Senators News: December 9th

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch writes about last night’s game (link), with Jesse Winchester summing it up, “It’s not a nice feeling here now. We were in control of the game and we were playing pretty well. We had the upper hand early, but they (scored) too much in the third. We were able to push it to overtime, but we’re left feeling pretty empty right now.”  Alex Auld took blame on himself, “I don’t know if I’ve gone this late (without a win). I’ve got to keep battling.”

The Silver Seven‘s Mark Parisi wants to get onboard the Nick Foligno train (link).  Like Parisi, I had given up on Foligno being more than a third-line winger (link).  Normally when a player breaks out you can point to increased ice time, but Foligno has benefitted from numerous opportunities in the past and simply been unable to produce enough.  The only change that’s apparent is the coaching staff, so either Foligno has evolved on his own or else the approach of Paul MacLean has helped.  Regardless, the good play hasn’t been going on for a full six weeks yet and 17 games is a trend not a career change, but it’s great to see how good Foligno can be.

Robin Lehner is expected to get the start tonight; Binghamton has only five healthy blueliners, but there’s no word yet on an ECHL call-up.

Sports Illustrated writes about Carolina prospect Mike Murphy earning a loss without surrendering a goal (link), the first time that’s happened in the NHL


Ottawa 4, New Jersey 5 (SO)

The Ottawa Senators blew a 3-0 lead where they chased Martin Brodeur, gave up two short-handed goals in the process and needed a miracle to tie the game at four in the dying seconds.  Sergei Gonchar was injured during the game (upper body) which makes the return of Matt Carkner all the more fortunate.  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Michalek (Spezza)
Brodeur kicked out the puck which bounced off his defenseman and was cashed in by Michelek
2. Foligno (Cowen, Greening)
Cashes in on a rebound
3. Alfredsson (Karlsson, Spezza) (pp)
Fires a bomb from the point on a 5-on-3
4. New Jersey, Parise (sh)
Spezza turns the puck over and Auld let’s in a bad-angle goal on a one-timer
5. New Jersey, Zubrus (sh)
Spezza turns it over and Zubrus cashes in on a nice 2-on-1
6. New Jersey, Tedenby
Rundblad gets the stick, but Tedenby deflects the rebound in off his body
7. New Jersey, Kovalchuk
Foligno loses body position on Kovalchuk who scores off a great pass from the corner
8. Winchester (Alfredsson, Phillips) (sh)
Bangs in the rebound with less than 4 seconds left
Ottawa went 2-4 in the shootout, while the Devils were 3-4

Jared Cowen – another strong game defensively and he added an assist
Chris Phillips – was good in his own end and accomplished things offensively
Jesse Winchester – tied the game in the dying seconds and was solid throughout the game

Players who struggled:
Jason Spezza – while he had two assists, turnovers lead to two short-handed goals against which changed the game’s momentum