Senators Lose 4-2 to Canucks

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Before this game even started, people weren’t talking about whether or not the Canucks would beat the Senators, but by how much.  Then word that Brian Elliott was going to start and the jokes about how many goals the Canucks would score and how long Elliott would actually last made their way onto Twitter, Facebook and various other social mediums.  The expectations for this game were not high for Ottawa Senators fans.

And for good reason.  Alex Burrows opened the scoring by beating both Mike Fisher and Chris Phillips to the front of the net, slipping the puck by Brian Elliott and getting the home crowd warmed up.  Then, 1:10 seconds later, Ryan Kesler would skate down the wing and snap one by Elliott glove side, his 31st of the year, and the Canucks were up 2.   The Sens would get 3 powerplays throughout the period, directing 12 shots on net, but were unable to beat Luongo.  Chris Neil tried to get something going by flattening Henrik Sedin and manhandling Aaron Rome in the resulting fight, but to no avail.

The second period looked like it was going to follow the same script.  After breaking his stick earlier in the shift, Ryan Kesler would set up Mikael Samuelsson with one he got from the bench to put the Canucks up 3 goals and effectively put an end to the game. WAIT, NOT SO FAST!  Nick Foligno would score on a spinning backhander to break Luongo’s shutout bid at 5:30 of the 2nd.  Jason Spezza would then catch the Canucks on a bad line change and put in his own rebound while on a 3 on 0 and all of a sudden, we had a game!   The Sens didn’t quit either for the remainder of the period, hitting 3 goalposts and dominating play….the third period was going to be interesting.

Both teams were able to get some chances in the third but the story of the period was Brian Elliott.  The Canucks had 2 power-plays and some point blank chances, but were unable to beat the Senators goaltender.  The save that Elliott made on Raffi Torres on a 2 on 1 will be played over and over again during the plays of the night on every sports channel.  Elliott would finish with 26 saves and definitely showed a confidence in his game that he had lost over the past couple of months.  Expect him to get the next start after this performance.

The Canucks squeaked this one out, getting the lead early and hanging on.  The Senators played well, but once again ran into some bad luck with goal posts and falling behind by too much, too early.  Both teams lost a player due to injury, Keith Ballard (lower body) for the Canucks and Jesse Winchester (lower body) for the Senators.  The Sens play Calgary next on Wednesday night.

Cory Clouston

Brian Elliott

Jason Spezza

Video of Clouston, Elliott & Spezza


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