Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sens Ground Jets

The Sens got just what they needed, another struggling team playing the 2nd game of a back to back, and they took full advantage, dropping the Jets 4-1 in their first game in Ottawa since 1995. It was an entirely different team out there tonight. I guess that closed door talk did some good, or the opponent was just that bad. Probably a bit of both.

So what was the difference tonight? Our key players played like key players. Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek each had 3 points tonight, Alfie scored on a beauty play, and we got solid goalkeeping from Craig Anderson. I would venture to say that if we get all of that, it will almost always result in a win.

The Sens get the worst team in the league on Saturday in Columbus, hoping to put a win streak together for the first time this season. Maybe we aren't as bad as we thought, or likely, our problem is consistently playing the way we did tonight.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Jesse Winchester looked solid in his first game back. Nothing fancy but solid. His normal type game.
  • Peter Regin injured his shoulder and didn't return. Not good for a guy with past injury problems and in need of a big comeback season. 
  • Speaking of Regin's injury, the main beneficiaries could be Zibanejad or Da Costa, neither of whom were very noticeable tonight.
  • Colin Greening had another big night, chipping in with 2 points tonight. He's looking to be growing into the power forward we desperately need.
  • Anne Murray was at the game. Yes, that Anne Murray.
  • Andre Ladd's nose was a mess after taking that puck to the face.
  • Gonchar had a better game tonight I thought. Rundblad too.
  • In fact the entire defence was a lot better than in previous games.
  • Erik Karlsson needs to play better positionally and not take so many penalties.

Apparently the Sens also blew it promotional wise tonight as well. Kinda funny though. Yet typical.

With 2 goals and 1 assist, good for 3 points, Milan Michalek wins the night. Jason Spezza also had 3 helpers, so he gets honorable mention.

Post game thoughts?

    1 comment:

    TSNFAN said...

    I was really impressed with the play of Spezza and Michalek tonight. Especially since Michalek was taken out of his comfort zone with the transition to RW. I thought Zibanejad had a much better game in his natural position of C, but it won't make much of a difference, and he'll be sent back to Sweden, where he can get consistent top 6 minutes and PP time.

    I think Condra is suffering from the sophmore jinx bad, as he bungled the puck a bunch of times last night, and isn't contributing much on the offensive side of the game.

    DaCosta looks like he needs to gain a ton of strength training, as he's getting muscled off the puck, and getting decimated in the faceoff.

    I LOVE the play of Rundblad, i personally think that he's slicker with the puck than Karlsson, but he doesn't have Karlssons' blazing speed or hard shot. Also, that check he put on last night was like he was channelling the A-Train!!

    Bring on the top line of Filatov-Spezza-Michalek for saturday against Columbus!!!