|The Senators celebrate their game winning goal score by Sergei Gonchar|
The Sens seem lethargic and then some to start the game, looking uninspired and a shell of the team we saw the first 3 games, but were saved by the fact that they were fortunately playing the struggling Caps, a team that appears to be going nowhere and fast this season. Washington got off to a 2-0 lead in the first, off 2 less than stellar goals and Ottawa was barely clinging to life. The only bright spot in the first for the team playing without Jason Spezza, was the 4th line of birthday boy Jim O'Brien, Erik Condra and Mika Zibanejad, who all played a very solid all round game.
Craig Anderson kept the Sens in the game and eventually Ottawa scored, with the goal being scored by Jim O'Brien, who gave himself a little birthday present when he lit the lamp. The Sens stepped it up a bit, but really it was the Caps who let the Sens stay around and kept giving them opportunities to tie it up, which of course they eventually did off a clever play from Milan Michalek, who caught Neuvrith off guard with a quick backhand off the faceoff.
The Sens then went to the PP with just a few minutes left and veteran Sergei Gonchar scored, giving the Sens the lead, while Anderson shut the door to get the win, finishing with 31 saves. And just like that, the Sens stole 2 points that they desperately need to end their mini 2 game losing streak. Mika Zibanejad was by far the best player of the game for me, and that bodes well for the future of the Ottawa Senators. Back at it tomorrow at SBP when the Habs are in town.
With one assist and an all around great game, Mika Zibanejad wins the night.
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Other thoughts from the game:
- We miss Jason Spezza. Badly. The offense had no flow without him.
- Zibanejad was named the 1st star of the game and deservedly so. Look for him to take Latendresse's spot as the 2nd line's LW in the near future.
- Anderson wasn't amazing but he sure made the saves when they counted. Typical Andy.
- Karlsson was back to normal after a questionable game against the Pens on Sunday.
- I continue to be impressed by Silfverberg's 2 way game. The scoring will come.