Two points, how sweet it sounds. The end result is what counts in the National Hockey League, but the Ottawa Senators made it relatively hard work.
The difference a day makes… One minute everybody following the club is upset about the Alex Burrows trade (including yours truly) and the next he scores two on his debut to secure the vital win, against the struggling Avs.
It wasn’t a classic, lets get that out of the way. It’s how the Sens when, they don’t blow teams away. Well given the statistics, Pickard prevented the game being a landslide. 42-23 in favour of the Sens, Pickard saving a remarkable 40 out of 42 leaving him with a .952 save percentage.
Craig Anderson equally had a wonderful night, although not as busy as his counterpart. Saving 22 of the 23 shots, leaving him with a .956% save percentage. Both teams finishing was abysmal, the two teams under five percent.
Alex Burrows would steal the headlines, with his brace that shocked the Sens Army in the Canadian Tire Centre. Would there be animosity? Would fans protest the trade moves? None of the above on a large scale, and Burrows has been welcomed with open arms.
It’s not a case of apologising about the criticism of Burrows, I still don’t like the trade. Who doesn’t like being proven wrong when it is positive for the team. If Burrows continues to bang in the goals, everyone in the organisation will be joyous. The time will come, potentially, when Dahlén makes the Canucks then the comparisons will come.
The true test arrives in Kanata tomorrow night as Tortorella’s Columbus Blue Jackets enter the Senate. The league’s shock team still haven’t faded away as many prophesied, this will test the system to its’ limits.
A fast paced team, lethal on the powerplay who could stretch the defence all over the place. A win against a potential playoff opponent will give the team such confidence going into this final stretch.