'Just a weird, weird game'

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

So, just where does crazy stop and weird take over?

"Just a weird, weird game," said Senators centre Jason Spezza. "A weird night."

The Senators lost in overtime to the Predators on one of those “that didn’t just happen, did it?” kind of nights.

Take Spezza, for instance. He's supposed to be doubtful for the game with some kind of injury.

All he does is go out and have a dominating performance with three assists, including an end-to-end rush to set up defenceman Anton Volchenkov for his first goal in almost a year, which tied the game 4-4 with less than five minutes left in the third period.

Who knew there would still be another three goals after that?

One of them was by Ottawa's Chris Phillips, who scored with 1.6 seconds left in the third period to tie it 5-5 and send a game the Senators had trailed 3-0 into overtime.

When's the last time Senators' shutdown pair of Volchenkov and Phillips scored in the same game, never mind the same period?

Ever?

Then there was the Nashville power play, last in the league with one goal this year, scoring two in just over three minutes (the last minute of the third and first two of OT) to win it.

The game started with Senators defenceman Alexandre Picard knocking two goals into his own net.

Should have known then it was going to be a weird one.

Hear and there

Just when it was looking like the Senators had zero presence on the point on the power play, D Chris Campoli snuck in to score on that 5-on-3 to start the third period. It's tough to have a power play work without the threat of at least one "bomb" back there ... Predators W Dave Scatchard had the second assist on Nashville's first goal, his first point in almost 22 months (Jan. 7, 2007). He missed last year because of lingering concussion issues. Last night was just his 127th game (NHL and AHL) since the lockout. It's remarkable the 33-year-old managed to work his way back ... It was "Welcome Back to the Scoresheet Night": Volchenkov's goal that tied it at four in the third was his first in almost a year (Nov. 6, 2008 vs. the Flyers).

Revelations

From the Bad Timing Department: You couldn't get much worse than having Senators D Matt Carkner sign a two-year contract extension — after nine games in the NHL — and then go out and go minus-3 in his first period, even if it was all thanks to partner Picard ... It's not really a relevant or fair comparison, but what the hell: Milan Michalek has five goals now, just one behind that other guy.

Remembering howard

Senators W Shean Donovan was saddened to hear about the death of former 67's owner Howard Darwin. Donovan played for the 67's under the ownership of Darwin and Earl Montagano from 1991-95. "At that point in your life, you're too young to really understand the person, but I looked up to him because he was so respected. He was a good man, nice to be around and had a passion for the game," said Donovan ... The Team 1200's Dave Schreiber knew Darwin well from years doing play-by-play for the 67's and from boxing. Schreiber called the big Canadian and Commonwealth championship bout between Conroy Nelson, whom Darwin promoted, and Trevor Berbick in 1981 in Halifax. "Boxing was probably Howard’s biggest passion," said Schreiber. Darwin, said Schreiber, was devastated by Nelson's loss to Berbick. "Howard thought he might have had a world champ there," said Schreiber.

JUST WONDERING

What was D Alexandre Picard thinking on that first Nashville goal? He put his stick in front of Ryan Suter's shot in front of the net. Not to sound like Don Cherry, but nothing good is going to come out of a defenceman trying to deflect a shot there. Better to let the guy with the big pads on his legs use them.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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