Senators Win 3-1 Over Flames

Check out the highlights

http://video.thescore.com/watch/ott-3-cgy-1

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.

http://video.thescore.com/watch/konopka-vs-kostopoulos

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)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=dab83278a55248a4d515fd94e5de54265c046684b5d27581c

MacLean, Butler, Alfredsson & Anderson (video)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=135153

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