Senators News: January 22nd; Ottawa 1, Anaheim 2

Ottawa’s two-game winning streak came to an end in Anaheim yesterday as the Ducks were able to slow down the pace of the game and minimize the Sens chances.  It was not a great night for the officials (Dan O’Rourke and Greg Kimmerly–the latter was also brutal in San Jose as well as in Dallas back on December 2nd).  Andre Petersson‘s debut was wasted as he was given just 5 minutes of ice time–what Paul MacLean could have learned from that is beyond me.  Matt Carkner continued his trend of barely playing when he’s in the lineup.  Click here for the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Anaheim, Perry
Karlsson leaves the front of the net to help Kuba in the corner and Spezza doesn’t react to it, leaving Perry wide open (reading Karlsson comments after the game it’s clear Spezza should have rotated down to cover for him, link)
2. Anaheim, Visnovsky
Karlsson tips the puck into his own net
3. Neil (Foligno, Karlsson)
Neil bangs in his own rebound

Craig Anderson – no soft goals and kept the team in it
Chris Neil – threw a couple of big hits and scored

Players Who Struggled:
Chris Phillips – the unforced mental errors in his own zone continue
Erik Karlsson – he wasn’t terrible, but his mistakes contributed to both goals
Jason Spezza – had more than 24 minutes of ice time but was unable to generate offense

-Referee Dan O’Rourke told Paul MacLean that Erik Karlsson is considered a diver.  I haven’t noticed that myself, but it does explain why there was no call when he was elbowed in the face by Patrick Marleau and went down.  That reputation (even unwarranted) is extremely hard to shake so I feel for Karlsson.

-Sens players weren’t happy with their game with Chris Neil saying, “It’s definitely disappointing. We obviously let down in the second period and they took advantage of it. You can’t just expect to play 20 minutes in the third and win a hockey game” and Daniel Alfredsson simply, “I don’t think we were at our best“.

Andre Petersson had a great quote when asked if he was nervous about his NHL debut, “Not much. It’s just hockey. Played the same way as down there in Binghamton. So no, not nervous.”

-Elmira won last night, with Maxime Gratchev scoring twice (his first points since being re-assigned five games ago) and Louie Caporusso adding a single.  Brian Stewart sat as the back-up.

-It’s probably a waste of time correcting Don Brennan‘s errors, but Luca Sbisa is Swiss, not Italian.


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  1. […] continue to get no love from the officiating crews (Greg Kimmerly and Brian Pochmara–we remember Kimmerly very well from his past performances) and unfortunately they affected the outcome of […]

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