Ottawa Senators take 2 points over Detroit in Goaltender Showdown.

Nov 4, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) and center David Legwand (17) celebrate goal score by Erik Karlsson (not pictured) in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

This one was all about the Goalies, Jimmy Howard was a stud for the Red Wings and Craig Anderson may have stolen 2 points for Ottawa.

GAME RECAP

The Ottawa Senators dominated the 1st period. Out-shooting Detroit 16 – 2 was Ottawa, where Jimmy Howard stood on his head to keep the game at a 0-0 tie. Kyle Turris‘ line was solid from the beginning where Bobby Ryan was an impact player and noticeable on the ice.

Ottawa’s 1st was arguably their best period of the year. A great forecheck and great speed was evident, headlined by the Kyle Turris, and “Kid” lines.

The 2nd started with what we thought to be a Kyle Turris goal, where Intent to blow didn’t go in Ottawa’s favour. Wings defenceman Brendan Smith slid into Jimmy Howard which led to a whistle. Detroit would take command and put Craig Anderson to the test. Ottawa got on the board first with an Erik Karlsson slap shot.

The 3rd was by far the most dramatic period of the game. Detroit tied the game on a Henrik Zetterberg goal, which would be their only offence of the game. Johan Franzen put up an assist on the goal and was a thorn in the side of Ottawa all game long.

Ottawa faced a fast Detroit team, who certainly kept Anderson on his toes. Andy’s best save came at a crucial time, where he used the old 2-pad-stack.

It was Patrick Wiercioch who put Ottawa up 2-1, with a snipe from the point. The goal may have gotten a monkey off Wiercioch’s back. Wiercioch has not looked good defensively this season and maybe a nice goal like that is what snaps him from this streak.

Detroit pushed, and came close with a Niklas Kronwall shot that rang off the post. Clarke MacArthur sealed the deal with his 6th goal of the season, leading Ottawa to a 3-1 victory over the hot red wings.

GAME NOTES/OBSERVATIONS

  • Cody Ceci continues to be one of Ottawa’s best defenders. I’m really liking his game
  • Jared Cowen had another good game, and yes. . I’m going to call it a game
  • The “Kid Line” needs to be played more
  • Chris Phillips left with an Injury. Paul MacLean calling it “day to day” and hinting the Sens may need a callup
  • Chris Wideman tore up the AHL this month, but I think Frederik Claesson would be first up.
  • I liked Bobby Ryan’s game tonight, the whole 16-7-6 line played well.
  • Alex Chiasson missed the game with an injury, likely from a shot block.

UP NEXT

The Senators continue their homestand with a game against Minnesota, and then Toronto in a re-scheduled game from Oct 22nd after the tragic events seen in Ottawa last month.