Game Summary - Game 39: Winning Is Fun
Tonight’s game features the Sens taking on a Penguins team with a vast amount of injuries. Beyond Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury, most Sens fans probably will not have heard of too many other players on the roster, giving you a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be an average Penguins fan.
Now, I would talk about how the Sens have been doing lately, but that would ruin my false sense of superiority that I get from putting down the opposing team.
20:00 – Mika Zibanejad is a late scratch due to the flu. Questions regarding Mika’s health were made after a teammate asked him what the sticky stuff all over his DJ equipment was.
16:25 – Marc Methot throws a huge hip check on Crosby, who is thrown into into Dupuis. Dupuis appears to have injured his leg on the play and left the game. At this point one has to wonder if Matt Cooke placed some evil injury voodoo spell on the organization after he left.
13:10 – Ceci's dump-in hits the referee hard in the back, leading to a stoppage in play after he stays on the ice for a bit, leading Ottawa “the refs hate us” conspiracy theorists to wonder if that ref is an undercover Penguins player.
13:06 – Zack Smith scores off a Cody Ceci rebound. 1-0 Senators.
10:00 – The Penguins get a too many men on the ice penalty after Sidney Crosby jumps on the ice. The Penguins are now so desperate to get Crosby more ice-time that they've just decided to send him out regardless of whether or not it’s against the rules.
6:33 – Phillips takes a penalty after pulling down Harry Zolnierczyk. Sens fans may remember Harry Zolnierczyk from when he concussed Mike Lundin in an afternoon game last season against the Flyers. Huh? You don’t remember that? What’s that? You don’t even remember Mike Lundin? Ok anyways moving on.
19:17 – I’m assuming Paul MacLean told the team something along the lines of “be yourselves,” or “stick to your game,” since Chris Neil immediately takes a holding penalty off the start of the period.
15:11 – Chris Kunitz high-sticks Neil. Given how often Neil spends in the penalty box, it’s too bad there isn’t some smaller version of the glass door that he could wear over his face to protect himself while still being able to see through at the same time.
14:14 – Bobby Ryan redirects a Chris Phillips point shot past Marc-Andre Fleury 2-0 Ottawa. These guys are on fiyah. Sens fans in attendance
breathe a sigh of relief do that fake smile that people make when their kids ask if something is wrong when there is very clearly something wrong.
7:54 – Craig Anderson stops Neal on a breakaway with a little help from Erik Karlsson.
6:30 – Captain Jason Spezza leads the team by example by taking a dumb penalty. Fortunately the team kills it off.
3:10 – *checks closet for more jokes about the Sens taking penalties* Anyway the Sens kill this one off.
00:00 – Sportsnet talks about the same “Duchene or Kunitz” debate during the 2nd intermission that they talked about during the 1st intermission, and do not discuss the Sens game at all. Should be a fun twelve years.
18:24 – Erik Karlsson carries a Clarke MacArthur pass into the offensive zone, completely dangles Olli Maatta, and goes top shelf on Marc-Andre Fleury while making his way around Despres. Looking forward to the Ottawa Sun running a photo of Karlsson deking the pants off Maatta with the headline “WELCOME MAATTA” tomorrow morning. 3-0 Ottawa.
10:32 – I’m still not over that Karlsson goal.
7:18 – Bobby Ryan passes to Karlsson at the right side of the net, who then feeds across the crease, giving him a wide open net. Turris
removes his rubber mask, revealing he’s actually Erik Condra and misses 20 feet wide picks up his 9th goal of the season. 4-0 Ottawa.
5:58 – Jason Spezza takes a shot from the boards and Cory Conacher buries the rebound on his way to net. 5-0 Ottawa. On his way to the bench, Cory Conacher appears to get the monkey off his back. Given that he’s probably tinier than most monkeys, it’s no wonder that was his first goal since October 15th.
4:19 – Spezza takes a tripping penalty. I don’t even care anymore. Winning is just too much fun.
3:31 – Gryba takes a penalty while on the PK but everyone in the crowd is too busy dancing and celebrating to even notice.
3:08 – Kunitz on his way to the box. “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
0:00 - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Brochenski Three Stars of The Game
3 – Clarke MupArthur: Had two assists, and overall a great night doing Clarke MacArthur things. Did a great job of getting the puck through the neutral zone, whether it was carrying it in himself or from almost perfect passes; made some great plays in the offensive zone; and even did some great work on the PK tonight. His nickname should be “The Toaster” given Randy Carlyle’s apparent inability to use him properly.
2 - Craig Anderson: The Sens did not make it easy on Anderson by taking eight minor penalites and giving up a few breakaway and strong chances, but Anderson gave one his best performances in a long time and did not let a single one past him.
1 – Erik Karlsson: Scored a downright gorgeous goal and picked up two assists. Had a phenomenal game overall, once again using his elite passing ability and speed to dominate play.