National Hockey League
Ottawa 4, Calgary 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 13, 2022
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Brad Meier, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Caleb Apperson
Attendance: 9639

Nick Paul scored twice to lead the offensive attack and goaltender Matt Murray won for the first time this season as the visiting Ottawa Senators claimed a 4-1 victory over the slumping Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Connor Brown collected one goal and one assist and Drake Batherson tallied once for the Senators, who snapped a three-game skid in their first game since New Year's Day.

Murray, who has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency and lost his first six starts of the season, made 27 saves. Alex Formenton collected two assists.

Matthew Tkachuk scored for Calgary, which has lost four straight games and has just two wins in 10 outings. Goalie Jacob Markstrom, who has surrendered four or more goals in four of his past five outings, stopped 30 shots.

Paul opened the scoring just 103 seconds into the clash with the first of three goals created by a Calgary defensive-zone turnover. Formenton grabbed the puck before passing it to Paul, who promptly ripped a shot home.

Paul's second of the period doubled the lead at the 16:37 mark. Formenton stripped a puck from a Flames player, and it went to Brown, who slipped a pass to Paul as he raced to the net. Paul converted a backhander into the cage for his sixth goal of the season.

Batherson's tally with 56.9 seconds remaining in the second period made it a three-goal edge. Brady Tkachuk intercepted a poor pass attempt to get the puck to Batherson, and he lifted a sharp-angled shot from beneath the right faceoff circle for his 10th goal of the season.

Tkachuk finally gave the hosts a jolt of life when he put them on the board 47 seconds into the third period by deflecting Christopher Tanev's point shot for his 16th tally of the season.

However, Brown quashed any comeback hopes four minutes later when he found the five-hole spot on a breakaway to claim his fifth goal of the season and restore Ottawa's three-goal lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Calgary
Nicholas Paul 2 Points Matthew Tkachuk 1
Nicholas Paul 2 Goals Matthew Tkachuk 1
Alex Formenton 2 Assists Johnny Gaudreau 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Murray .964 Save Percentage Jacob Markstrom .882
Matt Murray 27 Saves Jacob Markstrom 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 34 4 0-3 1-1 7 22
Calgary 28 1 0-1 3-3 21 24
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against Vegas. The Flames have a W/L % of .611 after a win and .375 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Senators have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.