Senators Win 3-2 (OT) Over Sabres

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The Senators wasted no time getting this one started.  Just 1:09 in, Jason Spezza  sent a nifty pass in front to Milan Michalek, who had a wide open net to bury his league-leading 19th goal of the season and it was 1-0 Senators.  But like most Senator games this season, the inexperience on the blueline reared its ugly head as costly turnovers within their own zone led to 2 quick Sabre goals.  The first occurred when Nick Foligno & Erik Karlsson got crossed up directly in front of Craig Anderson.  A fluttering puck ended up on Paul Szczechura’s stick, who quickly went in and deked Anderson to tie the game.  The second was another result of a bad decision as David Rundblad’s attempt to go up the middle was picked off by Derek Roy. Two quick passes and a Tyler Ennis deke later and the Sabres had the lead despite being outplayed for the majority of the period.    

The second period saw no change in the score and no change in how poorly the Senators power-play has been executing lately.  The Sens failed to capitalize on 2 full man-advantage opportunities and went into the final frame trailing by a goal.

The third period began with word that Milan Michalek would not be returning to the game after leaving with an upper body injury.  That meant the team would have to comeback without the league’s leading scorer.  And luckily, they were up to the task.  Peter Regin’s shot from just within the blue line found its way by Ryan Miller with under 13 minutes left and the game was tied at 2. 

Play would extend into an overtime period where Erik Karlsson seemed to take things into his own hands right from the beginning.  Karlsson would create the rush from the get go, bringing the puck into the offensive zone and pressuring the Sabre defence.  At the 45 second mark, his pass from the corner found Jared Cowen sneaking in from the point, who slyly redirected it by Ryan Miller for his third goal of the season, and the Senators completed the comeback with a 3-2 overtime victory.

A big win for the Senators as they face 2 of the NHL’s elite in their next 2 contests in Boston and Pittsburgh.  Jared Cowen’s goal in overtime was his first NHL game-winner and tonight’s matchup marked Nick Foligno’s 300th NHL game.  As for the league leader in goals, Milan Michalek will be re-evaluated by doctors tomorrow and have his status determined at that time. 

Paul MacLean (audio)

Jared Cowen (audio)

MacLean, Cowen, Karlsson & Regin (video)


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