The Ottawa Senators rebounded from a horrible effort in Long Island this past Saturday afternoon for a dominating 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers. On a night in which the Sens were celebrating Daniel Alfredsson’s 1000th game of his career, it didn’t take take much for the Sens to get up for this game. Alfredsson was at his best tonight, controlling the puck almost every time he was on the ice. He had five shots on goal and some quality scoring chances.
You would never know that the Panthers outshot Ottawa 34-28 as it was Ottawa who controlled the pace of the game all night long. Mike Fisher finally played with authority and was probably the best Senator tonight. He finished the night with two goals to go with his five shots on goal and was strong on the puck from start to finish. Too bad someone hasn’t told Alex Kovalev that the regular season has resumed and that the Olympic break is over. It took Fisher 15 games to snap out of his funk so lets hope Kovalev gets it going very soon! He had less than 15 minutes of icetime tonight and finished a minus one with one assist, no shots on goal once again!
The Chris Neil/Jesse Winchester/Jarkko Ruut line was the Sens best unit tonight. Neil finished with 1G, 2A , plus three and had a fight to go with his efforts. Ruutu chipped in with a goal and was a plus two, while Winchester was a plus three and an assist. He led the team with six hits and the line combined for ten shots on goal.
Milan Michalek will most likely suit up for Ottawa on Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Meaning Ryan Shannon will be the odd man out. Lets hope the Sens don’t lay an egg in Tampa. It was clear tonight that Florida has packed it in for the season, the effort was awful while Tampa seems to be doing much of the same thing. Ottawa has locked up fifth in the Eastern Conference and finish the season at home to Buffalo on Saturday night.
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.