Senators Win 5-1 Over Canadiens

The night didn’t start off that well for the Ottawa Senators.  First, it was announced that Sergei Gonchar would be missing the game due to a lower body injury. (That meant that half of the Senators 6 defencemen were short on NHL experience)  Then, the Habs struck on the power-play just over 5 minutes into the game.  Even when Jim O’Brien tied the game up, the Senators barely hung on as they kept being called for one penalty after another.  The Habs faithful, who were making their presence known, looked like they were going to go home happy.

But at 7:24 of the second period, all that changed.  As Ryan White was being assessed a minor for roughing, he continued to complain to the point where the referee decided to give him an extra two.  Talk about opening the door wide open.  Just three seconds into the first minor, Daniel Alfredsson struck for his first goal of the season after hitting the post moments earlier.  Then, on the second, Mika Zibanejad tallied his first ever NHL goal and just like that it was 3-1.  The Sens weren’t done just yet.  After a mad scramble in front, the loose puck found its way to Chris Phillips, who wired it home and Ottawa had a 3-goal lead at the end of the middle frame.

Chris Neil added another goal in the third to make the final 5-1.

Colin Greening, Andre Benoit & Zack Smith all registered 2 assists.  Craig Anderson played in his 300th game, making 31 saves, with some of them being quite spectacular (ask Brandon Prust).  Milan Michalek’s 6 game point streak came to an end.

After the game, Coach MacLean mentioned that Gonchar would be joining the team on the upcoming road trip and is expected to play on Friday. He did not have an update on Jason Spezza.

Daniel Alfredsson on not allowing the penalty-filled first period to drag the team down & if he felt the intensity of the rivalry in tonight’s game.

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Mika Zibanejad on scoring his 1st NHL goal & whether the past 2 nights have been a dream come true.

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Ryan White, Coach Michel Therrien & captain Brian Gionta comment on the double minor penalty White took that ultimately turned the game around for the Senators.

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