Ottawa 3, Toronto 2

The Sens handed the Leafs a 2-0 lead, but were able to come back and earn a regulation victory to continue Toronto’s slide.  The game wasn’t a Picasso, but had a lot more energy (and entertainment value) than last night’s debacle.  The Sens held the advantage in physical play, but still need to work on their defensive coverage.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Toronto, Lombardi
Phillips tips the shot through Anderson’s 5-hole
2. Toronto, Lupul
Cowen turns the puck over at the blueline and Lupul finishes off the ensuing 2-on-1
3. Alfredsson (Michalek, Turris)
On a delayed penalty call Alfredsson scores on the backhand with Reimer out of position
4. Spezza (Daugavins, Kuba)
Cleans up the garbage off Daugavins’ deflection
5. Turris (Alfredsson, Cowen)
Beats Reimer top-shelf short-side

Craig Anderson – he was excellent
Erik Karlsson – didn’t pick up a point but was the best defenseman in all three zones
Kyle Turris – his game winning goal was the icing on a solid night

Players Who Struggled:
Chris Neil – was noticeable only for a dumb penalty and a couple of turnovers
Jared Cowen – lead the team in turnovers, one of which lead to Toronto’s second goal

Senators News: January 17th

Jason Spezza‘s comments about last night’s game make for an interesting brain-twister: “We worked hard. I don’t think we had a letdown. They played well. They didn’t give us much and we didn’t do enough to generate our own chances. I think we were ready.”  Unpacking that statement is difficult–they were ready and didn’t have a letdown, but they didn’t do enough to create chances?  I’d be very concerned if Spezza really thinks the team played well.  Erik Karlsson had more realistic comments, “We didn’t play as planned and they did a good job in the neutral zone and they limited us to only a few scoring chances and their goalie played great. We didn’t come up to our normal standard.”

TSN and The Hockey News have their power rankings out, with Ottawa 11th and 10th.

Andre Petersson has been called up to join the team on their road trip.  Given that there are no injuries among Ottawa’s forwards (Brian Lee is hurt) he’s going to be taking someone’s place and I’m interested to see both how many games he plays and how much he plays in those games.  At a guess I’d think either Kaspars Daugavins or Bobby Butler will sit when he plays.

-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence; I’ve also indicated if the player’s scoring position has change (with a + for up, – for down, and = for unchanged):
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 39-30-43-73 (1st=)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 33-22-28-50 (3rd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 38-19-29-48 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 26-26-20-46 (3rd+)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (4th=)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 41-15-10-25 (5th+)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 34-8-15-23 (6th-)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 43-2-10-12 (2nd+)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 32-13-17-30 (1st=)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 14-3-4-7 (15th=)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 31-1-4-5 (5th-)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 21-7-5-12 (6th=)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 21-5-12-17 (3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 20-6-9-15 (1st=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 24-1-11-12 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 23-2-9-11 (t-2nd+)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 24-1-10-11 (t-2nd+)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 15-3-7-10 (7th+)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 19-3-6-9 (9th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 6-1-0-1 (20th=)