Ottawa 5, Toronto 2

Tonight is the first game this season where Ottawa deserved to lose but came out with the win.  They were awful in the first period, not very good in the second, and were average in the third, but won anyway.  They broke the Brian Lee losing streak (who played the least among the blueliners) and got a good performance out of Craig AndersonStephane Da Costa was benched for the entire third period.  It wasn’t a great night for the officials, but fortunately they did not decide the game.  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals scored:
1. Toronto, Bozak
Anderson is beat short side on a routine shot
2. Gonchar (Daugavins, Smith)
On a delayed penalty call Gonchar has an open net after Daugavins‘ kicks the puck across the crease
3. Foligno (Karlsson, Anderson) (pp)
Scores on a breakaway on a 5-on-3
4. Smith (unassisted)
Chooses to shot on a 2-on-1 with Karlsson
5. Toronto, Lupul
Winchester gives the puck away and Lupul banks the puck in off Karlsson
6. Foligno (unassisted)
7. Michalek (unassisted)
Leafs scores on themselves

Here are the top performers:
Nick Foligno – simplified his game and scored a beautiful goal
Zack Smith – excellent penalty killing to go along with the goal
Erik Karlsson – was better defensively and was a key part of two goals scored
Craig Anderson – wants the first goal back, but was good after that (especially in the third period)

Players who struggled:
Chris Phillips – tied with Spezza with the team lead in turnovers and took two bad penalties
Bobby Butler – yes, he did play tonight
Stephane Da Costa – I didn’t have a big problem with his game, but when you get benched, clearly the coaching staff is not happy


Senators News: November 12th

-Ottawa’s projected lines for tonight: Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek, Nick Foligno-Stephane Da Costa-Daniel Alfredsson, Kaspars Daugavins-Zack Smith-Erik Condra, Zenon Konopka-Jesse Winchester-Bobby Butler; Erik Karlsson-Filip Kuba, Chris Phillips-Brian Lee, Jared Cowen-Sergei Gonchar

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about last night’s game (link), with Craig Anderson accepting some blame for the result, “What can I say, I left some garbage out front and they tapped it home.”

-Garrioch also writes about Anderson‘s performance this year in general (link), which he believes needs to improve drastically

-Rob Brodie wrote about Binghamton prior to their loss last night (link) and Kurt Kleinendorst reminds us how young the team is, “We’re a completely different team and it’s not even fair to draw comparisons (with last year). There really aren’t any comparisons to draw here. This is a really, really young group, whereas last year we had a pretty strong core. We probably had six or seven solid, older veteran guys who were great leaders.