Senators' Craig Anderson makes 40 saves in win over Devils
Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson with multi-point games in 5-2 win in home opener
This pattern is getting dangerous but it isn’t deadly, yet.
The Ottawa Senators were outshot badly and were short-handed seven times, but their opportunistic offence and clutch goaltending from Craig Anderson led them to a 5-2 win in their home opener against the New Jersey Devils.
The Senators scored on their first two shots against 41-year-old Martin Brodeur and Anderson made 40 saves, many worthy of the highlight reel.
New Sens winger Bobby Ryan, captain Jason Spezza and defenceman Erik Karlsson each had multi-point games to fuel the Senators offence. Ryan now has four goals and three assists in his first seven games, which is the best start to any season in his seven-year career.
Zack Smith added a goal late in the second period before Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier responded for the Devils in the third. A Milan Michalek slap shot and Spezza empty-net goal sealed the deal for Ottawa.
The Senators came into the game giving up 42 shots per game, worst in the National Hockey League, and they gave up exactly 42 shots to the Devils.
The lack of discipline, which has also been an issue, also gave the Devils hope as their struggling power-play capitalized on a long two-man advantage early in the third period.
Home openers are always better when you score on your first two shots. The Sens did that when Karlsson blasted his second of the year through Martin Brodeur and Ryan slid a wrap-around underneath the veteran Devils netminder before the game was seven minutes old.
The Senators returned home after a difficult season-opening six-game road trip that took them through four U.S. states. They hoped to clean up some of the mistakes from that trip, but Thursday's game was much of the same.