The post-game report: The Swedish Connection, Brodeur tales and the big numbers

More news and notes from the Senators’ 2-1 win in New Jersey.

The post-game report: The Swedish Connection, Brodeur tales and the big numbers
Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Ottawa Senators looks for a rebound as Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils looses the puck at the Prudential Center on February 18, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Senators defeated the Devils 2-1 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

IN A NUTSHELL

Everything was stacked against the Senators before this one. They were playing on the road against the New Jersey Devils, who were sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference Sunday. They were hurt. They couldn’t score. But somehow they won, tying the game late and taking it in a shootout.

SWEDE SUCCESS

With his team struggling mightily to find the back of the net, coach Paul MacLean pulled a new line combination out of his bag of tricks. It paid dividends almost immediately.

Jakob Silfverberg, who normally plays right wing, was shifted over to the left so he could take some shifts with countryman Daniel Alfredsson and current No. 1 centre Kyle Turris.

“We’ve talked a lot about trying to find some chemistry and we had a player who’s played at left and right before and we hadn’t played him on left to this point and we just felt, why not give it a try?” MacLean said.

The result? Each picked up a point on Alfredsson’s tying goal in the third period. They’ll get another chance to impress when the Senators take on the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place Tuesday night.

BRODEUR STORY, PART I

You might think facing the best goalie of all time in a one-on-one showdown might faze a youngster like Silfverberg, but he wasn’t even thinking about that.

“I didn’t think of it that way, I was more just happy to get the opportunity to take a penalty shot,” he said. “I just wanted to do the best out of it and score a goal and that’s what happened, and it was a lot of fun.”

BRODEUR STORY, PART II

Facing Brodeur was a much bigger deal for Ottawa netminder Ben Bishop, who grew up idolizing the 40-year-old Jersey tender.

“He’a one of the best goalies to play the game obviously, when I was growing up, he was one of the best, he still is, so I watched him play,” Bishop said after beating Brodeur for his first win of the season. “I even bought his book one time.”

MACLEAN SPEAKS

BY THE NUMBERS

5: Shots for Patrick Wiercioch, who was a healthy scratch the previous game

4: Hits in a rough-and-tumble outing for Chris Neil. He also took a puck in the face and smashed a canopy on the way to the Senators’ dressing room after getting a game misconduct penalty late in the game.

26: Penalty minutes for Neil

27:10: Ice time for Senators leader Sergei Gonchar

6:06: Ice time for Senators fourth-liner Derek Grant, which still outpaced lockout philosopher and Devils winger Krys Barch’s 4:36.

137:17: Length of the Ottawa goalless drought, snapped in the third period by Daniel Alfredsson.

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