Ottawa 4, Florida 3

In a game that ended with a wild finish, the Senators defeated the Panthers in regulation to win their fourth in a row.  I thought Ottawa carried the play throughout the game, with Florida’s offence largely dependent on counter attacks.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:

1. Florida, Garrison
This was a nothing play and a simple shot that Anderson should have had
2. Alfredsson (Spezza, Gonchar)
On a delayed penalty call Alfredsson benefits from a Gudbranson shot block and scores from the slot
3. Florida, Weiss
All three forwards are caught deep and the Panthers score on a 4-on-2
4. Da Costa (Condra, Michalek)
On another delayed penalty, Condra makes a beautiful cross-ice pass to Da Costa for a tap in at the side of the net
5. Greening (Karlsson)
The Panthers turned it over twice in their zone and Greening blasts a shot in off the far post
6. Florida, Versteeg
With the net empty over commits to one side and gets caught out of position after a cross-ice pass
7. Foligno (Alfredsson, Rundblad)
Panthers turn it over at the blueline and Foligno picks up Alfie‘s rebound and roofs it with less than 4 seconds left

Best players tonight:
Daniel Alfredsson – tied the game at two and assisted on the game winner, a great game for Alfie
Stephane Da Costa – was given great opportunity and was produced his best game in the NHL (he finished +3 after leading the team in the minus category)
Colin Greening – played a strong game (despite turning it over for the tying goal) and nearly had the winner
Nick Foligno – his hard play earned the team its second goal and he capped it off with the game winner

Players who struggled: for the first time this season I don’t think any particular player on the team had a bad night.  There were mistakes and turnovers, but not on the level of previous games (Kaspars Daugavins did come back to earth tonight however and he’s going to need to watch his turnovers).

Final note: David Rundblad again deked down from the blueline for a grade A opportunity; picked up a nice assist on the winner and I don’t see him sitting for Brian Lee any time soon.

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