The Ottawa Senators won their fourth straight last night with their beat down of the Atlanta Thrashers. The Sens had many positives in the game: their big boys scoring, the powerplay looking dangerous, grinders chipping in and Elliott playing solid.
With Jason Spezza netting two goals and Sergei Goncharscoring his 3rd of the season, Ottawa is getting plenty of production from its big boys. Spezza was all over the ice last night and looking every bit the superstar he is. Lining up with Alex Kovalev has sparked Spezza’s creativity as these two have the puck on a string and are hemming teams deep in their zone.
Gonchar’s blast from the point is exactly what earned him his 3-year contract with the Sens. Looking comfortable, Gonchar is leading the defense in time on the ice and in points. His defensive skills are underrated and his presence can be seen on Erik Karlsson.
Ottawa’s powerplay now ranks 12th in the league after starting the year in the tiolet. With the two-headed monster on the points in Karlsson and Gonchar, the Sens PP is starting to build a reputation around the league. The Sens are moving the puck well and are creating chances.
With a goal each from Chris Neil and Jesse Winchester, Ottawa hopes to get continued production out of their grinders. Scoring goals within five feet of the net, these two have to keep on doing what they are doing and score those dirty goals.
Brian Elliott played in his 11th straight game and recorded his 8th victory of this young season. Tied for second in the league in wins, Elliott is starting to establish himself in the league as a legit number one starter.
Allowing two goals on the penalty kill, the Sens need to tighten up the special teams. Usually a strong point, the Sens rank 18th in the league and are only defending at a 82% rate. Hopefully with Filip Kuba returning from injury, the PK will improve.
***Three Stars ***
First Star: Jason Spezza- with two goals and an assist, Spezza earns top honours.
Second Star: Brian Elliott - earns it with 35 saves and a .946 SV%.
Third Star: David Hale – earns it with one assist and his solid play.
Next up is a tough test against the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night. This game will be a measuring stick for Ottawa and could prepare them for the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
‘Til next time, GO SENS GO!!!!!!
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