The Sens struggled to score again, going oh for the powerplay once again and took their scoreless streak to an insane 137:17 before Alfie (pictured above) tied it up to force extra time. Then in the shootout, Ben Bishop shut the door, Silfverberg riffled one by Brodeur and the Sens left Jersey with a stolen 2 points in a Family Day/President's Day afternoon affair that they had no business winning. They desperately needed the victory if they still have any sort of playoff aspirations.
In what has become a theme, the Sens got down early off a less than stellar goal and then failed to produce any offense for most of the game. They did manage to hit the posts several times however, but with the players we have and some poor luck, they didn't convert.
Ben Bishop let it an early so so goal off a rebound he shouldn't have given up less than 2 minutes in, but then killed it the rest of the game, stopping 17 of 18 and all 3 New Jersey shooters in the shootout. It was his 2nd straight solid performance and if anything, certainly helped his trade value.
Overall, Ottawa played an ugly, unentertaining game, but did just enough to squeak out a win. The Sens are back at it tomorrow night at SBP against the Islanders, who lost 7-0 to the Flyers this afternoon. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing. We'll see tomorrow I guess.
Other Thoughts from the game:
- 38 year old and soon to be 39 year old Sergei Gonchar lead the Senators with 26:21 TOI. Followed by 40 year old Daniel Alfredsson, who played an astonishing 23:13
- Mika Zibanejad was a healthy scratch, while Colin Greening was back in the lineup. Have to think that was a message to Zibby from the Paulrus. I imagine he'd like a better effort.
- The Senators continue to be unlucky, hitting the post several times again.
- According to Dean Brown, Zack Smith, who was denied an open net goal by Ilya Kovalchuck, has now gone 28 games without a goal dating back to last year. Yikes!
- Speaking of having trouble scoring, the Senators are now zero for their last TWENTY FIVE on the powerplay. Insane!
- Speaking of insanity, Eric Gryba, playing is his 2nd NHL game logged 19:58 of ice time while Mike Lundin played 21:17 AND we still got the win.
- Gryba has looked good at points, especially joining in offensively but has trouble getting the puck out of his zone with some sloppy clearances. Hopefully will improve over time and gaining experience. I like his potential.
- Chris Neil was ejected from the game with 12.8 seconds left for arguing a penalty call. He promptly destroyed the tunnel awning on the way out. Does he get sent the bill?
- It was nice to see former Sen Bobby Butler miss the net to give us the win in the shootout wasn't it?
- I'm sure they're trying hard and all but Grant and Dziurynski were ineffective for their 2nd straight game. Then again I think they're more than in over their head at this point.
- Still trying to figure out why Borowiecki was overlooked on the recall when the team needs toughness and stability, 2 staples of his game.
With his stellar play, stopping 17 of 18 shots, Ben Bishop wins the afternoon
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