Stop me if you've heard this before, but this afternoon the Sens played extra time again in Buffalo before Turris sent Ottawa home with the 2 points with a spectacular one timed goal in OT. It was the Sens 11th straight game decided by one goal, now just one off the NHL record of 12. But let's bring it back a little bit shall we, to the first period.
In the opening stanza, the Sens looked asleep and played about a poor of period as possible and found themselves down 2-0 after one, and rightfully so. I'm not sure what was said at the intermission but they came out as a completely different team. They dominated the 2nd frame and it was reflected on the scoreboard. It began with a Patrick Wiercioch shot from the point that found its way in (his 3rd in 4 games by the way), then the game was tied 6 minutes later by The Big Rig. You know what that means? Game over. For good measure Kyle Turris scored on a nice backhand to give the Sens the lead with just 1:03 left in the 2nd (his 3rd of the week by the way after going 20 without one). Period dominated.
The 3rd was more of the same really, until a weird bounce off of Zack Smith from a Drew Stafford shot found the back of the net tying it at 3's with just under 8 minutes left. Wiercioch nearly went from hero to goat when he took a penalty with just over 3 minutes remaining, but the Sens stellar PK saved the day and we were off to overtime yet again.
The OT was a bit back and forth until Mika Zibanejad drew a penalty from 8 million dollar man Christian Ehrhoff. And just like that, the Sens had a 4 on 3 powerplay in overtime, which means one thing, a ton of space to operate and they didn't disappoint. The Sabres were unable to clear the zone even once and the Senators took shot after shot at Miller. After a bit of a scramble, Alfie slipped the puck to Turris on an awkward, tight angle on the left hand side and boom! Turris one timed it top short side shelf on an amazing shot that Miller had zero shot on. Bottle popped, Sens win!
Stat of the night:
The Big Rig Rule holds once again as the #Sens are now 50-11-4 all-time when Chris Phillips scores a goal
— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) March 16, 2013
And here is the OT winner in case you missed it. It basically shows you the entire powerplay in overtime. They had chance after chance but they worked hard and kept possession, which ultimately resulted in the spectacular goal. Shoutout to Kyle Turris for the outstanding game.
Other thoughts from the game:
- How about Alfie who played 23:15 this afternoon. Out there fresh like a rook.
- Matt Kassian made his Sens debut. He seemed to fit in well enough.
- Gonchar got another point. His streak is now at 6 games.
- Kyle Turris had 2 goals and a helper, including the OT winner yet Drew Stafford got the games first star. Good job Buffalo.
- Tyler Myers makes 5.5 until 2019. Patrick Wiercioch makes 875k. Who would you rather have? PW in a landslide.
- How does Ehrhoff make 8 million this year after 10 million last year? Insane!
- The Sabres are a bad team. Like really bad.
- How many sticks does Condra break? Must be costing the Sens a small fortune.
- Bishop made some key saves late in the 3rd. Sure is nice to have 3 quality tenders isn't it?
- Ottawa now has points in their last 4 games
With 3 points, including the game winner in OT, Kyle Turris wins the afternoon
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