Colin Greening played the role of hero on Saturday night, scoring a late goal to give the Senators a huge win over their provincial rivals.
Mika Zibanejad won a key faceoff late and Greening, who looked on from the press box the last time these two teams met, knocked home a loose puck with just 23 seconds left to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory. The win was the fourth straight for a Sens team that continues to find ways to win hockey games.
In the past couple seasons, the Battle of Ontario, once one of the best rivalries in hockey, has lost some of its edge.
With the Toronto Maple Leafs stuck in a seeminlgy endless run of mediocrity, it was hard to get overly excited about a vist from our Ontario neighbours. But this season, that seems to be changing. It should be an electric atmosphere at SBP tonight when the injury-riddled Senators take on the suddenly respectable Leafs.
Erik Karlsson spoke to the media this morning for the first time since the incident that ended his season.
Based on the comments from the reigning Norris Trophy winner, it’s pretty clear that he’s not quite ready to forgive and forget. While Karlsson would not go so far as to say Matt Cooke injured him on purpose, he did say that Cooke “knew exactly what he was doing out there.”
Another night where the result on the ice was overshadowed by a scary injury to an Ottawa Senator.
The Sens came away with the win but the real story was Craig Anderson leaving the game with what the team is calling an ankle injury. Anderson had to be carried off the ice in the third period and could not put any weight on the leg. Anderson is considered "day to day".
The Ottawa Senators will play the second game of a four game home stand tonight when they host the sputtering New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place.
It will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since their dramatic seven game series in Round One of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season. The Sens are currently three points clear of the 9th place Rangers.
Much like Monday afternoon in New Jersey, the Ottawa Senators were able to win an ugly one, this time in front of the home town faithful.
Andre Benoit and David Dziurzynski each scored their first goals in the National Hockey League and Craig Anderson was his usual reliable self as the Ottawa Senators kicked off a four game home stand with a big 3-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Fresh off of a gutsy road win over the New Jersey Devils, the Senators return home to take on John Tavares and the New York Islanders.
Both teams are coming off Monday afternoon affairs so the back to back games shouldn’t really be a factor. The Sens edged the Devils 2-1 in a shootout while the Islanders suffered the most lopsided shutout loss on home ice in franchise history, falling to the Flyers by a score of 7-0.
As the afternoon moved along, and with the Ottawa Senators starved for offence, it looked like it just wasn't going to be their afternoon.
That was until the Sens Captain stepped up. Alfredsson put a backhand underneath the bar that tied the game at 1-1. That was the way it stayed until the shootout where Jakob Silfverberg picked apart the veteran Martin Brodeur and gave the Sens a huge two points.
(UPDATE 10;32 AM)- Two line up changes for the Senators today in New Jersey. Mika Zibanejad comes out of the line up in favour of Colin Greening who sat out Saturday night. Andre Benoit will also come out of the line up in favour of Patrick Wiercioch.
(UPDATE 9:59 AM)- Apparently Gryba was only the beginning. With some injury issues up front, the Senators have also recalled Derek Grant and David Dziursynski from the Binghamton Senators. Doesn't leave much down on the farm but a great chance for the kids to show what they can do. Practice at 11:00 AM at SBP.