At the risk of placing too much emphasis on the outcome of a single game, last night's match-up between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers felt like it could be a good omen for the rest of the season. Yes, the team is still firmly mired in mediocrity at 10-10 through twenty games, but, contrary to popular belief, how a team looks when it wins matters quite a bit to what we can expect from their future performances. The Sens not only beat up on the Rangers to the tune of 6-2 triumph, but they reached that score line while out-chancing New York, and getting contributions from a variety of different players. It was the type of top-to-bottom effort that fans were envisioning this whole off-season.
Some important factors from last night's win:
1) Ottawa received offensive contribution from more than one forward line
2) The Sens out-chanced their opponents at 5v5
3) The goalie was good, even if he didn't have to steal the game all by himself
4) The team was attacking-minded, despite the fact it resulted in giving up some chances against in the process