Ottawa 2, Boston 1

Ottawa finished the exhibition season with a win over the Boston Bruins.  It was a game Boston dominated, but the Sens were able to survive with the goaltending of Craig Anderson and score just enough to win.  I won’t repost the box score (link), but here are my thoughts on player performances.

Positive Performances
Mika Zibanejad – enjoyed another strong game and did score (albeit a disallowed goal; Paul MacLean singled him out for praise)
David Rundblad – he’s still suffering confusion in the defensive zone (he gets lost in coverage and sometimes stops skating) he scored, was physical, and it was his best game thus far (I agree with Paul MacLean)
Daniel Alfredsson – despite tripping over his own feet three times while pivoting, he was still the best player on the ice
Jared Cowen – continued his strong play, including a monster hit (the coach liked his game)

Struggling
Bobby Butler – received the fewest minutes of any player tonight and continued his puzzling disappearing act during the pre-season
Nick Foligno – the turnovers continue and he over handles the puck
Filip Kuba – another rough night filled with poor decisions

Other
Colin Greening – was in the midst of accomplishing absolutely nothing until he came awake in the third period (Paul MacLean praised him)
Erik Condra – I had no issues with his effort, but he received very little ice time
Mark Borowiecki – received Wierciochian ice time tonight

The Sens website has interviews with Paul MacLean, David Rundblad, Craig Anderson, and Sergei Gonchar (link).

SenShot‘s Jared Crozier’s view of the game (link).

The Silver Seven‘s Darren M’s thoughts (link).

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