Sunday, February 10, 2008

Reunited and it feels (and looks) good…

We’re not sure what the music selection might have been in the Ottawa Senators dressing room on Saturday night, but perhaps some late 70’s pop might have been appropriate.

The top of the Senators Hit Parade Saturday should have been either Thin Lizzy's The Boys are Back or Peaches and Herb’s Reunited, as bringing back Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley had them singing in Ottawa.

The trio playing together for the first time since January 12, took to the ice like they had never missed a shift change, accounting for fifteen points in Ottawa’s solid 6-1 thrashing of the Montreal Canadiens.

The victory and the way that it seemed to roll off the bench, was the perfect tonic for a couple of weeks of serious navel gazing in Ottawa. Where Montreal was breathing down their necks at the start of the week, as it comes to an end they have dropped five back from the Senators in the east, and look to still require a bit of fine tuning before they can plan the Stanley Cup parade down Saint Catherine Street.

On Saturday, it was a dominant Ottawa team that looked to be toying at times with the Habs, Spezza scoring in short fashion early on in the game set the pace for Ottawa, while his line mates found that they could do no wrong on Hockey Day in Canada in Ottawa.

The reunited triple threat did most of their damage in the first two periods, as head coach John Paddock provided extra ice time for their team mates and pulled in the reins on his three thoroughbreds through the third period.

Ray Emery picked up his second win in as many games, which means he’ll get to start another day as Paddock continues on with his win and play philosophy for the Senators goaltending duo.

Saturday saw him stop 33 of 34 shots, making for one of his more reliable performances on the year, helped out by some beneficial bounces and solid defensive work in the Sens end of the rink.
Saturday night was an all Ottawa show, one which silenced those many Hab fans that show up whenever Montreal arrives in town. There’s no better way to take out the other teams fans than to score quick goals and set the pace for the rest of the game, something that Ottawa managed to get started on from almost the opening face off.

Serving as a reminder to NHL fans everywhere, that with the talent on their bench those losing ways of January and early February may soon be just distant nightmares for Sens fans everywhere.

Canadian Press--Sens' top line rips Habs

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