The early start time seemed to catch the Sens a little flat footed as they struggled to create much of anything in the first two periods.
It was a different story in the third period though as Zibanejad score a goal on the power play and seemed to give the Sens some life. Too little too late though as the Jets added another goal on their way to a 3-1 victory.
This was an important game for Zibanejad and he did not disappoint. The kid was solid at both ends of the ice and showed some impressive flashes of skill, particularly on his goal early in the third.
One thing that is looking more and more certain with each game is that Jared Cowen is going to make this hockey team. He was a physical force all night and made life extremely difficult on the Jets forwards.
David Rundblad also had a strong outing and seemed to get better as the game moved along. I'm not scout but it seems like the biggest thing for Rundblad is confidence. He needs to trust his skill level because when he does, he is on another level. The poise he showed with the puck in the third period was phenomenal.
A couple of veterans left the game with minor injuries. Chris Phillips felt tightness in his back while Auld was dealing with cramping in his legs. The team is expected to announce some cuts when they return to Ottawa.
Hats of to Conception Bay South and St. John's for doing such a fantastic job of hosting this event. Really cool to have the Senators take part in this event this year and hopefully they can do more of the same in the future.
Sens are right back at it tomorrow night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second last game of the preseason.