Mike Hoffman was named the first star of the game on Saturday night as he recorded the game winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets and picked up an assist on David Legwand's first period goal. He talked about the play that led to his winner against 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky after the game.
"We just had a breakout, Neiler chipped one off the glass and we got a lucky bounce that hit the glass and popped to me in the middle," said Hoffman. "I was going to look for Legwand initially but their D kind of jumped towards him. I came in and tried to go shortside over his shoulder."
"You want to be scoring goals, that's the point of the game, if it's against a good goalie it feels pretty good too."
Senators forward Chris Neil had a pair of assists for the Sens in a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. He talked about the performance of his line alongside David Legwand and Mike Hoffman last night.
"We tried to keep it simple. Obviously with Hoff, he doesn't have a lot of NHL experience but he has NHL speed and he's a smart player as well," said Neil. "Playing with two wily veterans like Leggy and myself, it's fun to get some young legs on the line and we were able to get in and generate some momentum."
Through five games this season Neil has recorded a goal, two assists and five penalty minutes.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after Friday's practice following the Sens 5-3 comeback win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Here's what he had to say...
While the big club has dropped the puck on their NHL campaign, Sens prospects are also in the midst of their regular seasons. Let's take a quick look and see how a handful are faring...
Ben Harpur — Sens defensive prospect Ben Harpur is off to a quick offensive start to begin his Ontario League season this year with two goals and six points in six games thus far to go with a plus-5 rating. Yesterday in Kitchener, Harpur recorded a goal and an assist for the Guelph Storm who dropped a 6-5 decision to the Rangers. He returns to action on Friday against the Niagara IceDogs.
Tobias Lindberg — Lindberg continued the solid start to his Ontario League career with a goal in Oshawa's win over the Ottawa 67's on Sunday afternoon. With the marker, Lindberg now has three goals and seven points in eight games with the Generals alongside his plus-4 rating. Oshawa hosts the Sarnia Sting on Friday night.
Nick Paul — Nick Paul continues to be a force down the middle for the North Bay Battalion of the OHL with a stellar performance on Sunday. Paul was a plus-3 and scored a hat trick for the Battalion en route to being named first star of the game in a win over the Barrie Colts. He also picked up four penalty minutes in the contest. The performance gives Paul six goals and nine points through six games this season.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his thoughts and updates after Friday afternoon's practice in Tampa Bay. Here's what he had to say...
Senators goaltender Robin Lehner is set to make his season debut on Saturday night in Tampa Bay when the Senators take on the Lightning at 7 p.m. He talked about getting going on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
"It's the first game of the season for me and it's always fun playing against good teams and they have one over there. It's going to be good."
He'll also square off against friend and former Senators goaltender Ben Bishop. Does that add anything to the game?
"It's fun before the game but let's be honest, when you're on the ice you kind of zone out and play against the puck," said Lehner. "It's fun to play against good teams so it'll be a good challenge for us."
Sens captain Erik Karlsson had a fun announcement for fans on Friday afternoon and took to Twitter to share the news.
I just purchased 1000 C's to give away to the first 1000 fans that have already bought my jersey. Go to the sens store starting Tuesday.:)— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 10, 2014
Felt like I wanted to give something back to our amazing fans before opening night in Ottawa. #GoSENSGo— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) October 10, 2014
In sum, the first 1000 fans who already own a licensed Karlsson jersey can get a free "C" put on courtesy of the man himself by coming down to the Canadian Tire Centre Sens Store. The offer takes effect on Tuesday, October 14.
"It's something I came up with. I had a lot of people reaching out and saying they wished they had bought my jersey a couple of days later or a couple of weeks later so they could have had the C on it," said Karlsson. "I thought it was a small thing for me to do to give back to the fans who have always appreciated me. It's a small token of appreciation... They had to order all of the Cs in so starting Tuesday the first thousand fans will get it done for free, they'll press it and make it look good."
Senators centreman Kyle Turris broke the goal column goose egg right away in 2014-15, scoring his first goal of the year on a beautiful wrist shot from the high slot on a 2-on-1. Kyle gave his account of the goal after the game.
"It was a great play by Clarkie, the one-touch off the wall to beat that defenceman. I was trying to come through with speed and create a little 2-on-1 with Bobby there," said Turris. "I felt the d-man was playing more to Bobby and was going to put his stick in the lane to make it a tough pass. Rinne is a pretty good goalie so I tried to give him a bit of a look off to Bobby to make him think pass and I was lucky enough to put it in."
The Sens return to action on Saturday night against Tampa Bay after falling by a 3-2 score in Nashville on Thursday.
Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the opening of the NHL season. Here's what he had to say...
As the most veteran member of the Sens dressing room, Chris Phillips was drafted first overall by the Senators just one year after 2013 first round pick Curtis Lazar was born. Phillips looked back on his first NHL game when asked about the opportunity ahead of Lazar.
"It was an exciting time. My first game was in Montreal and I had a lot of family there," said Phillips. "Lots of stuff leads up to getting to the NHL — being drafted, coming to camp but you're not there until you play that first game. Being in that lineup, it's a very memorable experience."
Phillips has played 1,143 games since making his Senators debut on October 1, 1997.