Colin Greening played the role of hero on Saturday night, scoring a late goal to give the Senators a huge win over their provincial rivals.
Mika Zibanejad won a key faceoff late and Greening, who looked on from the press box the last time these two teams met, knocked home a loose puck with just 23 seconds left to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory. The win was the fourth straight for a Sens team that continues to find ways to win hockey games.
If Saturday night was any indication, it's safe to say the Battle of Ontario is officially back.
Both teams played entertaining, physical hockey and gave the sell out crowd at SBP a whole lot to cheer about. The much talked about "Take Back the Bank" initiative certainly didn't scare away the usual Leafs contingent, as there was plenty of blue and white around the building. Pretty close to a 50/50 split I'd say.
Full credit to the Sens fans that did show up though. They were as loud as they've been all season and at times were able to drown out the Leafs fans in the building.
The Senators held a 2-1 edge heading into the final period on goals by Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra but Clarke MacArthur scored early in final frame, setting the stage for Greening's heroics late. Full credit to the line of Greening-Zibanejad-Condra as they were by far the best line for Paul MacLean last night.
Greening finished with a goal and two assist, while Condra and Zibanejad each had one and one.
Full day off for the Senators today before returning to the ice tomorrow morning. Ottawa closes out this four game home stand against the division leading Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Should be another fun one at Scotiabank Place.
- An explanation on the video posted above. Spotted this guy leaving Scotiabank Place after the game last night and had to get a video. Really not sure what to make of it but it's safe to say that guy was heckled by fans from both teams last night.