Senators News: November 18th

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about last night’s game (link), where Paul MacLean praised his bottom-six group, “They’ve been very good on all three games on this road trip. Now, we’re getting some goals out of them and that takes an awful lot of weight off of Spezza’s line and (Daniel Alfredsson’s) line to score multiple goals. If we can continue to get that kind of contribution from our third and fourth lines it’s going to make us a way better team.”

-Garrioch picks up the Aaron Portzline story (link) that’s been buzzing around about Nikita Filatov (link). I don’t doubt that he was told the story, but I have two problems with the story: 1) why didn’t Portzline report it at the time (or at least when he was traded in the summer)?  2) I find it hard to believe that Filatov was dumb enough to say that (referring to himself in the third person and telling the coaches he wasn’t going to go for rebounds?).  If he lacked that much common sense this wouldn’t be the only story indicating it–he also would not be getting the kid-glove treatment from the Murray’s, MacLean, or Kleinendorst. In the same vein, Garrioch can’t help but quote Zenon Konopka who makes yet another irrelevant comparison (Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (the former played 17 games and the latter 19 in 2005-06)).

-Yesterday Brian Stewart was recalled from Elmira; Louie Caporusso and Jack Downing were sent down

Ottawa 5, Edmonton 2

Ottawa played a strong game tonight in defeating the Oilers.  Other than the first five minutes of the game, Edmonton was unable to generate much pressure and the Senators dominated.  There were far fewer turnovers for the Sens.  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Greening (Michalek, Spezza)
Cashes in on a 2-on-1
2. Daugavins (Smith, Karlsson)
Scores top shelf, far side from the faceoff dot
3. Michalek (Spezza)
Scores off a win faceoff, using Peckham as a screen
4. Edmonton, Lander (sh)
Goes upstairs shortside on a shot Anderson would like to have back
5. Winchester (Butler)
Nice goal on a breakaway from the blueline in
6. Konopka (Gonchar)
Bats a backhand through Dubnyk in close
7. Edmonton, Jones (pp)
Point shot is deflected through Anderson

Top-performers:
Zack Smith – picked up an assist, was strong at both ends of the rink and didn’t turn the puck over
Colin Greening – lead the team in scoring chances, scored a goal, and was good defensively

No one on the team struggled; every player had at least eleven minutes of ice time.