Game file: Oilers at Senators

The Senators played like they were expecting an easy win.

Game file: Oilers at Senators
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

WHY THE SENATORS LOST

They played like they were expecting an easy win. The Senators spent most of the first period dipsy-doodling around, which was fine when it was working. The Oilers buckled down in the second period however, holding Ottawa to just five shots and tying the score 1-1 with a power play goal. An Andrew Cogliano tip-in early in the third period gave the Oilers their first lead of the game and they rode it to a rare road victory.

STUD

Martin Gerber, Oilers

Since his disappointing Ottawa run ended, Martin Gerber’s hockey journey has included stops in Toronto, Russia, Oklahoma City and Edmonton. Gerber was motivated for his return trip and it showed. The most important save of the night came on a shorthanded Daniel Alfredsson breakaway late in the second period — the Oilers eventually scored on the same power play to kick off the comeback.

DUD

Erik Karlsson, Senators

As the third period was winding down, the Senators’ defenceman tried to create something out of nothing by rushing the puck deep into the well-defended Edmonton zone. Predictably, he turned it over and the play swung back the other way. Karlsson got back to his own net just in time to watch Gilbert Brule make it 3-1. He finished the night a minus-two.

GAME CHANGER

Gerber’s big save was important, but the Senators should have been up by more than a goal at that time. They had three power play opportunities in the first period, but couldn’t manage a goal against the NHL’s worst penalty kill. That left the door open for the young Oilers, and they slipped right through it.

KEY STATS

- 3: Oilers with two-point nights (Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Brule)
- 12: Ottawa shots over the final 40 minutes.
- 22: Saves for Martin Gerber.
- 4: Minor penalties for the Senators in the second period — their worst of the night.

YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Apparently it didn’t come through well on television, but there was a very vocal contingent of Edmonton fans at Scotiabank Place Monday night. Loud chants of “let’s go Oilers, let’s go” rang out at various times, reminding some of the Maple Leaf-loving crowd that rocked Ottawa’s rink Saturday night. Disappointing? Maybe, but you’d probably be in the building too if your team only came through once a year.

DARTH GERBS

Ottawa fans will remember the all-black mask Martin Gerber wore in his last season here, earning him the moniker “Darth Gerber.” As a member of the Oilers, he’s now sporting an all-white number. Gerber hasn’t totally left the dark side, however. Remarked one press box wag: “He’s been demoted to Storm Trooper.”

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