Senators News: April 17th; Ottawa 3, Carolina 2

-Ottawa defeated Carolina 3-2 last night; Craig Anderson made 32 saves for the win, while Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek, and Chris Neil scored the goals (the latter’s first since February 5th).  Jared Cowen‘s return to the lineup was punctuated by a hit that knocked Jeff Skinner out of the game and resulted in him fighting both Chad Larose and Kevin Westgarth.  Here is the boxscore; Amelia L offers a Star Wars-referenced recap.

-Something of note from the game is the size on Ottawa’s blueline–Sergei Gonchar at 6’2 is the smallest player, with 6’3 Chris Phillips and Marc Methot, 6’4 Eric Gryba, and 6’5 Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch.  I don’t think Ottawa has ever iced such a large group of defenders.

Bryan Murray fuelled speculation that Erik Karlsson might return this season, but I don’t think too much can be read into comments like this:

Maybe next week, if he feels that he’s close enough to go out and spend 15 minutes at the early part of practice with the team, that would be a good thing for him and obviously a little motivation for the group.

I’m not sure how quickly Karlsson is supposed to transition from a few minutes of practice with the team to playoff action.

-I have to agree with Bobby Kelly‘s theory that Scott Greenham‘s PTO signing by Binghamton must be connected to a potential injury to either Nathan Lawson or Marc Cheverie.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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