Take that, New Jersey Devils team. We had no respect for your old Continental Airlines Arena, and we made its going-away party a loss to be remembered. And we, the Senators, picked up where we left off and pissed all over your opening-night party at the brand-new, state-of-the-art, almost-finished-being-constructed, terribly-iced, Bon-Jovi-ridden Prudential Center. The only thing more disrespectful would have been for captain Daniel Alfredsson to win the ceremonial faceoff, take the puck, skate down the ice, fire a slapper past Martin Brodeur, and then after the game to take Dorothy Brodeur out to a nice steak dinner and never call her again. But Dorothy Brodeur is a saint, and there wasn't enough time because the Sens only have four days to kill before next game. Compared to the week we've had to wait for this one, it'll seem like nothing.
The Sens were outshot 18-5 in the first period for another slow start, but Martin Gerber was good enough to stop a few pucks and keep Ottawa in it. Andy Meszaros scored in the second to give the Sens the lead, only to have Brian Gionta tie the game a short while later by banking a shot off Gerber's pad into Anton Volchenkov's feet and then into the net. Then Shean Donovan decided he liked the attention he got after a goal last game, so he scored again. And Big Fish Mike Fisher added a goal to make it 3-1, and the win was capped off with an empty net goal from the man himself, Alfredsson. Then he fell at centre ice, probably because Jon Bon Jovi ruined the ice with his pre-game concerts.
Of course, some honourable mentions go to Chris "the franchise" Kelly, and I want to let Volchenkov know that we don't blame him for knocking the puck into our own net. Patty Eaves had a good game, too, and he hit the post early in the game.
Look for Ray Emery to start next game against the lowly Atlanta Thrashers.