It was a busy weekend for Senators prospects in action across North American and Europe as their junior and pro seasons are well underway. Let's see how they fared...
The Ottawa Senators pulled out a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night to bring their record to 4-1-0 early in the season. Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts on the performance after the game. Here's what he had to say...
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.
The Ottawa Senators get back to action on Saturday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Follow the news of the day with our Gameday Journal.
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...
In a countdown rivaled only by New Year's, we're now just hours away from the Ottawa Senators' home opener at Canadian Tire Centre where they will take on the Colorado Avalanche at 7:30 p.m.
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.
The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight at the BB&T Center in Florida where they'll take on the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned to the Gameday Journal for the latest news of the day.
Stay on top of the news of the day with the Gameday Journal ahead of tonight's clash between the Senators and Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.