Saturday night’s game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators with how bunched teams are this season in the Eastern Conference. The Senators scored with less than a minute to go to score a 3-2 win and improve to 11-6-2 for the year. While that win was impressive, now the Senators get another solid team coming to town on Monday in the Montreal Canadiens. While Ottawa has won four in a row, they have done it on the strength of one particular position.
Ottawa is leading the National Hockey League in goals against and even with starting goalie Craig Anderson out with an ankle injury, Ben Bishop has picked up the slack in winning his last three games while allowing just five goals. Bishop isn’t the same goalie as Anderson but with his 6’7” frame taking up a lot of space in the net, teams are having trouble scoring against him. Anderson should be back soon with his 1.49 goals against average but until then, Ottawa is going to need to keep scoring goals in support of Bishop.
It was Colin Greening who got the winning goal with 24 seconds left on Saturday and along with his two assists propelled the Senators to yet another victory. It is obviously going to be a tough stretch without Anderson in net, but if players like Greening keep scoring for Ottawa, the team can survive for a little while longer. The team is already without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza and is going to need all the help they can get if they want to chase a title this season.