Senators Win 4-1 Over Sharks

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Two of the league’s hottest teams met up Thursday night in San Jose.  The Sharks came into the game 7-1-2 in their last 10, while the Senators were 8-1-1.  Something had to give. 

It was the Sharks that came ready to play.  They began the game with its first 5 shots and opened the scoring with Brad Winchester’s 6th of the season.  At one point San Jose was outshooting Ottawa 9-2 and thoroughly dominating play.  But it was the Senators third shot on net that evened the score.  Daniel Alfredsson found a streaking Sergei Gonchar, who quickly passed it across the ice to an open Kyle Turris.  The pass took Antti Niemi out of position and Turris was able to find a hole between the goaltender and two defenders, 1-1.

The Senators were better to start the second but were hardly taking over.  That didn’t mean they couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities however.  On a 3 on 2 break, Kyle Turris fed Erik Karlsson who one-timed the puck by Niemi to give the Senators a surprising 2-1 lead. 

Then, Ottawa ran into injury problems.  After Kaspars Daugavins took a shot off his left leg in the first period to leave the game, Zack Smith bounced off Brad Winchester in what looked like a completely accidental collision.  Smith was taken off the ice and sent directly to the “quiet room.”  He would be held out for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.

And just so the theme could keep going, Jamie McGinn would later go knee on knee with Jason Spezza (his second collision of that sort in the past week) in a not-so-innocent play.  McGinn would be called for kneeing, while Spezza seemed to be okay.  So okay in fact, that he would draw an assist on Colin Greening’s PP goal that made it 3-1 Senators, despite being outshot 28-15. 

The third period saw yet another form of injury to a Senator.  In an attempt for positioning along the boards, Erik Karlsson took an elbow to the face from Patrick Marleau.  Karlsson immediately went down and when he got up, his nose was bleeding.  Unlike his two teammates however, Karlsson was able to remain in the game by simply placing some cotton plugs up his nose. 

As for the score, Colin Greening’s 2nd goal of the game made it 4-1 at 9:34 and that was all she wrote.  The Senators, despite being outshot 37-21, won their 8th game in the month of January and first in San Jose since 2003.  Craig Anderson was his usual self, holding down the fort after an early goal and keeping the game close so that his team could rally back.  Kyle Turris, Jason Spezza & Colin Greening had 2 points a piece, while Mark Borowiecki played 13:01 and registered 2 hits in his NHL debut.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Spezza, Anderson, Greening & Turris (video)


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