NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 28th
(All times Eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (12-9-5) at Ottawa Senators (10-11-4), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators will aim for wins on back-to-back
days for the first time this season when they host the struggling Vancouver
Canucks in Thursday's battle at Canadian Tire Centre.
Ottawa earned a 6-4 win Wednesday evening in Washington, as Zack Smith broke a
tie with 2:23 remaining in the third period to help lift the Senators to
victory over the Capitals.
However, Ottawa is 0-3-1 when playing the second test on consecutive days, but
will try to reverse that trend when it kicks off a brief two-game homestand on
The Senators trailed Washington by a 3-1 score after one period on Wednesday,
but Ottawa would eventually gain a 4-3 lead by the early stages of the third
period. Washington's John Carlson tied the game with 3:27 left in regulation
while Smith was in the box for a kneeing penalty, but the Ottawa forward
erased his mistake by giving Ottawa a 5-4 advantage with 2:33 remaining.
Bobby Ryan then added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game with
12.6 seconds left to account for the final margin. Ottawa netminder Craig
Anderson earned the win with 29 saves and the Sens finished 3-for-6 on the
"I thought we shot the puck and had people at the net," Ottawa head coach Paul
MacLean said about his team's power play. "We had people at the net and we're
shooting the puck. Any time you're going to be effective on the power play you
have to be shooting the puck."
It was Ottawa's fifth straight win in the series with Washington, but it also
was the Sens' first regulation victory at Verizon Center since March 12, 2006.
Ottawa, which will also host Detroit on Sunday, is 4-6-2 as the host this
The Canucks have struggled throughout November, posting a 3-4-4 record this
month. Vancouver enters Thursday having lost seven of its past eight games
(1-4-3) and it recently managed to post just one win during a six-game
Vancouver went 1-2-3 on a six-game stay at Rogers Arena and lost two straight
at the end of the homestand, including Monday's 3-2 overtime setback against
Anze Kopitar scored the winner just 48 seconds into OT to lift the visiting
Kings to the win. Slava Voynov centered a pass to Kopitar, who one-timed it
past Roberto Luongo to give L.A. the extra point.
The Canucks led 2-1 after Henrik Sedin's power-play goal at 6:59 of the third
period, but Mike Richards tied the game for the Kings with just 2:54 remaining
"We did all the right things, but we didn't finish the game," said Vancouver
head coach John Tortorella. "I'll keep building the team. There's lots of
Christopher Tanev joined Sedin as the goal-scorers for the Canucks, while
Luongo made 19 stops in the loss.
The OT loss dropped Vancouver to 5-5-3 as the host this season. The Canucks
are 7-4-2 on the road and are beginning a four-game road trip on Thursday.
Vancouver has dominated the Sens in recent years, winning five straight and
nine of the past 10 encounters between the clubs. Ottawa also has lost two in
a row and five of its last six home meetings against the Canucks.
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