The Ottawa Senators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers tonight 2-0 and Brian Elliott earned back to back shutouts as Ottawa came out with 4 points the last two nights during a critical stretch of the season as they head into the playoffs.
The Sens PK was outstanding in killing off a full two minute 5 on 3 late in the third period. On the flip side the Flyers PK was very solid tonight in killing off an insane 7 minute PP. Ottawa had numerous chances during this PP but couldn’t finish. It could have been a momentum changer for the Flyers after killing off the long PP but they seemed to have nothing in the tank after the kill. No doubt the Sens PP really needs to find its groove over the last 3 weeks of the season.
On a positive note, the Sens defense seems to have really come together the last two games with huge games from each player on the blueline. The Phillps/Volchenkov duo was so physical tonight to go along with 8 combined blocked shots and naturally in a game like this Sutton and Carkner stepped up huge in the aggressive department. Campoli and Karlsson carried their own weight and plays very strong games all night long.
Up front, well what can you say about another PATHETIC performance by Alex Kovalev. Seriously, this is just sad and pathetic all around. Take a look at the box score folks…….he had zeroes across the board, well except for the one takeaway he was creditted with. No shots on goal, nothing to show for his BRUTAL 15 shift game tonight. SIT THIS GUY ONCE AND FOR ALL!!! Cory Clouston needs to hold him accountable, this is a big time double standard. He benches other players but he almost seems afraid to do so with Kovalev.
Alfredsson, Fisher, Cullen and Neil were the most productive forwards tonight. These four combined 13 SOG! Nick Foligno had a much better game but Winchester and Smith saw little in icetime compared to the other forwards.
Now for Dan Carcillo. This gutless puke needs to back up his big mouth once and for all. He goes after the 19 year old rookie defensemen Erik Karlsson in the second period and thankfully his defense partner 6’6″ Andy Sutton stepped and naturally Carcillo wanted nothing to do with someone that would hand him his lunch in a matter of seconds. I wish once and for all someone would give Carcillo what he has coming for him.
Ottawa now has 2 days off before getting back to game action Friday night in Buffalo. Sens have had the Sabres number the last few years and if Ottawa has any hope of catching them for the Northeast Division title they need a win, otherwise they will finish in the bottom four of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
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Written by Kevin Lee
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