The post-game report: Senators 3, Jets 1

Bobby Ryan wanted to get his Ottawa Senators career off on the right foot, and he did just that in the preseason opener against the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night.

The post-game report: Senators 3, Jets 1
Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone (61) moves in for the rebound in front of the face of Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during third period preseason NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday, September 15, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

ALL OVER BUT THE RYAN

Bobby Ryan wanted to get his Ottawa Senators career off on the right foot, and he did just that in the preseason opener against the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night.

Ryan stepped into the faceoff circle and unleashed a snap shot to the top corner past Jets starter Michael Hutchinson to put the Senators up 2-0 early in the second period.

He said he was happy to get the first goal out of the way quickly, even if it is only the preseason.

Overall, the former Anaheim Ducks sniper gave the Senators’ opening performance a mixed review.

“It got a little sloppy I think at times, but you know, it’s preseason Game 1 for us, the ice is bad, it’s one of those things you travel all day, so just to get the win is important, it’s a feel-good room right now and hopefully it translates to more throughout.”

Ryan said the chemistry between him, Spezza and Michalek was still a work in progress.

“I thought it was OK. I thought there was a few opportunities for us to do things differently and that’s just something you learn. I know there was a couple passes Spezz meant for me that I thought were for Milan, and they kind of just were a foot or two away. That’s a matter of me trying to read off him a little better.”

KARLSSON IMPROVING

In an encouraging sign for the Senators, former Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson appears to be getting back to his old self. Karlsson missed much of last season after his Achilles tendon was cut during a game in Pittsburgh and he struggled in the playoffs after returning earlier than expected.

Granted, he was facing a relatively inexperienced Jets roster Sunday night, but he looked comfortable walking the line in the offensive zone and threading shots through to the net.

“I think overall it felt pretty good – obviously it was pretty tough because it was the first game” he said afterwards. “The first period is always the toughest one.

“Obviously we didn’t play the way we want to (but) I think we did a lot of good things, things that we worked on early in camp here, and we’ve just got to build on this. I think everybody learned something from this game, I know I certainly did, and that’s why we have these games.

MACLEAN SPEAKS

BY THE NUMBERS

4: Points for the big three of Spezza, Ryan and Michalek

1: Career preseason goal for Ryan

2: Assists (both firsts) for Erik Karlsson

17: Saves by Robin Lehner in 40 minutes of work

1: Fight, which ended quickly after Senators defenceman Michael Sdao lost his balance and took a good shot from Anthony Peluso

26:02: Ice time for Karlsson, leader among Senators

5: Hits by Mark Borowiecki to lead all players

3:59: Time on the penalty kill for Erik Condra, also tops in the game

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