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Anderson sets Senators wins mark in victory over Avalanche

Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman reaches out for the puck as Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog, left, and Nathan MacKinnon defend Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Denver.

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Craig Anderson made 14 saves to set the franchise wins mark and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Alex Burrows and Mike Hoffman each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which tied Montreal atop the Atlantic Division with 84 points.

Anderson earned win No. 147 with Ottawa and passed Patrick Lalime for the top spot.

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Fredrik Claesson and Ryan Dzingel also had goals for the Senators.

Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots and Matt Nieto and Sven Andrighetto scored for the Avalanche, who were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. It is the third straight year they've failed to reach the post-season after posting 52 wins and 112 points in 2013-14.

Nieto gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal midway through the first period, but Ottawa gained control in the second. Goals by Claesson, Burrows and Hoffman in the second made it 3-1.

Dzingel scored at 11:22 of the third to seal the win.

The Avalanche were trying for their first three-game winning streak of the season, but couldn't generate much offence after outshooting the Senators for most of the first period.

They went the final 28:27 of the game with only two shots. Andrighetto ended a drought of 17:28 without a shot when he scored in the final minute.

Ottawa outshot Colorado 20-6 in the final two periods.

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NOTES: Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. Second-leading scorer Mark Stone was out after suffering a lower-body injury against Arizona on Thursday. Centre Kyle Turris missed his third straight game with a fractured finger.

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