Senators Lose 2-1(OT) to Penguins

This loss feels worse than it should.

Namely because despite being badly outplayed, outshot and outworked, Craig Anderson kept the Senators in the game.  Anderson made 46 saves, 16 in the second period, to earn Ottawa a point.  He was the only positive in a contest thoroughly dominated by the opposition and was the game’s second star.

The overtime goal was an example of being outworked.  In a battle along the boards, Jason Spezza’s effort came up short as James Neal was able to send the puck to teammate Evgeni Malkin.  The result was a rebound back to Neal, who showed tremendous patience, outwaiting both Anderson and Marc Methot before burying the winner.

Of course, overtime may have never happened if not for Marc-Andre Fleury’s save on Erik Karlsson in the third period.  During a give and go with Clarke MacArthur, Karlsson found himself all alone with an empty net.  In an effort to ensure success, Karlsson shot high – only to be robbed by the glove hand of a sprawling Fleury.  An absolutely incredible save and one that allowed Pittsburgh to get the extra point.

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