Senators News: April 19th; Ottawa 3, Washington 1

-Ottawa defeated Washington 3-1 last night in a game they dominated; Craig Anderson made 18 saves for the win, while Kyle Turris (2) and Cory Conacher scored the goals.  Here’s the boxscore and Ryan Classic‘s summary.

Mark Parisi takes a look at how the Sens have filled their two long term needs (goaltending and a second line center), with a specific focus on Mika Zibanejad.  It’s well worth reading his article in full and I agree with him that in the short term Zibanejad will fill the third line slot when Jason Spezza returns.

-There’s a lot of excitement around the team because Erik Karlsson practiced today, but should we expect a quick return?  Bryan Murray says Karlsson is 100% healthy and just needs to get into game shape, which on the one hand is very encouraging, but on the other quite vague.  Karlsson said:

It’s only been nine weeks or so. We expected it to take a lot more time. Right now it’s just about getting that normal feeling back being back on skates, getting around and getting the timing back. I’m still taking it day-to-day. I haven’t been able to do a lot of lower body work for a period of time but I think ever since I’ve been able to walk frequently I’ve been trying to keep in shape. Even if I don’t come back and play it’s still good to be in good condition going into the summer. There’s not a timeline, not right now. I don’t think anybody expects more than anything than trying to skate as much as possible and trying to get normal feeling back in my leg. The more I skate, the better I’m going to feel. When the time comes it’s probably going to be a decision made the same day.

Jared Crozier says the Sens have not pulled any of their goaltenders this year, which is an interesting bit of trivia (I’m not sure it means much more than the goaltending has been good).

-Binghamton plays Manchester (35-31-7) tonight; the Monarchs are lead by Linden Vey (65 points) and backstopped by Martin Jones (25-25-4 2.58 .917).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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