Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Ottawa 2, Vancouver 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, April 26, 2021
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kendrick Nicholson
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Derek Nansen
Attendance: N/A

Drake Batherson scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period as the Ottawa Senators put a dent in the visiting Vancouver Canucks' playoff hopes with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

Josh Norris also scored for the last-place Senators (18-27-4, 40 points) and Brady Tkachuk had two assists. Goaltender Marcus Hogberg made 25 saves.

It was Ottawa's second victory in the past three games with the Canucks after splitting a pair of contests last week in Vancouver. The teams wrap up their four-game, home-and-home series Wednesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Olli Juolevi scored the lone goal for the Canucks (19-20-3, 41 points), who have won three of five games since an 18-day pause because of a COVID-19 outbreak in which 22 players and four staff members tested positive. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 27 shots.

The Canucks are sixth in the seven-team North Division, 10 points behind Montreal for the fourth and final playoff berth. The Canadiens won 2-1 at Calgary on Monday.

Batherson's goal, his 17th of the season to tie Connor Brown for the team lead, came at 11:41 of the second. The Canucks turned over the puck behind their own net, with Tkachuk charging into the right wing corner to track it down. He made a no-look, backhanded pass to Batherson at the top of the right faceoff circle and his quick wrist shot beat Holtby to make it 2-1.

The Senators scored the game's first goal at 10:22 of the first.

Tkachuk stole a Vancouver pass at the opposing blue line and skated down the ice on a two-on-one break before shoveling a pass to Norris. The forward pulled up in the right faceoff circle, waited for the diving defenseman to slide by, and scored on a wrister.

The Canucks tied it 14:07 of the first as Juolevi took a wrist shot from the left point that made its way through a maze of players in front of the net and into the upper right corner of the goal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Vancouver   Ottawa
Olli Juolevi 1 Points Brady Tkachuk 2
Olli Juolevi 1 Goals Drake Batherson 1
Tyler Myers 1 Assists Brady Tkachuk 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Braden Holtby .926 Save Percentage Marcus Hogberg .962
Braden Holtby 25 Saves Marcus Hogberg 25
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 26 1 0-1 1-1 7 27
Ottawa 27 2 0-1 1-1 7 19
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Senators have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .355 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Canucks have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .409 after a loss.