Senators Lose 2-1 (OT) To Canucks

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The night began with a bit of a surprise.  Craig Anderson experienced neck stiffness after the AM skate, so Alex Auld led the Senators onto the ice for warmup and got the start in goal.  Auld made 8 saves in the first period and was part of two more penalty kills for the Senators.  Cory Schneider stopped 8 shots at the other end, including a couple of good ones off the stick of Colin Greening.  0-0 after 1 period of play. 

Onto the second, where the Senators gave the Canucks yet another chance on the power-play.  And this time they made them pay.  Henrik Sedin’s shot from just over the blue line deflected off Jesse Winchester’s stick and snuck through Alex Auld to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead.  A little later on,  Auld would make up for that unfortunate occurrence by producing an absolutely fantastic save on Ryan Kesler when he slid across his crease and gloved a shot from the Canucks star.  The Senators were unable to take advantage of this potential momentum changer however, failing to convert on a couple of power-play chances, as well as some dominant offensive pressure.  1-0 Canucks after 2. 

Early in the third, the Canucks were able to sustain some pressure in the Ottawa zone due to the fact there were 3 defencemen on the ice wearing Sens jerseys.  Sergei Gonchar had come on after a penalty ran out and was forced to play forward until he could make a change.  The Senators held on and were able to tie it when Jason Spezza’s pass from the corner was redirected by Colin Greening for his 6th goal of the season.  They would continue to attack but Cory Schneider was up to the challenge, stopping Milan Michalek on a breakaway and thwarting many other attempts with solid positioning and quick reflexes.   

Cue overtime and at the 2:18 mark, Dan Hamhuis’ shot was deflected in front by Chris Higgins, squeaking it by Alex Auld and the Canucks pulled out the 2-1 victory.  Cory Schneider was the best player on the ice in the late going, making 28 saves in total, 2 huge ones in overtime.  The Senators went 0-5 on the power-play, constantly looking rattled and disorganized due to the Canucks PK pressure. On a brighter note, Sergei Gonchar was able to extend his point streak to 5 games with an assist on the Greening goal.  The Senators come away with 5 of a possible 6 points on their Western road trip and don’t play again until Friday when they travel to Pittsburgh to meet the Penguins and the returning Sidney Crosby.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Spezza, Greening & Auld (video)


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