With Ottawa being on the second night of a back-to-back on the West coast with Mike Condon in net against a solid Edmonton Oilers team, this was a scheduled loss. The Senators had gotten six out of eight points in their first four games without Erik Karlsson, so a poor performance seemed inevitable.
However, Erik Karlsson seems like a luxury at this point.
Coming off of a 6-0 trouncing of the Calgary Flames, Ottawa carried their momentum on Saturday night. Just 6:09 into the first period of the game, the Hoffman-Pageau-Pyatt line made its mark, as Mike Hoffman somehow tipped home Tom Pyatt’s pass right in front of the net.
About a minute and a half later, Zack Kassian gave the Senators the opportunity to double their lead thanks to an iffy hooking penalty.
Ottawa took advantage of that mistake, and all of a sudden they had scored on three power play opportunities in a row. And who was involved on this power play goal again? That would be Thomas Chabot, offensive extraordinaire.
Chabot received a pass from Derick Brassard, who then quickly moved it to Mark Stone, who whipped it over to Brassard again, and the puck was in before you even knew it.
Not even half way through the first period, the Senators were in complete control. Edmonton came to life in the final minutes of the first period and Kassian even had a breakaway, but nothing came of it.
In the second period, the Oilers kept pressing after a slow start, and it looked like things were about to take a turn for the worst. However, the Senators were the ones who scored once again, pushing their lead to 3-0.
Hoffman buried his second goal of the night and his third in 24 hours on a shot that leaves you wanting more:
Mike Hoffman's catch and release is incredible. pic.twitter.com/cD6b6oml50— Callum Fraser (@CallumFraser18) October 15, 2017
Trailing 3-0 lead, the Oilers predictably continued to get the majority of the chances as the game progressed. Despite controlling play in the Senators zone, Mike Condon stood on his head and their defensemen were able to keep Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, et al. to the outside. After 40 minutes, the score was 3-0.
I was wholeheartedly expecting the Oilers to come out with everything they have to begin the third period, but instead, the Senators added to their lead with an incredibly fluky goal that went in off Adam Larsson’s leg. Zack Smith got credit for the goal, although that may change to Kyle Turris.
The funny thing is, they did not stop there.
Chris Wideman and Kyle Turris added two more power play goals, which would have been unheard of just two night ago. Both of them were perfectly placed shots on Laurent Brossoit, who spelled Cam Talbot after allowing four goals.
At that point, Ottawa had scored thirteen goals in a row. Sadly, Adam Larsson was able to break the team shutout streak (dating back to Tuesday) at 143:35.
For the second night in a row, the Senators trounced a team from Alberta, but this time they allowed a goal. Incredibly impressive performance overall once again. Final score, 6-1.
- Thomas Chabot: It’s noticeable how much Chabot helps the offense from the backend, especially on the powerplay. He now has two assists in three games, with both of them coming on the man advantage. I really hope he stays up when Erik Karlsson comes back. Although his 12:13 TOI (ahead of only Mark Borowiecki) is not exactly encouraging.
- Derick Brassard: Brassard is playing like a mad-man right now, and it’s great to see. He’s carrying over his superb play from the playoffs, and this is the kind of player the Senators expected to see when they traded for him last summer.
- Mike Hoffman: What can I say? Hoffman has three goals in the last two games, and two of them were incredible top-corner shots. When he’s on his game, he’s incredibly fun to watch.
- Mike Condon: After the first 10 minutes of the game, Edmonton was all over Ottawa. It certainly would’ve been conceivable for them to come back, but Condon stood tall. He had a terrible pre-season, but it was nice to see him begin the season with a solid performance.
- Many others: I could keep going on, as there were so many impressive performanes tonight. Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists, which gives him seven points in five games. Chris Wideman scored his third goal of the season, plus Mark Stone was his usual self as well. There was a lot to like, especially on the powerplay, which went 3 for 5. /
The Senators face off against the Vancouver Canucks again on Tuesday to finish off their season series. This time it will be in Ottawa though.
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