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Game Day 5: Sens vs Avalanche - Global Series Game #2

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens look to sweep the NHL Global Series in Stockholm today and we've got 5 game stories to get you ready for puck drop.

1. Stone on a roll

Mark Stone continued his strong start to the season with a pair of goals in yesterday's game against the Avalanche, including the game-winner in overtime. Stone now has goals in the Sens' last three games and has found the back of the net 8 times in the past 8 games for his team-leading 11 goals this year.

Video: Global Series: Stone buries OT winner on one-timer

The 25-year-old winger also leads the Sens in points (18), plus/minus (+14) and game-winning goals (2) and according the head coach Guy Boucher it's a case of hard work paying off.

"He's been absolutely relentless since the start of training camp," said Boucher post-game. "Off-ice, on-ice, every practice, every shift, every drill we do...he's getting what he deserves, that's what it is."

 

2. Claesson gets one at home

Across the ocean, in his hometown and with loads of family and friends in attendance. What a time for Fredrik Claesson to score his first goal of the season. Claesson beat Semyon Varlamov with a rocket from the top of the circle to even the score at 1-1 during the first period yesterday and what followed was as familiar to Sens fans as it was to the Swedish fans in the Ericsson Globe.

Tweet from @NHL: FINAL (OT): @Senators (4) - @Avalanche (3)Recap: https://t.co/o2epehDDy8#NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/a8P1vnqMbi

In the arena where it was born, Claesson's dual arm goal celebration made it's return but this time in an NHL game with the Ottawa Senators. "It felt unbelievable," Claesson shared with the media post-game. "Hopefully I can do it again tomorrow."

The coach also fielded questions after the game and gave credit to all three Swedish-born Senators yesterday and praised Claesson for his contributions on and off the ice.

"He's a great kid who has so many great intangibles in terms of the chemistry on our team," said Boucher following yesterday's win. "The players love him and he's such an enthusiastic guy."

 

3. DiDomenico fitting right in

With his goal in yesterday's game, Chris DiDomenico is quickly finding his offensive groove in the NHL this season. DiDomenico has recorded 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) over the past 6 games and has become a fixture on the team's second powerplay unit. He spoke with the media following yesterday's win in Stockholm and shared some thoughts on the Global Series, the fans in Europe and more...

On the crowd in Stockholm:

The crowds in Europe are great. They're always loud like they showed tonight. It was a great atmosphere and I thought we gave them a good game to watch.


On playing a regular season game in Sweden:

Coming over and with the time change, your daily routine kind of gets thrown off. There's also not a lot of sunlight here so that's a bit of an adjustment too. I thought we battled for 60 minutes and even though we didn't get off to a great start we stuck to our system and came out with a big win in overtime.


On producing offence this season:

The more ice time I get the more confident I am. It's a team game though and as a team we have to keep rolling. Hopefully we can bring the same effort tomorrow.

Video: Global Series: DiDomenico nets a rebound in front

 

4. Previous meeting

I guess this is more of a refresher since the game went down yesterday but it was a good one so why not. We talked about Stone, Claesson and DiDomenico's goals but the Sens also received multi-point games from Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard. Craig Anderson was great in goal too and delivered a clutch penalty shot save on Matt Nieto at the end of the second period.

You can check out the full highlights from that game below...

Video: Stone leads Sens to 4-3 overtime win in Global Series

 

5. Where to watch

It's another early start time for those of you in North America with puck drop set for 1 p.m. EST. Tune in to Sportsnet or RDS for all the action from Stockholm.

Video: Welcome to Sweden - 2017 NHL Global Series

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