The living without Erik Karlsson era began as expected, as the Sens dropped an ugly affair to the Leafs 3-0 in the first installment of th2 2013 Battle Of Ontario. You wouldn't have liked Ottawa's odds heading into the game, considering all their injuries that forced 3 new players to make their NHL debut at the ACC, but it was a painful game to watch and a reminder of how lucky we were to watch EK65 every night. We managed to outshoot Toronto 34-28 somehow, but the shots were anything but threatening. In fact we had 2 separate 3 on 1's, where Zack Smith and Andre Benoit both missed the net. Welcome to reality Sens fans. Back at it Monday at 1pm in Jersey.
Other thoughts from the game:
- Craig Anderson continued his solid play stopping 26 of 28. The 2 he allowed were anything but his fault, especially the 2nd from Bozak that was directed from his skate from 10 feet away.
- Eric Gryba's debut was the best of the bunch. He made several solid plays and has the most potential of the new guys to me. Grant and Dziurynski looked every bit of the AHL guys they really are.
- Da Costa on the other hand looked fairly solid. Had a lot of jump to his legs tonight.
- Alfie sure is snakebitten, hitting the post for the 4th or 5th time this year already. He has to be frustrated how this year is playing out for him.
- Gonchar lead the Sens with 27mins played, then Turris with 22.
- All you need to know about the Sens predicament this year is newly activated Mike Lundin played almost 19 minutes.
- The Sens cannot generate any offense right now. They have no been shutout by 2 backup netminders this year. The other 2 were Dan Ellis and Al Montoya. Add Scrivens to that list now.
- The powerplay is pathetic. O-4 tonight and on an ugly 0-22 stretch.
No one wins the night.
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