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Mason's 25 saves lift Jets to shutout win over Senators

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The Canadian Press
1/17/2012 5:49:13 AM
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OTTAWA -- Chris Mason stayed modest, even after his second shutout of the season.

Mason put the focus on his Jets teammates Monday night, even as he stopped 25 shots in Winnipeg's 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

"Shutouts are something the team does together," said Mason. "I wouldn't have got that if they didn't do the things they did tonight"

This was the first time this season that the Senators have been shutout.

"That says a lot about the game that we played," said Mason. "We've been looking for that game the last couple weeks.

"I thought the guys just did a wonderful job and we were able to have a great third period."

Jim Slater and Tobias Enstrom scored for the Jets (21-19-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Senators (25-16-6), coming off a perfect road trip where they went 3-0 and winners of eight of their last nine, looked tired and uninspired.

"They were a desperate team and they played that way," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "They were more desperate from the start to the finish and I think the result was the right one."

Craig Anderson, who was 8-0-1 in his last nine starts, stopped 33 shots.

Ottawa is known for its third-period comebacks, but they were unable to overcome Winnipeg's the 2-0 lead.

"It was a bit of a sloppy game," said Senators forward Jason Spezza. "We didn't do enough to generate our own chances and generate some power plays."

Ottawa had two great chances in the dying minutes of the third period, but Mason stopped the first and the second hit the crossbar. A power play in the dying seconds of the period proved to be ineffective as well.

After being outshot 13-3 in the first, the Senators came out with a much better effort to start the second. They were unable to beat Mason despite a few solid chances.

The Jets made it 2-0 as Enstrom's shot from the faceoff circle beat Anderson through his legs.

"We obviously didn't bring our best," said Anderson. "We just want to make sure it doesn't happen again. We have a big game (Tuesday) and we need to look forward and move forward."

The Jets wasted little time taking control of this game with Slater scoring 49 seconds into the first, taking advantage of some poor defensive coverage by Ottawa.

The Senators had a scare late in the first after Evander Kane levelled Erik Karlsson in the corner. Karlsson was slow to get up, but did remain in the game. Chris Neil looked for retaliation late in the period, but only ended up leaving Ottawa short-handed as he was assessed a double minor for roughing.

"There's not much to say about it right now," said Karlsson following the game. "I think he's not going to hit me at all and then he goes for my head with his stick. It's a cheap hit.

"It's over now, I don't care about it and he got to pay for it."

Ottawa will have little time to ponder their performance as the Senators head out for a five-game road trip starting with Tuesday's game in Toronto.

Notes: Following the game MacLean announced D Brian Lee had a lower body injury and would not travel with the team to Toronto. Ottawa G Craig Anderson was named the NHL's first star of the week. The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, indefinitely), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Brian Lee was a healthy scratch. Zenon Konopka's younger sister, Cynthia, sang the national anthem...Winnipeg was without D Zach Bogosian (lower body, day-to-day), D Dustin Byfuglien (knee, indefinitely), RW Blake Wheeler (throat, day-to-day), D Derek Meech (lower body, indefinitely). D Paul Postma was a healthy scratch.

 



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