Senators Win 6-0 Over Islanders

Check out the highlights

http://video.thescore.com/watch/ott-6-nyi-0

The Senators came into this game on a bit of a roll.  Ottawa had recorded 7  out of a possible 8 points in their past 4 games and had moved within 4 of division-leading Boston.  Jason Spezza also came in red-hot, with 5 goals & 8 assists in his past 5 contests.  Would a 4-day lay-off give them some much needed rest or kill the momentum of their successful Florida trip?   

Well, it looked like the 4-day rest was a good thing as the Senators busted out on the attack early.  Just 1:08 in, Erik Karlsson picked off an errant pass in the Islanders zone and went to the corner.  Rather than dump it in deeper, Karlsson elected to send it on net and surprised goaltender Kevin Poulin.  The puck deflected off Poulin and into the net, giving the Senators the 1-0 lead.  27 seconds later on a delayed penalty, Nick Foligno handed the puck off to Jason Spezza, who ripped it by Poulin and Ottawa had a 2 goal lead less than 2 minutes in.  That spelled the end for Poulin, who gave up 2 goals on just 5 shots.   But it wasn’t much easier for Aldo Montoya as Erik Karlsson added his 2nd of the game off a pass from Daniel Alfredsson and it was 3-0 Senators after 1 period of play.

The Senators kept it going in the second.  After Steve Staois’ was called for delay of game, Chris Phillips’ scored his 3rd goal of the season when his shot from the point eluded everyone in front and Ottawa was up 4-0 after 2.

The third period was basically played out to see if Craig Anderson could get the shutout.  The Islanders had 10 shots over the first 2 periods and didn’t seem to be able to get anything going.  Even after dominating the first 5 minutes of the final frame, they were unable to beat Anderson.  Goals by Brian Lee (his first since Nov 14, 2009, a span of 99 games) and Jason Spezza made the deficit even worse as the Senators destroyed the Islanders 6-0.

Not much more you could ask for as a Senator fan this afternoon.  The Senators absolutely dominated the New York Islanders as 3 different defencemen scored for in the same game for the first time since October 22, 2009.  Craig Anderson made 28 saves for his 3rd shutout of the season.  Erik Karlsson finished with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and increased his lead in NHL defenceman scoring to 17 points over the Panthers’ Brian Campbell.  Jason Spezza also kept his hot streak going, scoring his 26th & 27th goals of the season. 

The Senators get the Capitals at home on Wednesday night. 

Paul MacLean (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/play.php?hash=74af133abd5380b6769c4520ba78817adc251644961b99975

MacLean, Spezza, Karlsson, Anderson & Phillips (video)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=158906

Eugene Melynk’s interview on the Fan 590 where he says Erik Karlsson could become “one of the great defencemen of all-time.”

http://www.fan590.com/media.jsp?content=20120220_091055_8468

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