Sens Win 1-0 (SO) over Leafs

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Not a ton of interest in this one.  The intense rivalry between Senator and Maple Leaf fans was the only thing going for it.  Earlier in the afternoon, the Oilers defeated the Thrashers, officially putting the Senators in the NHL basement, while the Leafs hung on to wishful playoff dreams.   

The first period was a bit chippy, with plenty of big hits and grinding play.  Dion Phaneuf took a run at Jason Spezza, but was sidestepped and ran himself into the boards.  Phaneuf would later have run-ins with Chris Neil and Zack Smith as well.  Except for the odd Phil Kessel rush, both teams struggled to get any quality scoring chances despite some power-play opportunities.

The second period tilted a bit in the Leafs favour.  Toronto continued to get more offensive pressure and were much more dangerous on the rush.  The Senators were also getting themselves in penalty trouble, always seeming to be the only team getting a penalty out of  all the scrums.  Didn’t matter though as Craig Anderson was up to the task, making 30 saves after 2 periods and keeping this game within reach for the Senators.

Dion Phaneuf crushes Nick Foligno

Jay Rosehill vs Francis Lessard – watch out for the left!

Third period and play continued in the same manner.  The Leafs controlled the action for the most part, with 1 or 2 Sen chances sprinkled in.  Nothing would be resolved however and this game went to overtime.   

The Sens got themselves in trouble in overtime when Filip Kuba took a hooking penalty at 2:04 of the extra frame.  But once again, Craig Anderson was there to save the day, making some unbelievable saves on the PP and keeping the game scoreless.  Of course, that meant a shootout and we all know how well the Senators do in those.  But that was before Mr. Anderson.  Jason Spezza would score the only goal they would need as the Leafs failed on all 3 of their attempts and Craig Anderson would win in his Senator debut with a 47 save shutout. 

Craig Anderson’s huge save in OT

Peter Regin left the ice in what looked to be considerable pain during the third period and did not return.  Regin was taken down hard in the corner and seemed to hurt his left arm/shoulder area.  An update by the team will be provided in the near future. 

Cory Clouston

Craig Anderson

Jason Spezza

Video of Clouston, Spezza & Anderson


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