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STOCKHOLM — Mike Hoffman scored two power-play goals and Erik Karlsson had two assists for the Ottawa Senators in a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche in the second game of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series at Ericsson Globe on Saturday.

The Senators, who won 4-3 in overtime Friday, swept the series and outshot the Avalanche 72-37 in the two games, including 40-18 Saturday.

“It exceeded my expectations of how good it was going to be,” Karlsson said. “I think everybody feels the same. Even though it’s a long trip and a hard trip and you’re not feeling great for a few days, I think that it’s all worth it in the end. If you ask anybody in that room, and in Colorado as well, we’d be more than pleased to come back and do this again.”

Hoffman’s power-play goal at 13:23 of the third period gave Ottawa a 4-3 lead.

Stockholm native Johnny Oduya and Mark Stone scored for the Senators. Stone, who scored two goals Friday, including the overtime winner, has nine goals in the past nine games.

Craig Anderson made eight saves after relieving Mike Condon (seven saves) at 10:36 of the second period for the Senators (8-3-5).

Blake Comeau, Alexander Kerfoot and Sven Andrighetto scored for the Avalanche (8-7-1). Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves.

“Based on the results, it’s not good enough,” Avalanche captain and Stockholm native Gabriel Landeskog said. “Based on the whole experience of the whole week, it’s been unbelievable.”

Oduya tied it 3-3 with a one-timer off a cross-ice, off-the-boards pass from Nate Thompson at 7:01 of the third period.

After Kerfoot was called for hooking in the offensive zone at 8:53 and Colorado killed the penalty, Mark Barberio was called for tripping at 13:13, leading to Hofmann’s power-play goal.

Matt Duchene played the puck down low to Stone, whose pass to Hoffman in the slot was knocked down by Avalanche defenseman Chris Bigras. He inadvertently knocked the puck to Hoffman, whose shot from the slot beat Bernier to the glove side.

“We end up in the penalty box way too much,” Landeskog said. “It’s just a matter of time before a good team like that is going to capitalize on the power play, and they did.”

Colorado had a chance to do the same when Jean-Gabriel Pageau was called for high-sticking at 15:04 of the third period, but the Senators killed the penalty.

“Saved the game,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.

Colorado and Ottawa combined for four goals in the second period, including three in a span of 2:02.

Colorado took a 2-1 lead on Kerfoot’s power-play goal at 8:34, but Stone tied it 42 seconds later off a pass from Karlsson, who pinched down the right-wing wall.

Andrighetto gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 10:36, the final shot Condon faced.

Hoffman tied it 1-1 12 seconds into the second period when he dumped the puck in from the left point and it bounced on its edge, curved to the right and got past Bernier.

“I think that would have went in against any goalie,” Hoffman said.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on Comeau’s goal on a shorthanded breakaway at 13:13 of the first period.

Goal of the game

Hoffman’s goal at 13:23 of the third period.

Save of the game

Anderson’s save on Landeskog during Colorado’s power play at 16:09 of the third.

Highlight of the game

Karlsson’s pinch to create Stone’s goal at 9:16 of the second period.

They said it

“Everything non-hockey related was fantastic. I think the whole week was great. The problem is we’re here to play two hockey games and we only got one point out of the four, so it’s not good enough.” — Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

“When we travel here we put a lot of focus on trying to get those four points, making sure we realize these are regular-season games and we want to take them as serious as possible even though we’re in a different country. We’re going to try to enjoy ourselves as much as we can off the ice, and I think the guys did a great job. Once we got here for the games, we stayed as focused as we possibly could.” — Senators captain Erik Karlsson

Need to know

Senators forward Zack Smith will miss three weeks because of a dislocated thumb, an injury he sustained in the game Friday. … Senators forward Matt Duchene had eight shots on goal playing 16:19 in his second game for Ottawa after being traded by Colorado. Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, part of that three-team trade from the Nashville Predators, had two shots in 22:39. … Kerfoot has four goals in a three-game streak. … Karlsson has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) during his seven-game point streak.

What’s next

Avalanche: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)