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Ottawa Senators Healing Their Achilles’ Heel
Well, it’s been another highly successful week for the team that represents our country’s capital. In the past week, the Senators have crushed doubts, validated some sweeping decisions that were made during the off-season, and focused on healing their Achilles’ heel.
On Monday October 13th, the Ottawa Senators made their presence known in the Sunshine State as they faced off with the Panthers. The Sens triumphed with a 1-0 victory over the Panthers, with the only goal coming from left winger Clarke MacArthur. In truth, MacArthur was absolutely exceptional. MacArthur’s strength derives from his consistency, and there’s no doubt that the left winger has been consistent in his performance thus far. This is welcomed news, as it was recently announced that MacArthur had signed a multi-million dollar deal that will keep him on the Senators until the 2019-2020 season. The incredible performance of Sens goaltender Craig Anderson must also be mentioned, and his 30 saves during the game are a testament to how he deserved to be the starting goaltender for the team. Finally, the Senators’ defense showed much improvement, and it is a pleasant sight to see the team working on its most significant weakness.
Then, on October 16th, the Senators welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to the Canadian Tire Centre. It was yet another glorious game for the Sens, who achieved a 5-3 victory over the Avalanche. However, triumph did not come easily. At the conclusion of the first period, the Senators were down 3-1, and the game had all the makings of a loss for the Senators. The Senators were able to turn the game around and, in a blinding flash of brilliance, the Senators scored two goals in a span of just over three minutes during the third period. Once again, MacArthur was a force to be reckoned with. Praise should also be delivered to Alex Tanguay and Curtis Lazar, who both put up quite a fight. In the end, what could have been a devastating loss was in fact a thrilling home opener for the Senators.
This week, you can catch the Senators as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 22nd in Ottawa and as they face off against the New Jersey Devils on October 25th. Additionally, the Senators will go head-to-head against the Blackhawks at Chicago’s United Centre on October 26th.