Sens Update 16th Dec

5 games have been played since the last update. On the 6th the Sens welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Scotiabank Place and the crowd got to witness Jason Spezza’s second career hat trick, which lifted the Ottawa to a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. A sellout crowd of 19,561 at Scotiabank Place watched Spezza beat Penguins goaltender Dany Sabourin on three occasions in the second period. Dany Heatley added a pair of assists and Alex Auld made 17 saves for Ottawa. Chris Neil was back in the Senators’ lineup for the first time after missing six games following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus and Alexandre Picard also returned after missing 2 games due to a wrist injury.

Two nights later on the 8th, Ottawa lost in overtime to the Florida Panthers. Spezza, Heatley & Chris Kelly had the goals in that one. With 3 points out of a possible 4, Ottawa travelled to Chicago only to be shutout by the Blackhawks 0-2.

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Even more worrying was the game in the DC against the Capitals, who were Inspired by the return of Sergei Fedorov and Mike Green and maintained their home-ice dominance Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Senators. Jesse Winchester prevented what would have been Ottawa’s second shutout in a row when he scored with about 2-1/2 minutes to play.

The very next day the Sens were vitalized by a quick trip back home and by the return of goalie Martin Gerber made 24 saves for his first shutout of the season in the 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Alexandre Picard opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:04 of the first period and Daniel Alfredsson added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left. The Senators are back home again Tuesday against the Atlanta Thrashers.

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