Senators Win 3-1 Over Flames

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The Ottawa Senators opened their 3 game Western Canada road trip in Calgary on Tuesday night.  The team had not won in Calgary for nearly 9 years, last winning a 1-0 decision on January 9, 2003.  The Flames goaltender, Miikka Kiprusoff, went in to the game with a 7-1-0 record, 1.74 GAA & 2 shutouts against the Senators as a member of the Calgary organization.  Going into the Scotiabank Saddledome and coming out with a win was going to be tough to say the least.

The first period ended with the Senators outshooting the Flames 14-11.  Both teams had a few offensive chances but neither team could beat the opposing goaltender.  Bagels after one.

The first 18 minutes of the second period was dominated by the Senators PK and Craig Anderson.  The Senators killed off 3 penalties, including an extensive 5 on 3, while Craig Anderson made some tremendouse saves, some from in close,  to keep the game scoreless.  Then at 18:44, Daniel Alfredsson was able to settle a bouncing puck and snap the puck top shelf on Kiprusoff to open the scoring.  It was Alfredsson’s first goal since returning from a concussion.  But before the period would end, Craig Anderson misjudged how much time he had to get Chris Phillips the puck, sending a pass directly onto the stick of Matt Stajan.  Stajan would throw it in front and have it deflect off Daniel Alfredsson’s stick and in to tie the game at 1 heading into the third.  (Tom Kostopoulos was given credit for the goal)

The third period was all Bobby Butler.  At 9:50, Butler would beat his defender along the boards, skate into the Calgary zone, perform a beautiful deke, then snap it shelf on Kiprusoff for his 1st goal of the season.  A little later on, Jesse Winchester would feed Butler on a 3 on 2,  who wasted no time slapping it by Kiprusoff for his 2nd of the game and his second of the season.  Those 2 goals would be the difference as the Senators won 3-1,  the first time Ottawa has been victorious in Calgary in 9 years. 

Other than his mistake late in the second, Craig Anderson was fantastic.  He made 38 saves in total and seemed to be a giant in between the pipes.  He was frustrating the Flames forwards all night and was a key part in the killing of 5 Calgary power-plays.  Anderson was the main reason the Senators were able to even their record to 9-9-1 by following up his solid performance on Saturday with an even better outing tonight.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Butler, Alfredsson & Anderson (video)


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