The Sens began 2008 the same way they ended 2007: by getting bombed by the Washington Capitals. Great.
After Dean McAmmond and Chris Neil each notched a goal and an assist to get Ottawa an early 2-0 lead, Washington scored five in a row on their way to a 6-3 victory. And Alexander Ovechkin only scored two assists... awesome. The other Sens goal was from Andrej Meszaros at the start of the third, but the Sens were unable to finish the comeback.
You've got to wonder what the deal is with Martin Gerber. I'm sure he's wondering himself. Every time Ray Emery does something wrong and The Gerber seems to get the green-light to keep going or redeem himself, he drops the ball and Rayzor gets the opportunity once again. There's really no excuse, and I don't really know how coach John Paddock could justify starting The Gerber on Friday.
Paddock behind the All-Star bench
Speaking of Paddock, he'll be coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. I wonder if he'll smile at all behind the bench... it will be weird seeing him in such a relaxed atmosphere.
Finally, the Volchinator is back
The Sens will receive a much-needed boost on defence for Friday's game against Buffalo, when Anton Volchenkov will return from his finger injury. Thank goodness... 14 goals in two games against the Washington Capitals makes our d-corps look a lot weaker than it should be.