Senators Win 6-4 vs the Islanders

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This game started out well for the Sens.  32 seconds into the first, Daniel Alfredsson got the puck from Mike Fisher, skated around his defender and deked goaltender Kevin Poulin to make it 1-0 Senators.  It didn’t last. Just under 7 minutes later, Zenon Konopka would intercept a Filip Kuba clearing attempt and send a pass across the Sens’ goalmouth.  The puck would deflect off Robin Lehner’s blocker, off Trevor Gillies and into the net, tying the game at 1.  Normally, this would be the beginning of the end for the Senators.  Not this time however.  Just over 2 minutes later, Jesse Winchester walked out from the corner and snapped one by Poulin, resulting in his exit from the game (Nathan Lawson would relieve him) and giving the Senators a 2-1 lead they’d take to the dressing room. 

5:34 into the second, Chris Neil would get the Senators second penalty for shooting it over the boards and the Islanders would get a chance to tie.  But it would be the Senators who would take advantage as Matt Carkner sent Chris Kelly and Milan Michalek in on a 2 on 1, with Michalek shooting it over Lawson shorthanded and the Sens were up by 2.  Blake Comeau and Chris Kelly would score 20 seconds apart to keep the difference at 2, but the scoring didn’t end there.  Nick Foligno & Zack Smith would add to the Sens tally and the Senators were all of a sudden up 6-2.  Corey Locke’s assist on Foligno’s goal would be his first NHL point and Brian Lee’s assist on Smith’s goal was his first point of the season.  Best offensive period of the Sens season so far?  I’m thinking so.

Corey Locke’s first point

The third period wasn’t without its worries.  Milan Jurcina scored twice in the third to narrow the lead to 2 but the Sens were able to hold on to get the MUCH NEEDED victory.  Robin Lehner earned his first NHL victory in his first NHL start, making 20 saves on 24 shots.  Sergei Gonchar had one assist and was a +5 , while 4 different Senators had 2 points each.  An absolutely huge win for the Senators and even though they may be too far out to make the playoffs, this victory can only do wonders for the confidence level of these Senator players. 

The Senators get the Flames tomorrow night at Scotiabank Place.

Cory Clouston

Robin Lehner

Zack Smith

Video of Clouston, Smith & Lehner


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