Good Wood - Senators 7, Capitals 1
posted Mar 2, 2006 at 10:21PM
The Senators get back to the form they started to display just before the Olympic break. All the hallmarks of classic Senator hockey were on display. Great team speed, constant tempo, crisp passing, and physicality with a real edge. Emery was solid and came within a few minutes from recording what would have been a most timely shut-out. Neil was picking on guys twice his size and getting the upper hand. Volchenkov and Varada looked like angry men out there. The Sens scored multiple goals on the power play, even strength and on the penalty kill. Spezza got a monkey off his back with a power play marker, and his play visibly improved from that point on.
The Senators are simply a much better team without McGrattan. You have four lines that you can throw out there. Are the lines what I would like? Nope, but tonight is not the night to start quibbling. Lots will change when Havlat returns. If we can get back our dominating form without Havlat and the Dominator, then just imagine what we will be like when they get back.
The only blemish was the injury to Eaves. Hopefully nothing that will keep him out of the picture
The team heads into the heated atmosphere of Toronto on a really good high note. A repeat performance in the Air Canada Center, could be the blow that destroys the Leaf's season. It would be great if we could be the ones to put the nails in their coffins.