Sens Win 5-3 Over Oilers

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Brian Elliott began this game hoping he could put an end to his personal 13 game losing streak.  It looked good early as Milan Michalek forced a turnover to Bobby Butler, who deked a defender and shot it by Khabibulin for his first career NHL goal, 1-0 Sens.  Oilers tied it a short time after when Andrew Cogliano was able to slide the puck under Elliott during a scramble in front, 1-1.  Sens came right back though as a bouncing shot from Kovalev hit Khabibulin, deflected up into the air, off Jeff Petry’s stick and in to put the Sens up 2-1.  A rare piece of luck for this Ottawa team.

Onto the 2nd where the luck changed in Edmonton’s favour.  After Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek couldn’t settle the puck in the offensive zone, Ales Hemsky skated into the Ottawa end and passed over to Dustin Penner who wristed it by Elliott to tie the game at 2.  Then, frustration started to set in for both teams.  During a battle in front of the net, Nikolai Khabibulin hacked and punched Chris Neil.  This resulted in a skirmish between the 2 teams that ALMOST had Brian Elliott skating the length of the ice.  Instead, it ended up being a 4 minute power-play for the Sens that once again, was not capitalized upon.  The Sens were 0-5 on the PP after 2 periods.

To start the third, the Senators were provided with plenty of opportunity to take the lead as the Oilers consistently got themselves in penalty trouble.  Finally, on their 7th PP, Milan Michalek would shoot one by Khabibulin, giving the Sens a slim 1 goal lead with just under 12 minutes left.  Of course, the Sens didn’t make things easy on themselves and would put themselves down 2 men when Zack Smith & Brian Lee took minor penalties.  After some mad scrambles and a little bit of luck, the Senators killed it off.  That seemed to inspire the Senators as on a 2 on 1, Kovalev made a slick pass over to Peter Regin, who outwaited Khabibulin and snapped it in to make it 4-2 Sens. 

This is the 2010-11 Senators however, and it wouldn’t be proper without making it interesting.  Dustin Penner would one-time his 2nd goal of the game just after a penalty expired to put the Oilers within one.  But Alex Kovalev would ice it with an empty netter he flipped from his own zone and the Sens would hold on for the 5-3 win.

Alex Kovalev (2 goals, 1 assist) & Bobby Butler (1 goal, 1 assist) led the way as the Senators broke their 11 game losing streak and won their first game since January 13 against the Islanders.  The Senators played alright but were helped by an undisciplined & mistake-ridden Oiler team.  Still, its a much needed win, and one they can celebrate as they return home from a long and emotional road trip.

Bobby Butler

Chris Phillips

Cory Clouston

Jason Spezza

Video – Clips from Butler, Phillips, Elliott, Clouston & Spezza


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