A late October game against the Columbus Blue Jackets doesn't exactly scream excitement.
But last night was completely different. With late goals by Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, the Senators capped off one of the most memorable games I have ever been to at Scotiabank Place.
As the scoreboard counted down the final minute, it was looking like an ugly loss for the Sens. A couple weak goals got by Anderson and the Blue Jackets looked poised to pick up their first win of the season. After a late penalty to David Rundblad, some fans made an early exit thinking this one was done.
Those fans must be kicking themselves this morning.
With just 36 second to play, Spezza found a loose puck out front of Mason and ignited the Saturday night crowd. And just 31 seconds later, a perfect deflection from Milan Michalek off a well placed shot from Gonchar sent SBP into an all out frenzy.
With the win, the Sens are now 3-5-0 on the season.
Another strong game from Sergei Gonchar on Saturday. Really liked his game against the Jets on Thursday night and he continued his strong play against Columbus. Gonchar had a couple points in this one and was strong defensively in his 22 minutes of ice time.
Obviously a strong game from Spezza too as he picked up three points. Spezza has 11 points in 8 games so far this season.
It wasn't exactly the most entertaining opening 40 minutes but certainly worth the price of admission in the final twenty. This one will definitely go down as one of the best regular season games I have ever been to.
- Special thanks go out to the good folks at Wiser's. Had a chance to sit in the Wiserhood box last night (explains my late post-game blog today) which made the game that much more enjoyable. Be sure to stop by their Facebook page and join the Wiserhood!
- Trade talk is heating up across the NHL. Was told last night that Bryan Murray is still looking to move a defenceman but is in no hurry to get something done. There are a couple of teams that are looking to add blueliners.