Ottawa 6, New York Islanders 0

The Sens dominated the Islanders this afternoon in a game that was never close.  Other than early in the third period the Islanders were completely lifeless and Craig Anderson was up to the task on the few opportunities he faced.  Erik Karlsson lead the way with two goals and four points.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
Sens score two quick goals, the first from Karlsson from a near impossible angle and the next from Spezza on a delayed penalty.  The goals chased Kevin Poulin, but the change didn’t alter the momentum of the game.  Michalek made a great defensive play on a Grabner short-handed breakaway, preventing him from getting a shot, and that play lead to the third Ottawa goal of the period (also by Karlsson) who Alfredsson found alone in the slot and he beat Montoya 5-hole.
Second Period
A much slower period, particularly after Phillips scored on the powerplay.  Other than a fight between Matt Martin and Zack Smith the teams were going through the motions.
Third Period
The Sens were asleep to start the period, getting outshot 9-0, but a goal from Lee flipped the momentum back to Ottawa and Spezza added to the avalanche of goals on the powerplay.  The Sens were able to hang on to the shutout (the easiest of Anderson‘s career in Ottawa) to close things out.

A look at the goals:
1. Karlsson (unassisted)
Stole the puck at the blueline and then beat Poulin from behind the goal line
2. Spezza (Foligno, Neil)
On a delayed penalty Spezza beat Poulin from inside the dot
3. Karlsson (Alfredsson, Gonchar)
Just after their powerplay expired, Alfredsson found Karlsson alone in the slot and he beats Montoya 5-hole
4. Phillips (Turris, Gonchar) (pp)
Fires through a screen and beats Montoya short side
5. Lee (Karlsson, Condra)
Beats Montoya low, far side with a snap shot
6. Spezza (Karlsson, Kuba) (pp)
Fires a laser top-shelf short side

Erik Karlsson – dominated in every aspect of the game
Jason Spezza – scored a pair of goals and worked hard in his own end

None of the players struggled this afternoon, with a mix of strong to average play.

Senators News: February 20th; Binghamton 2, Albany 4

-No lineup changes are expected today against the Islanders.

Sergei Gonchar would prefer to stay in Ottawa rather than be traded, “We have good chemistry and it seems like all the guys are getting along very well. It’s not my decision, but I would say, ‘Yes’ (he’d like to stay). When we into this season, nobody really counted on us. They didn’t think we were going to make the playoffs. We were picked No. 15 in the league. Everybody felt this was going to be one of those years and next year would be the year we’d play better. We’ve surprised everybody and we’ve got a real good chance to make the playoffs.”  The days of being the whipping boy earlier this year are clearly forgotten (link).

Steve Lloyd Tweets that Eugene Melnyk told a Toronto radio station that the team is sticking with their 3-year plan and will continue to get rid of expensive, older players.  Lloyd concludes this means moving someone like Filip Kuba, but I don’t think that’s the only conclusion you can draw–if it’s indicative of anything it’s that Kuba won’t be back next year.

Bruce Garrioch writes about the poll Hockey Night in Canada conducted about underrated teams (the Sens were tied for third with Florida).

ESPN‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 14th.

-Binghamton blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Albany.  Mike McKenna made 35 stops in the loss.  Pat Cannone and Mark Borowiecki scored (both had two point nights).  Mike Bartlett was a team worst -2.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

-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) 55-38-63-101 (1st=)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 46-35-40-75 (2nd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 52-26-39-65 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 39-31-28-59 (3rd-)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 57-19-16-35 (6th=)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (injured)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 45-11-18-29 (6th=)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 58-2-14-16 (2nd=)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 42-19-24-43 (1st=)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 19-4-5-9 (16th=)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 42-1-6-7 (5th=)
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 24-7-6-13 (8th-)
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 29-7-16-23 (2nd=)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 23-10-11-21 (t-3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 25-8-9-17 (1st=)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 32-6-13-19 (1st=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 34-1-16-17 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 31-2-12-14 (2nd=)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 22-3-6-9 (11th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 9-1-0-1 (20th=)