Oct 25, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Alex Chiasson (90) and New Jersey Devils left wing Ryane Clowe (29) follow the puck in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
It was a slow one.. for the most part.
Coach’s Corner was passionate and worth the re-play. The pre-game ceremonies were definitely something special. The game went at a slow pace and picked up in the 3rd where Ottawa forced overtime, and ultimately lost on a Jaromir Jagr OT goal.
A scoreless 1st period brought a bare bones style of Hockey. Erik Karlsson had a few nice rushes up the ice, and Damon Severson stood out for New Jersey out of the gate. Ottawa dominated play early on with New Jersey eventually creating some decent pressure.
The 2nd was more of the same, with Offence. Ottawa opened the scoring as Alex Chiasson stepped in front of the net and roofed one over Cory Schneider. He was an impact the rest of the night, playing a solid game. The rest of the 2nd, was all New Jersey. Damon Severson tied the game at 1 and Marek Zidlicky gave NJ the advantage on the PP.
The 3rd started off slow, then Ottawa started playing with a sense of urgency. Ottawa was energized on a powerplay, where Bobby Ryan finished a play set up by Milan Michalek.
Paul MacLean reunited the 16-7-6 line, and Ottawa’s game was able to tire New Jersey late in the 3rd. A 2-2 ended regulation, off to OT.
Overtime started well for Ottawa, until Clarke MacArthur took a penalty; leading to a Jersey 4 on 3. Hockey’s strongest PP resulted poor for Ottawa, where David Legwand gave the puck away in the neutral zone and Jagr skated up the ice; burying the winner. The goal came just seconds after Robin Lehner made a stellar pad save.
- Mika Zibanejad’s lack of production continues to frustrate.
- The Sens need to play with a sense of urgency more often
- Milan Michalek continues to get PP time and had 2 assists. Including a very nice one (see above)
- Damon Severson is a good hockey player
- Mike Hoffman needs more Ice time, Ottawa needs to find a 2nd line.
- David Legwand had a small gaffe to finish the game, he’s been solid overall; but will we see him scratched?
The Sens will make a trip to Chicago tonight, where they play the league’s most dynamic tomorrow.