Ottawa opened the season with a convincing 4-1 over the Jets. Craig Anderson was solid (he made 27 saves in the win, five of which were of the big variety), the team had four different scorers and outside of Winnipeg’s opening goal looked good on the penalty-killing. Here’s the boxscore.
-Guillaume Latendresse took two dumb penalties in the game (of the four ill-advised penalties taken by the Sens; Chris Neil and Milan Michalek took the others), in an inauspicious debut. Latendresse‘s timing was clearly off, as all of his opportunities were thwarted by hesitation in taking the shot.
-I thought the Greening-Smith-Neil line was the worst defensively, although they did improve a little towards the end of the game.
-it wasn’t a great game defensively from Erik Karlsson (he lead the team in turnovers), but it’s hard to argue with a three-point night.
-defensively Gonchar-Phillips were excellent
-Benoit saved a goal, which more than makes up for a bad turnover in the third period.
-Jakob Silfverberg played well on the top-line.
-the Sens did a good job driving the net; the fourth line in particular tried to cash in on rebounds, but weren’t rewarded
1. Win, Byfugliein (pp) (Enstrom, Ladd)
A bullet shot far side
2. Ott, Michalek (Wiercioch)
Wiercioch bats a turnover at the blueline forward and an untouched Michalek swats it between Pavelec‘s legs
3. Ott, Neil (Karlsson, Greening)
Goes to the net and is rewarded with a Karlsson rebound
4. Ott, Karlsson (pp) (Gonchar)
Gonchar picks up a weak clear along the boards and Karlsson pounds a one-timer off the Jets defenseman
5. Ott, Turris (Methot, Karlsson)
After defending a Jets rush Methot outlets to Turris whose shot deflects off a Jets blueliner and in
All in all a good opening game and hopefully the team can carry the momentum forward.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)