There’s a lot of cause for celebration for the Ottawa Senators after their 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s not just the win itself, but the milestones for individual players: Spezza’s 200th NHL career goal and David Rundblad’s first NHL goal, and while it’s not a milestone in of itself, goaltender Craig Anderson has shown his resilience once again with a bounce back win after being pulled in a disastrous turn out against Pittsburgh.
Zack Smith also joins this impressive group on the night with a very active game, picking up twp penalties and racking up a goal. He was heavily involved in the game, getting physical, directing traffic, setting up plays and yelling at refs. Also showing some passion was Colin Greening, who is known for his steady play and relative calm, but who took one too many cross checks in the back and went for a fight against Joslin. The rest of his game was feisty and sort of suited him. He still continues to play a solid, smart game, but there’s nothing wrong with stepping it up a bit on the physical side.
Ottawa owned the Hurricanes early on in this game, but then, their game became a bit slack. The second period, with the exception of Rundblad’s first goal, wasn’t a great period for the Sens, who let the Canes rally back with a few good chances and ample power play opportunities. Little mistakes were made that could have been avoided, mostly due to lack of stick control and a hurried game.
Jared Cowen is showing great patience and presence of mind for a young defenseman and it’s refreshing to see a player who can slow things down just when it’s needed. He’s coming into his own on this team. Karlsson and Gonchar are the offensive-minded defensemen on this team and Cowen brings good balance.
Ottawa came close to losing this game late, and they were probably a little too lax when they took a comfortable lead. Getting an early start has been good for the team, but they have to remember to stay alert and stay hungry. It’s one of the things that separates average teams from great teams- their ability to finish.
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Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.