Senators Win 2-1 (SO) Over Devils

Well, it didn’t take long for the Senators to put themselves in a horrible position in this one.  Just under 90 seconds into the game, a comedy of errors between Erik Condra’s line led to a loose puck ending up on Steve Bernier’s stick.  His initial shot was stopped but Stephen Gionta was there to pot the rebound and it was 1-0 Devils.  Ottawa responded well, getting several quality chances and hitting the post twice, but were unable to solve Marty Brodeur (or Ilya Kovalchuk) for the remainder of the first.

It took until the third, but the Senators finally ended their scoring drought.  After Jakob Silfverberg made a great play below the red line, Daniel Alfredsson roofed a backhand by Brodeur and the game was tied at 1.  It was the team’s first goal since the injury to Erik Karlsson, ending a scoreless streak of 137:17.

A late period scrum behind the Senators net led to the ejections of Chris Neil & David Clarkson, but also created a Senators power-play that bled into the overtime period. Unfortunately, Ottawa was unable to get set into any formation and the match went to a shootout.

After failed attempts by Kovalchuk, Alfredsson & Elias, Jakob Silfverberg let go a shot that infuriated Marty Brodeur, beating him top shelf to give Ottawa the advantage.  A Bobby Butler missed net later and the Senators snapped a 2-game losing streak, defeating the Devils 2-1.

Ben Bishop made 30 saves in a terrific performance and was named the game’s first star.

Paul MacLean (audio)

Bishop, Neil, Silfverberg & MacLean (video)


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