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Chiasson, Smith leads Senators past Jets 2-1; Ottawa still alive in playoff hunt

WINNIPEG — Alex Chiasson and Zack Smith scored for the Senators as Ottawa snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

Winnipeg's third period equalizer extended point streaks for Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler to five and six games, respectively. Scheifele added to his team-leading goal total with his 26th of the season with Wheeler assisting on the play.

Senators goalie Andrew Hammond stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced for his sixth win of the season as Ottawa improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven against the Jets.

Smith opened the scoring on Ottawa's first shot of the game as Mark Stone found Smith in the high slot, beating Michael Hutchinson glove side for his 22nd goal of the season.

Scheifele tied the game at 6:55 of the third as Wheeler lead a three-on-three rush into the Ottawa zone before turning and finding a streaking Scheifele with a pin-point pass.

Chiasson's winner came from a deflected pass off Scheifele's skate that left a loose puck in front of the Jets. Chiasson quickly jumped on it and slapped it into the net.

Hutchinson kept Winnipeg in the game with strong play throughout the night, finishing with 18 saves.

Stone was carrying the puck through the neutral zone midway through the second period and Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien stepped up and caught Ottawa's leading scorer with his head down with a crushing and clean hit at the blue line. The blow caused a bit of an uproar as some Senators jumped to their teammate's defence and Stone went directly to the locker-room.

Stone soon returned and finished the second period, but prior to the third the Senators announced he would not return to the game after sustaining a chest injury.

Ottawa continues its three-game road trip with stops in Minnesota and Philadelphia on Thursday and Saturday.

The Jets continue their final home stand of the season with two Central Division opponents entering MTS Centre, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Darrin Bauming, The Canadian Press

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