|Date of game: 11/6/2014
Recap: Ottawa vs. Minnesota
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Anderson posted his second shutout of the season and Mike Hoffman scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Anderson made 35 saves and Clarke MacArthur also lit the lamp for Ottawa, which has won two in a row following a 3-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday.
"They're doing a great job right now," said MacArthur on Ottawa's goaltending tandem of Anderson and Robin Lehner. "They've given us an opportunity every night to win."
Niklas Backstrom allowed all three goals on 17 shots in Minnesota's second straight loss.
The Wild fell to 1-7-1 in their last nine contests against the Senators.
"I do know that there are some guys that can give us more," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said. "I feel like there are some guys that are kind of doing the minimum."
After a scoreless first period, MacArthur opened the scoring 2:23 into the second. Erik Karlsson sent a pass from the point to Bobby Ryan down below the goal line. Ryan quickly dished the puck to MacArthur, who finished off the sequence with a wrister into the net.
Just over two minutes later, Eric Gryba drove into the offensive zone and dropped a pass back to Hoffman, whose shot from the right circle trickled through the pads of Backstrom for a 2-0 lead.
Hoffman scored his second of the night on a slap shot from the high slot to extend Ottawa's lead 2:06 into the third.
Anderson preserved the shutout by turning aside 16 Minnesota shots in a frenetic final stanza.Game Notes
Anderson registered his 28th career shutout ... Minnesota forward Zach Parise
was diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely ... Minnesota has
outshot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 419-268 advantage
through its first 12 games.