STOCKHOLM — All of the Swedes had points and a Canadian stayed hot to help the Ottawa Senators get a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche in front of a sellout crowd of 13,396 in the first game of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe on Friday.
Senators forward Mark Stone, who is from Winnipeg, scored his second goal of the game and eighth in the past eight games 59 seconds into overtime on a one-timer from the left circle.
“They had kind of a poor change,” Stone said. “We possessed the puck well, and once they made that change, we counterattack and [Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson] draws a guy to him, [center Derick Brassard] draws a guy to him, and really makes the goalie bite. I just had to put it in the open net.”
Karlsson, who is from Landsbro, Sweden, had two assists, including on Stone’s winner. Ottawa defenseman and Stockholm native Fredrik Claesson scored for his first point of the season. Johnny Oduya, also from Stockholm, had an assist.
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who is from Stockholm and was Colorado’s only Swedish player in the game, had an assist.
“This was an all Swedish night,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.
The Senators also got a goal from Chris DiDomenico and Craig Anderson made 16 saves.
Nathan MacKinnon, Alexander Kerfoot and Nail Yakupov scored for Colorado, and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves.
Matt Duchene, who was traded from the Avalanche to the Senators on Sunday, made his Ottawa debut. The forward had two shots on goal and was minus-1 in 16:44 of ice time.
The Senators (7-3-5) and Avalanche (8-6-1) play again at Ericsson Globe on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV).
“We’re not the ones to make excuses, we want to come out with two points, we know that,” Landeskog said. “But, nonetheless, it is a big point we get to force overtime and we’ll bring that with us [Saturday].”
MacKinnon tied the game 3-3 at 12:53 of the third period with his fifth goal of the season. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past five games.
Boucher said he liked the way the Senators responded after the goal to ensure the game got to overtime. They had three shots on goal on eight shot attempts in the final 7:07. The Avalanche had one shot on four attempts.
“After they scored, instead of looking worse, we looked better,” Boucher said. “We looked in control until the very end. You need to have that. You can’t win consistently if you’re too impatient.”
The Senators held the Avalanche to eight shots on goal in the second and third periods after Colorado outshot them 11-9 in the first period.
“We had some good movement in the [offensive] zone, but we’ve got to get the pucks to the net,” Landeskog said. “You look at how they score their goals, it’s nothing fancy, they just kick it back and get it to the net. Keep shooting the puck. We have to take a page out of that book.”
Kerfoot tied it 2-2 with a deflection goal at 9:41 of the second period, but DiDomenico scored 3:40 later to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead.
Avalanche forward Matt Nieto had a chance to tie it, but couldn’t score on a penalty shot after getting slashed by Senators defenseman Chris Wideman on a shorthanded breakaway at 18:33 of the second period.
Stone scored his first goal off a deflection of Oduya’s shot at 15:10 for a 2-1 lead. Claesson beat Varlamov on the glove side with a slap shot from the top of the left circle 20 seconds after Yakupov gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal.
Goal of the game
Stone’s winner 59 seconds into overtime.
Save of the game
Anderson’s glove save on Nieto’s penalty shot at 18:33 of the second period.
Highlight of the game
Claesson’s goal and celebration at 8:36 of the first period.
They said it
“I thought the first period, it looked like it had been a week since we played, it looked like just a few days that we got off the plane and we were still trying to manage the time change. But I really thought in the second and third we played great.” — Senators coach Guy Boucher
“My favorite part was the start of the game, the introductions. I think it was special for [Landeskog] and to see [Peter] Forsberg come out, see how he was welcomed, see how Landeskog and Karlsson and those guys were welcomed. I really enjoyed it. I think it’s a unique experience and one I won’t forget.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
Need to know
Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard had an assist and played 21:55 in his first game since being acquired in the trade that sent Duchene to the Senators.
Senators: Against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Ericsson Globe (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV)
Avalanche: Against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Ericsson Globe (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV)