Somebody had to win. On Wednesday night, it was the Ottawa Senators who triumphed over the Anaheim Ducks in an important 2-1 overtime victory at Honda Center.
Entering the match-up, both teams were mired in eight game losing streaks. The last time either hockey club had won a game was 23 days ago, on Dec. 17, 2018.
It was a huge victory for the Senators, who managed to lock it down under rare circumstances. First, it was an uncommonly low scoring affair for the visiting team. Ottawa sits 11th in the league with 138 goals for, while they lead the NHL in goals against, with 173. Second, it was a rare road victory. Prior to this game, the Senators have been terrible playing away from their Canadian Tire Centre. After 20 games played in another team’s building, Ottawa was 4-14-1 entering this game.
With the win, the Senators improve their record to 16-23-5, and increase their point total to 37. They remain last in the Atlantic Division, sitting two points between the Detroit Red Wings, and are ranked 30th in the league overall, one point ahead of the last place Philadelphia Flyers.
With their loss, the Ducks record drops to 19-17-8, despite their point total increasing by one to 46. Anaheim sits fourth in the Pacific Division, as they do their best to hold on to the final Wild Card position in the Western Conference playoff race.
Goals for Ryan and Silfverberg
During regulation, only two goals were scored on 63 shots between the two teams.
Jakob Silfverberg of the Ducks put the home team on the board first at 8:52 of the opening period, when he notched his 11th of the campaign. After a scoreless second period, Bobby Ryan of the Senators replied with his eighth of the campaign.
Poetry could not write a better scoring script.
Six years ago, both players were exchanged in a trade between these two hockey clubs. Silfverberg, the ex-Senator, was drafted 39th overall in round-two of the 2009 draft by Ottawa. Ryan on the other hand, was a product of Anaheim, who was drafted second overall in 2005 by the Ducks. Anaheim also received Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in the 2014 draft, who turned out to be Nick Ritchie.
Earlier this week, there was a real possibility that Ryan was not going to be in the line-up. He appeared to severely injure his hand blocking a hard slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. After finishing a shift in agonizing pain and ultimately leaving the game, Senator fans were left holding their collective breath for news. Many are all too familiar with Ryan’s many hand injuries, so naturally, they were bracing for the worst.
Luckily for Ryan and the Sens, there were no broken bones and Ryan was given the green light to play. He was a huge factor in the Senators victory this game, and overall, has been enjoying one of his better seasons as a Senator.
White with the winner
Colin White was the game hero for the Senators, when he scored the overtime goal off a two-on-one rush with teammate Mark Stone. Storming into the Ducks zone from their end of the ice, the assistant captain sauced a pass to the 21-year-old rookie, who instantly shot the puck past the stretching Ducks goalie, John Gibson. With his second game winner of the season, White picked up his 11th goal of the season. The native of Boston, Massachusetts now has 26 points in 43 games this season.
Nilsson’s first win in red
Entering this game, Nilsson was hungry for a win since he has lost 10 straight games. His last win was in a Canucks jersey on Oct. 16.
In this match, Nilsson played outstanding as he secured his first win as a Senator. He stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win, and finished the game with a .98 goals against average and a .970 save per cent. This victory was a big win in many ways, for many players, on the Ottawa Senators.
On Jan. 9 at 4:58pm, Matt Duchene and his wife welcomed Beau David Newell Duchene to the world. The Senators star centreman skipped this road trip to be with his wife and their new baby boy in Ottawa. After the game, in classy teammate fashion, White dedicated the game-winning puck to Beau.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Official 3 Stars of the Game
- Colin White, Ottawa
- John Gibson, Anaheim
- Jakub Silfverberg, Anaheim
The Senators continue their road trip through California. They take on the Los Angeles Kings tonight (Jan. 10) in the second of their back-to-back games. Ottawa won handedly in their first match-up, when LA visited Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 15. The Kings record is 17-24-3, and they sit last in the Pacific Division. LA is tied with Ottawa in points (37), despite being ranked one position higher in the NHL standings.
|Jakob Silfverberg (11)||Brandon Montour (16)|
Andrew Cogliano (7)
|Bobby Ryan (8)||Dylan DeMelo (9)|
Chris Tierney (23)
|Colin White (11)||Mark Stone (28)|
Cover Photo Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
Billy Morrison covers the Ottawa Senators and the Atlantic Division for Full Press Coverage. Follow Billy on Twitter, @BillyMorrison01.