Matt Murray made 31 saves to help the Ottawa Senators win the first of four straight games against the Vancouver Canucks, 3-0 at Rogers Arena on Thursday. It was Murray’s second shutout of the season, during the past three games, and 13th in the NHL. He is 3-1-0 in four starts since missing 14 online games with an undisclosed NHL Embroidered Patches injury. Drake Batherson had a goal and an assist for the Senators (17-26-4), who have won three straight video games in regulation for the first time this season and are 4-1-0 in their past five. Thatcher Demko made 22 saves in his first start since March 24 for the Canucks (18-19-3), who lost for the very first time in three games since coming back Sunday from an 18-day pause due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Vancouver is sixth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, 10 points behind the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens with four games in hand. Ottawa is certainly one point behind Vancouver but offers played seven more online games. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The teams play again here Saturday, and at Ottawa on Monday and Wednesday. The Canucks won their first five video games against the Senators this season, outscoring them 21-7, but fell behind on two power-enjoy goals Thursday. Tim Stutzle deflected a Nick Paul shot while cutting through the slot to custom letter number printing make it 1-0 at 9:17 of the first period. It had been theVscored on the power play, and their seven power-play goals in that stretch is more than they scored in the previous 18 games. Batherson converted a cross-crease pass by Josh Norris to create it 2-0 at 15:57. Murray made his best saves in the second period, stopping Matthew Highmore on a redirect in tight in 4:03 and gloving a J.T. Miller deflection at 8:41. Connor Brownish scored into an empty net at 18:30 of the third period, his 11th goal in the past 12 games