Senators News: January 22nd; Binghamton 2, St. John’s 3

-Here’s my look at the Sens 4-0 win over Florida.  For those interesting here’s Scott‘s scoring chances chart (23/12 for Ottawa; my numbers had it 24/9).  Daniel Alfredsson talked about the Sens struggles in the third period (link below):

We got a little bit off our game in the last six or seven minutes of the third period. We knew they were going to push hard in the third, which they did. They pinched a lot more, which gave us a little bit more trouble getting the puck out of the zone. We need to be a little bit more poised in those situations, but we did a good job of boxing out and (Anderson) made that first save on every shot, so he was huge.

Jakob Silfverberg stated the obvious about playing with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek:

They make it easy for me to play

-The oddest rumour about the Sens is the recent one from Andrey Osadchenko who claims the Sens are interested in signing KHL blueliner Viktor Antipin.  The left-handed, 5’10. 20-year old defenseman plays for Metallurg Magnitogorsk and this is his first full season with the team (40-10-10-20).  He was on the Russian silver-medal winning WJC squad and spent most of the last three seasons in the MHL (Red Line Report was the only scouting source to rank him for the 2011 draft and he was #260).  I think Scott (via the link) is right to think Sergei Gonchar is part of the reason the Sens have interest given that he played with Antipin this year.  It’s a puzzling possibility for me because the Sens don’t draft young Russians due to the difficulties in them leaving if sent to the minors.  I have a hard time imagining the Sens could lure him over without an NHL guarantee.  Antipin won’t be available until next season regardless, so if they do sign him fans won’t get a look at him until then.

-Binghamton fell 3-2 to St. John’s last night in a game I was unable to watch.  Nathan Lawson made 36 saves in the loss while Mika Zibanejad and Derek Grant provided the offence.  The B-Sens carried a 2-1 lead into the third, but were unable to hold it.  Here’s the box score and the highlights.

-Elmira crushed Reading 5-2 yesterday with Louie Caporusso and Darren Kramer picking up two points each and Dustin Gazley nabbing a single.

-Here the latest prospect update (for players with more than 10 games played I’ve indicated where they are in scoring; for blueliners they are compared to other defensemen on the team):

Cody Ceci (OHL Ottawa/Owen Sound) 47-12-32-44 (1st)
Matt Puempel (OHL Kitchener) 30-22-8-30 (1st)
Stefan Noesen (OHL Plymouth) 29-17-9-26 (8th)
Jordan Fransoo (WHL Victoria) 40-3-9-12 (2nd)
Jakub Culek (QMJHL Cape Breton) 9-4-3-7 (10th) (injured)
Jarrod Maidens (OHL Owen Sound) (injured)
Chris Driedger (WHL Calgary) 25-9-3 2.26 .921
Francois Brassard (QMJHL Quebec) 20-14-3 2.91 .900

Allsvenskan (Swe)
Mikael Wikstrand (Mora) 33-11-11-22 (1st) WJC 6-0-4-4 (1st)

Nikita Filatov (Salavat) 38-8-11-19 (t-2nd)

Ryan Dzingel (Ohio) – 24-9-11-20 (1st)
Jeff Costello (Notre Dame) – 16-6-9-15 (5th) (injured)
Bryce Aneloski (Nebraska-Omaha) – 23-4-11-15 (2nd)
Max McCormick (Ohio) – 24-8-5-13 (3rd)
Michael Sdao (Princeton) – 18-5-4-9 (1st)
Tim Boyle (Union) – 12-0-2-2 (t-6th)

Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana/Omaha) – 36-12-15-27 (1st)

George Parros talked about the disappearance of the enforcer from the NHL:

More and more there are team like this, kind of going away from that [having an enforcer]. But for me, it doesn’t change my game plan. I still want to be an effective player for our team. But like I said, we’re a dying breed, it seems.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


Ottawa 4, Florida 0

Ottawa rolled over Florida 4-0 last night in a game they dominated through two periods on the strength of a pair of Kyle Turris goals.  The Sens gave the Panthers a chance to get back into it in the third, but Craig Anderson shut the door (he made 31 saves for the win) and Ottawa salted the game away with a pair of late goals.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
Chris Neil made it two games in a row in taking a dumb penalty
Chris Phillips lead the team in turnovers
Turris and Guillaume Latendresse lead the team in scoring chances; Latendresse and Wiercioch both made beautiful set-ups for Turris‘ goals
-it was a much better performance from Erik Karlsson despite not appearing on the score sheet
Craig Anderson had a strong game, but one of the best Panther chances was a turnover he made himself in the first
Jim O’Brien scored, but could have had two as he flubbed an open net chance in the first
Zack Smith destroyed Keaton Ellerby in the game’s only fight
Jakob Silfverberg looked relieved rather than excited when he scored his first NHL goal
-I have to credit Andre Benoit for a strong game; I thought the pace of the NHL might be too much for him, but so far, so good

The Goals
1. Turris (Wiercioch, Alfredsson) (pp)
Classic backdoor feed from Wiercioch
2. Turris (Latendresse, Benoit)
Fantastic pass from Latendresse for the Turris deflection
3. O’Brien (unassisted)
Jimmy made a bad outlet pass that was too far for Erik Condra, but the Panther defender baubled the puck and O’Brien was able to slap it through the wickets of Jose Theodore
4. Silfverberg (Spezza, Michalek)
Left by himself in front Silfverberg used the Panther defender as a screen and sent a perfect shot low off the post

It wasn’t a perfect game for the Sens, but it was a much stronger win than their victory of Winnipeg.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)