Smith, Michalek each score twice as Senators down Jets

The Canadian Press

11/30/2011 12:27:03 AM

WINNIPEG -- Zack Smith scored his second of the night on a power play at 13:45 of the third period Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-4.

Smith cut in off the boards and wired a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec to give Ottawa a 5-4 lead.

Nick Foligno added an empty-net goal for the Senators, who improved to 12-10-3. Craig Anderson made 39 saves for the win.

Milan Michalek scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season for Ottawa, while Jason Spezza tied the score 4-4 in the third.

Evander Kane had two goals for the Jets, while Blake Wheeler and Alexander Burmistrov also scored. Pavelec stopped 28 saves as Winnipeg (9-11-4) opened a five-game homestand with a loss. The team will play 13 of its next 15 at the MTS Centre.

Michalek ripped a shot over Pavelec's glove to give Ottawa a 1-0 in the first.

The Jets evened the score at 7:06 of the second period when Wheeler tapped in his second goal of the season. Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien rushed the length of the ice, sent a floater into the slot, and it bounced around to an open Wheeler all alone on the doorstep.

Burmistrov banked a shot off the inside of Anderson's pad to give the Jets a 2-1 lead eight minutes later, but Smith jammed a puck past Pavelec to even the score 2-2 just 45 seconds later.

Michalek then tipped in a point shot from defenceman Chris Phillips with just 43 seconds left in the second to put Ottawa up 3-2 heading to the third.

Kane scored both of his goals early in the third period as the Jets jumped in front 4-3, but Spezza wired a wrist shot past Pavelec for his ninth of the season to make it 4-4 with just over 10 minutes left.

Next up for Winnipeg is a clash with the Phoenix Coyotes, who left Winnipeg for the desert in 1996.

Coyotes' captain Shane Doan, a member of the original Jets, makes his return to Winnipeg. Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne are the only other players left in the NHL from the club's first incarnation.

The Senators travel to Dallas to face the Stars on Thursday.

Notes: Senators forward Nikita Filatov left the game in the first period after he was hit in the face by the skate of a falling Jets winger Eric Fehr.