The Senators didn't make it easy, but in the end the result was there, as the Sens took their opening game in Buffalo 1-0 with a late goal from Erik Karlsson and a spectacular 35 save performance from Craig Anderson, in what was a major goal tending duel. Ryan Miller finished with 45 saves in the loss and deserved a better fate, though Andy had the tougher workload. Number 41 was in full beastmode all night.
Ottawa took it to the Sabres in the first period, registering a staggering 23 shots, though not many were what you'd classify as quality. One thing was clear however, the Senators are a great skating team. The Sabres are a work in progress, as the Sens dominated most areas of the game, except of course the scoreboard.
Jason Spezza was solid, but not spectacular in his first game with the C, and Bobby Ryan spent more time in the penalty box, than in scoring position, but it was just one game. The 2nd line of MacArthur, Turris and Conacher was a joy to watch all night and set up EK's goal. The third line of Neil, Smith and Da Costa was invisible, except for the lazy penalty #24 took in the first. I would imagine Zibanejad will be back up here in a few games.
The defence played fairly well, though Eric Gryba struggled most of the night. Look for veteran Joe Corvo to re-enter the lineup tomorrow night in Toronto. Erik Karlsson did what Erik Karlsson does, playing 25:05 and scoring the GWG. All in a days work for the King.
For a first game, it wasn't bad. The effort was there and the goals will come in time. It could have been an easy game to drop, but they manned up and got the 2 points and that's all that really matters. On to Toronto for game 2 tomorrow.
With the GWG Erik Karlsson wins the night
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