Ottawa 4, Buffalo 1

The Senators won a dull game tonight, with the dullness receiving a healthy assist from TSN’s Mike Johnson (who is about as entertaining as a wet paper bag).  It was an off night for the officials (Brian Pochmara and Chris Rooney), but the calls did not ultimately decide the game.  The disjointed play on Ottawa’s part wasn’t a big surprise given that all their lines were juggled because of the insertion of Turris, Kuba, and GoncharJesse Winchester was hurt on a hit from behind by Paul Gaustad early in the first period.  For the box score go here link.  A look at the goals:
1. Smith (Neil, Carkner)
A great pass by Carkner springs Neil on a breakaway and Smith cashes in the rebound
2. Buffalo, Leopold (pp)
Soft five-hole goal on Anderson
3. Condra (Turris)
Bangs in Turris’ rebound after creating the turnover that started the play
4. Karlsson (Alfredsson, Spezza) (pp)
Fantastic pass from Alfredsson gives Karlsson an empty net
5. Condra (Karlsson) (en)

Top-performers: no one player was dominant to my mind, but the Regin-Smith-Neil line was strong and Condra had a good night.

Players who struggled: there were no clear duds tonight either, despite Anderson letting in a soft goal and Gonchar and Karlsson leading the team in turnovers.

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  1. […] Rooney and Ian Walsh), with several phantom calls–Rooney has a track record of rough times calling Sens […]

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