The post-game report: Nothing new on Spezza, but a dozen players hit the scoresheet and Karlsson keeps logging the minutes

There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.

There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.

While Erik Karlsson set the table by playing almost 30 minutes and Craig Anderson was once again outstanding in stopping 31 shots, the Senators’ entire bench contributed to the latest win.

A dozen players registered at least a point and the goals came from top to bottom of the lineup – from captain Daniel Alfredsson to rookie Mika Zibanejad to fourth line grinder Jim O’Brien – leading MacLean to say he’s ectastic with the balance.

“We’re very pleased with the production we’re getting from everybody, everybody’s contributing on offence,” he said.

QUOTES OF THE NIGHT:

— ”Guys were missing, back-to-back games and bouncing back from the way we played (Tuesday). We knew we had to come out better (Wednesday) and we did, so that was nice. Once again, (Craig Anderson) was real solid. He seems like he’s in the zone and making the puck look big,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, talking about the Senators performance against Montreal.

— “We kind of told ourselves after the first that we thought we got a couple of calls against us that were tough and we just have to keep moving our feet and we’ll get some power plays and it’s nice when you can capitalize on it,” Alfredsson, talking about the Senators blowing the game open with two second period power play goals.

— ”I think he can carry that load. It’s a lot of skating for him, but he’s in really good shape, but that’s his game and when you have the puck a lot, it’s not as much hard work. He opens up so much ice for us forwards and kind of breaks down the other team’s forecheck a lot of times and that starts our offence, more often than not.”

— ”I try to keep myself calm after a goal, but I guess I couldn’t hold it in after that one,” Mika Zibanejad, after kissing his glove and raising it high, following his first career NHL goal.

THE NUMBERS

29:32: Erik Karlsson’s ice time Wednesday

56:30: Erik Karlsson’s ice time Tuesday and Wednesday

5: Hits from Guillaume Latendresse, Mark Borowiecki and Colby Armstrong

3: Goals Scored by Jim O’Brien this season

3: Goals Scored by Jim O’Brien before this season

13-6: Kyle Turris record on faceoffs

12-7: Zack Smith record on faceoffs

31: Saves by Craig Anderson

0: Goals allowed by Craig Anderson in the second period, third period and overtime this season

22: Saves by Peter Budaj

12: Senators players with at least one point Wednesday

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