Sens Update, 29th Oct 2010

Well we have had quite a few games played since the last update. The Ottawa Senators finally won their first game of the season when on the 14th they won 3-2 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Mike Fisher scored his first 2 goals of the season. Brian Elliott made 19 saves after taking over early in the first for injured Ottawa starter Pascal Leclaire, who left with a lower-body injury. That win should have fueled them for facing local rivals Montreal 2 days later but the Canadiens won 4-3. Milan Michalek scored 2 goals in that game along with one from Erik Karlsson.

On the 19th the Sens visited Pittsburgh and were convincingly beaten 5-2 by Sidney and his gang. Ottawa, a first-round playoff loser to Pittsburgh last season, is 1-4-1 — partly because of a power play that is only 2-of-24. That includes captain Daniel Alfredsson’s goal at 5:40 of the second period, his first this season. A 3 day rest proved to be good for the Sens as they traveled to Buffalo and Alfredsson had his eighth career hat trick and reached 1,000 career NHL points, and Elliott made 34 saves in the Senators’ 4-2 victory over the Sabres on Friday night.

The Senators then started a home stand the next day but promptly lost to Montreal, who are proving to be their boogey team this season. Carey Price made 19 saves for his first shutout in nearly two years and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice in the Canadiens’ 3-0 victory over Senators on Saturday night. So what could the Phoenix Coyotes expect when they visited the Canadian capital? Unaware of his own record-breaking goal, Alex Kovalev was delighted to make Sergei Gonchar’s 1,000th game that much more memorable.Kovalev scored twice and added an assist, combining with Erik Karlsson for the fastest two goals in Ottawa history to lead the Senators past the Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night. Chris Kelly and Alfredsson also scored.

That brings us to last night where the Sens hosted the Florida Panther and got contributions from all over their lineup to light up what had been one of the NHL’s stingiest defenses. Michalek, Fisher and Alfredsson each had a goal and an assist to lead Ottawa to a 5-3 victory over the Panthers on Thursday night. Zack Smith and Kovalev also scored to help the Senators win consecutive games for the first time this season. Elliott stopped 28 shots in his sixth straight start for Ottawa (4-5-1).

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