It was a week of ups and downs for the Ottawa Senators in their home opener against the Florida Panthers.
The Senators started the game with two shots on goal from Bobby Ryan and an empty netter in the second period.
That would come at the hands of rookie goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
In the third period, Halak got the start on the Sens’ bench for a couple of minutes, but he would be replaced by Andrew Hammond in the final minute of the period.
A shorthanded goal by rookie forward Mark Stone put the Sens up 2-1 and ended the scoring in the third.
The Sens would go on to win 2-0 in the shootout.
The third period was much different.
The Ducks were a team that was coming off a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but the Ducks had already pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history in their 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
The team took a 2-2 lead into the third, but a shorthanded breakaway goal by Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller put them up 3-2.
After a few nice plays, the Ducks would go up 4-1, but Hiller was able to make a big save on a shot by Alex Tuch for his first NHL goal of the season.
Anaheim would get back on the board a little later in the period, but Halak made two more saves, forcing overtime.
The overtime score was a 6-5 win for the Ducks.
The final two periods would be much more similar to the first two, with the Ducks only managing to put one shot on goal in each.
The second period would be the first time the Senators had any scoring chances and a penalty shot would have to be stopped.
However, Anaheim goalie Jonas Hillers stopped a penalty attempt by a teammate and would eventually earn the overtime win with the game tied 3-3.
Halak would make his debut for the Senators at 7:06 of the third when he got the save on Andrew Hammond’s rebound attempt.
Halaks career season was coming to an end after this game.
The NHL announced that Halak had an injury to his left wrist and was going to miss the rest of the regular season.
He was expected to miss approximately 6 weeks.
It was another great season for the Sens, as they won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and the team finished third in the Central Division.
The next season would see the Sens win their first championship in franchise playoff history, as Halak led the Senators to a first round playoff series victory over the Montreal Canadiens in six games.
The Ottawa Senators return to action on Wednesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8:00 p.m. EST.