Welcome Back Winnipeg- Sens Win

SensChirp October 21, 2011 0

For the first time since 1995, the Winnipeg Jets played a game in the city of Ottawa.

The Senators welcomed the Jets in style, riding a solid performance from Craig Anderson on route to a 4-1 win at Scotiabank Place.  Not the result the Jets fans were hoping for but certainly a relief for fans of the Ottawa Senators.

The Jets scored the first goal in this one and had Sens fans wondering if it would be more of the same for the home side.  Coming off  games where the Sens were outscored by a combined total of 14-3, you can understand why the fans at SBP were a little nervous.

But Paul MacLean's group responded well and did not panic when down by a goal.  Michalek's power play goal tied the game at 1-1 and gave the Sens the boost they needed.

The line of Spezza, Greening and Michalek were a handful for the Jets and were by far the best trio for the Senators.  Michalek and Spezza each finished the game with three points and are seem to be showing chemistry early this season.

Love the skill Alfredsson showed on the goal that put Ottawa up 3-1.  Made an awesome play to knock down the puck in the neutral zone and beat Pavelec with a wicked shot.  A huge goal for the Senators.

The Spezza line was good but without the standout goaltending from Craig Anderson, this would have been a completely different hockey game.  Had a chance to sit a few rows from the ice tonight (in the Sens end) and it was clear how hard Anderson was working.  He made some massive saves and battled traffic out front all night.  His 35 save performance earned him first star in this one.

Wasn't all good news for the Sens as Peter Regin left the game after re-injuring the same shoulder that gave him trouble earlier this season.  There was no timetable provided on his injury.

Ottawa takes on Columbus on Saturday night.