After the opening twenty minutes, it looked like this one was going to a be a bit of a snoozer.
But a wild middle frame, which included a total of eight goals between the two teams got things going and thankfully the Sens were on the good end of things. The end result was an impressive 6-4 Ottawa win.
The Ottawa Senators offence woke up in a big way and it was Jason Spezza that paced the Sens attack. Spezza racked up two goals and two assists in what was his most impressive game this year. You could tell that Spezza just had an extra gear and was really clicking with linemates Colin Greening (1 goal) and Daniel Alfredsson (1 G, 2A)
The four point night gives Spezza 36 points on the year, just three back of the league lead.
It was an equally impressive outing for Jared Cowen. The rookie defenceman picked up a career high four points and finished +4 on the night. Interesting to note that he is the first defenceman in Sens history to accomplish that feat.
In a year where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is obviously going to dominate the rookie of the year talk, Jared Cowen has to get some consideration. He has played some huge minutes with injuries to Kuba and Gonchar and looks extremely comfortable. Crazy to think just how good this guy is going to be.
Erik Karlsson picked up another three assists and is back in a tie for the league lead with 27 on the year.
It is important to note that with last night's win, the Ottawa Senators moved to 2-0-0 when I don't attend the game. I get the message loud and clear fellas!
The Sens will be on the practice ice at the SensPlex at noon today. Should have a better idea on the status of some of the team's walking wounded at that point.
- As you hopefully read here first, the Ottawa Senators are finally getting that much needed new scoreboard. It sounds like the thing is going to be extremely impressive. "With more than 2,170 feet of viewing space, the LED screens offer a 441 per cent increase in size — they're 16 x 21 feet — over the current scoreboard, which includes 7.5 x 10-feet standard definition screens. In addition, there are ring-shaped LED viewing surfaces on the top and bottom of the scoreboard. The structure carries a pricetag of nearly $5 million, and is the largest possible board that could be installed into the roof structure at Scotiabank Place." Can't wait to see this thing in action!