Senators overcome 3-1 deficit to beat Islanders


Sometimes a groan-worthy cliche is the only thing that makes sense: the Ottawa Senators are just finding ways to win games.

The Senators were staring down a 3-1 deficit and the loss of another player (defenseman Marc Methot), yet Paul MacLean’s bunch stormed back with four third period goals to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday.

Perhaps it makes sense that a player many gave up on helped power the turnaround.

Sergei Gonchar has often been dismissed as over-the-hill, but he was the No. 1 star of tonight’s game, collecting the game-winning goal and two assists to help Ottawa continue its improbable run of resilience.

While the Islanders might seem like a cupcake, they were on the verge of going 6-1-2 in their last nine games before suffering this defeat.

This marks Ottawa’s third win in a row, leaving them comfortably in fifth place in the East with 38 standings points. After riding incredible goaltending most of this season, they’re now starting to light up the scoreboard with 13 goals during this three-game run.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?