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NHL: Ottawa 5, New Jersey 2

Oct. 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM

OTTAWA, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Erik Karlsson touched off Ottawa's biggest offensive output of the season Thursday and the Senators fought off a New Jersey rally for a 5-2 victory.

Ottawa played its first home game of the season after contesting its opening six contests on the road. It was the Senators' second straight win following three consecutive losses.

New Jersey fell to 0-4-3 and has gone winless through the first seven games of a season for the first time in the history of the club.

Karlsson and Bobby Ryan both scored in the first period and the Senators made it 3-0 on a tally from Zack Smith with 1:19 to go in the second.

New Jersey put together a comeback through the first half of the third period on goals by Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier.

Milan Michalek slowed down the New Jersey rally by putting a slap shot by Martin Brodeur with 4:48 to go and Jason Spezza tacked on an empty-net goal.

Craig Anderson made 40 saves to collect the victory. Brodeur allowed four goals on 22 shots.

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