-Ottawa came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Islanders 5-3 last night; Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the win (allowing a couple of goals he would like back), while Matt Kassian (!), Jakob Silfverberg, Zack Smith, Sergei Gonchar, and Guillaume Latendresse (empty-net) scored the goals. Marc Methot was hurt during the game. Peter Regin rose out of the dog house to play quite a bit. Here’s the boxscore. Final thought: not a great night for the officials (Chris Rooney and Ian Walsh), with several phantom calls–Rooney has a track record of rough times calling Sens games.
–Sylvain St-Laurent thinks Gonchar‘s recent success is partially tied with being paired with Methot.
-Speaking of Methot, Paul MacLean says he may play tomorrow. Mike Lundin is apparently ready to play if Methot can’t go, while Robin Lehner is going to get the start against Boston.
-Here’s my look at Ottawa at the 30-game mark.
-Confirmation has finally come through that the Sens have signed collegiate goaltender Andrew Hammond to a two-year ELC, who was rumoured to be signed two days ago. Nichols echoes my point at the time that the signing is an indication that the team is ready to move one of their goaltenders (my guess remains Bishop).
His skating is average, but notably above-average for a 6′8′’ defenseman. His mobility has seen significant advancements in the last 12-24 months. He’s a good puck-mover too, showing nice touch with the puck and the offensive instincts to make unusual offensive plays for a player his size. For Nebraska-Omaha on the man advantage I’ve seen him be used in front of the net as a screen or a primary quarterback up high. This combo of traits make Sustr a very desirable asset with the potential to be a #3 if not a #2 defenseman. He is not a player without warts though, for one even though he’s a huge player with a good wingspan, he isn’t all that physical. His decisions in both ends, while not a major issue, could use some work as he can make the odd bad turnover or be off with his positioning.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)