Interesting quote here from Kings blueliner Drew Doughty, coming off last night’s win in Ottawa while looking ahead to tonight’s affair in Montreal (from NHL.com):
After facing Senators captain Erik Karlsson on Thursday, Doughty will match up against another of the NHL’s elite defensemen for a second straight night in Montreal’s P.K. Subban.
“I always obviously want to outplay the opposing team’s best defenseman. I think [Thursday] I did it for sure, [Friday is] going to be a tough challenge.
“P.K.’s a good player; I’m going to have to outplay him if we want to win the game.”
Doughty had a huge effort in Thursday’s 5-3 win over the Sens by recording two assists, three hits and playing a team-high 26:56. While Karlsson played more (28:25), he failed to record a single point and finished minus-2.
Tonight, Doughty gets his shot at Subban.
While he didn’t directly come out and say it, one has to think these matchups hold special significance, especially since Karlsson and Subban have won a Norris Trophy — one of the few accolades that’s eluded Doughty over his seven-year career.
The 25-year-old has only been a finalist once, finishing third behind Duncan Keith and Mike Green in 2010; when Subban won in ’13, Doughty got just a single first-place vote and when Karlsson won in ’12, Doughty received just one third-place vote.
This season, Doughty is averaging the most playing time of his career — 28:46 a night — and is on pace to score 42 points, which would be his most since recording a career-high 59 during the 2009-10 campaign (which, as mentioned above, coincided with his first and only Norris nomination.)
The Ottawa Senators have been in a free fall since early November, but for one night at least, they were able to catch an updraft. Vancouver had a commanding 3-0 lead early in the second period, but Ottawa bounced back to earn a 4-3 overtime victory.
Mika Zibanejad, 21, deserve a lot of credit for the Senators’ comeback as he contributed two goals and two assists.
Zibanejad is now on a four-game point streak and has 13 points in 25 contests this season. Defenseman Erik Karlsson is on a three-game point streak after scoring his seventh marker of 2014-15 to secured the extra point in overtime.
“The lesson we take is that we were in control and we took ourselves out of it with penalties,” Kevin Bieksa said, per the Canucks’ Twitter feed. The Senators had seven power-play opportunities tonight and Bieksa was personally responsible for two of them.
Eddie Lack enjoyed a shutout streak of 98:03 minutes and while he did end up allowing four goals tonight, he also turned aside 41 shots.
With this victory Ottawa has ended its five-game losing streak. That skid was just the latest for Ottawa during a 3-8-3 stretch from Nov. 8 through Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh. The Senators got off to a hot start to the season though and consequently haven’t dug themselves into a massive hole yet.
Daniel Alfredsson took pre-game skate one last time as a member of the Ottawa Senators after signing a one-day contract with the club.
He spoke with TSN’s Brent Wallace about the experience:
Prior to puck drop, Alfredsson addressed his fans at the Canadian Tire Center:
And participated in a ceremonial face-off with defenseman Erik Karlsson:
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg had the lone goal as the Red Wings fell 3-1 to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.
Detroit (6-3-3) entered Tuesday night’s action off a 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo on Sunday night.
Post-game, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t hold back when giving his thoughts on the game.
“We saw urgency from [the Senators],” Babcock said per NHL.com. “I thought they played good and I thought we were as bad as we could be. I haven’t seen us like that this year. You don’t like to see many games like that. It’s disappointing obviously. Our preparation, the job we did as coaches and the focus we had for the game of taking care of the puck, we obviously didn’t get our message across and didn’t do a very good job of having our team ready.
“We didn’t play hard as a group. In the end, it’s real simple. You do good things, good things happen to you. We got exactly what we deserved here tonight.”
Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch and Clarke MacArthur had the goals for Ottawa (6-3-2). Craig Anderson made 32 saves helping the Senators improve to 3-0-2 on home ice this season.
Jimmy Howard 31 saves in the loss.
Ottawa out-shot Detroit 16-2 in the first period.
“We didn’t spend any time in their end. They were just in our end. Eventually it gets tiring, when you see that,” Zetterberg said. “They were really wearing on our D in the first period and that showed in the third.”
Senators defenseman Chris Phillips left the game in the third period with a lower body injury and did not return.
Following the game, Paul MacLean said Phillips injury was a day-to-day thing and the team would determine prior to Wednesday’s practice whether a player would be recalled.
Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman made the best of his second opportunity.
Hoffman was awarded a penalty shot during the first period of Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which he certainly would’ve liked a second chance at.
Well he got it, midway through the third, with the game tied 2-2, Hoffman picked up a lose puck, which Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson mishandled and beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the eventual game winner.
Hoffman set up David Legwand for Ottawa’s first goal of the night while Erik Karlsson had the other for the Sens. Robin Lehner made 38 saves in the win.
Nick Foligno and David Savard had the Columbus goals.
The Jackets lost goaltender Curtis McElhinney in the second period after Foligno crashed into him on Karlsson’s goal.
Post-game, Columbus coach Todd Richards admitted McElhinney suffered a head injury.
Bobrovsky made 18 saves in the loss.
The Senators have now won four in a row while the Jackets now lost two of three.