Senators Lose 2-0 to Jets

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The Senators entered the night on a 4-game winning streak, while the Jets had dropped 5 of 6, including 3 in a row. Craig Anderson on his own was 7-1-2 with a 2.46 GAA in 11 career meetings with the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, including 2 wins this season.  Everything seemed to be pointed in Ottawa’s favour so naturally, this game screamed TRAP!

And the Jets sprung it early.  Just 49 seconds into the game, Winnipeg withstood an onslaught from the Greening-Spezza-Michalek line before breaking in on a 3-on-1 and scoring on their first shot on net to make it 1-0.  It was Jim Slater’s 8th of the season. 

Then, after Erik Karlsson laid a clean hit on Evander Kane, Kane seeked his revenge.  Kane would finish a check on Karlsson that sent the young Swede to the ice in pain.  No penalty was called and the fans were livid.  So, about 5 minutes later, Chris Neil decided to take things into his own hands.  Neil would lay out Kane right off a faceoff, causing a skirmish along the boards.  The Senators’ enforcer would end up punishing Kane with a couple of blows to the face, while Matt Carkner pummelled Mark Stuart to the ground.  Unfortunately for the Sens, Neil would end up with the extra 2 minutes, but definitely sent the message that you can’t get away with harming the Senators All-Star defenceman. 

Erik Karlsson on the hit by Kane

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The second period saw the Jets increase their lead.  Tobias Enstrom’s shot from the point snuck its way by Anderson to make it 2-0.  After that, the Jets went into lock-down mode, smothering the Senators at every turn and not allowing them to build any momentum. 

Winnipeg’s stifling ways continued into the third as Ottawa just couldn’t get anything going.  After a couple of Mason saves and a few post shots,  the Jets would go on to be the first team to shutout the Senators this season.  Chris Mason made 25 saves in the win and halted the Jets 3 game losing streak.

Craig Anderson did all he could do in this contest, stopping 33 shots and being named the game’s third star.  Milan Michalek & Jason Spezza were both -2.  As for faceoffs, the team’s top 3 centres were a combined 14-28, meaning Winnipeg started with the puck 67 percent of the time. 

The Senators don’t have to wait long to get back at it, they take on the Maple Leafs tomorrow night at the ACC. 

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Jason Spezza & Erik Karlsson on the tough loss.

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Chris Mason & Claude Noel speak about how well their team played in shutting out the Senators.

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