Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 1

The Sens owe tonight’s two points to Craig Anderson, as for large stretches of tonight’s game (particularly in the second period) the Sens were badly outplayed.  The biggest issue for Ottawa was getting the puck out of their own zone and generating offence–far too much running around.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Spezza (Greening, Gonchar)
Tips the Greening rebound through a shaky Roloson
2. Turris (Alfredsson, Condra)
A great tip on a delayed penalty call
3. Tampa Bay, Stamkos
Anderson makes the stop on Lecavalier, but he’s able to pass it out to Stamkos who both Karlsson and Smith miss on the back check
4. Smith (Alfredsson, Foligno)
Alfredsson creates the turnover and Smith wires it through Roloson
5. Alfredsson (Turris) (en)

Top-performers:
Craig Anderson – his best game of the year
Colin Greening – a monster defensively and picked up an assist

Players who struggled:
Milan Michalek – virtually invisible
Brian Lee – a couple of horrific turnovers

Senators News: January 5th; Binghamton 4, Adirondack 3

-No lineup changes are expected for tonight other than Sergei Gonchar being inserted.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Ken Warren doesn’t mind that Kyle Turris hasn’t started scoring yet (link), which varies from his response to other players who haven’t immediately started scoring (eg Nikita Filatov).

-An interesting fact Tweeted by Ian Mendes: “Of the Sens 20 wins this season, only once did they score 1st and hold the lead for the entire game: Nov. 17th at EDM.”

-Fans voted in four Sens for the All-Star game this year: Erik Karlsson, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.  I’m not a fan of the game or the event, but players still enjoy the honour so kuddos to all those who voted.  On the AHL side of things Corey Locke was named to the All-Star team.

-Binghamton pulled out a 4-3 win over Adirondack after blowing a 3-1 lead.  Both Corey Locke and Andre Petersson had three assists while Rob Klinkhammer scored twice with Corey Cowick and Tim Conboy adding the other goals (Mike McKenna picked up the win).  Here is the box score and Joy Lindsay’s game summary.  It’s a great return for Petersson who looks to stake a permanent claim to the first line.

-Joy Lindsay Tweets that Jim O’Brien is expected to return next weekend.

Hockey Futures‘ John Henkelman writes about the Sens prospects in the AHL (link).  Unfortunately, there’s not much indepth analysis in the piece (and includes a minor error in the number of games played by Louie Caporusso), but for those who haven’t kept tabs on Binghamton’s season it’s worth reading.