Senators Win 6-4 Over Jets

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The Senators were hoping to keep their winning ways going against the Winnipeg Jets Monday night after their utter dominance of the Pittsburgh Penguins over the weekend.  Ottawa held a slim 2 point lead on both the Washington Capitals & Buffalo Sabres (tied for 8th place in the Eastern Conference) and desperately needed to create some separation.    

The first period saw a furious pace.  Both teams created havoc and caused turnovers, leading to odd man rushes and the occasional breakaway.  Craig Anderson and Ondrej Pavelec came up big for their clubs, keeping it scoreless until the final minute.  That was when Jason Spezza showed some incredible patience, keeping control of the puck and getting off a bad angle shot during a drive to the net.  The rebound was banged in by Chris Neil and the Senators were up 1-0 after 1.

The second period brought a bit more scoring.  First, Kaspars Daugavins scored an absolutely gorgeous goal when he outwaited Pavelec and shot it into the empty net to make it 2-0.  But under a minute later, Filip Kuba was called for tripping and completely changed the momentum. On the ensuing power-play, Antti Miettinen scored his 3rd of the season when he batted a rebound through Anderson’s legs to cut the lead to 1. Then, Kyle Wellwood received an Evander Kane wrap-around pass and snapped it into the open net to tie the game.

Neither team was done.  After being called for 2 separate tripping penalties, Jason Spezza was not a happy man.  So, how does he get payback?  By basically stickhandling around the entire Jets team and eventually finding Kyle Turris to retake the lead.  But just 20 seconds later, Craig Anderson missed a Jets dump-in, only to have Jim Slater centre it to a wide open Antti Miettinen to tie the game once again with his 2nd goal of the contest.

So, it was on to the final 20 minutes to see who would win this matchup.  After Kyle Wellwood was unsuccessful on a penalty shot, Erik Karlsson picked off a Jets defenceman’s pass and fed Daniel Alfredsson, who put the Senators up 4-3.  The Jets would reply with under 3 minutes left as a fluttering puck bounced off Evander Kane’s shoulder and in to tie the game late.  But once again, the captain came through as Daniel Alfredsson spun around and slid a Filip Kuba rebound by Pavelec just 24 seconds later to retake the lead for good.  A Milan Michalek empty-netter cemented it and the Senators left Winnipeg with a huge 6-4 win. 

Daniel Alfredsson finished the night with 2 goals, including the game-winner.  Erik Karlsson recorded 3 assists & was a +5 in 25:52 of ice time.  Jason Spezza also tallied 3 assists, while Craig Anderson made 44 saves in the victory.  Superstar efforts from the superstars of the team.

The Senators don’t play again until Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Paul MacLean (audio)

MacLean, Alfredsson, Spezza & Anderson (video)


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