Game Day- Red Hot Sens Visit Hurricanes

SensChirp December 23, 2011 0

Last night it was Bobby Butler that played the role of overtime hero as he converted a pass from Kyle Turris to give the Sens a dramatic 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

The Senators won't have much time to enjoy the victory though as they are right back in action tonight against Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes.

It has become the norm for this hockey club but you have to admire the fight they showed against the Southeast leading Panthers.  After a late tying goal by the visitors, the Sens refused to quit and were able to pick up a crucial extra point in overtime.

Obviously a huge goal for Bobby Butler who has struggled for most of the season.  Paul MacLean played a bit of a hunch in the extra session sending Butler and Turris out as the forward pair in the 4 on 4 situation.  For the second straight game, the newest Senators, Kyle Turris picked up an assist on the game winning goal.

Another strong effort from the Captain who picked up a goal and a couple assists.  Alfredsson now has 399 goals in his career.

Last night's win helped the Sens pull into 7th in the Eastern Conference, tied at 38 points with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Paul MacLean will make a change to his line up against the Hurricanes as call up Mike Hoffman will play his first game in the NHL.  The Sens did not have a morning skate this morning so the line combinations are still up in the air at this point.

Brian Lee will come out of the Ottawa line up and Craig Anderson will get the start in goal.

  • Some good news on the injury front as Milan Michalek passed his baseline tests and has been cleared to return but will do the right thing and wait until after the break.
  • Mentioned this on Twitter but apparently Bryan Murray spoke with the officials after the game last night over what he felt was an extremely questionable call on Nick Foligno.