The Senators got off to a bad start and really played fairly poorly the whole game, but still managed to beat the struggling New York Islanders 5-2, despite the game being closer than the final score and despite playing their 2nd game in less than 24 hours. Robin Lehner let in a goal on the Isles first shot that was very saveable, but after that settled down and played very well, keeping them in the game for large portions. Guess he wanted to show he wants to stay with the big club. Not a great game played by the Sens but got the W and the 2 points and that's what matters at this time of year. Boston on Tuesday.
Other thoughts from the game:
- Jim O'Brien scored his 2nd goal in the NHL and his first that didn't appear to be shot on a handy cam from 1984.
- Karlsson had another 2 helpers, that gave him 65 points, a new record for a Sens defenceman.
- Neil had a gorgeous goal that he batted out of the air to seal the game. Quite the 24hrs for the tough guy who had the hit of the year, fight with Chara and a highlight reel goal in less than a day.
- I thought our D looked sloppy again. Need to improve it asap.
- Thank god Spezza returned to the game after taking that Alfie shot and dropping like he was shot. He promptly scored quickly after returning. The city of Ottawa then resumed breathing.
- Turris added a much needed goal, albeit an empty netter. His first of February.
- Michalek continues to roll and be on one of his patented hot streaks.
- Lehner showed us why he's so highly regarded today. He doesn't want to give up this opportunity.
- Colin Greening needs to pick it up asap. It's been way too long since he's produced anything.
- Sens continue to be league's top 3rd period scoring team, adding 3 more to their total tonight
- Zack Smith had a big 6 hits tonight.
- Kuba played nearly 25mins again tonight and didn't look out of place. He's been great lately I have to admit.
With a goal and an assist, plus 4 hits and a +2 rating, Chris Neil wins the night.