Ottawa 2, Phoenix 3

The Sens lost a point (and a chance to win) due to a brutal call that cost them the tying goal (Dan O’Halloran and Tim Peel were the officials–the latter part of the Anaheim crew).  The result tonight was another clear illustration of why team’s should never comment on officiating.  Overall, the Sens were half-asleep for half the game, benefitting when Paul MacLean finally moved away from the failed line combinations he used in Anaheim (the end of the Bobby Butler experiment among other things).  I was surprised that MacLean did not dress Andre Petersson, particularly in a back-to-back situation, but  he’s been reluctant to play him.  Here is the box score.  A look at the goals:
1. Phoenix, Brule
Kuba can’t clear the zone and Brule cashes in on Boedker’s rebound
2. Phoenix, Doan
Karlsson gets burned by Korpikoski and Doan cashes in the rebound
3. Alfredsson (Foligno, Phillips)
A great behind the net pass from Foligno to a wide open Alfredsson who makes no mistake
4. Phoenix, Vrbata
Butler is late on the backcheck
5. Neil (Condra, Smith)
Great pass from Condra sends Neil in on Smith and he makes no mistake

Jared Cowen – rock solid defensively tonight
Daniel Alfredsson – a great performance from Alfie who should have had the game-tying goal

Players Who Struggled:
Zenon Konopka – his resume for tonight: took a bad penalty
Bobby Butler – amazing how effective the first line became when he was taken off it