|OTT||0||2||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|MIN||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Ottawa Senators caught a break, played well on special teams and got solid goaltending in their win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
But perhaps most importantly, the Senators played well with their fathers in the stands.
A dozen of the Senators players' fathers are on this two-game road trip and no doubt approved of their sons' performances.
"You always want to make your dad proud," Foligno said. "Sometimes it's tougher to have your dad yelling at you than your coach."
Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild and had another goal waved off because of too many men on the ice. The goal would have given Minnesota a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.
Instead, Foligno scored nine seconds later and the Wild never recovered.
"We were all yelling from the bench that there were too many men on the ice," Senators head coach Cory Clouston said. "Lucky for us one of the linesman caught it."
Video replays showed officials made the correct call, giving the Senators a rare stroke of good fortune on the road. Ottawa (14-16-3) had been outscored 24-9 while dropping five of its last six away games before Thursday.
Alfredsson knocked the puck over a sprawling Jose Theodore early in the second to make it 1-1. The captain leads the Senators with 20 points, but has registered only two goals in his last 13 games.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard set up Brodziak for an easy one-timer in front of the net that gave the Wild an early 1-0 lead.
Minnesota (13-13-4) had a chance to extend its lead later in the period, but failed to score during a 41-second, 5-on-3 power play.
The Wild didn't score on three first-period power plays. Both of Ottawa's goals came on power-play opportunities.
"The difference tonight was obviously special teams," Alfredsson said. "We killed some big penalties in the first period and took advantage of our own chances."
Theodore got the start for Minnesota over Niklas Backstrom and made 22 saves. Backstrom was 1-4-1 with a 4.80 goals-against average in his last six games.
Kelly added an empty-net goal late in the third.
Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots to help the Senators win for just the third time in their last seven games.
Ottawa, which won its fifth straight over the Wild, has gone 5-9-2 since winning seven of nine games a month ago.
NOTES: Wild C Matt Cullen missed his third game with a groin injury. Cullen helped the Senators reach the playoffs in 2009-10 after joining the team late in the season ... Senators D Sergei Gonchar recorded his 700th career point with an assist on Foligno's goal ... Senators D Chris Phillips took a puck to the side of the head and cut his ear in the first period. He had the cut glued and returned to the game ... The Senators close out their two-game road trip Friday in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).
|Kyle Brodziak (5) Deflected shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4), Marty Havlat (21)|
1 - 0 MIN
|PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (10) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Fisher (5), Erik Karlsson (12)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Nick Foligno (3) Snap shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (13), Sergei Gonchar (12)|
2 - 1 OTT
|EN - Chris Kelly (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Erik Karlsson (14), Daniel Alfredsson (11)|
3 - 1 OTT
|Sergei Gonchar Hooking against Marty Havlat|
|Jarkko Ruutu Cross checking against Kyle Brodziak|
|Brian Lee Hooking against Marty Havlat|
|Brent Burns Holding against Milan Michalek|
|Kyle Brodziak Too many men/ice - bench|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:49|
|Saves: 23||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .958||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 24||TOI: 59:32|
|Saves: 22||EV: 21 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 3|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 0|