The Ottawa Senators nightmare ended by the score of 6-1 against the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night in front of their fans coming back from the Olympic break.
The visitors scored four times in the first period to take a serious lead in the game.
Only Bobby Ryan put one in the net for Ottawa, whom also got refused a goal in the first period..
Hat trick for Johan Franzen
If the Sens are going to have to forget this night, it is the opposite for Johan Franzen who had a hat trick.
The Swede scored his two first goals in the first period before adding another one in the second period.
These were his tenth, eleventh and twelfth goals of the season.
Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar added the other ones for the Wings.
Last one for Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa?
Did we assist to Daniel Alfredsson’s last game at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa? The Swedish Viking, once the Senators captain, had an assist in his team’s win.
We all know that at the end of the season, the one we name Alfie, will be an unrestricted free agent.
As we have seen in the last years, the one concerned will take time to reflect on his hockey career at the end of the season.
Last summer, after 18 seasons playing for the Senators, Alfredsson accepted a one year deal and 5.5 million dollar salary to play for the Wings as a free agent.
If he were to come back next year, would you want him to come back to Ottawa? Well, I’m sure you know my personal answer…
Six goals later, Robin Lehner pulled out
Getting back to the game, Robin Lehner did not play the game I’m sure he had hoped.
The Swedish goalie allowed six goals on 15 shots he faced, without even making one key save during the game.
Paul MacLean could have pulled him out earlier in the game.
Called back last minute Wednesday, Andrew Hammond stepped in the game in the second period and had a good performance for his NHL debut.
He didn’t allow a goal to his opponents with 11 saves. He has the 10th best record in the AHL.
He was called up by Ottawa as Craig Anderson was in Florida to be with his wife as they are expecting a second child.
Anderson should be back in nets as Ottawa will be in Vancouver to face the Canucks in the Heritage Classic game! Sens need to bounce back, it should be a good one!
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