Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sens Beat Isles In A Night Of Firsts

I'm not quite sure if the league is that bad, or we're just playing solid team hockey, but the Sens and their more than depleted lineup made it 2 wins in as many days, taking the 2 points tonight back at SBP with a 3-1 victory against the New York Islanders.

It wasn't a spectacular performance or anything of the sort, but when faced with a lineup like ours, any sort of satisfaction is a good thing. Leading the way again was of course Craig Anderson, who made 37 saves, which should help his save percentage out. The one goal he did let in was a nice shot from the faceoff circle after our D failed to clear the zone multiple times. Otherwise Anderson pitched a shutout and continues to be a viable MVP/Vezina candidate.

The Senators have been scoring by any means necessary since Spezza/Karlsson/Michalek went out and tonight was no different. Colin Greening got the Sens on the board after being a healthy scratch 2 games ago and it also broke an 0-25 powerplay streak finally.

After that the flood gates opened with Andre Benoit scoring his 2nd first NHL goal and David Dziurunsky adding his first in the league late in the 3rd to secure the W. Defenceman Eric Gryba, who was only playing in his 3rd NHL game recorded his first NHL point on Dizzy's goal.

The team didn't play spectacularly, in fact in many ways it was ugly, but it was an ugly win, not a loss, and that makes all the difference doesn't it. Sens are back it at Thursday against the NY Rangers in their first meeting since their 7 game series last spring.

Other Thoughts from the game:
  • No one on the team had more than a point, but 8 different guys registered a point tonight.
    Mika Zibanejad was back in the lineup fresh off being a healthy scratch and was the only Sens skater to play less than 10 minutes tonight.
  • Speaking of ice time, Marc Methot lead the team with 24:24 TOI
  • The Senators continue to struggle getting the puck out of their zone. Against a better team it won't work out so well.
  • Nice to see Rick DiPietro playing again. Amazed he wasn't hurt. Joking. Sort of.
  • Gonchar played less than usual tonight. Perhaps because of a back to back situation.
  • The Isles lost 7-0 yesterday and now lost to an undermanned Sens squad tonight. Hard to be a NYI fan at this point. 
  • We also learned they've gone 20 years without a playoff series win, the most in the NHL.
With 37 saves and the win, Craig Anderson wins the night

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