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Black magic for Senators?

New third jersey a winner in debut as Ottawa busts out of six-game skid

Saturday, 11.22.2008 / 6:47 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Black magic for Senators?
Back in black, back in the win column.

The Ottawa Senators broke out a new black third jersey for the home folks on Saturday afternoon. And wouldn’t you know it, they celebrated the occasion by breaking out of a six-game winless streak, posting a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Place.

It was the Senators’ biggest scoring outburst since they vanquished the Philadelphia Flyers by the same score back on Nov. 6 on home ice.

So, Daniel Alfredsson, was there maybe a little black magic in those flashy new duds?

“I don’t know if it’s only the jerseys,” the Senators captain said with a grin after the well-earned victory. “We’ve been playing pretty good for the last three games.
Hopefully, this is the start of a good streak. - Daniel Alfredssson on the Sens' new black third jersey.

“Hopefully, this is the start of a good streak.”

The Senators (7-9-4) certainly were full value for this one, outshooting the Rangers 14-0 to start the game and finishing with a 36-19 edge overall. Jason Spezza’s first-period goal had Ottawa up 1-0 after a period, then Jesse Winchester and Alfredsson scored 1:22 apart late in the second to give goaltender Alex Auld a nice cushion heading to the final 20 minutes.

The Rangers’ Markus Naslund spoiled Auld’s bid for a shutout early in the third. But the Senators added insurance at the 10:48 mark when Jarkko Ruutu’s shot from the left boards banked off Nick Foligno’s skate past Blueshirts goaltender Steve Valiquette.

Some black magic on that one, perhaps?

“We’ll take any win in whatever jersey we’re wearing, for sure,” Foligno said when asked if the team might have found a new good luck charm.

Alfredsson, though, remembers the colour being good to the Senators in the past.
“When we (wore) black before, we’ve had a pretty good record,” he said. “So if they can squeeze in a few more games with black, I don’t mind.”

He’ll get his wish. The Senators will wear their newest third jersey 14 more times at home this season, including their next four starts at Scotiabank Place: Thursday against their provincial rival Toronto Maple Leafs, then Dec. 3 (Atlanta), Dec. 6 (Pittsburgh) and Dec. 8 (Florida).

Around the boards

Former Senators defenceman Wade Redden, who signed with the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, received a standing ovation from the Sens Army sellout crowd of 19,619 after a video tribute to his days in Ottawa aired on the arena scoreboard … Fewer than 750 tickets remain for the Leafs’ first visit of the season to the capital (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet East, Team 1200) … Fans can purchase their own new third jersey exclusively for the next week at the three Sens Store locations: Scotiabank Place, Rideau Centre and Place d’Orleans.


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