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Video: Senators’ new ‘rookie line’ spoils Clemmensen otherwise perfect night

Apr 8, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 7: Cory Conacher of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal with teammates against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on April 7, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators have dropped four straight games, but they might have also witnessed the start of a new era on Sunday.

When the Senators acquired Calder Trophy contender Cory Conacher from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, they were adding to a team that was already brimming with up-and-coming forwards.

The Senators decided to embrace that by putting Conacher, 23, on a line with 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg and 19-year-old Mika Zibanejad.

The trio of rookies showed what they could do Sunday night when they combined for a goal against Florida Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen:

Clemmensen was otherwise perfect Sunday night, stopping 40 shots to lead the Panthers to a 2-1 victory against Ottawa.

If anything, that makes the rookie line’s efforts all the more impressive because, as you can see below, he wasn’t exactly easy to beat Sunday night:

  1. bcisleman - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Ryan, I am assuming that you do NOT write the headlines. Perhaps you can suggest to whoever does that when a goalie holds the other team to one goal on 35 shots and–ya know–wins, they look rather silly writing a headline saying he was “overwhelmed”.

    • 19to77 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      No freaking kidding. I clicked on this article fully expecting that the rookie line had “overwhelmed” by scoring a couple of goals in a Senators win. Actually, their performance couldn’t be called “overwhelming by any stretch – they had a pretty goal, but so can basically any top-six scoring line. Way to completely ignore the winning team, Ryan. Let me guess, no Panthers demographic in your reader base?

  2. Stiller43 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Lol agreed. Read th3 headling a while ago and assumed they scored 3 goals in a 4-1 victory. Now i bother to read the article and its quite the opposite.

  3. tatdue - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I have to agree with everyone else today Dadoun….you dropped the ball on this one. The story should have been about Clemmensen and the Panthers, not about one decent goal scored on a defensive break down, by the losing team…..

  4. jaybird22seven - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Or a story on the Sens not making it to the playoffs this year !!!

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