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Memorable Monday: Benoit and Dziurzynki's first goals

Monday, 15.07.2013 / 2:30 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

In what feels like the first non-special Monday in quite a while, Memorable Monday returns today with a look at another pair of firsts, which came in the same game courtesy of Andre Benoit and David Dziurzynski.

With injuries to Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek less than a week old, players across the Sens lineup were being forced to take elevated roles. Benoit, who has since moved on to Colorado, took a regular spot on the blueline, while Dziurzynski, recently called up from Binghamton, was inserted as a defensive winger alongside Zack Smith and Chris Neil.

On February 19 -- the team’s third game in four nights -- the pair lifted the Sens to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders. Benoit’s first career goal came on a rocket from the point past a screened Rick DiPietro and ultimately stood as the game winner. Dziurzynski provided the dagger with less than five minutes to play in the third period on a scramble in front of the net. Both goals were the first of their respective NHL careers.

Take a look...

Benoit’s first:

Dziurzynski’s first:

The win wound up being a crucial one as it gave the Sens their second of what became a five game winning streak and catapulted the team back into the upper half of the Eastern Conference, despite the rash of injuries. If you were looking for a week that kept the team on track, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than that. It wouldn’t have been possible without those two NHL firsts.


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