Senators News: January 20th

-The Sens have recalled Stephane Da Costa

Colin Greening talked about last night’s win, “We’re very confident right now. This shows that we’re a very good road team. You’ve got to be able to get points on the road, especially when we’re coming on the west coast and we have a three hour time change … I’ve never experienced it before, but talking to the veteran guys this is a very tough place to play. Coming in here and being able to win, especially 4-1, is a testament to how resilient we are.”  One of the things I like about Greening is his willingness to shoot–something many of Ottawa’s veteran players are reluctant to do consistently.

Mark Borowiecki wasn’t nervous in his first game, getting the nerves out in warmup (Ottawa Senators.com). “I’m definitely very excited. It’s something you work all your life toward and it’s just nice to get a chance now. I’m excited to get out there. I got them all out in the pre-game skate. The first strides around the rink were pretty wobbly, but I’m feeling good now … I’m just (going to) keep it simple. Get the puck, move it to my first option and don’t try to play outside myself.”  Borowiecki plays a mature game and could easily replace Brian Lee on the team.

Steve Lloyd speculates that Andre Petersson will play on Jason Spezza‘s right wing against Anaheim tomorrow.  This may be based on a conversation Denis Potvin had with Bryan Murray which was referenced on last night’s Sportsnet‘s broadcast (where Murray said he expects Petersson to be Spezza‘s future right-winger).  I’ll be interested to see how Petersson handles the physical play in the NHL–the AHL is physical, but not at the same pace.

Joy Lindsay reports that Robin Lehner will get the start tonight against Hershey, looking for his first win since December 4th (he’s on a five-game losing streak).

Ottawa 4, San Jose 1

Ottawa prevailed in a game that featured some ugly hits and brutal officiating (by Greg Kimmerly and Steve Kozari).  The Sens lost Kaspars Daugavins to a blocked shot, Zack Smith to an “inadvertent” head-shot from Brad Winchester, and for the second time in a week saw a deliberate knee on Jason SpezzaCraig Anderson was full value for the win and it was a solid debut for Mark Borowiecki.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. San Jose, Winchester
Butler doesn’t react to Konopka rotating down low leaving Winchester wide open in the slot
2. Turris (Gonchar, Alfredsson)
Gonchar slides the puck through a crowd and Turris buries the puck with Niemi over-committed the wrong way
3. Karlsson (Turris, Foligno)
Bangs home a one-timer in a two-on-one
4. Greening (Kuba, Spezza) (pp)
Beats Niemi short side
5. Greening (Spezza, Cowen)
Blows a shot by Niemi from a long way out

Top-performers:
Erik Karlsson – was strong defensively and gets the game-winning goal
Kyle Turris – good defensively, ties the game and assists on the winner
Filip Kuba – another strong night in his own zone and picked up an assist
Craig Anderson – some great saves and no bad goals

Players Who Struggled:
Bobby Butler – despite two forwards knocked out of the lineup he was AWOL the entire game
Chris Phillips – lead the blueline in turnovers once again