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Senators get consecutive road wins by beating Kings 4-1

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Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press


Published Friday, January 11, 2019 10:26AM EST

LOS ANGELES — Already playing without top centre Matt Duchene, the Ottawa Senators could have thrown in the towel when Colin White sustained an injury early in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings.

Instead, the young Senators showed their mettle to win consecutive road games for the first time this season.

Chris Tierney scored twice and the Senators beat the Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.

“Obviously Colin going down early, a lot of guys had to step up and play some big minutes, so I thought the whole team gave a 60-minutes effort,” Tierney said. “Every forward, every D, goalie, everybody was going.”

Bobby Ryan had a power-play goal and Christian Wolanin also scored for the Senators, who won on back-to-back nights at Anaheim and Los Angeles. Anders Nilsson made 33 saves.

“Over time we’re going to gain that maturity,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said. “That’s experience, and you can’t just ask for it and get it when you got such a young team. You can see it, pretty much everybody is growing.”

Ottawa also got its first consecutive wins since a three-game streak Nov. 27-Dec. 1 despite losing White to an apparent upper-body injury on a check from Jake Muzzin.

Boucher said White will return to Ottawa for further examination and would miss at least two weeks.

“It was a major character win,” Boucher said. “It looked like we weren’t going to get much of a chance tonight, but our guys did a terrific job.”

The Senators took the lead by scoring two goals 2:41 apart in the second period. Tierney put the Senators ahead 2-1 at 16:40 after Ryan scored on the power play at 14:59 to tie it at 1 and extend his point streak to six games.

Mikkel Boedker got his 200th career assist on Tierney’s goal.

Wolanin made it 3-1 at 1:22 of the third period. Tierney added an empty-netter at 19:02, giving him five points in his past three games.

Tierney was equally pleased with the defensive effort, holding the Ducks and Kings to one goal each after allowing at least four goals seven times during an eight-game losing streak.

Nilsson, who was traded from Vancouver to Ottawa on Jan. 2, did his part by stopping 65 of 67 shots against the two Southern California teams.

“I thought we tweaked a couple things coming into this road trip and been paying off so far obviously,” Tierney said. “But you got to give a lot of credit to Nilly, he made a couple huge saves. Both games now he’s made timely saves that kept the game in reach and kept us with the lead here tonight.”

Kyle Clifford scored and Jonathan Quick made 23 saves for the Kings.

The Kings went up 1-0 at 3:47 of the second period when Clifford redirected Muzzin’s shot. Clifford’s second goal in the past three games was little consolation for what he descried as an “awful” performance by the reeling Kings, who have lost four of five.

“That’s just embarrassing to be honest,” Clifford said. “There’s not much more to say other than that.”

NOTES: Senators D Ben Harpur, who did not play because of an upper-body injury, is also set to return to Ottawa for further examination. Boucher said Harpur will miss at least two weeks. … Duchene is not expected to rejoin the team for the conclusion of their three-game California trip at San Jose on Saturday following the birth of his son. … Kings D Alec Martinez returned after missing 14 games because of an upper-body injury.

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Kings: Host Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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‘Too soon to celebrate’ Ottawa’s low case count, says Etches

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) logged just 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest daily total since Sept. 1.

Because of the lag between testing and reporting, the low number could simply reflect low turnout at the city’s testing sites on weekends — all month, new case counts have been lower on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

During a virtual news conference Tuesday, the city’s medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said she doesn’t read too much into a single day’s report.

“I don’t think we can make too much of 11. Actually, it could be a lot higher tomorrow — I would expect that, on average,” she said. “It’s too soon to celebrate.”

Provincewide, public health officials reported 1, 249 new cases Tuesday.

OPH also declared 62 cases resolved Tuesday, lowering the number of known active cases in the city to 462. Two more people have died, both in care homes currently experiencing outbreaks, raising the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 361. 

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Santa Claus isn’t coming to Ottawa’s major malls this year

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Santa Claus may still be coming to town this Christmas, but he won’t be dropping by any of Ottawa’s major malls, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Friday, Cadillac Fairview said Santa won’t be making an appearance at any of its 19 malls across Canada, including Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa. On Tuesday, Bayshore and St. Laurent shopping centres confirmed they, too, are scrapping the annual tradition.

“Due to the evolution of the situation in regards to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Santa Program and Gift Wrap Program this year,” Bayshore spokesperson Sara Macdonald wrote in an email to CBC.

Macdonald said parent company Ivanhoé Cambridge cancelled all holiday activities “due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.”

Macdonald said families that had already booked an appointment to visit Santa will receive an email with more information.  

Virtual visits with Santa

Rideau Centre said based on customer research and discussions with public health officials, its North Pole is going online this year.

“Children will be able to have a private chat with Santa,” said Craig Flannagan, vice-president of marketing for Cadillac Fairview. “You’ll also be able to join a 15-minute storytime with Santa over Facebook Live.” 

At Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre, visitors are invited to take a “selfie with Santa” — actually, a life-size cutout of Santa Pierre, the man who’s been playing Santa at the east end mall for years.

“We understand that this is not ideal, but in lieu of this tradition we will be doing what we can to maintain and encourage holiday cheer,” according to a statement on the mall’s Facebook page.

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Ottawa Bylaw breaks up two large parties in Ottawa over the weekend

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OTTAWA — Ottawa Bylaw is investigating social gatherings of more than 10 people in private homes across Ottawa last weekend.

Mayor Jim Watson tells Newstalk 580 CFRA that Ottawa Bylaw broke-up two house parties over the weekend, with 20 to 25 people at each party.

“That’s the kind of stupidity that angers me, that’s where the bulk of the transmissions are taking place, if we exclude the tragedy of the long-term care homes; it’s these house parties with unrelated people,” said Watson on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.

“The message doesn’t seem to be getting through, particularly to some young people who think they’re invincible.”

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, Bylaw and Regulatory Services Director Roger Chapman says, “There are still ongoing investigations from this past weekend that could result in charges.”

Chapman says recent investigations led to two charges being issued for social gatherings of more than 10 people in a private residence in contravention of the Reopening Ontario Act.

“In one case, up to 30 individuals were observed attending a house party in Ward 18 on Oct. 24,” said Chapman.

“The second charge was issued following a house party in Ward 16 on Oct. 31, where up to 16 individuals were observed to be in attendance.”

The fine is $880 for hosting an illegal gathering.

Alta Vista is Ward 18, while Ward 16 is River Ward.

Ottawa Bylaw has issued 24 charges for illegal gatherings since the start of the pandemic.

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