It wasn't pretty, in fact it was downright ugly, but the Sens snapped their 2 game mini losing streak with a 4-3 win over Buffalo. Ottawa was still without Jason Spezza and Sergei Gonchar, so a win is a win, especially with the short season.
The Sens were off to a flying start, with Erik Karlsson putting Ottawa up 1-0 early, but just 21 seconds later the Sabres rallied to tie it. After that it was all Sens with Phillips, Alfie and Neil all scoring to put the Sens up 4-1 after 2. It looked like a sure easy win, but the Sens were sloppy in the 3rd and played uninspired puck to let Buffalo hang around and they eventually made them pay. Two goals from Leopold and then Pomminville cut the Sens lead to just 1 with just under 6 minutes to play.
It was an anxious last 6, but the Sens managed to hold up, just barely, to get the important 2 points against their division rivals. The 2 teams tangle again one week from tonight back at SBP in an odd scheduling decision.
Other thoughts from the game:
- The game was not a sellout for the first time this year with 18.345 attending the first of a 4 game homestand
- Craig Anderson finally showed he is human, allowing goals in the 2nd and 3rd for the first time this season
- Marc Methot continues to impress. Perfect compliment for EK65
- Peter Regin had an all around solid game, scoring his first 2 points of the season, one to set up the game winning goal on a beauty pass and he played well on the defensive end as well, blocking several shots
- Was it throwback night at SBP? 3 of the 4 goal scorers have played over 10 seasons all with Ottawa with Alfie (17 seasons), Phillips (15 seasons) and Neil (11 seasons) all lighting the lamp tonight
- Stephane Da Costa was invisible and ineffective in his season debut for the Sens, only getting 7:07 of ice time
- Erik Condra continues to get scoring chances but continues to be Erik Condra
- Mika Zibanejad continues to impress me. He had a subtle but great pass to set up Alfie's goal.
- Phillips' scored so we knew the game was done after that anyways.
- Karlsson has become so great that when he has a decent game and a goal I feel disappointed he wasn't better. He's THAT good.
- Very impressed with Michalek's defensive effort tonight as well.
- Happy to hear that Silfverberg will be ok after seeing him go to the dressing room late in the period.
With 2 points tonight and a hard working effort, Peter Regin wins the night.
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