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122251423.jpgThe Senators played two good periods of hockey against the Thrashers, but the Sens’ faithful were quite nervous for the third.

Ray Emery faced a total of 6 shots through two period; none of them really testers.  The Thrashers missed the net on their three best chances and the Sens built a 5-0 lead.  It’s a good thing because the Rayzor looked as if he spent the last week shaving legs.  The Thrashers came back to 5-4 on the strength of a Kovalchuk hat trick and even had a power play for the last minute, but Alfie buried an empty netter with 18 seconds left for the 300th goal of his career.

Randy Robitaille started off on the top line with Alfredsson and Heatley and got 2 goals for his efforts.  He then left the game at the tail end of the 2nd period when he landed on his face.  With Spezza out for an undetermined length of time, you might want to give Robitaille a look if you have a weak forward spot.  It probably won’t be for more than 3 weeks or so, but you can pile up some stats in the mean time. 

[from the Ottawa Sun]  Jason Spezza (groin) didn’t play against the Thrashers last night. While there’s no timetable for his return, if the centre doesn’t skate with the Senators today it’s doubtful he’ll be ready tomorrow night’s visit by the Bruins. “It’s bad enough for me not to play (against Atlanta). I don’t really know about the weekend, we’re just going to have to see how it feels the next couple of days,” said Spezza. “It’s gotten a little bit better, but it’s still only happened a couple of days ago (Tuesday).” Spezza said he will try to skate today. “We’ll see how it feels,” said Spezza. “It doesn’t (feel good), we’re not going to push it. Maybe just try to go for a light skate. Right now, we’re just in wait and see mode. It’s tough to tell the severity and what kind of pain you’re going to get and not get, especially when you’re not able to skate. It feels like it’s getting better. If I do quicker stuff it still hurts. We’ll have a better idea once I’m able to get on the ice.”

I have to believe Gerber will get the call in the next game against the Bruins.  My guess is that Paddock will make the decision on who gets the start on the Sunday back-side of the back to back based on Gerber’s performance on Saturday.

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