Sens Update, 18th Dec 2010

Ok this update starts off on a higher note. I’ve already upoaded the clip of Chris Kelly’s hattrick against the New York Rangers on 5th of December, which gave the Senators a 3-1 away win. But two days later a visit to nearby Montreal brought them down back to reality. Jeff Halpern, Brian Gionta and Roman Hamrlik scored third-period goals and Carey Price made 27 saves as Montreal beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Tuesday night for their third straight win. Only Nick Foligno scored for Ottawa.

Then it was the turn of the Rangers to pay a visit back to Ottawa and extract revenge. Despite Mike Fisher’s two goals, sandwiched between a Jason Spezza goal, the Rangers came away with a 5-3 win. With the Senators having scored fewer than two goals in eight of their previous 12 games, we know where the problem is. The very next night, the Senators welcomed the New Jersey Devils and came up with a 3-2 win. Milan Michalek and Jarkko Ruutu scored 2:16 apart midway through the second, spoiling Martin Brodeur’s return to New Jersey’s lineup in Ottawa’s 3-2 victory Friday night. Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist and Pascal Leclaire stopped 29 shots for the Senators. With both teams struggling for points it was a hard fought game as should be expected.

The Atlanta Thrashers came calling next and unfortunately we couldn’t get wins in a row. Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil & Spezza scored a goal each and the game went to extra time as both teams were tied at 3-3. Atlanta’s Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Senators on the 13th. The Senators needed to recoup and come back strong. A visit to St. Paul’s Minneapolis to play the wild was just what we needed.

Alfredsson, Foligno & Kelly each scored and the Senators took advantage of a disallowed goal to beat the Wild 3-1. A dozen of the Senators players’ fathers are on this two-game road trip and no doubt approved of their sons’ performances. Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild and had another goal waved off because of too many men on the ice. The goal would have given Minnesota a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. Instead, Foligno scored nine seconds later and the Wild never recovered. Leclaire stopped 23 shots to help the Senators win for just the third time in their last seven games.

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