Senators Win 3-2 (OT) Over Blues

I can’t think of a better way to score your first NHL goal than the way Cody Ceci did last night.  Hometown boy, long-time fan scores the overtime winner for the only franchise he has ever wanted to suit up for.

Of course, the Senators victory was in comeback fashion once again, having blown a one goal lead late in the second period.  Chris Stewart’s 2 goals less than 3 minutes apart quickly changed the entire game – one in which the Senators seemed to have a firm grasp on.

JG Pageau gave Ottawa an early 1-0 lead when Bobby Ryan found him from behind the net.  The remainder of the period was one of the Senators best of the season on both sides of the puck.  Defensively, they were stingy – eliminating any quality scoring chances with their sticks and their body work.  Offensively, they tested Brian Elliott – forcing him to make numerous saves to keep the game close.

After the Blues took the lead, Sens fans would be forgiven if they thought, “Here we go again.” Only this time, Ottawa didn’t fade away.  At the 5:44 mark of the third, Kyle Turris found a streaking Bobby Ryan, who made a quick move through Elliott’s legs to tie the game at 2.

Cue overtime and the heroics of the latest Sens youngster to make an impact on theclub.  Ceci’s shot from the point seemed to be tipped on the way towards the net, eluding Brian Elliott and sending CTC into a chant of “CECI” as he skated onto the ice for his star selection.

It was a big 2 points for a club that needs all they can get.  To get them from a game nobody really expected much from is an unexpected bonus.

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