The Sens played one of their best games (according to Goodie Wilson) Tuesday night as they presented the Montreal Canadiens and their faithful a well-deserved first loss of the season. Anderson had a great game, as did rookie Coondon at the other end of the ice. The game was decided on a pretty passing play from Hoffman to Turris in 3x3 OT (with Karlsson as the decoy). That was the fifth OT game of the young season for the Senators, and it was the first one that did not go to a shootout. Wonder if Erik still feels the same way about 3x3 OT? The win propelled the Sens from being 1 point out of a wildcard spot back to 2nd place in the Atlantic.
The Jets are off to a great start with an 8-4-1 record and 3rd place in the very competitive Central. Last night they won in somewhat dramatic fashion over the hapless Leafs, scoring the winning goal with a little over a minute left in the game (and then adding a short-handed, empty-netter to seal the win). Byfuglien scored the Jets' first goal and will be in the lineup tonight, while Mark Stone sits out the second game of his suspension. The DOPS rulings simply make no sense other than this: if the guy doesn't go down, there won't be a suspension. Except that Couturier went down pretty hard and Rinaldo still didn't get suspended. Makes no sense. Yes, I know that this has been discussed ad nauseum, but Stone's chicken-wing elbow only went up after he skated past Ferraro, and it looked more like a player trying to maintain balance than an actual attempt to hit; meanwhile Big Buff kept his elbow nicely tucked up to the point where he drove it up into Gallagher's chin, sending the Smurf cartwheeling in a Saturday morning cartoon fashion. Do you get it? I know I don't.
Anyhow, with the game last night and then the bus ride to Ottawa, the Jets should be easy pickings for the fairly well-rested Senators, even without their leading scorer. Time for Karlsson to get back on that Norris train. Time for Bobby to get back on another scoring streak (and to drag Zibanejad into playing shape). Time for the Sens to start putting together some home wins, for a change.
GO SENS GO!!!!