Thursday, November 04, 2010

Sens Back To .500

The Sens are now back to .500 for the first time this year and moved into a tie for 8th spot in the East with the 4-1 win tonight against a very tired New York Islanders team, who have now lost 6 in a row. The Sens have now won 4 of 5, and the team as a whole seems to have righted the ship so to speak. The main thing is we got the 2 points as we head into a weekend clash with the Habs.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Jason Spezza was great all night. He played hard and took an awful hit from behind in the 3rd, but he had a hand in all 4 goals, registering 3 assists and 1 goal, pretty impressive.
  • Brian Elliott was solid again, including making back to back saves on consecutive shorthanded breakaways in the 3rd.
  • Peter Regin played much better tonight, putting up 2 points, but still hasn't scored through 13, neither has Nick Foligno.
  • Sergei Gonchar scored his first as a Sen at home. Back to back games for the Russian, who's playing much better lately.
  • Erik Karlsson is looking a lot better as well, perhaps he's just a slow starter.
  • The NHL needs some consistency, you can't give Zack Smith 5mins for that hit and then only give 2mins for the Spezza hit. Sends an awful message in my opinion.
  • Chris Neil took a horrible penalty that lead to Isles only goal. Smarten up.
  • Chris Kelly got his 4th goal of the year, he's playing really well.
  • Great to see Campoli and Carkner defend Spezza's honor at the end of the game.
  • Crazy to see the NYI have now had six, 6 game losing streaks in the past 2 seasons.
  • Carrie Underwood was at SBP tonight, so I figured Fisher would have scored, but perhaps he was saving that for apres jeux with his wife.
  • Alfie had one of his quietest games I can ever remember.

So the Sens did what any decent team should do, a pounded a poor, super tired team, but a win is a win. I'm more happy with the fact that Kuba will be returning soon, and that Karlsson and Gonchar are starting to play a lot better. Even Regin and Foligno are stepping it up, even if they haven't managed to score yet. But the biggest positives of the night were Elliott's play and Jason Spezza looking like the elite player we all think he is. So enjoy the win, enjoy being .500 and enjoy being back in playoff contention, but let's get ready for Saturday. On to the next one.....

This will come as no surprise, but with 1 goal, 3 assists and 4 points, Jason Spezza wins the night.

Thoughts on the game tonight?


Anonymous said...

Most of the team played pretty well, Neil was absolutely brutal and Fisher was invisible though. It seems like they are playing better but they have not yet beat a quality team. They are going to have to change something on Saturday from the way they played MTL the first two times, obviously.

Anonymous said...

Elliot played really well, especially on the breakaways. In the past he would have given up those goals. Karrlsson made that one mistake that could have cost us on the PP. Phillips played well. I don't know but I think Fisher looked well not himself. He didn't have legs and seemed to be standing up. At one point I thought I saw him grimace like he was in pain when he was fighting for the puck up against the boards. He was going off the ice earlier on his shifts as well when Alfie and Foligno stayed out. Just didn't seem right. I'm not even going to comment and go there. I think as a team they played at the level of the Islanders. The Islanders were a tired team but I think we dropped to their level. In the beginning it looked like the game was in slow motion. We looked tired. But Spezza looked fast. He had legs.