Superstar youngster John Tavares’s first NHL game in Canada was last night at Ottawa. But it was it was a less-heralded rookie suiting up for the Senators who played the starring role. Defenceman Matt Carkner, in just his fifth NHL game despite being drafted 10 years ago, scored his first goal and added an assist, being named the No. 1 star in the Senators’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Islanders on Thursday.
Mike Fisher & Peter Regin scored the other two goals, with the former’s being the overtime winner, which was setup by Carkner. The 28-year-old Carkner, a second-round pick of Montreal in 1999 who cracked the Senators’ roster out of training camp. Pascal Leclaire came up with 23 saves in goal. After losing their season opener, the Senators have now picked up back-to-back victories and, including last season when they kicked off the season in Sweden, improved to 9-4-3-1 in home openers.
From now, I’m going to be go back to my regular schedule of blogging about Sens games after every 4 or 5 being played. Here’s hoping for a wonderful season. Go Sens Go!