OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 shots for his first shutout of the season and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Saturday night.
Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings, who won their third straight and improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven games.
Craig Anderson made 19 saves for the Senators, who are mired in a four-game losing streak.
Ottawa has lost its last two games since returning from a nine-day break.
Both teams were playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Red Wings posted a 3-2 overtime win over Toronto, while Ottawa lost 5-3 to Pittsburgh.
The Senators looked to rally in the third, but Bernier was solid.
The Senators thought they had scored late in the third, but it was waved off.
Leading 2-0 to start the second, the Red Wings had a great opportunity to extend their lead as Brady Tkachuk took a double minor for high sticking Luke Glendening. With 29 seconds remaining in the penalty, Zack Smith took a tripping penalty, but Detroit was unable to take advantage of the power-play time.
Detroit scored twice in 39 seconds in the first period.
DeKeyser opened the scoring with a shot just inside the blue line that made its way through traffic.
Seconds later, Detroit made it 2-0 as Helm and Martin Frk played give-and-go, with Helm skating through the goal crease and tucking a backhand past Anderson.
NOTES: The Senators recalled Rudolfs Balcers from their American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ontario, as Mikkel Boedker was injured in Friday’s game against Pittsburgh. … Nick Paul was a healthy scratch for the Senators. … Detroit was without Dylan Larkin. The Red Wings said he had a strained oblique.
Red Wings: Home against Vegas on Thursday.
Senators: At Toronto on Wednesday.