Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hammond Stops 33 Shots, Sens Beat Canucks for First Regulation-Time Win at Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hammond Stops 33 Shots, Sens Beat Canucks for First Regulation-Time Win at Home

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Hammond, Senators beat Canucks 3-2

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OTTAWA - Ryan Miller took full responsibility for the Vancouver Canucks' 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night.

Miller was visibly dejected post-game and felt his teammates deserved better after he was beaten by Chris Wideman's wrister from just inside the blue line at 18:05 of the third as a Senators power play was expiring.

The Canucks goaltender, who faced made 22 saves, was honest when asked about the goal.

"I let the guys down with that last one," said Miller. "You've always got to stay within striking distance and I just kind of blew it. That's more the difference. You always have to have a chance at the end and maybe get to overtime. It's a pretty critical error on my part.

"Not a good goal."

Miller said he saw the shot, but that it hit the top part of the pocket on his glove hand.

"That game's right there," added Miller. "I thought we played a good game. I kind of blew it."

The win was the Senators' first in regulation on home ice.

Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators (8-5-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. Andrew Hammond made 33 saves in his fourth start of the season.

Hammond was just as critical of his own play despite posting the victory.

"It was a game that I didn't really feel like I had my best," he said. "When you're at that point you kind of have to find different ways to get something out of it and fortunately we were able to get the extra one that ended up mattering and we got the win in the end.

"I just felt like I was fighting the puck most of the night."

Sven Baertschi and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks (7-5-5), who were playing the fourth of a seven-game road trip (1-2-1).

This was the first of a five-game homestand for the Senators, who improved to 3-3-2 on home ice. Their first two wins came by way of the shootout.

"I thought we played real well in the first and then had a letdown in the second and gave up too many opportunities," said Kyle Turris. …

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