Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sens finally get SO win

OTTAWA—Jason Spezza always believed he could score in the shootout and last night he finally was able to prove it.
Spezza scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

This was Ottawa’s first shootout win of the season after losing their four previous attempts.
“I’d been good in the shootout historically,” noted Spezza. “You take pride in that stuff and especially when you’re losing games.
“There was definitely a little extra fist pump and it felt good.”
Spezza wasn’t the only one feeling relief at winning in the shootout as Craig Anderson was clearly elated after stopping Sean Couturier to seal the win.
“It’s about time,” said Anderson, who made 25 saves.
“I think we’ve been in this situation a few times and haven’t been on the right side of that, and [Monday] we find a way to get two points and that’s really all that mattered,” he added.
“You’ve got to be excited about two points.”
Clarke MacArthur struck twice for the Senators (12-14-5) in regulation time. Patrick Wiercioch and Kyle Turris also scored for Ottawa.
Michael Raffl, Jakub Voracek, Luke Schenn, and Kimmo Timonen scored for the Flyers (13-14-3).
With the win, the Senators put an end to a five-game losing streak on home ice.
“Home ice has been a struggle and we want to give the people something to cheer about,” said Spezza.
“We’ve been frustrated with the fact we can’t win and it was nice to finally send the fans home happy.”
While the Senators definitely will take the two points, they admit there remains a lot of room for improvement.
“It was good to get rewarded,” said MacArthur. “[But] we’re still sloppy in some areas.”
Elsewhere, Vancouver blanked Carolina 2-0, Pittsburgh nipped Columbus 2-1, and Anaheim beat the N.Y. Islanders 5-2.

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