The Sens head into this game six points back of the Capitals with one more game played. *adjusts fake Spock ears* The Caps have thrived thanks to their 2nd ranked offense, powered by their top-notch power play which leads the league in 5on4 Goals per 60 minutes. *vacuums Dorito crumbs off my Brony shirt with my mouth* The Sens have actually been a better possession team so far at even-strength, with a Fenwick Close of 3.6% higher. *makes Power Rangers figurines kiss* With Zibanejad starting at center, the Sens should have the upper-hand possession-wise. *checks Bitcoin balance*
Basically what I’m saying is that there’s absolutely NO way the Sens will do their same old shenanigans, such as giving up a weak goal just three minutes into the game.
17:49 – With Joe Corvo out getting a tattoo in the corner and leaving Joel Ward alone in the slot, Zibanejad covers for him. Unfortunately Ward uses the famous “face the other way” move to hold him off, and his weak backhander goes off Anderson’s
shaft tip knob end of his ice hockey goaltender’s stick and goes in. 1-0 Capitals.
11:37 - Ceci dives and breaks up a shorthanded breakaway. Being the Ottawa Senators, they immediately make a horrible giveaway, which was fortunately turned aside by Anderson.
6:11 – After skating past two Capitals in the Ottawa zone, Zibanejad motors his way up the ice and finishes a nice tic-tac-toe play with Conacher on a 2-on-1. 1-1.
19:30 – With Ceci in the box, Condra hits the goal post, then backcheks hard to break up a pass in the defensive zone and clears the puck. Erik Condra: Better Than Your Favourite Player.
18:16 – After losing his stick, Grabovski tries making a kick pass to a teammate, but ends up on his butt. Those darn European soccer players should stick to hockey. Let’s go!
16:46 – While being hooked by Erskine, Turris still manages to not lose his stride or the puck and dekes out Grubauer to score a real dandy. A real dandy of a goal, let me tell ya folks. Meanwhile David Rundblad discovers a nice little vegan burger shack in Phoenix and posts about it on his microblog. 2-1 Senators.
13:48 - Condra has a great chance in front but misses the net. Maybe not better than your favourite player after all.
6:47 – Anderson stops Grabovski on a breakaway, then stops another solid chance in front later in the shift. Hard to tell whether fans were cheering on Anderson afterwards, or if they were just happy that Jared Cowen was getting off the ice.
13:15 – Michalek gets a great chance from the goal line off a fantastic pass from Zibanejad but somehow doesn’t finish. On the same PP, Michalek gets another chance in a similar spot but is broken up by a poke-check from Grubauer.
9:02 – Cory Conacher draws a penalty, then punches Jason Chimera in the face without taking a penalty himself. On that shift he was just one shift with Zack Smith and Chris Neil away from a Cory Conacher hat-trick.
2:56 - Paul MacLean calls a timeout.
2:17 – Anderson robs Eric Fehr. Tomorrow’s Ottawa Sun runs a photo of the event with the headline “NO FEHR”.
1:47 – Adam Oates calls a timeout and the Capitals pull their goalie. Ovechkin is let off the bench like that raptor being let out of its cage at the start of Jurassic Park.
0:34 – Karlsson breaks up the ice and gives the empty-netter to MacArthur on the 2-on-0 as John Carlson nips at his heels. 3-1 Senators is your final.
Brochenski 3 Stars of The Game:
Third Star of the Game - Mika Zibanejad
Took Jason Spezza's spot on the
top line 2nd line and played great along side Conacher and Michalek. The goal he scored was a direct result of his strong two-play and speed.
Second Star of the Game - Craig Anderson
Another solid game from Anderson. Bailed out the team's defense on several occasions, and made a great stop on Fehr towards the end of the game.
First Star of the Game - Kyle Turris
Scored a real nice goal. Sick dangle. What a beauty. Great kid.
Last Star of the Game - Pizza Dude:
Just witnessed a dude in the concourse at CTC drop slice of pizza on the ground, someone else step on it and still consider picking it upCome on, man. Come on.
— DefenseMinister (@DefenseMinister) December 31, 2013