Tonight has been a happy homecoming so far for Brian Elliott. It has not been a happy home game for Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson — or should I say it wasn’t a good game for Anderson. After giving up two goals on just four shots, Sens coach John MacLean pulled him for back-up goaltender Alex Auld. This isn’t an upgrade for the Sens, considering Auld is 1-3-0 with a huge 3.57 GAA and a not so hot .879 save percentage. The goalie switch was to shock some life into the slumping Senators, who have lost six in a row.
The first goal was this from Chris Porter, who tipped a booming shot by Roman Polak over Anderson’s glove and into the net. It was Porter’s fourth goal of the year:
Before Anderson was pulled to get the team going, heavyweight Zenon Konopka decided to throw down with B.J. Crombeen. I’m not sure how much it woke them up, but it featured a fairly acrobatic flip from Crombeen over Konopka’s arm and onto the ice:
It didn’t do the Sens any good. A little over a minute later, and David Perron scores his fifth of the year on Anderson’s last shot faced of the evening:
The Blues scored twice on just eight shots, and the Sens have put nothing on the board despite getting nine shots on net.