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Silfverberg scores 2 in Sens' 4-1 win over Jets

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Photo -   Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (11) celebrates a goal with teammates Guillaume Latendresse (73) and Zack Smith (15) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Sunday, March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Fred Chartrand)
Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (11) celebrates a goal with teammates Guillaume Latendresse (73) and Zack Smith (15) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Sunday, March 17, 2013. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Fred Chartrand)
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OTTAWA (AP) — There was a sense of celebration in the Ottawa Senators' dressing room, and the happy feelings went way beyond simply beating the Winnipeg Jets.

The Senators' 4-1 victory on Sunday was satisfying in its own right, but even more so because it snapped Ottawa's 11-game streak of one-goal games.

Jakob Silfverberg scored twice to power the Senators to the rare multi-goal victory. Guillaume Latendresse and Kyle Turris added goals for Ottawa (15-8-6), which got 25 saves from Robin Lehner.

"It was nice not being a one-goal game for once," said Turris, who scored his eighth of the season. "We played our game and finished strong."

Zach Bogosian scored the lone goal for the Jets (15-12-2). Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves, but Winnipeg's three-game winning streak was snapped.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the third, the Jets finally beat Lehner at 3:26 as Bogosian's shot from just inside the blue line made it through traffic and just under the crossbar.

Evander Kane had a great chance to tie the game midway through the period on a 2-on-1 break, but was robbed by Lehner, who made a great pad save.

"We've seen a lot of good things from Robin, but maybe Lehner is Irish," Senators coach Paul MacLean joked. "He was outstanding. The difference in the game was Robin."

Ottawa had a scare when Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien knocked Lehner down, and the goalie needed a few moments to gather himself before he got back up.

"I don't remember much," Lehner said. "It was a big body coming at me, and he hit me in the head, but fortunately I felt good after a little while and could finish."

The Senators made it 3-1 with a power-play goal by Turris, and 1:15 after that, Silfverberg scored his second of the game to give Ottawa a three-goal edge.

Ottawa went 2-for-4 on the power play, an impressive feat because the Jets had gone 11 games without giving up a power-play goal.

"They made some nice plays," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "They made a dot-to-dot play that's really tough on your goalie. You've got to give them credit. They can make those plays."

Fatigue seemed to be a factor for the Jets, who played for the third time in four days. Ottawa dominated the first period, jumping out to a 2-0 lead and outshooting Winnipeg 19-6.

"I think the fact we played three games in four days, and not really playing with enough of four lines really caught up with us," Noel said. "I can't fault the players for their effort. I thought they worked hard and tried to come back in the second period. It was a factor, no doubt."

The Senators opened the scoring at 3:44 when Daniel Alfredsson fought his way down the side boards to the front of the net where the puck bounced in off Latendresse.

The Senators made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 1:21 remaining in the period. Sergei Gonchar made a pass across the crease to Silfverberg, who managed to handle a bouncing puck and beat Pavelec up high.

"It wasn't our best game, that's for sure," Pavelec said. "They came in hard on us, and I think they were a better team."

Gonchar extended his point streak to seven games with assists on goals by Silfverberg and Turris.

NOTES: Senators LW Kaspars Daugavins was a healthy scratch. Ottawa is without G Craig Anderson (ankle sprain), D Mike Lundin (concussion), D Dave Dziurzynski (concussion), D Erik Karlsson (Achilles), C Jason Spezza (upper body), LW Milan Michalek (knee), D Jared Cowen (hip). ... Winnipeg D Paul Postma, C Alexander Burmistrov and G Al Montoya were healthy scratches. The Jets were without D Tobias Enstrom (shoulder), D Zach Redmond (leg), RW Anthony Peluso (hand), C Jim Slater (upper body).

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