Ramblings: Kuzmenko Hat Trick; Hot Horvat, EK65, Lindholm; Cold Binnington, O’Reilly, Teravainen (Oct 4)

Ian Gooding


Cam Talbot made his season and Senators debut on Thursday, although it wasn't planned that way. Anton Forsberg was given the hook after allowing five goals on 19 shots. Forsberg has allowed at least four goals in each of his last three games, so should we call him Foursberg? Kidding aside, Forsberg has hit a rough patch after starting the season with quality starts in six of his first seven games. Talbot will no doubt cut into his workload and could even take on the majority of starts going forward. 

Tim Stutzle broke a four-game point drought with two goals on Thursday, which were just his second and third goals of the season. He had also gone six games without a goal. He had been held without a shot in his previous two games, but he took five shots on Thursday. He'd had a bit of bad luck with an 8.3 SH% entering this game, but after this effort the buy-low window might be closing on this popular preseason sleeper.

Claude Giroux also scored twice on Thursday. One of those goals was a softie, but hey, they all count.

Alex Ovechkin has set another record in his pursuit of the all-time goal record. At age 37 he's still not showing any signs of slowing down with goals in four of his last six games.