Sens Upstage Blackhawks as Bedard Receives Star Treatment in Ottawa

Connor Bedard Ottawa debut

OTTAWA — In its early days, the Ottawa Senators were a source of immense excitement.

On their opening night, October 8, 1992, they squared off against the legendary Montreal Canadiens. Though the old Civic Centre couldn’t accommodate more than 10,500 fans, today it seems like at least 50,000 claim they were in attendance.

Fast forward three decades, and the Senators have seen their fair share of successes. From playoff appearances to a Stanley Cup Finals berth, the franchise has matured, producing Hall of Fame talents like Daniel Alfredsson and Marian Hossa.

Yet, the knowledgeable hockey enthusiasts in the nation’s capital still hold a special reverence for generational talents when they visit.

When Connor Bedard arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, he was greeted as if he were the Second Coming—a fitting analogy for the occasion. Fans flocked to the glass near the Chicago Blackhawks’ end over an hour before the game, eager to catch a glimpse of the 18-year-old phenom.

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Despite the hype, Bedard’s performance on Thursday left much to be desired from the Chicago perspective. Within minutes, the Senators surged to a 2-0 lead, with Claude Giroux netting a shorthanded goal. Bedard found himself at a -2, one of those minuses coming on a power play.

Unlike the previous visit by the Oilers, where stars like Connor McDavid dazzled, Bedard lacked the supporting cast to make a significant impact. However, with the support of veterans like Nick Foligno and guidance from coach Luke Richardson, Bedard is poised for a bright future in the league.

As the regular season draws to a close for both the Blackhawks and the Senators, the promise of greater achievements looms on the horizon.

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