Game Summary: Game 37 - Ottawa faces Flo-Rida and Gets "Low" In The Standings (I'm So Sorry)

by Brochenski

1st period

20:00 – MacLean spots the Panthers starting Sean Bergenheim on the top line and raises them one Zack Smith.

16:30 – Anderson flops around in the crease, doing his best impersonation of Cowen playing defense and stops both Huberdeau and Upshall in close.

14:21 – The Panthers became so intimidated by the on-ice presence of Matt Kassian in their own zone that they pick up the puck and run away to the other end of the ice with it. Jimmy “Purple” Hayes gets all up in Anderson’s brain on a 2-on-1 and it’s 1-0 Florida.

12:14 – Karlsson chases down Sean Bergenheim on a breakaway and stops him before he can even get a shot off.

10:43 – MacArthur carries the puck in the zone, throws it on net, and the rebound leaderships its way past Clemmenson after going off Neil’s skate own his way to the net. 1-1 for the Bears.

7:15 – Zibanejad is hit hard in the corner by Gudbranson. “I didn’t know Eriks threw hits,” he mumbles as he’s doubled over in pain on his way to the dressing room.

3:50 – Colin Greening puts his hand on Gudbranson’s back and throws him into the boards, picking up a two-minute minor. The Sens currently lead the league in minor penalties. But hey, what the team needs is better leadership.

00:29 – Jason Spezza dekes through Dylan Olsen like he’s a pylon Sheldon Souray and goes top corner over Clemmenson. 2-1 Ottawa.

2nd period

15:20 – It is announced Mika Zibanejad won’t return after taking a hit in the 1st. “Don’t worry, Phillips can DJ for you if your upper body hurts too much,” assures the team trainer. Mika spots Phillips’ stack of Neil Young cassettes in his locker and kicks over a garbage can in disgust.

14:19 – Denis Potvin talks about “peskiness” on the broadcast. Expect him to bring up “fearless” some time next November.

12:19 – After a hold by Karlsson, the Sens continue their Penalty Box Parade. Their Sin Bin Saga. Their Two Minute Tales. Their Minor Penalty March. Their Discipline Dramas. *a man in a black suit and black sunglasses taps on my window and motions me to stop* Anyways they killed it off.

6:59 – Anderson dives forward, covering a loose rebound sitting at the top of the crease, as Tom Gilbert barrels in from the blue line. If Craig Anderson had any hair on the back of his neck, it would have been standing up after this.

6:18 – Bobby Ryan makes a beautiful pass through the neutral zone to Turris to spring a 2-on-1 before being stopped by Clemmensen.

4:52 – While facing the opposite direction, Cowen makes his best defensive play of the season as he obliviously blocks Huberdeau’s shot at an empty net from the top of the crease.

2:49 – Aleksander Barkov tips a Tom Gilbert point shot over Anderson’s shoulder, tying the game at 2. At this very moment, somewhere a Panthers fan is renaming their dog from “Mike Pantorelli” to “Barkov”.

00:10 – Chris Neil is now taking Smith’s spot on Spezza’s wing. If this experiment doesn’t work out, MacLean may have to tape a hockey stick to a Roomba as the Captain’s next linemate by the end of the 3rd.

3rd Period

14:28 – Barch gets hit in the face with a Cowen cross-check, and “goes down like a sack of potatoes,” according to Denis Potvin, old-timer extraordinaire.

11:30 – The camera pans to Paul MacLean's expressionless face. “Spezza needs wingers. Zibanejad! Spezza needs wingers. Zibanejad! Spezza needs wingers. Zibanejad!” But Zibanejad is hurt!!!!!! Erik Condra on the top line it is!!!!! (Pray for Jason.)

9:40 – Erik Gudbranson stays true to his Ottawa roots and takes a completely unnecessary penalty. Sens get one very good chance, but ultimately don’t get the go-ahead goal.

6:03 – Neil lands a huge hit on Kopecky, sending him crashing into the boards.

4:30 - Pageau takes a high-sticking penalty late, but fortunately avoids taking the double minor.

3:11 – After a few good PP chances from the Panthers, Kyle Turris manages to clear the puck without the use of a stick. Smith watches on confusingly from the bench and breaks his stick in half.

2:32 – With just two seconds left in the power play, Tom Gilbert backs over all the puppies and kittens in Ottawa with a one-timer from the left faceoff dot that beats Anderson. 3-2 Florida

2:15 – Spezza gets pulled down on a 2-on-1, drawing a penalty and giving the Sens a man advantage for two minutes of the final 2:15.

1:41 – The Good: the Sens are up a man and only down one. The Bad: Kopecky is breaking in on a 2-on-1 against Joe Corvo. The Ugly: my reaction to Kopecky beating Anderson low, blocker side on an unscreened wrist shot. 4-2 Panthers.

0:00 – Sens are now 0-1 in games following the cancellation of a flash mob dance.

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