Your Ottawa Senators played a rare Sunday night game as they battled the Toronto Maple Leafs in a pre-Halloween tilt. With Ottawa riding a five game win streak and coming off a impressive come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon against the Rangers, the Sens were looking to even up the Battle of Ontario series at one a piece.
Ottawa made many changes to their line-up this game as Bobby Butler and Nikita Filatov were brought in to cover for the injured Daniel Alfredsson and the scratched Zenon Konopka. Craig Anderson was also given the night off as Robin Lehner stater this game.
The first period had a ton of speed considering that both teams played on Saturday. Using the man advantage, both teams were able to get on the board in the first. Toronto lit the lamp first as Clarke MacArthur scored on the powerpaly to snipe his third in as many games. Then, on the only powerplay the Sens got in the period, David Rundblad showed a glimpse of his potential as he made an amazing tape-to-tape pass to Colin Greening from his goal line to the Leaf’s blueline to send Greening in for the break-a-way goal to tie the game. The period ended tied at one apiece as Ottawa out-shot Toronto 13-9.
The second period saw the Sens once again use the man advantage to get on the board as Chris Neil scored his third of the year as he tipped in the point shot from Erik Karlsson. The Sens were 2-for-3 on the powerplay at this point in the game and the Leaf’s needed to stay out of the box as Ottawa has the NHL’s best powerplay. The Sens had a 2-1 lead after forty minutes as they out-shot Toronto 25-16 after two periods.
The third period saw the Sens get an insurance marker as Kaspars Daugavins scored his first career NHL goal on a weak goal by Jonas Gustavsson. With the Sens up 3-1, MacArthur scored his second of the game to bring the Leaf’s back to within one. With ten minutes left in the game, Robin Lehner stood tall as he did not allow the tying goal. Making some unbelievable saves, Lehner held on to earn Ottawa’s sixth straight win with the 3-2 victory over the Leaf’s.
Here are the Game Highlights courtesy of NHL.com.
The Sens are on a roll. With their sixth victory in a row, the Sens are now in fourth in the Eastern Conference and are within one point of leading the Northeast division. This game featured no goals scored by the big three as all their goals were scored by secondary scorers. This is good news as most nights, Ottawa wouldn’t end up with the “W” if Spezza, Alfie or Michalek did not light the lamp.
Up next for the Sens is a week of Northeast division rivals as they take on the Bruins on Tuesday, and then the Habs and Sabres on Friday and Saturday respectively. If Ottawa can win continue their winning ways, they may be able to put some space between them and their rivals. ‘Til next time Sens Army, GO SENS GO!!!
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