ChirpEd- Panic at the Wheelhouse?

SensChirp October 10, 2013 112

WRITTEN BY SENSCHIRP READER- ReleaseTheKarlsson

Kobe Bryant once said, “If I panic, everyone else panics.”  He should come work for the Ottawa sports media. The annoying little sister that we would LOVE to get rid of, but know that we need them around.  The news media, entertainment media, and sports media all have their quality members.  Overall, having access to information from around the world on any topic is a good thing.  In theory, it should make us more informed, and help us understand the world around us better.

Then there is the other side.  The members of the media that really have no purpose but to create stories.  To take something small and turn it into something big, for no other reason than to be the first to report on it.  The biggest perpetrators of this?

The sports media.

The sports media has to be the worst, and I mean the worst, offenders at creating stories.  Worse than TMZ.  Worse than Fox News.  I mean all of the sports media too, not just one outlet.  TSN, Sportsnet, Sun Media, The Citizen, (even SensChirp) they all create stories when it comes to sports.

The most recent example of this, at least in the Ottawa Senators world, is this “panic” that is apparently abundant about Bobby Ryan and his lack of production.  His lack of production, with one point after 2 games.

The problem with this reporting of a panic that apparently exists, is that it doesn’t.  Not one blog I’ve read, not one tweet I’ve re-tweeted, not one person I’ve talked to, has expressed ANY sense of panic over the team so far.  People were a little upset  about losing to the Leafs, (I shutter as I write that) but once that sting left, people were generally pretty excited about how the team has played.

Our second line has been fantastic, our goaltending has been pretty good, and our first line is, against all reports from the mainstream media, actually playing pretty well.  They got a goal against the Leafs.

Writing about fake panic creates a reaction that then becomes the story, which isn’t a story at all.   Let’s all try to avoid this trap that the mainstream media tries to catch us in time and time again.  Bobby Ryan has played fine.  Jason Spezza has played fine.

Mainstream media- the fans are calm and recognize the fact that we are 3 games into the season with 4 out of 6 points.

Stop trying to pin this panic on us.

  • IcySurfas

    Im happy with the point (as they had to tie the game down 3-0 to do it), but I still wished I could have seen these teams play eachother on equal calls.

    • Tooks

      You really got to stop blaming the refs man, all Sens penalties were deserved and I dont recall any obvious penalty the Refs missed on the Kings. If you can recall a specific incident where it was obvious a penalty should have been called on the Kings, lets hear it.

      • Go Sens Go

        As much as I hate calls going against my sens. I do have to agree with Tooks that we can’t keep blaming the refs. I only watched the first period and got the feeling that Brown was under our nerves and we kept taking silly penalties. But great comeback. I just wish we were able to finish the comeback. Oh well 4 pts out 6 is not too bad.
        GSG

      • thepez

        In the second period, McArthur was going to the net and Richards clearly interfered with him as the shot was coming from the point. No call. In no way am I saying the refs cost the Sens. They have been very undisciplined so far this year, which actually is a continuation from last year. It is one area of the game that I want to see Coach Mac clear up.

        • Tooks

          Ya I remember that one, both guys without the puck in the corner, turning and coliided…both fell, typical collision. Even Sens broadcast had no issues with it.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        Bang on Tooks!
        Some of the penalties were horrid. The Turris one RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REF was inexcusable. Once again, you’re a genius!

        TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!

      • Miguel

        not refs fault but two 5-3′s in the first period is unusual… and the slight hook on Turris happens at least 10 times per game is goes uncalled, so a weak call to put them down 2 men
        the Richards on 16 was worse than Turris hook so yeah shit job by the ref.
        and finally just before Smith gets the penalty on Brown,
        Brown checks a Sens player by the bench without the puck, so it should have been both players that go off not just one.
        So yah shit reffing IMO

  • my2sens

    Last night’s game.

    Hmmm…

    First, way too many penalties by the Sens in the first. Now, I do agree with Icy that some calls seemed that the refs were looking for a quota, but the Sens need to stop putting themselves in the grey area where the refs can make a call. Would be nice however to have it swing our way once.

    Second, Bobby haters. Yes he’s capable of more but it’s a new team, 3 games into a new season and he is a point a game player atm. So ease off.

    Third, Corvo. He is playing better and better and seems to quarterback the blue line well.

    And last. Andy. Other than him posing for Playmate of the year, thought he played decent (after first goal). Hope he can regain some of that swag from last year.

    4/6 pts to start season. Not bad, not bad at all.

    GO SENS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Coles Notes: Shit start. Pesky finish. Would have loved a complete comeback. Ryan = good. Corvo = good. Andy = middle of line. GSG!

    • Tooks

      Ya I would have loved to be a fly on the Sens dressing room wall after that first period…Bet PMac ripped into them, cuz they came out a different team after that. No penalties in the 2nd and 3-3 in the 3rd, not bad at all.

  • FBP

    How did Da Costa do?

    • Tooks

      Invisible

      • my2sens

        Can’t your negative comments be…

        • Tooks

          Cant you talk about the game and less of me…

      • T K

        Invisible is a bit harsh but he did not rise to the occasion, particularly on face offs and so his ice time was cut back

        • Tooks

          Ok sorry, bit harsh? He only kinda showed up in the 3rd and ya he was brutal on faceoffs but that we knew would happen, especially vs Kopitar or Richards after he got demoted. He was 4-8 vs Stoll after that.

          • SensChirp

            Tough match ups for any centre. First two periods weren’t great but I thought he had a pretty good third. And as Steve Lloyd points out, even though he wasn’t great on draws, two of Ottawa’s goals came off faceoffs he did win.

      • ProbablyNot11

        PMac thought he played well, he said so after the game.

    • my2sens

      I thought he played well. He was robbed by Quick in the 3rd too. I don’t think he’s first line material per say, but wouldn’t know where else to plug him… other than Kassian’s place.

      • kerovnian

        I liked his game yesterday, given the quality of the opposition, but agree he’s only good as a first line or second line plug at centre. He’ll stay with the organization for as long as this Spezza injury lingers, if it weren’t for that I doubt they carry him as the extra forward. Although it basically means waiving him – but c’est la guerre.

        I like him though. If Spezza has one of those groin injuries that needs to be managed for the entire season we’ll be glad we still have him.

  • http://www.Merchaholic.ca Merchaholic

    FEARLESS… of the penalty box!

  • Tooks

    You have to think Lehner goes vs SJ, Andy needs a night off to re-focus a bit.

  • Righteous Smoke

    I thought the team played great, just need to be more disciplined. If the Sens weren’t in the penalty box most of the night, it would have been a win for sure for the good guys. I thought Andy played well, kept the team in the game after the first period, can’t blame him when the team in front of him is taking stupid penalties all night.

  • ReleaseTheKarlsson

    Yikes on that 1st period. Looked pretty good after that. The parade to the penalty box is a little disheartening, but I’m sure they will figure out that they have to tone that down. Bobby Ryan looked better, Karlsson looked BETTER but not great, and Andy is looking average. The team is gonna have to shape up in front of him.

  • Guest

    The first period was tough to watch, but was glad to see the boys get pesky and claw their way back.

    Worst part of watching the first period? Imagining Tookie sitting on his couch smiling to himself and saying “see, I told you so”… can’t imagine every being that kind of a “fan”… I’d rather be upset/disappoint that my team is sucking than to be proud that I had predicted they would suck… but different strokes, I guess…

    • Tooks

      Am I that in your head that you think of me when watching the Sens playing poorly…man you really need to take a break…
      Talk about the game man, not about me.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        I gotta say it’s easier said than done. I was scarfing down some Golden Palace egg rolls last night and enjoying the game and I was like:
        “Is Tooks ok right now? Is he having a good time? Am I even worthy of thinking about him” Then I had some Dr. Pepper and it was all good.
        TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!

        • Tooks

          Are those the egg rolls with the burnt ends?

  • hq8

    kk the voice of reason haha:
    would you guys be really complaining about a 2-1-0 start? because thats really what our 1-0-2 start is equivalent to. so i think, its not that bad. my expectation as a fan would be that they now proceed to grab some regulation wins before the bad stuff catches up and they drop one in regulation time (inevitable). i gotta say though that as long as they dont drop one in regulation, it should look good at the end.
    i though Erik had a much better game. Turris line was against heavier competition last night but still showed that its chemistry is leagues ahead of the rest of the lines. The PP looked better at times but again no finish and still overthinking when it comes to the kill-shot. Cowen and PW46: this is the current beast pair for the sens. I didnt find much fault with the sens D as 5on5 they didnt allow a goal. also, i think the DaCosta fun is over, either play Spezza or bring up Zbad.
    which brings me to BAD PENALTIES. It was bad yesterday where the Kings took advantage of all the PPs given to them thanks to the sens lack of discipline. But the sharks will chew out the will of this team if this kind of play continues saturday. Every team in this league now has enough weapons in its possession to absolutely burn the opposition on power play. the sens have those weapons too and infact more than others, but they are just not effective at it. so given those two facts: basic minimum threat from opposition and sens’ own inability on the PP this bad penalty love affair needs to end.

    • Tooks

      Well said and you didnt use excuses like blaming the refs!

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Not the same. The team currently has a shootout loss point and points earned in the shootout don’t count toward ROW (Regulation/Overtime Wins) for the playoff seedings. So…yeah we have won ONE game. We beat the world’s worst team (Buffalo, yay?) choked away a 4-2 lead to the Laffs, and well we did ok vs. the Kings.
      The rest of your post is amazing, top-notch, fantastic.

      TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!

  • The Apostle

    Three points from the game.

    1) Still Pesky
    2) Well done Mister Ryan
    3) A perfect example of why sometimes it’s best not to be online at game time

    • Tooks

      Was that shot by Ryan on the PP deflected off a Kings stick? Looked like Quick was going to catch it but it raised alot quicker than he realized.

      • The Apostle

        Don’t know, don’t care. Just happy he got off the zero goals mark.

        • Tooks

          Yeah no kidding, now the Leafs cant laugh at us anymore.

          • The Apostle

            yeah because they’ve never overpaid for a winger

          • Tooks

            Who’s not even playing lol

      • Go Sens Go

        One way or the other why can’t you celebrate a great goal by Ryan. Did you see what he did for Michalek’s goal. Even though he did not get an assist he did move out of the way which shows great awareness of the play.

  • Hax

    Da Costa looked fairly good with MM9 and BFR. Not Spezza good or even Turris good but good nonetheless. Horrible on faceoffs but that’s somewhat to be expected for a career minor leaguer playing in the NHL. He seemed creative out there and had at least three nice set-ups that weren’t buried. Didn’t shy away from physical stuff either.

    So trade him.

    • kerovnian

      He was 26% on the dot, yes, which is not good enough. But Pageau was 33% and Turris (who had a great game) had 40%. It wasn’t just SDC who struggled.

  • thepez

    Must admit I went to bed after the second period. However one thing I noticed is how fast and physical the Kings are. The Sens seemed a step behind the entire first period. But as the second period went on the Sens adapted. To me an OT point is not considered a loss. A loss is zero points. A tie is one point, old school I guess.
    Before this trip I was hoping at minimum they would get 6 points for a good start. A couple of wins in their next 3 and this would be a ver good start.

    • Go Sens Go

      Yes Kings were fast and physical but I do think we kept up with them in the first. But the sens took too many penalties which did not help.

    • Tooks

      See thats why I dislike the point system, it gives points for losing, the Sens did not win, they did not tie, they lost and still got rewarded with a point. Its great for fans since they can say well atleast we got a point… not like the point is there to reward them for making a comeback, you could have a 1-1 game for 3 periods and lose in OT and still get a point.

      • thepez

        I dont like the point system either. However that is what we have at the moment. Personally it should go back to the way it was, 5 minutes of OT, loser gets no points and no shootout. I even find myself hoping for an OT point when the Sens are tied with 5 minutes or less left in a game. These OT points are huge over an 82 game schedule.

      • s3nsfan

        Sounds like a comment ala “stop blaming the refs comment” is in order. It is what it is and complaining isn’t going to change it, as a sens fan you’d think you’d be happier about them getting a point than not.
        But hey maybe that’s just me.

        • Tooks

          Umm ok, not sure what your trying to say but keep at it.
          Never said change it, its the system we have and like most people, I just dislike it. I would rather our team getp oints by actually winning and not getting points for losing. I dont know maybe thats just me.

    • SENSor

      Amen, brother – you are absolutely right!

  • Hax

    MacLean was right when he said they can’t blame the refs. I’m sure some “journalist”, possibly employed by the Sun, asked him if he was upset with the officiating or something.

    None of the calls were blatantly bad though there were some that often go uncalled. Particularly when you’re already on the PK but there’s nothing to complain about. Control your stick, move your feet and you won’t get called.

  • karlssens

    All in all that was a great game! Can’t complain with the fight back. We have 4 out of a possible 6 pts on this road trip so far, so let’s go grab a win in SJ! I think our best player last night again was Turris. Seemed to be the only player generating chances at evens.

    • Tooks

      In reality we do have 4 out of 6 pts but those came with 2 OT/SO losses. Call me old school but I think thats just a way to trick fans into thinking they’re record is better than it really is. Remember the tie breaker is WINS.

      • ReleaseTheKarlsson

        I tend to agree with this. A loss is a loss, and you lost because you were doing too many things wrong and got burned for it. The positive spin is good for now pretty early in the season, but eventually those losses will catch up. Positivity is a good thing, though. Dwelling on the negative won’t help get out of the negative. Life lessons for SensChirp readers.

      • Phil.

        I don’t think it means the Sens are playing great, but it does mean the Sens are getting points despite not playing great. The system of the loser point may be flawed but it’s the rules everyone plays by. Those OT points will add up and make a difference.

      • s3nsfan

        So you’d rather just hand over the 1 pt instead of taking it? No the deal breaker in the end is POINTS and those single points will come back and help them in the end, instead of had they just lost the game out right.
        “A way to trick fans into thinking they’re record is better…” People aren’t retarted I’m pretty sure they can tell what a winning record is.

        Points are points and the more points you have the better you place when it comes to the playoffs. But hey that’s just my belief and wanting my team to have as many points as possible could just be me being “old school”

        Senschirp where did you FIND this guy?

        • Tooks

          Looks like the topic just flew right over your head, its ok.
          So you’re ok with the NHL handing out points to teams that dont win?

          So according to you the Sens by having 4 out of 6pts have a winning record?

          • SENSor

            Sorry friend, back in the day we called these games “ties”, and there is no shame with having 1 win and 2 ties from three road games – in fact, it’s awesome…
            If the fans are being tricked in any way, it’s the bullshit awarding a win to a team via the shoot-out, and even the silly 4 on 4 exhibition – now THAT’S deceiving…
            WAY TO GO, SENATORS!

          • SensChirp

            You are the worst.

          • MikeS

            Honestly, I think they should just end games in ties. The shootout brings no bearing to which team is a better team. Also 4 on 3 powerplays would never happen in the playoffs so if you wanted to complain about point systems sens could have 1 win, 2 ties

          • s3nsfan

            Hey that’s the rule, so if my team earns a point for losing in overtime then so be it, I’m not gonna bitch about a process that could help them get into the playoffs down the road. Seems like a lot of wasted energy for something that you can’t change. The league likes it, they believe it creates more parity and a tighter race down the stretch. If it bothers you that much write the league, cause I doubt his highness Bettman or Daly frequent this board, no offence chirp…just sayin’ lol

        • The Apostle

          I don’t like the points system either but obviously we all agree that in the current system getting 1pt is better than having 0 points. Maybe it’s my pesky European upbringing but I don’t see the problem with ties – but I can also see why some people don’t like them.

          If you have to keep the shoot-out, I would personally go with 3pts for a regulation win, 2pts for an OT/SO win and 1pt for a OT/SO loss.

          • MikeS

            100% agree

          • FuzzFace

            This sounds like a great solution, and in fact, it’s been brought to the table several times before. I would suggest 3 pts for a win in reg OR OT. Every game worth 3 points. Here’s an old article from LeBrun:

            http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/15321/three-point-debate-change-the-standings
            It doesn’t make much of a difference in the end, but it does rearrange the seedings a bit, and it just seems fair. If you’re going to keep the shootout, it HAS to be made less important than winning in Reg or OT.

          • The Apostle

            I can see the value of a win being a win, but I think there should be some reward for winning the game in regulation vice the slightly bastardised version of hockey you get in OT or the crappy skills competition. At the moment I think the 2nd tie-break is regular time wins so this would be like that except you get a more tangible reward.

            Every game is worth the same as well, there are always going to be 3 points scored.

          • Miguel

            Bravo Apostle, and now all the problems are solved
            added incentive to win in regulation, and still only 3 points available per game. Not 2 for a reg win, and then 3 points in OT.

      • hq8

        its not a winning record, but its NOT a losing record either in terms of the traditional and universally accepted norms regarding a losing record i.e. regulation losses>regulation wins.
        and really the tie breaker only kicks in the event of the POINTS being tied. every team ending up in 7th and 8th spot runs that risk.
        to me, they have salvaged what could have been a disastrous start to the season and look at fixing things with not as much looking-behind-the-shoulder as to what other teams are doing. the gap at most is two points against teams with the same # of games played. so yea, its ok to treat is as a 2-1-0 record.
        i can only imagine what the reaction would have been if this morning that record was 1-1-1 instead of 1-0-2. but as you can see, everyone can breath a cautious relief with the safety of having 4 pts out of 6 and therefore an easier time looking forward. thats why it was a big deal that they came back last night to force OT. in the process they also got their top guys going in Ryan and MM9. really the biggest thing they need to fix is the bad penalties, its abundantly clear over the last two games. they dont seem to have an issue scoring goals which is a positive. 5on5 they have played good and havent commited defensive blunders – not to mention all sens goals have been 5on5. again thats a big positive.
        i think against San Jose is another big test based on what SJS have done so far. the key again is to not take stupid penatlies as they are offensively supercharged. if we keep disciplined, the style of play MacLean imposes will cause the other team to make errors and costly ones 5on5. thats the sens game.

        • Tooks

          Well said and this will be a real good test for Lehner, assuming its Lehner.

          • TookieIs100PercentRight

            Thinking Lehner gets Saturday and Andy gets Sunday vs. the Ducks since it’s the “coming home” game for Ryan.

            TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • TookieIs100PercentRight

          You’re amazing, I’m in love with your posts. Please keep it up.

          TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!

  • MikeS

    Scoring 3 vs quick without spezza is impressive. If sens get 8-9 pts on their road trip to start the season I will be happy and that is what they are on pace for

  • SENSor

    Just an observation…it was too late for me to watch the game and comment on it last night, but I am in absolute shock over some the comments that were made on this board during the game….
    …I get it – we’re fans, we love our team, and we’re passionate about it – but please relax during the game and take a deep breath before you type…Nobody’s happy with giving up three goals in the first period, but do we really need to run Craig Anderson out of town because of it? I imagine tears we’re streaming down people’s faces as they watched the game last night, they seemed so upset…
    Listen, I’m probably older than most of the posters around here and I probably have a little more patience, but come on – you can’t turn on your team like that – we’re three games in…
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – God forbid the Senators ever go on an extended losing streak spanning over multiple seasons – this fan base would check out quicker than a Eugene Melnyk visit to the Rideau Carleton Raceway…

    • ReleaseTheKarlsson

      Such is the nature of being a fan. People will lose it about anything bad, just like they lose it about anything good. That’s why we watch sports.

      • SensChirp

        I don’t know that that’s necessarily the case with all fans. The over analyzing that was happening not only within a game, but within a period last night was ridiculous.

        • ReleaseTheKarlsson

          Sure not all fans, but definitely all fan bases, not just ours. This isn’t a strictly Sens fan thing to overanalyze every little thing.

          • SensChirp

            That’s true. The ones that aren’t that way don’t have time to over-analyze because they are are too busy watching and enjoying another Sens comeback.

          • hq8

            i think expectations have changed and thats fair. because thats what happens when you perform well. so a 3-0 hole to end the first is going to bring out the wrath from the fans. obviously some got carried away and started calling for anderson’s head which was just mind boggling

          • Tooks

            … another Sens almost comeback… :P
            And its the same with people who claim they be not over analyzing, they are over analyzing and making a big fuss out of what happened last night during the first period, you’re as guilty as the ones you claim not to be like.

          • kerovnian

            Too right, you stick with the team. We need #pesky fans. At least during the bloody game!

    • Hax

      These boards are brutal during games. And I’m sure other boards are even worse. Twitter is pretty bad too even. Some people like to go to extremes which is fine, but sometimes it goes way too far.

      • The Apostle

        I’ve long since stopped reading the boards during games – hence my idea of a specific game-time thread where everybody can get all testosteroned and emotional during the game and a more level headed conversation can take place separately.

        • Mexican Baby Jesus

          THIS

    • Dan Hill

      I agree
      everyone seems to forget we’re 3 games in
      Andy has a shut out
      Spezza ,Ryan ,Milo and EK65 each have a goal
      We got a point out of every game
      Yet some fans think they can be a better GM
      silly really

      hedpucker

    • ProbablyNot11

      I fully agree, people in this market are far too quick with negative comments. I have always said that if the Sens miss the playoffs for a few years in a row like Edmonton the team will go under. Ottawa will prove it with the return of the CFL, fans will attend at first due to the new stadium but after watching a terrible team for a few years attendance will be minimal.

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      We can’t run any player out of town, players do that to themselves by not putting out, not living up to EX-PECK-TAY-SHUNS or just being bums like Kovalev, DOnovan, Robitaille, etc.
      Andy let in two bad goals last night. First was stoppable, second he was doing a pose for GoalieBoy or something, lying on his side with no recovery movement. He needs get off his ASS and stop pucks, starting Saturday.
      TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!

  • SenaWalrus

    Heard this scary stat on TSN last night… San Jose are out shooting their opponents by 23+ shots a game… (44.3 for, 21.7 against)…

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20142ALLSAAAll&sort=avgShotsPerGame&viewName=summary

    Sens are second in shots per game right now at 35.7 but are giving up 36.3… less good.

    Could be a serious shooting gallery on Saturday night.

  • Alcatraz

    Regardless of the outcome, we woudl find a reason to bitch. Unfortunately thats what we do as a fanbase. We are prone to bitching and finding players to hate
    Had we won 3-0 and Ryan scored all 3 goals, we would find a reason to bitch that Macarthur hasn’t socred yet, or that Greening took a dumb penalty. We always focus on the bad.

    Its brutal. Did we have an awful 1st period? yup! Were we undisciplined? Yup! Do we deserve to get a point? Nope! Did we manage to Steal a Point? Yup

    So lets focus on the good:
    - Ryan Scored
    - Anderson settled down
    - Powerplay finally stepped up
    - Maclean didn’t use Kassian and we woke up. Time to end this experiment

    Obviously need to improve on:
    - Discipline..year in year out with this team
    - Ability to clear puck on PK
    - Team Defense when anybody but Methot, karlsson, PW46 is on the ice

    • Tooks

      On the Carter OT goal last night, he was ALL alone infront of Anderson, I understand you wanting your goalie to see the puck so not to stand in front and screen him but geez, nobody, both Phillips and Methot we’re almost in the face off circles…

      That Richards slap pass was way too easy…Got to make it hard for the opponents.

      • Alcatraz

        Completely agree

        Thats why I said Team defense. Clearly Phillips, Corvo, Gryba and even Cowen right now are all 4-5-6 dmen. Cowen aside they would all be #6/7 dmen on other teams and its really showing

        Our zone control and our Defensive awareness is really lacking and its because we are really tight on defense.

      • Alcatraz

        Cowen has struggled since his injury last year and right now he is not worthy of top 4 minutes unfortunately
        We need a stopgap dmen I think to replace Gryba/Corvo and to help out Phillips

    • kerovnian

      We totally deserved a point, actually. We were woeful in the first period but outplayed, outchanced and badly outscored the Kings in the other two. Outcome was fair.

  • Robert Cyr

    Too bad we played so undisciplined in First Period, forcing us to comeback from 3-0.
    Glad Coach did not give pull Anderson, like Carlyle did with Reimer!

    Most important to me, was that both Michalek and Ryan, got on the score sheet
    and without Spezza!!

    Should be a great showdown in Shark Tank on Saturday, with Anderson in goal,
    and then resting for Ducks, with Lehner’s first start of this season!

    GO SENS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Snoopy Senior

    • Alcatraz

      As I was reading this post as “Robert Cyr” I was thinking to myself this must be Snoopy with all his exclamation marks!!!! !! !
      Lo and Behold its signed as Snoopy haha

      • Hax

        Had a similar experience a couple of years back (or whenever it was) during the last site rebrand. Was reading a post by “Snoopy Senior” and thought “Wow, this guy must be that Robert Cyr guy from the old boards.”

  • xN1Cx

    Was out last night and didn’t get a chance to watch the game other than highlights but from what I’ve seen I still see yesterday as a pretty gutsy game. Sad to see all the negative comments in the previous thread as well…gave up after a quick scroll.

    Not sure if this was mentioned but I thought it was pretty cool Paulrus opted to hand the “A” to Turris in Spezza’s absence. Guy is killing it this year.

    Was just offered a straight up deal in my fantasy pool where I would trade Spezza for Turris – typically I wouldn’t but….thoughts?

    • Alcatraz

      No Way only for two reasons:
      1- Your doing the patented sell low on a player (Spezza)
      2- Your doing the patented sell high on a player (Turris)
      Yes Turris is breaking out, but thats stillw ay to steep a price considering he probably went undrafted in your league or was a very late pick.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Agreed, Spezza should only be traded for another player of at least equal value currently in the top 20 picks. I’d say someone who also isn’t up to game speed yet, but you know will get there. Like Staal, Giroux, Getzlaf.

  • ZibbyFan

    I managed to see almost all of the game – go figure, fell asleep tied 3-3… the 1st period was brutal — the boys were clearly nervous or something. It was not a great start for sure, but I liked the way they battled back. SDC was not a factor. Neil was a beast after he got cut by the puck. And Bobby R pegged his 1st of many.

    • Alcatraz

      We had the most chances prior to that first goal. Macarthur came oh so close as did Michalek. We bury one early different stroy. Also doesn’t help…Stupid Penalties to put us down 5-3

      • Tooks

        True that I think scoring first on the road is crucial, hard to do but thats what Sens need in SJ.

        • ZibbyFan

          OMG, I work with a die-hard SJ fan and won’t hear the end of it if the SENs don’t show up! Score first and carry mighty sticks!

          • Colin

            Die hard SJS fan? WTF? Fav colour is teal? :-)

          • Tooks

            Could be a girl?

          • ZibbyFan

            Have no idea why he chose the Sharks as his “team” — can’t figure out the connection either.

    • NO65*

      Was really impressed with the passing game early in the first. With some chances, we could have scored 2 or 3. It’s been years since I haven’t seen the Sens passing the puck so well on the PP. Hopefully this means the Sens finally changed their PP strategy. And with the addition of MacArthur – Connacher and Pageau, this team can now compete with the fastest team in the league.
      Go SENS Go

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I managed to stay up and see the 1st period. Going down 3-0 was hard to watch. Sens came out flat footed in the first 20. Not blaming Refs or calls here, simply just took them too long to get adjusted.

    I’m sure PMac let them have it in the intermission. I wish I would have watched the 2nd and 3rd because watching the highlights after, Sens looked much more fluid with the puck, at least in the clips I saw. They looked like 2 different teams.

    Love that we still have that Pesky, 2nd and 3rd ability. But they cannot continue to rely on 3rd period comebacks for a full 82 game schedule. On the plus side, managing a point in a game when you are down by 3 is a big accomplishment. And as everyone else mentioned, we have 4 out of a possible 6 points in 3 games. Not too shabby.

    Michalek and JGP get there 1st of the season. And I couldn’t be more excited to see Bobby get his 1st in a Sens Jersey. As a bonus, his 1st was also Ottawa’s 1st Power Play goal of the year after 8 attempts. At least we aren’t tied with Florida, Dallas and Detroit with 0 PPG’s anymore.

    Going forward I think we’ll see a much more confident Ryan, with a shoot first mentality. Bring back Spezza and let’s watch the fireworks.

    Go Sens Go!!!

  • SensChirp
  • Sandy

    Too many penalties.. Leaving guys wide open at the net.. That’s what it boils down to… With a record going into last night of 3 out of a possible 26 points in LA.. to even come back and get a point is great.
    4 out of a possible 6 pts to start a 6 game road trip is good. If they can get a couple of wins and keep getting points.. they will be fine coming home..
    SJ will be tough. If they can’t stay out of the box then it could get real ugly.
    They need to play a full 60 min.. not just the 40 they played last night…
    Two days off to rest before another back to back… Stupid schedule..

    • Tooks

      Sandy, either you are the fastest poster in world history or this website is going crazy! You have 1357 comments already!! wow!! way to go!! lol

      • Mexican Baby Jesus

        DIsqus is used on other websites as well. E.g. CNN

        • Tooks

          Well that would make sense…

  • Tooks

    Wow pretty quite around here…I’m lonely :(

  • Tooks

    Ladies and Gents, I bring to you, straight from the mouth of Jumbo Joe Thornton! The greates quote in hockey history!

    Joe Thornton would unzip his pants if he scored four goals
    Hearing a question to Marleau about Hertl and whether he was showboating, Thornton said:
    “Shut up, have you ever played the game?”
    When the press turned his way, he then added:
    “I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”

    OK, then.

    • Phil.

      I hope the Sens win, but if they lose it had better be a blow out with 4 goals by Big Joe.

  • sprucesens

    interesting post by yost today. normally I wouldn’t reference his stats crap that I don’t care much about, but today is about league wide penaltys for/against, show in plus minus. I think he did from 2010-now. Sens are 2nd worst, hovering around -90ish. Meaning we’ve taken 90 penalties more in that time, than we’ve had powerplay’s.

    here is the chart. http://i.imgur.com/9ysZ2Xj.png
    aside from a few oddballs on either side, its fairly opportunistic that some of the best teams have up to 200!! more powerplays in that time(us -100, them +100). Not saying the ref’s are against us and colorado, or FOR Chicago, Toronto and so on, but you would think there would be a little more parity over that time frame. Anyway you swing it, 200 more powerplays over the course of 4 years could vastly improve a team’s success.
    Odd that boston and philly are darn near the middle of the pack, when they are considered the “rough and dirty” teams of the nhl. Either way, it’s interesting to see which teams are more penalized than others. I thought it was getting ridiculous how many penalties we get, but that’s cuz we’re 2nd worst!! Hopefully we start cleaning up our game and getting some calls go our way for a while.

    • The Apostle

      And what is more likely – that in that timeframe the sens who were a young and inexperienced team who were struggling and got themselves into situations where the players committed penalties, OR, there is a league sanctioned conspiracy for the refs to call more things on this team?