Stützle scores effortlessly – Tkachuk’s dream start
The Ottawa Senators celebrated their second 5-2 home win within 30 hours. This time Tim Stützle was also among the goal scorers.
Second win in the third game of the season: Tim Stützle (2nd from right) was also able to celebrate with the Ottawa Senators against Tampa Bay.
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The Ottawa Senators can be happy with their start to the new NHL season. On Monday night (CEST), the Canadians, who missed the play-offs last season, celebrated a 5-2 home win against former champions Tampa Bay Lightning – exactly 30 hours after their 5-2 home win against them Philadelphia Flyers.
And again top striker Brady Tkachuk scored twice. The Senators captain is the first player in franchise history to win at least twice in the first two home games of a season. Against the Lightning, Tkachuk scored the interim 2:1 (29th) and the decisive 4:2 (53rd), which Tim Stützle followed up with a shot into the empty goal to make the final score 5:2 (58th).
It was the second goal of the season for the 21-year-old German international, who got a whopping 22 minutes of ice time. New signing Vladimir Tarasenko set the tone with his first goal in the new uniform (8th). The 31-year-old Russian came from the New York Rangers in the summer, for whom he collected 50 scorer points in 2022/23.
“We don’t care whether we win or lose”
After the Senators lost their opening match 3:5 at the Carolina Hurricanes, they now feel like they have arrived in the young season. Tkachuk, who also assisted on a goal, was pleased with “two games in which we played our style of ice hockey.” That was initially the goal. “We don’t care whether we win or lose, it’s just about how quickly we find our game.” The game continues against the Washington Capitals on Thursday (1 a.m., CEST).
Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks clinched their first win in the second game, and the match winner was quickly found: Frank Vatrano contributed three goals to the 6-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. A brace from Teuvo Teravainen wasn’t enough for the guests to score points.