Senators Win 8-4 Over Penguins

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An absolutely huge win for the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.  All it took was the hottest team in the league to come to town to heat up the Sens offence.  That and a rookie goaltender by the name of Brad Thiessen. 

It wasn’t all roses however.  An early Senators lead lasted all but 40 seconds when Matt Cooke snuck a weak one through Ben Bishop.  Just under 4 minutes later, Cooke added his 2nd goal of the night when Sidney Crosby sent an amazing spin-o-rama pass across the crease right onto his stick.  But it was pretty much all Senators after that.

The Senators tied the game 33 seconds into the second, then took a 2 goal lead by the 7:41 mark after goals by Phillips on the PP & Kyle Turris on a deflection.  Ottawa would then use that cushion to its advantage, allowing it to get as close as 5-4 before blowing it wide open.

Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson & Colin Greening all scored late 3rd period goals to ice this one away and the Senators came away with 2 huge points. 

7 different Senators finished the contest with more than 2 points – Turris (2), Greening (2), Spezza (2), Gonchar (2), Foligno (3), Michalek (3) & Alfredsson (4).  Craig Anderson finished the night with 19 saves after coming in to relieve Ben Bishop, who left the game with a lower-body injury in the 2nd period.

Here’s Nick Foligno, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza & Craig Anderson on the win.

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Sidney Crosby (1 goal, 1 assist) on his fantastic spin-o-rama pass & how this loss was a wakeup call.

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Before the night even got underway, the crowd was witness to a unique performance of the national anthems.  Here’s the link & Nick Foligno’s reaction when asked about them.

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