The 4-1 score wasn't indicative of the effort level however as the Sens buzzed all night and hit numerous posts in the process.
Like I said in the preseason, a Michalek-Spezza-Cheechoo line could be super and I was proven correct last night. That line was by far Ottawa's best and accounted for the team's lone goal and a beauty at that by Milan Michalek.
Alexei Kovalev seemed to take one of his patented nights off and hopefully having him surrounded by probably the best team players as line mates in Mike Fisher and Captain Alfie they'll drive him to be more consistent.
A totally deflating goal to make it 3-1 Pens when Leclaire had his first brain fart as a Sen was the difference here in the game.
Matt Carkner continues to impress with his simple yet effective play while Chris Campoli and Erik Karlsson continue to scare the crap out of me when they have the puck in their own end. At least the latter has an excuse in being a rookie and is probably best served to learn the North American game in Binghamton enabling a call up for a legit NHL'er in Brain Lee.
Next up.... Tampa Bay on Thursday. Look for the boys to bounce back.