Senators post-game report: Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 1

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Senators post-game report: Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 1
Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil (25), Colin Greening (14), and Erik Karlsson (65) celebrate Neil's goal against Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) and Ron Hainsey (6) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 19, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

GAME IN BRIEF

The Senators fell behind early but stormed back with four goals to topple the Jets 4-1 in their own barn.

CITIZEN THREE STARS

1. Erik Karlsson, Senators

In post-game comments, the diminutive D-man suggested he didn’t have a very good game. With a goal and two assists, we disagree.

2. Craig Anderson, Senators

The Senators’ netminder was strong despite not having played a game since last season, and had the best line in the post-game scrums. On the Jets hitting two posts in the first period: “They hit the post a few times, but I guess my angle was just perfect.”

3. Marc Methot, Senators

Methot has big shoes to fill this season, what with Karlsson’s success playing alongside Filip Kuba last campaign. Methot delivered, showing good speed and picking up an assist in his first game in an Ottawa sweater. He also led all skaters with five hits.

PLAY(S) OF THE GAME

Duelling one-timer power play goals by Karlsson and Byfuglien.

BY THE NUMBERS

- 25:35: Time on ice for Karlsson, including 3:03 worth of penalty-killing time

- 6: Shots each by Karlsson and Byfuglien, the 1-2 finishers in defenceman scoring last season

- .892: Ondrej Pavelec’s save percentage — not good enough on a Jets team that will need to scrap for every point this season.

- 9:54: Ice time for Peter Regin, lowest on the Senators

- 3: Numbers of Jets players who finished a minus-2 (Ladd, Little and Wheeler)

- 15,004: Attendance at the MTS Centre on opening day

SCRUM SAMPLER

Craig Anderson, Marc Methot and Erik Karlsson

 

KEEP AN EYE ON

Patrick Wiercioch and Andre Benoit. The Binghamton pair were very solid in limited work, and if they keep it up, general manager Bryan Murray won’t feel any urgency to cut a deal for defensive help.

PHOTO GALLERY

MACLEAN SPEAKS

NEXT STOP

The Senators will head home Saturday to prepare for Monday night’s contest at Scotiabank Place. Game time is 7:30 p.m. TV: Sportsnet East, RDS. Radio: Team 1200 AM.

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