The Ottawa Senators beat the Las Vegas Knights to serve them their third three-loss streak last night in a flurry of goals that did not make either goaltender look especially strong. Sens number 44, JG Pageau scored a one-timer from the blue line, not a common occurrence for him. JG also won the last few crucial face-offs of the game in their own end when the Senators were struggling to stay up a goal.
I for one am glad Pageau is still with the Senators as his work ethic is so strong. He always puts 110% into a game, something that cannot be said for many NHL players. His short-handed and faceoff prowess round out his skill set, not to mention he has been known to score some goals.
Erik Karlsson’s three assists in the game, including one where Burrows redirected one of his shots for the winning goal, were painful reminders (for Vegas fans) of why the Vegas expansion team (and many others) were so keen on acquiring Karlsson before the recent trade deadline. Most Senator fans however are very happy Karlsson is still our captain.
Another name tossed around in the recent trade rumors racking up multiple points was Bobby Ryan. With a break-away goal (set up by a beautiful pass from Mark Stone) and two assists, Ryan also showed how he might be able to help the Senators (despite a massive contract) moving forward. If he can stay healthy.
Players not mentioned as possibilities in the trades included Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Both had great games. Stone contributed the first goal and hit Ryan up for a perfect pass and goal. He also contributed with multiple takeaways, stealing the puck from Vegas players, frustrating both the players and their coach. Matt Duchene’s goal added to his impressive (and much appreciated) tally of points he has accumulated since his arrival in Ottawa. He also appears to be a penalty magnet (drawer) as opposing players try desperately to take him off his game.