It was a game that you could have hardly faulted anyone for missing with the late 10:30pm start time, but for those of you that missed it, or turned it off after one period, you missed a classic pesky Sens performance. They took it to the Kings early and probably should have been up one, if not two goals, but a goal from Dustin Brown right after a Sens PP had LA up 1, then another and eventually another by the end of the first frame. The 3-0 score was actually fairly flattering too. The Senators were dominated. Many of you went to bed and who could really blame you.
There was talk that Anderson, who was really at fault on the opening goal, would be pulled and rested to start the 2nd, but the Walrus decided against it. It was a good decision, because just 6 minutes into the 2nd, JG Pageau pulled a goal back after a broken play lead to the puck on his stick, before he burried it past Quick to get us on the board. The rest of the 2nd was fairly even, or slightly in Ottawa's favor, setting up a 3rd period that would at least have us with a slight chance at a comeback.
The first few minutes of the 3rd were decent, but it looked like the Sens would be leaving Los Angeles, where they only had one career win at heading into this game by the way, with nothing. A power play just a little over 5 minutes into the 3rd changed all of that however, when Bobby Ryan made it 3-2 with an absolute snipe past Quick, and all his haters back in Ottawa who were worried about BFR after going without a goal for 2 measly games.
The rest of the game was the Senators taking it to the Kings for the most part, but they couldn't seem to crack the Kings outstanding netminder, until with under 5 minutes left, Milan Michalek got the puck off a scramble and buried it top shelf to tie the game at 3's. Those of us who were up rejoiced. We may have not been many, but we were proud.
The game finished with MacArthur taking a questionable penalty with just 1:32 left in the game, that was fairly poorly officiated by the way. They successfully killed the regulaton portion, earning the point, but just 28 seconds into OT, Jeff Carter scored for the LA win. It was a point we would have been ecstatic to get at the end of one. I'll take it.
It wasn't the greatest effort, but the fight and comeback was impressive. We now have points in all 3 games this season so far. Not bad considering. Onto Saturday night in San Jose. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on twitter for all your Senator needs @SensTown
With his first goal as a Senator, Bobby Ryan wins the night