Erik Brannstrom’s offense, Matt Murray injury notable in Senators’ 5-2 loss to St. Louis – The Athletic

In Tuesday’s morning practice at the Canadian Tire Centre, Erik Brannstrom led the Ottawa Senators’ top power-play unit in place of the injured Thomas Chabot.

During one stretch, Brannstrom picked up the puck in the right spot and fired a wrist shot towards the net. It wasn’t a terribly hard shot, but with a lot of traffic near the crease, the puck managed to slip past Matt Murray and work its way into the back of the net.

When speaking with reporters ahead of Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, Brannstrom spoke about the importance of creating an offense by generating shots on the opposing net the same way.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. Of course I want to shoot pucks and pass pucks,” Brannstrom said.

Later Tuesday, Brannstrom put those words into action – as he fired a puck towards the Blues net which was redirected by Parker Kelly for Ottawa’s second goal of the night.

This goal was the perfect example of what DJ Smith has been preaching recently. The Senators are struggling to score goals and need their defensemen to help create the offense by finding shooting lanes.

The Senators head coach also praised Brannstrom’s ability to help the transition game in Chabot’s absence.

“Moving pucks is his strength,” Smith said of Brannstrom.

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