2010 - 2011


Daniel Alfredsson, RW

54 14 17 31

Head Coach

Cory Clouston

General Manager

Bryan Murray

Season Overview

With free-agent defenceman Sergei Gonchar added to the mix, the Senators entered the 2010-11 campaign optimistic about building on a positive finish to the season before. But Ottawa went winless in its first three games and was forced to play catchup from there. A four-game winning streak to start November pushed the Senators over .500 for the first time and buoyed hopes. But for the second straight season, the injury bug hit the team hard and the bottom fell out in January, when the Senators went 1-7-3 and skidded toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

When the struggles continued to February, Senators general manager Bryan Murray and team management decided a major retooling of the roster for a more youthful future was in order. No less than half a dozen veteran players were dealt away, including fan favourites Mike Fisher and Chris Kelly. In their place, youngsters from the AHL Binghamton Senators such as Bobby Butler, Colin Greening and Erik Condra got a prime opportunity to display their wares and gave the Senators hope for the future. Perhaps the biggest step in that direction was the acquisition of goaltender Craig Anderson from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Brian Elliott. Anderson gave the Senators the kind of steady goaltending that offers a necessary building block going forward.

On the milestone front, the number 1,000 was most prominent. With a hat trick in Buffalo against the Sabres on Oct. 22, captain Daniel Alfredsson reached the 1,000-point NHL career plateau, a number Alex Kovalev would later achieve with a goal in a home win against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 22. Earlier in the season, Gonchar played his 1,000th career NHL game.

Season Highlights

Oct. 22, 2010 Daniel Alfredsson recorded his 1,000th NHL point during his 1,009th NHL career game in this 4-2 win at Buffalo. Alfredsson scored three goals, including two power-play markers, while Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson each had a pair of helpers. The third goal was his 1,000th NHL career point. Alfredsson is the 75th player to reach that milestone in league history.
Nov. 4, 2010 Jason Spezza scored the insurance goal and assisted on three others during a 4-1 home win over the New York Islanders.
Nov. 22, 2010 Alex Kovalev scored once to bring his NHL point total to 1,000 in a 3-2 home win over Los Angeles. He also assisted on a goal by Jason Spezza.
Dec. 6, 2010 Every shot that Chris Kelly directed at the net went in during this 3-1 road win against the New York Rangers. Kelly finished the night with a shorthanded goal, an even-strength marker and an empty-netter.
Dec. 26, 2010 Erik Karlsson was in on all three Ottawa goals, scoring twice before a crowd of 20,146 on hand for the 3-1 Boxing Day win over Pittsburgh at Scotiabank Place. Brian Elliott made 44 saves.
Jan. 13, 2011 At age 19 years and 173 days, Robin Lehner got his first NHL start and became the youngest goaltender to start and win a game in franchise history. Lehner stopped 20 shots in this 6-4 road victory over the New York Islanders, which also snapped the club's six-game winless streak.
Feb. 19, 2011 A day after being traded to Ottawa by Colorado for goalie Brian Elliott, Craig Anderson made 47 stops in a 1-0 shootout road win against Toronto. In the shootout, Jason Spezza beat James Reimer.
Mar. 19, 2011 Jason Spezza scored his 16th goal of the season to give the Senators a 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. The Senators trailed 2-0 at 7:42 of the second period.
Mar. 31, 2011 The Senators won their 30th game of the season when they outscored the Panthers in Florida 4-1. Binghamton call-up Colin Greening scored twice with Marek Svatos setting up a pair. Craig Anderson made 37 saves.
Apr. 5, 2011 Ottawa Jason Spezza scored one goal and assisted on three others in a 5-2 come-from-behind home win against Philadelphia. The Senators scored the last four goals of the game.
Apr. 7, 2011 Filip Kuba scored the winning goal at 1:16 overtime to seal a 3-2 victory over Montreal during the Senators' final home game of the season. The Canadiens had tied the game with 11 seconds to play in regulation. Bobby Butler scored once and set up two goals, while Jason Spezza notched a goal and an assist.

Division Standings

Boston 82 46 25 11 103
Montreal 82 44 30 8 96
Buffalo 82 43 29 10 96
Toronto 82 37 34 11 85
Ottawa 82 32 40 10 74