Senators News: January 3rd; Ottawa 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)

Ottawa overcame a two goal deficit to defeat the Devils in OT–their second straight comeback that resulted in an overtime winner from Daniel Alfredsson.  I missed the opening 15 minutes of the game and the second period felt like it took three hours, but the Sens delivered an exciting finish.  Chris Phillips left the game with an injury, but as yet I haven’t seen or heard any updates (I’d guess Mark Borowiecki would be recalled if neither Phillips nor Gonchar can play).  Click here for the box score.  A quick look at the goals:
1. New Jersey, Zubrus
Konopka turns the puck over to Sykora and Phillips can’t handle Zubrus who bangs in the rebound
2. New Jersey, Clarkson
Carkner loses a battle along the boards and Anderson bobbles Zajac’s weak shot which trickles behind him to be batted in by Clarkson
3. Spezza (Karlsson, Anderson)
Sweet pass from Karlsson sends Spezza in all alone
4. Condra (Kuba) (sh)
Kuba creates the turnover and Condra simply throws the puck at the net
5. Alfredsson (Karlsson, Spezza) (pp)
Fires it through Brodeur from the faceoff dot

Top-performers:
Filip Kuba – continues to be a rock defensively
Erik Condra – great in all three zones
Daniel Alfredsson – captain clutch gets his second-straight OT winner

Players who struggled:
Brian Lee – too many turnovers
Matt Carkner – along with Neil he was a team-worst -2 and can’t be losing puck battles along the boards

The Ottawa Sun‘s Aedan Helmer writes about last night’s game (link) with Devils coach Peter DeBoer saying, “(The Senators) don’t give up, they hung in. They took advantage of their opportunities, it wasn’t like we handed them 10 or 15 scoring chances, we gave them a couple and they stuck it in. Credit to them, and we’ve got to move forward.”  You have to credit the Devils for continuing to play boring hockey.

The Ottawa Sun‘s Don Brennan writes about Erik Karlsson‘s minutes played (link) and includes an amusing quote from Paul MacLean, “We talked to him about it early, when I got here, said we’d like to play him 30 minutes but we want to make sure they’re all for us.”

Calgary Sun‘s Scott Fisher writes a fluff piece about Mika Zibanejad (link) which doesn’t include much that’s new other than Zibanejad‘s perspective on last year’s WJC performance, “I think that’s what happened last year. We were so happy after the Canada game.”

-Joy Lindsay Tweets that Andre Petersson is ready to return to the lineup.  Here were the lines at practice: Klinkhammer-Locke-Petersson, Hoffman-Da Costa-Grant, Dziurzynski-Cannone-Bartlett, Gratchev-Hamilton-Cowick/Lessard; Gryba-Borowiecki, Raymond-Conboy, Godfrey-Schira.  She confirms that Patrick Wiericoch is out long-term which is no surprise, while Jim O’Brien hasn’t started skating and Mark Parrish is expected out until after the all-star break.  I don’t think the loss of Parrish hurts the team the way losing Corey Locke did.  Wiercioch leaves a big void however, as the Sens don’t have any other A-grade offensive blueliners in their lineup.

-I watched both WJC quarter final games yesterday, with the Finnish-Slovak game atrocious on about every level (including horrible officiating which has been the norm throughout the tournament) while the Russian-Czech game was a great one to watch (Sens prospect Jakub Culek scored the lone Czech goal).

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