It started with defeating the worst team in the National Hockey League on Oct. 22.
When the Ottawa Senators scrapped back to its 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, I don’t think anyone expected that momentum would go on for four more games.
Sure, they took the loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. But what does that even mean?
It means they went toe-to-toe with the defending Stanley Cup champions who are looking pretty bad to open the first month of the season.
Tim Thomas looked a bit slow against some beautiful Ottawa scoring chances while Craig Anderson was a wall against a barrage of 41 Boston shots. Anderson, to be fair, did get beat pretty badly on some rushes, but without some blue line help in other instances.
It should be noted the last-place Northeast Division holders in the Bruins have two games less (11) underway than the second-place Senators (13).
However, the Bruins are averaging just 2.45 goals a game while the Senators are up with 3.2 goals per game.
And, Ottawa leads the NHL with 50 goals against overall. Whatever it is, the Senators need to keep it going.
Oh, wait. That’s right. They’re executing where Boston should be: the power play.
Ottawa is first overall with a 31-percent conversion. Boston is 25th with 12.5 percent.
The Senators can still score 5-on-5, but they shouldn’t rely on the PP all season. And we can be certain they know that, too.
Anderson is 6-2, but with a high-end GAA of 3.66. Will Ottawa surprise us again as Anderson becomes a wall of some sorts?