Sens Lose to Blackhawks 3-2 in Shootout.

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It was learned a couple of hours before game-time that Robin Lehner was being recalled on an emergency basis after Pascal Leclaire tweaked his injury during pre-skate.  The only problem with that was it wasn’t enough time for Lehner to get there.  The Senators would start Friday night’s game with only 1 goaltender, sending a state of panic through Sens Army.  What would happen if Elliott got hurt?  Is Matt Spezza around?  Has he signed a contract?  Or will Alfredsson finally live his dream of being a NHL goaltender?   

It didn’t seem to faze the Senators players as they came out hitting and shooting.  They took the play to the defending Stanley Cup champs, outshooting them 11-8 and laying the body whenever the opportunity arose.  Brian Elliott’s glove hand was busy, but most shots came from the exterior.

After proving to the world that you can hold your breath for an entire period of hockey, Sens fans were able to exhale as Robin Lehner took his rightful place at the end of the Sens bench to start the 2nd period.  Then after Alfredsson and Sharp exchanged goals, Chris Phillips made a decision to try and keep the puck in the Blackhawks zone during some offensive pressure.  Unfortunately for him, his gamble did not pay off as the puck was tipped past him and sent Bolland and Pisani on a 2 on 1.  Luckily, Brian Elliott was up to the task, sliding across the crease and making a beautiful glove save that kept the game tied going into the third.

It didn’t look good after Patrick Kane stripped the puck from Erik Karlsson and scored on Brian Elliott to give the Hawks a one-goal lead.  But with only 1:25 left in the game, Milan Michalek was able to take a rebound and put it in the yawning cage to tie the game at 2 and ensure the Sens a point.

Overtime would solve nothing and the teams would go to a shootout.  Jonathan Toews would start by catching Brian Elliott moving backwards and putting the Hawks up 1.  Then after Kovalev shot wide, Patrick Kane would beat Elliott glove side, putting all the pressure on the Senators captain to keep the game alive.  He couldn’t, hitting the post, and the Sens lose in a shootout 3-2.  

It was a good effort by the Senators.  They played with more physicality than they have in the last little while and were able to control play at times throughout the game.  Turnovers would once again be their Achilles heel, leading to both goals and virtually stealing the extra point they would’ve gained with a straight up win. 

No rest for the weary however.  Tampa Bay is waiting for the Senators in Ottawa for a 7:00pm matchup Saturday night.

Cory Clouston

Brian Elliott

Video of Clouston, Michalek and Elliott


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