November 16, 2018 8:32 am

Batherson scores in NHL debut as Senators down Red Wings 2 – 1

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OTTAWA – Craig Anderson stopped two penalty shots and Drake Batherson scored in his NHL debut as the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Thursday night.

Cody Ceci also scored for the Senators (7-8-3). Anderson, making his league-leading 17th appearance, stopped 34 shots.

This marked the first time in seven games that Ottawa was able to hold its opponent to three goals or less.

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Michael Rasmussen scored the lone goal for the Red Wings, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped. Jimmy Howard made 34 saves.

Detroit had a great opportunity to tie the game midway through the third when Andreas Athanasiou was awarded a penalty shot after Ceci held him on a breakaway.

Anderson read the play well and made a pad save to preserve Ottawa’s 2-1 lead.

Seven minutes later, Anderson came up big on another penalty shot after Rasmussen was pulled down by Chris Wideman. Anderson denied Rasmussen’s attempt to go five-hole, earning him cheers from the 13,402 on hand at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Trailing 1-0, the Red Wings tied the game as Mike Green fired a shot from the blue-line that Rasmussen tipped in front.

Ottawa regained the lead with a power-play goal as Batherson jumped on a loose puck off the faceoff and beat Howard.

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The Senators opened the scoring early in the second as Dylan DeMelo fired home a rebound, but the goal was called back due to goaltender interference.

However, Ottawa made up for it in nearly identical fashion as Ceci jumped on a Matt Duchene rebound with 39 seconds remaining in the period.

The Senators are back in action Saturday as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Notes: Zack Smith returned to Ottawa’s lineup after missing the last nine games with facial fractures. Christian Jaros and Max McCormick were a healthy scratch for Ottawa, while Luke Witkowski was for Detroit.

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