Sens burn solid start from backup goalie Ben Bishop

Matt Shumsky February 9, 2013 4

Senators goalie Ben Bishop was the only bright spot in a 1-0 afternoon loss at the hands of the mediocre Winnipeg Jets.

Bishop, giving starter Craig Anderson a night-off, was up for the task in his second start of the season, stopping 36 of 37 shots.

And he can’t be faulted for the lone tally to squeak by him.  A deflection by Jets forward Alexei Ponikarowsky left Bishop with little chance on the play.

Bottomline: The Sens didn’t play with enough desperation and couldn’t even manage to sneak one past back-up Al Montoya.

The Jets netminder  turned aside all 33 shots he faced.

The Sens have  scored just 7 goals in the past 5 games. Turris looks tired,  and supposed ‘front line’ winger Milan Michalek looks lost without his ol’ running mate, injured C Jason Spezza.

No excuse for the home team laying an egg against the now 5-5-1 Jets who had come into Saturday, February 9,  on a  three game road losing streak.

The Sens had been home in the Capital for a few days and had Friday off.

Fatigue is not an acceptable excuse.

The only forward that played with a little jump was third line centre Zac Smith, but even with his efforts the Sens couldn’t match the bigger Jets in the face-off circle with the likes of Jokinen and Pnikarovsky deserving most of the credit.

Ottawa has plenty of time to dwell on the loss as they’re off again til Tuesday when Buffalo comes to town.

At least now they know they have two capable goalies who can step-in.

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Random Thoughts:

 

1- Took in the game on Thursday, February 7 with the Hurricanes visiting Scotiabank Place; the crowd was very quiet- ditto for the Saturday game against the Jets.

2- Not a fan of Sens winger Eric Condra, not very skilled, nothing pops-out at ya.  Has zero points in the last five games.  He sucks.

3- Sens powerforward Coling Greening has also  gone pointless in the last five games.  He needs to  stop playing along the perimeter and drive to the net where he can use his  great size and speed to draw penalties and create grimey chances.