronto, while Ottawa lost 5-3 to Pittsburgh.

The Senators looked to rally in the third, but Bernier was solid.

Ottawa thought they had scored late in the third, but it was waved off immediately.

Leading 2-0 to start the second the Red Wings had a great opportunity to extend their lead as Brady Tkachuk took a double minor for high sticking Luke Glendening. With 29 seconds remaining in the penalty Zack Smith took a tripping penalty, but Detroit was unable to take advantage of the power-play time.

Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 first period scoring twice in 39 seconds.

DeKeyser opened the scoring with a shot just inside the blue line that made its way through traffic.

Seconds later. Detroit made it 2-0 as Helm and Martin Frk played a little give-and-go with Helm skating through the goal crease and tucking a backhand past Anderson.

Notes: The Senators recalled Rudolfs Balcers from their American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ont., as Mikkel Boedker was injured in Friday’s game against Pittsburgh. Nick Paul was a healthy scratch for the Senators. Detroit was without Dylan Larkin as the Red Wings announced he had a strained oblique.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press