Alrite, the Ottawa Senators are playing some of their best hockey at the moment. They took care of the Atlanta Thrashers 5-3 last night. Goals came from Peter Schaefer, Chris Kelly, Mike Comrie, Dean McAmmond & Mike Fisher. While Brian McGratton remains scratched (for 9 games at a stretch), any Sens fan’s heart would be warmed by the consistent contributions of Comrie & McAmmond. Go Sens Go!
The Ottawa Senators beat the Florida Panthers 4-0, with Swiss goalie Martin Gerber making a rare appearance as the starting goalie in place of the suspended Ray Emery. With the help of his teammates, Gerber posted his first shutout of the season, as Mike Comrie, Chris Phillips, Mike Fisher & Dean McAmmond scored the goals. Comrie scored his 14th goal of the season and 7th for Ottawa, being setup by both Dany Heatley & Jason Spezza, while Phillips was assisted in his 9th goal of the season by Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly. Gerber, who moved from Stanley Cup champions Caroline, had a bad start to the season and was kept as the backing goalie to Emery.
Today was a good day for the teams I support – both in the EPL (Arsenal FC) & the NHL (Ottawa Senators) – as they won their respective matches. Although technically it was Saturday night when Ottawa beat their rivals the Montreal Canadiens, for the second straight time, it was in the morning hours for us in India. Mike Comrie and Chris Kelly scored in the first period to build a 2-0 lead midway through the first 20 minutes for the Senators, only for Montreal to counter back with two of their own with goals by Steve Begin & Michael Ryder. Sens Defenceman Wade Redden scored to make it 3-2 for the Sens and in the 3rd period two quick goals by Mike Fisher & Jason Spezza made it 5-2. Andrie Markov would get another one for Montreal. With this Comrie has six goals and five assists in 16 games with Ottawa since he was acquired from Phoenix on Jan. 3. It seemed like an odd & surprise move for both the Edmonton native & the Senators; Comrie once the darling of the Edmonton Oilers was criticized for his lengthy holdout over a contract dispute and subsequent move to the Philadelphia Flyers. From there he moved to Phoenix Coyotes and now is with the Sens.
Arsenal’s victory on the other hand is a typical comeback which showed their guts and determination in winning 2-1 over a surprisingly strong Wigan. Led by Thomas Rosicky, who headed in Julio Baptista’s cross with five minutes remaining, just moments after the luckless Fitz Hall had put the ball into his own net. Wigan seemed to be headed for an unlikely win and be the first to beat the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium with dogged play. A fantastic long range goal by Dutch midfielder Danny Landzaat put the visitors up 1-0 and for a while it seemed that the score would remain at that. Wigan claimed a penalty which was not given and also had a couple more great oppurtunities to increase the scoreline in their favour. However it was the Gunners class and determination that proved the winner in the end. Arsenal have one more game in hand over the teams above and below them and they should secure fourth place if they win it.