Senators News: October 31st

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch looks at last night’s game (link), which includes Kaspars Daugavins reaction to his first NHL goal, “It feels good. It feels great to score that goal. I was just lucky to score and help the team win a game. I was just trying to get to the net. I saw it go in, but I didn’t really look at the way it went in.”  Robin Lehner also credits his team with the win, “Sometimes the small things pay off. I gotta give the team a lot of credit because I didn’t have much to do. I didn’t expect to play. It’s just nice that this team trusts me and they want to keep on giving me some chances.”

-Garrioch also writes his surprise about the lack of suspension for Wojtek Wolski‘s hit on Daniel Alfredsson (link).  I don’t share Garrioch’s shock although I disagree with the decision.  From the one replay I’ve seen it looked like a clear head shot.

-Allen Panzeri writes for Senators Extra (link), where he quotes Paul MacLean talking about whether he expected the team to win six in a row, “Well, realistically speaking, no. But the fact that it has happened is outstanding. Our team has showed a lot of resiliency and character in the 12 games we’ve played. We’ve handled adversity, we’ve faced adversity, we’ve caused our own adversity. We’ve kind of been up and down the hill, but it’s a learning process, and we know that, at one time, it’s going to come to an end and we’re going to have to get back on the horse and do it again.”

-Wayne Scanlan (also writing for Senators Extra, link) includes some words from Paul MacLean looking forward, “Let’s see where we are after 20 games, after 25 games. We’ve played well for five in a row, but it’s a long season.”  Jason Spezza talks about the team coming back in games, “There’s no real answer. I think it’s just that we have a never-say-die approach right right now. We got embarrassed a couple of times early in the year, we got guilty of maybe letting up a bit in the Philly game, they embarrassed us. I think maybe that message went through pretty clear, that we’re never out of games. Once you get a few wins, you start believing in it more and more. Last year we had the problem, every time we got scored on first we felt like we couldn’t win. Now, we feel like when we’re behind we can win. It’s a bit of a belief thing, a confidence thing.”

-Joy Lindsay has her post-game quotes up from Binghamton’s 3-2 loss to Hershey (link).  Here are Kurt Kleinendorst’s thoughts on the game, “Well, I think we just got ourselves in trouble tonight by taking penalties, really. I mean, five-on-five, we were fine, but they scored two of their three on the power play and had us on the ropes, for the most part, every time we were killing penalties. We just have to be a little bit more honest, especially against this team. Their top power-play group is pretty effective, and you give them opportunities, they’re going to find a way to get the puck in the back of the net at some point.” And “we have extra guys sitting around, we’re playing three-in-three. And I know we’ve been playing awfully well, but for me, we need to see what we have in Heshka. We need to find out what we’ve got there. And you know, I’m not thrilled about taking Schirsy (Craig Schira) out, but he’s such a little warrior that he competes night in and night out, and in hindsight, we probably could have used him,  his battle level. But again, we’re still learning our team. We’re learning our players. And you want to give them every opportunity to be in the lineup every single night. And then we’ll make evaluations. Tonight, there were some red flags where we’ve got guys playing three games in three where, you know what, it’s not easy to do. So maybe we’ll have to play some certain guys two games out of the three. And we’re just, like I said, we’re still working our way through it.”

Ottawa 3, Toronto 2; Binghamton 2, Hershey 3

Tonight Ottawa beat a listless Toronto team 3-2, dominating the first two periods before falling asleep in the third. Robin Lehner had a light night in goal, but did made a key save late in the game.  Against expectations Nikita Filatov played (his third game in three nights), but neither he nor Bobby Butler saw much ice time (5:16 and 8:52 respectively).  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Toronto, MacArthur (pp)
Foligno awkwardly goes down to block a shot and MacArthur fires it home in the slot
2. Greening (Rundblad, Kuba) (pp)
A fantastic pass from Rundblad in his own zone springs Greening on the breakaway who makes no mistake
3. Neil (Karlsson, Gonchar) (pp)
Fired from the point for a tip
4. Daugavins (Smith)
A nothing shot from the top of the circle finds its way in
5. Toronto, MacArthur
Phillips is way out of position leaving MacArthur with a wide open chance

The game’s best players;
Colin Greening – a great goal and continued strong play in all zones
Sergei Gonchar – continued to provide offence and played well in his own zone
Chris Neil – a terrific tip on the second goal and a great presence on the wall and in front of the net

Players who struggled:
Nick Foligno – too many mental errors tonight
Stephane Da Costa – pulled a disappearing act tonight

Others: David Rundblad did some good things tonight, but he turned the puck over more than anyone else on the team.  Nikita Filatov didn’t have a great night, but with the 3-in-3 and playing so little I’m not going to bury him for that.

Binghamton lost in Hershey tonight.  I did not see the game so I’m reliant on reports about it (for the box score go here link and for Joy Lindsay’s game summary go here link).  Mike McKenna took the loss while Wacey Hamilton scored his first goal of the year and Andre Petersson his second.  Mark Borowiecki stands out as a +2.