Scoring for the Senators were Kovalev, Fisher(3), Regin, Hennessey
Foligno-Regin-Fisher as a line had 12 of our the Sens' 23 shots and combined for 4 goals/11 pts. They were by far the best line on the ice all night. Mike Fisher with the hat trick led the way and looks poised for a great season. Regin is making a strong case to stay with the big team this season as is Matt Carkner. Matt is adding some much needed toughness on the back end while not being a liability defensively. He should replace Chis Schubert as the team's swing man. Plays a similar game minus the dumb plays and adding the willingness to drop them.
Leclaire was sharp tonight. While not overly busy, he made some spectacular saves. He looks poised to give the team the best goaltending they have had since The Dominator, Domenic Hasek.
2008 first round pick, Erik Karlsson is improving with every game. Tonight was by far his best game as a Senator. He too is making a strong case to stick with the big club. Slick skater, excellent passer and has a wicket shot from the point. He is adjusting nicely to the North American game.
After tonight's effort, it looks like the team is starting to find a little chemistry and coach Clouston is settling on his lines as he gets to know his players' strengths and weaknesses.
I'll blog a season prediction once the lineup is finalized next week.