OTTAWA — Andrew Hammond made 33 saves and the Ottawa Senators won their first game in regulation on home ice by downing the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday.
Chris Wideman, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators (8-5-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory.
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). Ryan Miller faced 25 shots.
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.
The Senators had one of its better third periods of late and were able to hold off the Canucks in front of a sellout crowd of 19,229.
Wideman's power-play goal, a wrister from the blue line, turned out to be the winner.
With Ottawa leading 3-1, Edler scored on the power play with 23.9 seconds remaining to make it a one-goal game.
The Senators were outshot 19-8 in the second period, but came out with a 2-1 lead.
Karlsson, with his second in as many games, gave Ottawa the lead as he jumped into the play and beat Miller through the legs at the 14-minute mark of the period.
Hammond was the difference in the period as he made a number of key saves to keep the game tied before Karlsson's goal.
Vancouver opened the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the first as the puck bounced in off Baertschi's skate. Ottawa tied things up midway through the period with a power-play goal as Ryan scored his sixth of the season.
Notes: D Patrick Wiercioch and LW Shane Prince were healthy scratches for Ottawa. The Senators announced D Chris Phillips (back) has started skating and LW Clarke MacArthur (concussion) has started working out. There remains no timetable for either's return.
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press