Senators News: February 22nd

-Here are my thoughts on last night’s game; Scott had the scoring chances 16/13.  The game was punctuated by an injury to Craig Anderson, but fortunately it’s nothing more serious than a sprained ankle.

-As expected, the team has recalled Robin Lehner, while also sending Stephane Da Costa back to Binghamton.  Da Costa‘s play hasn’t been terrible, but clearly he wasn’t doing enough to stay in the lineup.

-I agree wholeheartedly with Varada that Eugene Melnyk would do his players a favour if he spoke less with the media.

Erik Karlsson talked about his injury and Matt Cooke; nothing particularly surprising in his comments:

Ever since I got in the league he’s one of the guys I remember playing against and always being aware of him. It’s a freak incident that should not have happened. He said what he thought was right. At least he reached out, which I didn’t expect, but we’re going to leave it at that. I had a guy behind me, and I know exactly who it was, so I was taking a bit of caution. Missed the hit and still got me somehow. The situation could have been prevented. I don’t think it would have happened if it was another type of player, but I don’t think his intention was to cut me with his skate. I refuse to believe anyone would do that. I still think the situation and this injury could have been prevented.

-Binghamton faces Hershey (24-20-7) tonight; the Bears are lead by Jeff Taffe (42 points) and backstopped by Philipp Grubauer (5-3-1 1.91 .931).  Nathan Lawson is expected to get the start; Marc Cheverie and Jean Bourbeau (52-17-17-34) have been called up to the B-Sens.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


Ottawa 3 New York Rangers 2 (SO)

The Sens overcame an ankle injury to Craig Anderson and falling behind 2-1 to win 3-2 in a shootout.  Anderson made 21 saves without giving up a goal before the injury, while Ben Bishop picked up the win with 11 saves and stopping 6 of 7 Rangers shooters in the shootout.  Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad scored in regulation while Silfverberg and Kaspars Daugavins scored in the shootout.  Ottawa played better than they did against the Islanders, but the game could have easily gone the other way.  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
-the amount of interference allowed by the officials in the game occasionally reached the point of the ridiculous
-speaking of officials, the Sens were denied a 3-on-1 after a linesman was hit by the puck on the way in and was injured
-it was another strong game for Silfverberg who played the second most among forwards (behind only Kyle Turris)
Daniel Alfredsson saved a goal in the first period with a nice butterfly save when Anderson was out of position off the initial shot
Zack Smith crushed Brad Richards in the second
Anderson‘s injury was the unfortunate result of Chris Kreider stepping on Marc Methot‘s stick and crashing into him
Methot lost his check on the first Ranger goal; the second was a seeing-eye shot through a crowd that I think Bishop would like back (the puck went through him)
-it was another strong game for David Dziurzynski; if he keeps up the level of his play he’ll be hard to send down

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)