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A Week Later

Posted By Mika Oehling On Jan 8 2011 @ 2:02 pm In Ottawa Senators | No Comments

A week’s worth of rest seems to have done well for the Ottawa Senators. They rallied back to even the score at 2 and pushed the Chicago Blackhawks into overtime and a shootout- which is more than they’ve done in a long time. Kovalev looked awake, Elliott played up to his old form even though the cavalry came late in the second in the form of Robin Lehner, and Alfredsson was the Alfie that we all know and love on the ice with a goal and an assist on the night.

The first period was uneventful, with both teams trading chances on each side. Elliott looked sharp all around, especially with his glove. Chris Neil beat up on Johnathon Toews like it was personal. The second period saw Chicago get increasingly physical in their play and if it weren’t for Elliott, the game could have gone away like that. Patrick Sharp has been the sharpest player for Chicago, and he got his 24th on the season last night. While the dynamic duo of Toews and Kane is generally the one to look out for on Chicago’s roster, Sharp has been the real weapon for the Hawks.

Kovalev looked awake playing with Regin and Shannon. Maybe this was the line combination that he needed to feel important enough to give the game some consideration. Perhaps it was because the defending Cup champions was an opponent that he felt was worthy of some effort. Or maybe it could have been the talk of a shakedown in Ottawa. In any case, there were no points on the board to show for it, which means that there’s more work to be done.

A plus for Ottawa? No box time. The Senators managed to stay out of the box the entire night and played a good clean game. Goaltending was back to form for Ottawa and the Captain’s back. All good points for moving ahead. It’s my hope that the momentum from this game will help the team move forward in their game tonight against Tampa Bay, who have been streaking lately, but not in the way that everyone expects. One night, they’re dominant, the next, they’re clearly not. Even Stamkos has taken a strange trip in his last penalty shot attempt which was embarrassing. So it could be anyone’s game, depending on who decides to show up.

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