Heading into their game this afternoon the Ottawa Senators were afraid they would come out flat. That didn’t happen, but the Senators nearly squandered a three goal first period only to snatch two huge points in a 4-3 shootout win.
Head coach Paul MacLean had put his team through their paces even though they had a full four days in between games. The coach knew his squad had played better when they played a lot, so he tried to simulate a game every other day to keep the Senators sharp.
Anderson made 15 saves in the period, and several were key stops for his team; none bigger than the save he made on a shorthanded breakaway by Flyers star forward Claude Giroux.
The goal was originally waved off by the referee, but the powers that be in Toronto decided to overturn the call, and awarded Philadelphia the goal.
For the record, I thought they made the right call. It was a good goal.
The two teams traded a few chances in the third, but with points at a huge premium this time of year, both teams seemed content to play for overtime.
Anderson had to come up big for the Senators as time wound down in the overtime session. With Kuba in the box for hooking, the Ottawa netminder stoned Giroux in tight just before the horn sounded.
Milan Michalek, and Spezza scored in the shootout for the Senators while Anderson stopped Giroux and Briere to seal the victory for the Senators.
Ottawa will now head to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders tomorrow afternoon.