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Sens continue homestand against Oilers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators will aim for only their second win in February when they continue a five-game homestand by hosting the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday's matinee battle from Canadian Tire Center.

The Senators lost their first three games of the month in regulation before earning a victory Tuesday night in Buffalo. However, Ottawa lost for the fourth time in five outings after dropping the opener of this homestand in a shootout against Pittsburgh.

The Penguins recorded a 5-4 decision Thursday in Ottawa after David Perron notched the decisive shootout tally on Pittsburgh's first chance. Pens netminder Thomas Greiss stopped Bobby Ryan before Perron scored, turned aside another attempt from Kyle Turris and then got some help when Mika Zibanejad rang one off the post.

Turris, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Zibanejad all lit the lamp for the Senators, while Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 29 shots in the loss.

However, Ottawa did rally to get the point as it trailed 4-2 with five minutes to play in regulation. Stone scored on a snap shot from the front with 4:09 left and Turris scored 13 seconds later on a partial breakaway.

"We came in and said this team's going to be identified by how we respond and I thought for the most part throughout the year we've responded pretty well and I think (Thursday) was no different," said Ryan.

The Sens, who are 11 points out of a playoff spot in the East, fell to 11-9-5 as the host.

Edmonton, the West's last-place club, has won two of three games and is 2-2-0 on six-game road trip that ends Monday in Winnipeg.

The Oilers are coming off Thursday's overtime victory in Montreal. They snapped the Canadiens' three-game winning streak after Anton Lander tallied the game-winning goal 1:47 into the extra session.

Lander received a pass from Oscar Klefbom before scoring from the top of the crease. Klefbom posted two assists for the Oilers.

"We responded well after being down," said Lander. "I went to the net and it became an overtime winner for us."

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished with two goals, including the game-tying score with 25 seconds left in regulation. Edmonton rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to send the game to overtime.

Matt Hendricks also scored and Viktor Fasth made 23 saves for the Oilers, who are 7-15-7 as the visiting club this season.

The Senators are aiming for a season-series sweep of Edmonton. Ottawa halted a three-game slide in the matchup with a 4-3 overtime win at Rexall Place on Nov. 13. The Oilers still carry a three-game road winning streak in the series into today's encounter.