Robin Lehner believes the Senators can learn a lot from a Western Conference team like the St. Louis Blues.
Sometimes in hockey, though, the teacher learns from the student. Monday was a case in point as the Senators handled the Blues 3-2 in an overtime thriller, to register their second victory over a western team this season.

What a finish – the game ending on a high wrist shot from local hero Cody Ceci, playing just his third career NHL game. It was Ceci’s first career NHL goal and Kyle Turris fished the puck out of the net for Cody’s collection.

Where to next for Lehner? It’s more than wins and losses, as Lehner explained during a lengthy game-day interview in which he insisted the Senators starting goaltending job belongs to Craig Anderson, even if this was Lehner’s 17th game of the season, with the potential for plenty more where they came from.

“This year, I’m the backup, I’ve said that a bunch of times,” Lehner says. “I’ve played a bunch of games, but it’s been weird circumstances – to go take over, because it’s not that time yet.”
Maybe it is too early to declare Lehner the starter, but after Anderson was torched for two goals on four shots against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon, dropping his save percentage to .898 on the season, this was the right call, summoning ‘The Lehner’ to face the Blues. Based on the events of Monday – a huge win, a couple of spectacular saves on Blues star Alex Steen – Lehner should be busy this week as the Senators visit the New Jersey Devils Wednesday and then return home to games against Florida Thursday and Phoenix Saturday.

“It’s not my time yet,” Lehner says. “There’s been a few times this year where people have said, ‘maybe now you can start running with him.’ But it’s not about that right now. It’s about us as a team – to get better.