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

Top-performers:
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

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