Sens Rake Leafs 2-1
The game itself was on the dull side. Very little in the way of odd man rushes, very little in the way of tough, physical play, very few quality scoring chances on both sides of the ice but it was a perfectly played road game by the Sens.
Coach Cory had the boys slow the tempo of the game down to a crawl and never let the game develop any kind of flow. They controlled the neutral zone and allowed very little in the way of offense to develop for the Leafs.
Good on Shean Donovan scoring for the Sens. I've said many times in many venues that he is a superb 4th line energy guy for the cap hit he brings. Alfie tallied the other Sens marker on a penalty shot. Was it legitimately awarded? Maybe, but who cares. Leaf fans wil cray about until the next "Battle of Ontario".
In all seriousness, LeClaire was the main reason for the Sens victory, completely shutting the down when the Leafs finally woke up in the latter half of the third period.
The Sens' offense still looked rusty and out of sync. Kovalev seems to do all kinds of great work with the puck only to see nothing develop out of it. He needs some linemates who are used to playing or can adapt to playing with such a creative and unpredictable player.
With the exception of the Philchenkov pairing and Carkner, the defense plays a pretty small game. Rookie Erik Karlsson was much improved over his shaky opening game but still has way to go. I wish one of his monster shots would actually make it to the opponents' net instead of just hitting opposing defensemen.
All in all, this was a rather tame installment in the "Battle of Ontario". If this keeps up, I'll be forced to rename it to something clever that reflect just how much of a non event this is becoming. Not even one fight.... geeeeeeez.
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