Thursday, December 08, 2011

Sens Choke Away Lead, Lose In Shootout

The Senators looked great for 2 periods tonight, before having one of the worst 3rd's in recent memory to fall to the New Jersey Devils in a shootout. Ottawa was up 3-0 and cruising before giving up 4 unanswered goals, including 2 shorthanded one's to go behind 4-3. Jesse Winchester saved the day, scoring with 4.9 seconds left in the game to rescue a much needed point, but the game has to be considered a disappointment regardless. Alex Auld remains win less this season and made zero saves in the shootout.

Other thoughts from the game:
  • Sergei Gonchar left the game in the 2nd and didn't return, making it even more likely that Carkner will suit up Saturday for the first time this season.
  • As a result of the Gonchar injury, rookie Jared Cowen played 31:42 tonight. Unbelievable! I thought he had maybe his best game as a pro.
  • Big fight between Zenon Konopka and Ottawa native Mark Fraser.
  • With his 18th goal tonight, Milan Michalek took over sole possession of the NHL goal scoring lead.
  • Nick Foligno scored a beauty again. He has 10 goals now this season. Impressive.
  • Alfie scored again too. He is clearly not his old self anymore but proves he can still contribute.
  • Alex Auld struggled again tonight. Not all of the goals were his fault but he never really made the big save. Including not making a stop in the shootout, though the first shooter Kovalchuk missed the net.
  • Parise showed what an all around player he is again tonight. I know many Sens fans are hoping he lands in Ottawa this offseason. I can't see Jersey letting him go.
  • Sens chased Marty Brodeur from the nets after the first. He never plays well against us for some reason.
  • Rundblad had a very weak attempt in the shootout.
  • Zack Smith was very quiet for him tonight. Fatigue perhaps?

 Picture of the night is Chris Neil after taking a rough high stick to the face. It resulted in a lot of blood and a 4 minute powerplay for the Sens. It's been a rough couple of days for the Sens vet hasn't it?

 With 31:42 worth of ice time tonight and being a +1, as well as being just a solid all around player, Jared Cowen wins the night for the first time.

Thoughts on the shootout loss?


    Anonymous said...

    The Karlsson attempt in another game that went to a shooutout should have already made this message clear to the coach: NEVER, EVER, USE A D-MAN IN THE SHOOUTOUT!!!

    Anonymous said...

    Perfect opportunity to unleash Rundblad.
    On the road, backup goalie, no book on him.
    Tough play when the puck rolled on him as he drove it 5 hole... more pace and that puck is in.