EDMONTON – Zack Smith had a goal and an assist as the Ottawa Senators ran their winning streak to four games, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Tuesday.
Nick Paul, Alex Chiasson and Mark Stone, into an empty net, also scored for the Senators (29-26-6), who remain in contention for a wild-card spot and are hoping for a late surge into the post-season similar to the one they managed last season.
Jordan Eberle replied for the Oilers (22-33-6), who have lost five in a row and are once again in last place in the NHL.
The Senators got on the board first with seven minutes left in the first period when Paul scored his first career NHL goal in his fourth game, whacking a rebound past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who was starting his 11th game in the last 12.
Ottawa went up by a pair of goals six minutes into the second period as Talbot got a piece of a one-timer from Smith on the power play, only to see it dribble into the net. It was Smith’s 15th goal of the season.
Edmonton finally got one past Senators starter Craig Anderson with 1:46 left in the second, as Eberle picked up a rebound on the doorstep and put home his 19th of the campaign.
Ottawa made it 3-1 early in the third period when Smith turned an Oilers turnover into a 2-on-1 and fed Chiasson for his second goal in the last three games and fifth game of the year.
Stone added an empty-net goal at 16:39 of the third.
Both teams return to action on Thursday. The Oilers head to L.A. to face the Kings and the Senators travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks.
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