Flames earn must win against Senators

Calgary Flames centre Sam Bennett (93) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with defenceman Dougie Hamilton (27) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Friday, March 9 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand.

Sam Bennett and Matt Stajan scored for the Calgary Flames and David Rittich made 29 saves in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau was the only Senators skater to beat Rittich, who was making just the 19th start of his career.

The win was the second straight for the Flames after halting a four-game losing streak with a win in Buffalo Wednesday night.

Mike Condon made 35 saves for the Senators including a breakaway stop on Johnny Gaudreau with the score still 1-0 for Calgary early in the third period.

Stajan gave the Flames a 2-0 lead at 11:42 of the third period when he redirected a pass from Curtis Lazar past Condon.

Shortly after, Pageau was hooked by Dougie Hamilton while on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. He beat Rittich through the legs at 12:55 to cut the lead to 2-1 and spoil Rittich’s bid for his first career shutout.

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Next up, the Flames take on the Islanders on Sunday. Puck drop at 5 o’ clock.