Sunday, October 30, 2005

Should have saved a few goals for tonight

They must have emptied the vault in Toronto Saturday night! With the 8-0 massacre of the Leafs under their belts, the Sens returned home to face the Flyers on Sunday only to find the offence harder to find.

While goals seemed to come as easy as line changes on Saturday, Sunday was a different story as a wall named Esche stood in the way for most of the night. Robert Esche faced 39 shots in the Flyers net, but in the end only gave up three goals as the Flyers went on to a 5-3 victory over the high flying Sens.

Everyone in Flyer colors praised the goaltender, who made numerous key saves to keep his team in the game and on course for a victory. Ottawa took a number of penalties at inopportune times, which allowed the Flyer powerplay to get to work in putting pucks in the net. Four consecutive penalties provided the Flyers the opportunity to gain a two goal lead, an amount that the Sens could not overcome despite the flurry of shots on Esche.

Perhaps they tired themselves out during Saturday nights public skate at the Air Canada centre, they seemed sluggish at times and neglected to take the body, nor crowd the net in front of Esche. From the very beginning they came out flat, much to the distress of the over 19,000 on hand to welcome them back from the previous nights battle of Ontario.

It was only the Sens second loss of the season, so the fans probably aren't too terribly disappointed, that 8-0 victory over the leafs gives them a fair amount of credit with their fans. But a win over the Flyers would have made for a pretty great 48 hours!

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