Monday, March 25, 2013

Sens Take Down Jersey In Shootout

It wasn't what I'd call a spectacular effort by any means, but the result is what's important and the Sens got the 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils tonight at SBP. Chris Phillips scored in the first , so you knew the game was pretty much a wrap from there, although New jersey definitely took it to us at points and dominated the 2nd and 3rd periods for the most part.

In fact, at one points the Sens went 21 minutes without a shot on net somehow and only finished up with 14 total including overtime. Quite the unusual game for us, considering we're prone to putting up 30+ on most nights. Colin Greening added the other on a play that makes me long for him to be that player all the time. He went hard to the net and buried a Turris shot off a juicy rebound with 16 seconds to play in the 2nd, a period in which NJ embarrassed up most of the period. I want Greening to be a power forward so bad. I know he has it in him.

Ben Bishop played well when he had to and I wouldn't call either goal a bad one. He most importantly closed the door in the shootout, improving to 4-0 in the skills competition this year. Maybe most importantly, with tonight's game, Bishop has now played enough to be classified as a RFA instead of an UFA for this offeason, which is huge for someone they are likely looking to trade. The value we can get back has increased.

R.I.P. to Sergei Gonchar's assist streak, which ended tonight at 10 games, just one off the NHL all time mark by Ottawa native Gary Galley. The Sens have now won 2 in a row and 5 of 7. Back at it Thursday against the NYR at SBP.

 With 32 saves and the win, Ben Bishop wins the night.

Fight of the night:

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