Paul, Tkachuk lift Senators past Sharks
- Nick Paul had two goals and an assist for the Ottawa Senators in a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.
- It was Paul’s first multipoint game in the NHL.
“It’s what I’ve been working for. It’s what I’ve been doing all summer,” Paul said. “It’s what I’ve been picturing. It’s nice to finally go that way and get some confidence.
“If we play like we did tonight, we have a good chance of winning every night. We played hard, we won all our battles, we were structured, we were hard to play against, and teams don’t like that.”
- Brady Tkachuk had a goal and two assists, Connor Brown had a goal and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves for the Senators (3-7-1), who won for the second time in seven games.
“Now we know what I believe 60 minutes looks like for our hockey team, and that’s what we’ve got to do if we want to continue to win games,” Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said.
- Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc scored, and Brent Burns had two assists for the Sharks (4-7-1), who have lost four of their past five games.
- Aaron Dell allowed four goals on 22 shots before being replaced at the start of the third period by Martin Jones, who made seven saves.
“We’re 12 games in and there’s a handful of key guys for us that haven’t played well yet,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “So that’s on me to get them back to the level they need to be at.
“We’re playing from behind in a lot of these games, and instead of sticking with it and trusting the group and the system, everyone wants to step out and fix it themselves, but it doesn’t work that way. So eventually you have to learn that lesson.”
- San Jose went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill to improve its success rate to 93.2 percent, the best in the NHL. …
- Sharks defensemen Erik Karlsson was minus-4. …
- Paul was plus-4. …
- Duclair has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past three games.
Sources & Credits: OTT Senators, SJ Sharks, Callum Fraser / NHL.com