The Ottawa Senators were finally able to break free from the Boston Bruins spell, winning 1-0 in a game that felt like a playoff matchup from the opening puck drop. The Sens actually outplayed the B's for a majority of the game and could have been up 3 or 4-0 at times, but thanks to Robin Lehner, they held on for the much needed win. Once again, Erik Karlsson came through on the offensive side, scoring the lone goal, his 15th of the year. The whole team came ready to play tonight and it paid off. The Sens finally exorcised their Tim Thomas deamons. On to bigger and better things.
Other thoughts from the game:
- I was surprised their wasn't a fight tonight. Thought for sure there would be a couple.
- Joe Corvo talked but didn't act. Surprise surprise.
- Matt Gilroy had a solid debut and showed a few flashes. Nice game for a guy on a new team.
- Kuba played a good game. We will need him for the push and playoffs. He played nearly 25mins.
- Robin Lehner KILLED it, making many big saves and earning his first career NHL Shutout.
- Erik Condra missed the most wide open net I have EVER seen. Unreal.
- Kyle Turris had a really good game. Skated well all night. He looked fired up. Thanks Corvo.
- Ballsy by Konopka to block that Chara shot.
- Spezza was very quiet tonight.
- Michalek was big on that last penalty kill to help us to the W.
- In fact the PK as a whole was huge tonight.
- Nick Foligno takes way too many stupid penalties. Has been doing it all year.
- I was really hoping Zack Smith was gonna score on that breakaway.
- Jason York says Karlsson should be the Norris winner hands down. It's getting harder to argue that.
- The Sens moved into 5th place with the win at the moment.
|A screen grab of the Condra open net miss via @SensNation|
With 32 saves, including many very impressive one's earning himself his first career NHL shutout, Robin Lehner wins the night.