- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Ales Hemsky admitted he was feeling down after being traded to Ottawa from Edmonton last Wednesday.

But his mood picked up after he had three assists in the struggling Senators’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

“It’s weird,” said Hemsky, who is in his 11th NHL season. “You spend your whole career in one place and then you kind of realize you’ve come to the end. It’s sad because I had a lot of great people there, even the locker room was great, and everybody treated me really well.

“I was sad, but in the end I was excited to come here and play those type of games and battle for the playoffs.”

It was Hemsky’s second game and first points with Ottawa since he was traded and slotted on to the Senators’ top line.

Milan Michalek scored the game’s first goal during a power play with an assist from Hemsky and center Jason Spezza, who had three assists.

“He’s an extremely offensively talented player,” Spezza said of Hemsky. “I seem like I can read off him fairly easily. I’ve watched him play a lot. He’s really good with the puck, he’s got that short stick, protects it really well and is a good passer.”

Defensemen Jared Cowen and Eric Gryba, and Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman also scored for Ottawa (28-25-11), which had lost two straight and four of five.

Spezza said the Senators aren’t satisfied with a split of their four-game trip that included a win over Vancouver and losses to Edmonton and Calgary.

“It’s nice to get the win and get two points and get moving in the right direction again, but no, we’re not happy with .500 out of this trip,” Spezza said. “We’re fighting for the playoffs. We needed more points than that.”

Turris‘ goal was his 21st of season, and Hoffman netted his first. Both players also had an assist. Craig Anderson stopped 46 shots for the Senators.

Bryan Little scored his 20th of the season, and Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien also had goals for Winnipeg (30-28-7).

Ondrej Pavelec started in goal for the Jets, but was replaced in the second period by Al Montoya after giving up five goals on 20 shots. Montoya stopped all 12 shots he faced.

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice didn’t hang the loss on Pavelec.

“I know he didn’t have a chance on the first three (goals),” Maurice said. “The fourth is a play that’s going behind the net, and it’s a laser. If he gets that one, it’s as much luck as it is positioning on that one.

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