Senators Win 6-1 Over Red Wings

All eyes were on Daniel Alfredsson and his first matchup against his former team, the Ottawa Senators, on Wednesday night.  The front pages, lead stories and pregame shows centred around No. 11 and the decision he made to leave this past summer.  It was all about “Alfie” to start, but it was his former mates that came to play.

The Senators capitalized on a distracted Red Wing squad, opening the scoring early (Gryba) and then adding 2 power-play goals.  Kyle Turris drew both penalties and allowed Jason Spezza & Bobby Ryan to add to their totals.  A late Todd Bertuzzi PP goal narrowed the lead to 2, but the opening 20 minutes was owned by Ottawa.

The new Senator captain kept coming in the second.  During an outnumbered rush, Spezza took a wide shot on net, only to beat everyone to the puck.  He would then slip it by Gustavsson to make it 4-1.  At that time, No. 19 had scored 6 goals on his last 9 shots.

Late goals by Jared Cowen & Bobby Ryan put this one to bed – 6-1 was the final as the Senators got a huge road win against a divisional rival….and Daniel Alfredsson.

Thoughts from the game.

1. Net presence – 3 of the 6 Senator goals had somebody in front, screening the Red Wing goaltender.  When teams do that, they are successful.

2. Offensive explosion – Everybody came to play tonight – Spezza 2 goals, Ryan 2 goals, Karlsson 2 assists, Turris 2 assists.  Yes, there may have been some extra motivation but this was a great sign for a team that was having trouble executing.

3. Bottom 6 – One thing that was extremely noticeable tonight was the play of the bottom 2 lines.  Conacher-Smith-Neil & Condra-Zibanejad-Grant were quite effective and controlled play in the offensive zone.  Zibanejad’s slick assist helped open the scoring.

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