Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Islanders

SensChirp April 2, 2014 510
Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Islanders

With three straight wins and a 4-0-1 record in their last five games, the Ottawa Senators are closing their season on a high note. They’ll look to continue that run against the New York Islanders tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.

I think everybody understands the playoffs are a long shot. But what’s so great about this recent run is that the team hasn’t quit. It’s nice to have meaningful hockey games in April and in the middle of March, it didn’t look like that would happen this season.  10 game winning streaks like the one Ottawa needs to go on to close out their season are extremely rare in today’s NHL. But you know what happens all the time? A one game winning streak. For the guys in the room the goal is simple- win the game tonight.

The out of town scoreboard wasn’t overly kind to the Senators last night but Columbus did blow a two goal lead in the third period which was nice to see. They have games against Chicago and Philadelphia on Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile the Senators play the Islanders tonight, Habs on Friday then Rangers on Saturday. That five point lead could shrink in an awful hurry.

Jason Spezza skated with the team this morning and is being called a game time decision. Jared Cowen and Colin Greening are both expected to miss the game due to injury. Here’s how MacLean lined his guys up at the morning skate.

Michalek-Zibanejad-Hemsky
MacArthur-Turris-Stone
Hoffman-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Pageau-Condra

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big win coming tonight. GSG

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Same lineup as the other night and I like it. If Spezza has any issues, let him sit. As much as it would be nice to have him playing, the Sens do play a very good game without him in the lineup and I’d rather not see the Sens push Spezza back to quick, only to injure himself more. We haven’t heard what the injury is, and that’s the worst part. If it’s his back, take a seat for now and rest up, because we’ve seen that show before.

    Still some hope for the Sens and that does make it fun. But I am not sweating it these days, not like I was in Feb and March, I’m just watching our boys have fun out there. Get yourselves the big win tonight boys, and finish out these 5 games at home on a high note. #PeskySensReturn

  • Sensnation

    Nice to Zibanejad getting some time to shine. Hopefully Pageau gets a few offensive minutes as well. Big 2 points!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Doc

    I would still prefer to have Smith center Kassian and Neil, and give a chance to Pageau by centering Hoffman and Condra. Would give him some better wingers that fit his style of play more.

    • Billy Bob

      Yea it baffles me when they call the kid up and put him with two fighters, doesn’t give him a chance to really succeed and show what he can do.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Don’t ruin what is going to be an outstanding weekend by giving anything less then everything tonight lads. I don’t know how often or if ever that Karl has had two bad games in a row so I am expecting a lot from King Karl tonight. Looking forward to getting another chance to see Zibby’s future as he gets a chance to play with top talent again. Love the way Andy finished last game, looked pretty much all business, confidence and attitude and ….this just in scoops, Turris and CMac will find us a way to get two points tonight and Det v Bost will have lots of attention. Possible to wake up tomorrow 4 points out of 7th. Fight to the end boys. GSG

    • Jacques

      Zibby is a beast and a load to handle when he Centers a line with guys that can play!

  • Hax

    You guys all know I drink more kool-aid than most, but listening to MacLean speak about Spezza today even I’m starting to wonder if they’re disguising “healthy scratches” as minor injuries a lot this year. Again, I don’t really care if MacLean believes outright lying to the press is in the best interest of the team.

    Of course, players will always say they’re ready early and coaches need to be smart enough to hold people out if they might aggravate something. But it does make you go hmmm.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I am certain that there have been “injuries” this year….and then the one that should have been given time off wasn’t….

      • Miguel

        and the ones that should have been so called “injured” never were when it was needed

  • whammer44

    Here’s the latest on the teams we have to leap and a scenario where we grab the 8th seed.

    Sens 5W-1L-1OTL – 89 pts (games vs NYI (x2), Habs, NYR, Devils, Laffs, Pens)
    CBJ 2W-4L-1OTL – 88 pts (games vs. Philly, Hawks, NYI, Yotes, Stars, Bolts, FLA)
    Laffs 3W-2L – 88 pts (games vs. Bos, Jets, Bolts, FLA, Sens)
    Caps 3W-2L-1OTL – 88 pts (games vs. Devils, NYI, Blues, Carolina, Hawks, Bolts)
    Devils 4W-2L – 88 pts (games vs. Caps, Carolina, Flames, Sens, NYI, Bos)

    • ZibbyFan

      Luv this chart. And, it makes me see the hope for our SENs.

    • Aaron 2.0

      The big issue is obviously catching CBJ. Do that, and the rest hopefully falls into place. Unfortunately, we need them to collapse under the pressure. Hopefully, they do somehow. That last week is grueling for them.

  • MakesSens

    Well these 2 NYI games are kinda of gift wrapped in comparison to the back to back games vs. Montreal and New York one weekend and then Toronto and Pittsburgh the other.

    LET’S GET PESKY!!!

  • NickofTime

    By removing Kassian, Pageau & Condra from this forward group & adding the injured Greening, Spezza & Ryan combination Ottawa would have another good scoring line.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Mathematically, our best chance at playoffs (however remote) is to overtake CBJ (1 less point to catch up), but TSN is reporting that Detroit is without both Alfredsson and Datsyk in tonight’s game (not to mention Zetterberg).

  • CUP 2014-15

    Well the way the season has gone we have seen problems beating lower level teams and have seen the teams best games v top talent. That can’t continue tonight, they can’t look forward to MTL and NYR. Take care of business tonight. The last 5 games are against teams ahead of us in the standings. On that puck like a hen on a junebug all night long. LOL

  • Lorenzo72

    Wiercioch-Ceci. Thx God. :)

  • Terry

    I am pretty excited to be able to watch Ottawa play tonight!! As hard as it was, I was rooting for the Flames last night but they couldn’t deliver.
    Big game tonight and the Sens will come out swinging, I feel a big game from Karlsson is coming. I also think ZBad is going to deliver tonight.
    Go Sens Go!!!!

  • SensChirp

    Would you guys quit doing your regular jobs and start commenting more. It’s Game Day. I know you’re out there :)

    • SuperSENS

      Sorry. I’ll work less. :)

      • SensChirp

        Is that too much to ask?!

        • my2sens

          Ok. Here. Hard to type and bite nails at the same time…

        • SuperSENS

          Nope, not at all :)

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      What is Sensinsder going on about on twitter? Spezza out partying…..ummm yeah or with his kids

      That guy is a clown.

    • s3nsfan

      Haha now i feel guilty for being productive at work today LOL

    • my2sens

      I am chatting to myself now SC – where did YOU go!? Hmmm!?

      • SensChirp

        I’m still here. How bout a score prediction?

        • my2sens

          We haven’t blown anyone out of the water yet… so 7-1 Sens.

          Turris hatty. King Karl 5 points :-)

    • Miguel

      dont you hate when work gets in the way of some good debating?

    • Patrick Weirdcock

      I think Chris Neil should wear the C while Spezza is out. He works too damn hard for this team Chirp, TOO DAMN HARD!

  • Billy Bob

    Pumped that Wiercioch will be playing again, the kid’s fun to watch, I don’t know about anyone else but I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss him in Ceci’s favor, to me he seems like with a little experience we could a serious puck moving D core.

    • MikeS

      I dont think anyone wants to dismiss him for ceci, more gryba or phillips for him

      • Billy Bob

        It makes sense, they needed another puck mover, and “the way Cody Ceci has come in to the league and played” apparently erased that need. It’s gonna be one or the other I think.

        • Brutus5247

          One left shooter must go. I think it will be Boro in a package. The other guys have the experience and have proved that they can play here, No they are not a gritty as Boro but we take enough penalties as it is. Boro is a defensive version of Neil and the toughness thing is way over rated.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Could not agree more. With Karl and CC both being right handed shots that will leave about 12-15 min a night for the other right shot in Gryba who will fit that role perfectly. Left side is so crowded with MM, JC, PW, CP, Boro and Cleasson.

      • Miguel

        what is it about Gyrba that people do not like? I love his game.
        He never rushes, he is more than happy to take a hit to make the pass, which not all our D can do, and he is relatively smooth puck mover, with a heavy shot.
        That and he has one of the best +/- on our D, on a team that gives up way too many goals.

        • CUP 2014-15

          He’s not flashy fun high risk guy, it’s like respecting a defensive lineman in football, you have to see what they bring and so many fans miss it with him. If he was a UFA tomorrow, two teams that would make him an offer in the first hour would be Toronto and Boston. T.O. in dire need of a stay at home right shot and as far as the Bruins, he is their type of guy.

          • Jacques

            He’s a Johnny Boychuk in the making!

          • CUP 2014-15

            Had a bruin fan make that identical comparison just yesterday.

        • Jacques

          And when Gryba pinches he does it usually at the right time. Smart player.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Noone said to drop Ceci for him….Philips on the other hand should have never been extended to make space for him(or a few others that are close)

    • Aaron 2.0

      There’s certainly some speculation he could be the odd man out with the current log jam moving into next year. I think that would be a mistake. The coach’s comments that he took a step back just don’t jibe with his level of play this year, IMO. He’s looked pretty good defensively, I think. There might be a few games where he wasn’t at his best. But, no more than any other defender on the team.

      • Miguel

        very well said, he has looked better than at least 2 of our starting D

  • my2sens

    We should switch up the defence pairings… and place Ceci with either Phillips or Gryba and Weircoch with the other… spread the fast fuckers around!

    Phillips, I have tried to continuously support, however perhaps we should have him, like the second ref, not skate passed the red line?

    • Miguel

      great idea, lets save Phillips for our run in 2017-18!

  • my2sens

    Not enough talk… perhaps we should trade Karlsson for Heatley?

    • my2sens

      Seeing as people have gone dormant… I may take this as a chance to ask Heatley questions…

      A) Would you take him back at fair market value – a pound of tomatoes?
      B) If he would come back, do you think him on a line with Spezza and Ryan he would make an impact?
      C) Does his eye freak you out? And do you look at that one or the other if you talk to him face-to-face?

    • Nicholas Rawlins

      Thought about this the other day but imagine the Heatley, spezza, alfredsson line with Norris karlsson on the back, that would’ve been almost unfair.

      • my2sens

        Along with Chara or Prime-Redden… yeah, that could have been something!

      • FistsofNeil25

        They would have all amassed 150 points together.

  • my2sens

    Alright. Back to work. Too quiet in SC world.

    GO SENS GO!!!!!

    The glass slipper is ours!

  • Miguel

    hmmm a little nervous before a game vs the Islanders…. a team that has less to play for than we do, and will likely be even more loose than we have been.

  • Miguel

    ok I will spark it up a tad…
    Damn MM9 and his greed for a new contract!
    where has he been for the past 2 years.
    now he plays well, and it will cost us more to keep him.
    Seriously this will be a very critical year for BM, on who stays and who goes.
    Ryan, Spezza, MM9, Hemsky, CP4… oops I wish

    • Sandy

      It’s all up to Melnyk’s bank account.

    • bjessima

      I think MM9 will be a “nice to have” rather than a crying need to resign. He would be great to have back, but I believe there are several who could fill in for him (Hoffman, Schneider, Prince, Peumple, even Grant though all but Hoffman could use more Bingo time) , so I don’t expect Murray to break the bank especially with the others coming up as UFAs the next year, and who are more valuable. I do like Milan though and hope he stays.

  • my2sens

    Thought I would share… Datsyuk and Alfredsson are out for Detroit tonight… hope that helps Boston!

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Datsyuk’s injury has been killing me in my hockey pool, lol

  • sprucesens

    in an effort to spark convo, what is filatov up to these days? what are his stats like overseas? what about cheechoo?

    • Miguel

      or Kaigarwrotoff, or Roman Wick, the Dawg! oh I miss the dawg!

      • Loyd

        Or Jarrod Maidens, is he still having concussion symptoms? If so hang em’ up buddy!

        • sprucesens

          don’t think maidens has played at all since his last setback

        • Miguel

          yup, he made an attempt and suffered more symptoms, and looks like the poor guys career is done

    • Phil.

      From rotoworld:
      Brian Lee was working off ice on his conditioning Friday.
      He has been out the entire season due to a torn ACL but seems to be making progress. Lee, when healthy, is not more than a seventh NHL defenseman so he is really not rosterable. Sat, Nov 9, 2013 11:59:00 AM

      • sprucesens

        what a 1st pick that was….

        • Phil.

          I saw him listed as a healthy scratch on the tampa feed for the game last night. He isn’t on the nhl.com page for that game though.

  • Dirtysweetness

    What was Zimmer talking about this morning on the team? Trading Bobby Ryan to Philly in the off-season?

    • Miguel

      yes a real possibility, as he is originally from there,
      again a very tough decision, does he really want to stay here? If not then he will have to be moved this summer.
      If he does, he will not be cheap to resign.
      what should we do?
      Can we really expect Stone to fill in at such a young age? Tough call

      • Brutus5247

        Simply offer an extension at the beginning of July and if that doesn’t work out trade him. All players are assets and they can be moved.

        • Moudy Mahfouz

          Bobby loves Ottawa and the recognition he gets from the fan base. His tweets are always positive so far…

      • Millennium

        The organization has to make this a team guys want to sign with, or they will lose on every single player once they hit UFA age. They can’t outbid because they’re broke, so the only chance at winning players over is giving them something money can’t buy.

        If we lose Ryan and can’t land an equal or better replacement, there are going to be some really big questions for this organization to answer, and fans will be further disillusioned with ownership.

        • Miguel

          very true… although Ryan seems like a great individual, he is American, and has roots and Fiance are from there. It is pretty hard to sell 6 months of winter to a SO-CAL girl.
          Sorry I know its not popular, but it has to be mentioned.

          • Phil.

            I am confused now. Does Bobby Ryan want to go to Philly where he’s from or So-cal for his girlfriend? Or do the Flyers move to So-Cal?

          • Miguel

            basically I am spelling out that he may not want to stay here for many reasons

          • Phil.

            I see your point but let’s not make assumptions unless/until there are facts to support them.
            Leaf fans keep trying to convince themselves that every player from Ontario wants to sign as a free agent for them (but they don’t). And Vinnie Lecavalier “always wanted to play in MTL” until he actually had the chance and decided not to.

          • Miguel

            I understand but we have to be realistic, he really has not ties to the city here, I remember when we had Matt Cullen, who came and had a great run, played well in the playoffs, and was saying all the right things, only to fly atta here at the first chance… I hope he loves the winters here, but I am just cautious, and do not want to lose him for nothing

          • bluebuyyoo

            Cullen is from Minny. He was looking to go home. Sens knew he was purely a rental.

      • CUP 2014-15

        I thought he was a NJ boy and his Dad owned or ran a gym there but he grew up a flyers fan. No ?

        • Miguel

          yup, in NJ next to Philly

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Although I could see this happening what would we be looking for a return?

      • Dirtysweetness

        Wayne Simmonds? (I’m opening Pandora’s Box now….lol)

        • Millennium

          1 year of Bobby Ryan won’t get you 5 years of Simmonds at less than $4/per. Never.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Yeah…exactly its a seriously tough situation.

            If Ryan was hurt and it was his choice to try and play through it this season, to me that indicates he is motivated to be well liked here(although I think playing through it ended up having the opposite effect).

            Has Ryan ever said more than just that one passing comment that he would love to play in Philly?

          • Millennium

            I haven’t heard any of his Philly comments personally.

            But to me, I think he really respects Ottawa as the team that is finally willing to make him their #1 goal scorer/winger. That was what he hated in Anaheim, was playing in Getzlaf and Perry’s shadow. In Ottawa he’s a #1 winger. In Anaheim he wasn’t, and arguably in Philly he may not be either. I still think he is grateful to Ottawa for putting that faith in him, and he seems like the kind of guy that wants to live up to that.

          • spezzerman

            he has said in the past he was a Flyers fan growing up – and his dad and Bobby Clarke are close personal friends. Philly was also where the speculation was he would end up back when he was always involved in trade rumours.

            Ryan may just want to test free agency, period, regardless of whether he likes it here or not. If he isnt signed to an extension this summer I would most certainly bet he is somewhere else to start the season next year.

          • FistsofNeil25

            He’s also mentioned that it would be awesome to play with Giroux

          • Roar…

            You do realize in the documentary about his life Ryan acknowledged not being particularly close with his father. So I’m pretty sure his dad’s buddy buddy situation won’t matter to him. He’s also made friendships here in Ottawa which counts for more than you think. There are just as many reasons for him stay or go. The biggest thing will be the opportunity to be “the man” here in Ottawa.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Why would Philly do that though…doesn’t make sense. If Ryan doesn’t want to resign here(which is still 100% purely fan driven speculation and I am not certain I buy into it, Philly isn’t very far from here so fairly easy to visit) why wouldn’t they just wait the year out knowing full well he wants to go there and

        • Zelle

          I love Wayne Simmonds!

        • Andrews theory

          Simmonds would certainly be the primary peice i’d be targeting but they could potentially look at Couturier, B Schenn and Coburn

        • NO65*

          I know that Murray tried to get Couturier for Bishop. Maybe they would suuceed this time around?

  • 383

    WIN TONIGHT and worry about the weekend on the weekend.
    Score early and often!!!!
    #7more
    Zibby and Hemsky with a big night!!
    GO SENS GO!!!!!!!

  • Patrick Weirdcock

    Pretty happy with what I’ve seen so far from Stone and Hoffman, a lot of fun to watch… Here’s hopin they have a big night and keep this streak going!

  • Lorenzo72

    5-on-5 scoring chances were 11-0 Ottawa with Wiercioch on the ice and 11-2 Carolina with Wiercioch off the ice. (Silversevensens)

    • Brutus5247

      Don’t read too much into it unless you have the QOC factored in.

      • Lorenzo72

        Don’t spoil the fun :)

  • xiorcal

    Gord Miller ‏@GMillerTSN 53m
    Last fun fact of the day: Sens goalie Robin Lehner has five piranhas at home, each of them named after an Ottawa beat writer

    • boom

      I’m surprised “Garrioch” hasn’t eaten all of the others…

      • SuperSENS

        Hahaha! Comment of the day?

      • Brutus5247

        Or Brennen hasn’t called them garbage fish.

    • 010101010111111010101011111111

      and the Brennan fish is the one that pisses all over the tank ?

  • Sandy

    Going to the game tonight. The Isles are 4-1 or something like that the last 5 games..
    Off topic, I’m interested to see how Dzingel handles the AHL.. I wonder if his teammate McCormick is getting signed as well…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Being as I love attending playoff hockey, just walking outside today back from school and I can smell playoff hockey. Lets hope the boys smell it too and keep grabbing points.

    • SuperSENS

      I hope so!

  • SuperSENS

    Score predictions anyone?

  • Billy Bob

    I’m feeling a nice 3-0 Sens.

  • Zelle

    I feel like this will be high scoring, so I’m going with 5-2 Sens!

  • Deadly

    They never make it easy.One goal game 3-2 victory with lots of game closing drama. Probably a stupid penalty in the last 2 minute.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Game time in 30!

  • Jacques

    Up for this one, come on boys! Funny they don’t bring up a Schneider or Dziurzynski to replace Kassian! It would be an upgrade!

    • Sensturion

      For a guy who says Spezza has cost us wins, it’s suprising you haven’t noticed the team’s win/loss ratio when Kassian is playing.

      • Jacques

        You believe in Genie’s and voodoo dolls probably I guess. Looks like the Sens will win the 6th or 7th without Chuckles the clown in the lineup! Not surprising Cowen and Spezza mysteriously came up with injuries after having given up 49 f-ing shots to the CALGARY FLAMES! This lineup will keep on winning, let’s go boys! in TURRIS we trust!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Hope get the Gord Miller and Ray ferraro Always a good time watching a game ion TSN

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Stone’s gotta bury that man.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Surprised by the Islanders. Playing a pretty good game themselves, despite their roster.

  • mr.slapshot

    Looking a little sloppy.

  • mr.slapshot

    Looking a lot sloppy.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Beautiful pass by Hemsky, and Zibanejad really strong on the puck. Actually I thought that penalty call was a little weak. I thought the D got the stick. But, I’m not complaining.

  • Aaron 2.0

    That’s how you blow a PP. Lucky to be 0-0 with that.

  • BeJamin

    Thanks Smith

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    These guys love takin’ penalties eh

  • Aaron 2.0

    NYI speed giving OTT all kinds of problems tonight. Sens are getting chances though.

  • QSenFan

    OTT not skating with NYI.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Meh Period. Need to capitalize

  • Aaron 2.0

    Have a feeling MacLean will be saying why is everybody afraid to shoot. Pucks on net guys!

  • Deadly

    Thought Spezza should have back checked harder…oh Jacques I forgot.

  • Shibal

    Lol! Someguy at Silversevens phrased it perfectly: “Only the Senators can turn a pp into a 5 on 3″.

  • BeJamin

    Chris Neil used to play 6 minutes in a game when he was 25. Now that he’s over 30 and garbage he plays 4 1/2 in the first period alone. Decisions like this are why we are where we are.

    Sighhhhh

    • Jacques

      No kidding.

    • Sensnation

      The things people find to whine about.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Anyone else thinking the combinations for the bottom 2 lines are horrendous. I’m not sure what either line is suppose to be trying to accomplish. Weird mix of players on each.

    • mr.slapshot

      Just a mish mash of guys who didn’t fit anywhere else.

      • Aaron 2.0

        How about flip Kassian w/ Hoffman if you want Pageau to be L3, or Neil with Condra if you want to keep Smith as L3? I’m just knit-picking. The team’s playing pretty good. But, it’s just a weird mix of enforcer types and skill types on each line is all.

  • Jacques

    In between periods the guys on TVA were alluding to a butting of heads between The Coach and the Captain.

    • Sensnation

      Jason Spezza was abducted by aliens, didn’t you hear? Issue solved, PM won!

      • Jacques

        So was flight 370 I think! The Aliens are getting daring.

        • Deadly

          Classless

          • Jacques

            I’m not making light of it Dufus, just saying with the technology today kind of wired that it has totally disappeared so GFY!

          • xiorcal

            man you sound more and more like zip zap every day.

          • Jacques

            His dad bro!

  • FistsofNeil25

    One word to describe this game: Yuck!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Really? I don’t find it too bad. Pretty even. Teams with this sort of speed always give us fits. They’re hanging in there. Need to find ways to generate better scoring opportunities for sure.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I’m not saying we’re playing poorly, I just think it’s been a sloppy hockey game. Hard to watch.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Fair enough. Definitely sloppy compared to the last few games. I really think it’s the speed of NYI. I think they’re showing up tonight (the sens).

          • FistsofNeil25

            I’d like to see a bit more urgency. I don’t think we’re playing hard enough or moving our feet enough.

  • luckan20

    what a lousy call on Zibanejaad

    • xiorcal

      It was the right call.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Agree, there’s no penalty there for either player. They’re both fighting for it.

  • SensFanInMTL

    With a team that doesn’t have Tavares, Moulson, Vanek or Grabner, you think we can snipe in some fuckin goals already eh? FFS.

    • Jacques

      They r playing pesky the Isles.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Plein d’marde!

        • xiorcal

          the isles or him?

          • SensFanInMTL

            The game lol. Just curious, who’s him though?

          • xiorcal

            The french comment in answer to someone with a french name. I tough the comment was for Jacques but it didn’t make any sens in answer to what he said.

          • SensFanInMTL

            I see. Man are we gonna score tonight or what?

  • Sicilian

    Nice to see that Carkner is doing ok

  • MikeS

    Playing a bad team who has a backup in net, any doubt in us losing?…. Really wish this team could actually show up for the “easy” games

    • xiorcal

      They where playing very well to start the game. I think they need a goal or a good fight to get some momentum.

      • MikeS

        I was out , just got back like 5 minutes ago…. Seems pretty pathetic currently

        • xiorcal

          They started the game looking like the team that played vs the canes but something broke on the isles goal.

    • Sensnation

      It’s 1-0, we’re missing 3 main players as well. Hard to sum this up like that.

      • Millennium

        “main”? Cowen and Greening aren’t main anything

        • Sensnation

          lol, ok, Spezza, Ryan, Cowen, but sure.

          • Millennium

            You know, I had already forgotten Ryan. Shame on me.

      • MikeS

        All year they have had trouble beating the teams behind them.

        • Sensnation

          We’ve had problems all around. But when both teams are missing players hard to sum it up in the same pot.

      • FistsofNeil25

        …but they’re missing Tavares and Okposo. Can’t use those missing players as an excuse. Gotta step it up here in the third period. That’s when we have played our best hockey lately. We’re going to win this one.

        • Sensnation

          Not using it as an excuse. Please read what was written. Can’t sum it into the same pot when we’re missing players too.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Wow, what velocity on that back-hand by KT.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The Senators are going to win this game.

    • SensFanInMTL

      God we all hope so. Holding you accountable! Man we will push for the playoffs, adversity or not.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        :)

  • FistsofNeil25

    Gotta hit the net! there fellas

  • Aaron 2.0

    We’re better off at even strength. 1 minute to get into the offensive zone and set up, and 1 break-away against. Deep breaths. Haha.

  • xiorcal

    I’m playing it safe, just sent my son to bed.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Can’t allow a team with 10 rookies in their line-up put the final nail in the coffin! Gotta show up big time in the final 20 min.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Biggest 20 minutes of the season. Do they really want it.

  • Cicero

    Nostalgic to see Philips skate around without his helmet — memories of his rookie year before mandatory helmets.

  • H POTTER

    Pp starts with Smith Neil…need i say more

  • Jacques

    How does Michalek miss that.

  • H POTTER

    Maybe if we start hitting the net a bit we have a chance…

    • CUP 2014-15

      A ton of shots missing low stick side, will be interesting if they beat him there, I hope.

  • Cicero

    Big void in the OZ without Spezza on the ice.

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is aggravating to watch. We need to score and right about now to store some life into this game.

    • xiorcal

      Pageau will score one soon. Giving the crowd something to chant.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Can score 5 on the defending Cup Champions and nothing on a shitty frickin Islanders team? We will make the damn playoffs!

  • H POTTER

    Hit da fcukin net!

  • xiorcal

    I’m starting to think Karlsson may have some stock in a company producing heart medicine.

    • Jacques

      Or pace makers

      • H POTTER

        Lmao

        • Jacques

          You need a defibrillator next to your big screen just in case.

      • FistsofNeil25

        If so then I’m sure he can hook Phillips up with a good deal on one.

        • Jacques

          Think Phillips pace maker needs a new battery

  • Jacques

    I think an angel stopped that Strome shot!

    • H POTTER

      Amen to that

  • H POTTER

    Any religious folks in here? Now is the time to pray…

  • mr.slapshot

    Where’s turris and Mac?

    • H POTTER

      You didn’t see them? Sitting on the bench while the season is on the line!!!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Alright, let’s clean up the PP and pot one here boys!

  • Deadly

    TV timeout before a power play helps. Now score.

  • Jacques

    46 gonna pot one

  • xiorcal

    Just woke the kid

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    LETS GO

  • Sensnation

    WOOOHOOO!!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    JUSTICE! HOLY FUCK BALLS!

  • Codo37

    Miloooooooooooo

  • Jacques

    Yah f-ing Hoo!

  • FistsofNeil25

    sick.

  • MikeS

    And my stream is behind but I can guess we scored. :)

  • H POTTER

    What da hell are mac and tur not playing !? I feel like crying

    • Sensnation

      Tears of joy! Michalek making a case to return.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Turris leads all forwards in TOI. Mac not far behind.

  • xN1Cx

    I just finished saying “they ain’t gonna score”…currently eating crow. Lets go SENS!

  • Cicero

    Nice work Mr. LaRue.

  • Jacques

    Stone should have 5 goals tonight

    • Sensnation

      Definitely should have at least 5 shots..

      • H POTTER

        Shots in board do not count

      • Jacques

        He’s missed the net on 3-4

    • Aaron 2.0

      Missing the net tonight, but he does such a great job at finding open space. I really like his game.

      • Jacques

        A very smart player

  • CUP 2014-15

    Blow that Fuc.. duck call again

    • Codo37

      yes man! It works

  • Aaron 2.0

    Baby just woke up, which he never does after 7:00 PM (until morning), and I missed the goal. Damn. Maybe he should keep fussing. Lol.

  • Jacques

    Penalty what bullshit!

  • xiorcal

    Every time i see sensfaninmtl username i remember how fun it was to ear people shout sens suck while i was getting off the metro in montreal.

    • SensFanInMTL

      That’s class for you. Or lack thereof. It’s only happened to me once. He was wearing glasses,

      • xiorcal

        There not that bad. Most hockey fans in mtl are fun to hang with and i was there during the sens best years and the habs worse. It was always fun to be at la cage for a sens/habs game with my jersey.

  • H POTTER

    Now I can’t watch

  • SensFanInMTL

    All Gryba does is take penalties. Just leave already.

    • Jacques

      That has gone uncalled all night, c’mon

  • MikeS

    Well that call is rarely called…. :(

  • Jacques

    That a Bailey is dangerous

  • Moudy Mahfouz

  • xN1Cx

    Ugh

  • BeJamin

    Thanks Gryba. Glad we put smith and Neil out there after scoring so we could end up in the D zone. Sens penalty kill is such a piece of shit.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Why is our pk so bad??

  • Aaron 2.0

    Okay. 10 minutes guys. Don’t pack it in yet.

  • SensFanInMTL

    I still believe in Pageau! I’ll blame the linemates he is paired up with!

    • Sensnation

      He gives his all every chance he gets and has created nice shifts with lousy linemates.

    • Jacques

      They should make third line of Hoff-Smith-Pageau leave the remaining crap on the bench. roll 3 lines. Till end of the game

    • CUP 2014-15

      Love it, he scores it in overtime and have that end the night with MTL coming in Friday.

  • FistsofNeil25

    9 minutes remaining…empty the tanks boys!

  • Jacques

    Condra the only guy I know who would get a breakaway and he’d probably dump it in to go for a change!

  • H POTTER

    Someone explain to me again why with the season on the line, the Smith line has been in the ice twice as much since the start of the third as compare to the Turris line. This makes no sense

    • mr.slapshot

      Maclean wants to retire?

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    They need to put the pressure on NYI on a back to back cold start slowing down here. Come on make me go to bed happy. I sleep better

  • Cicero

    Shorten the bench, roll out the guns, and get the job done!

    • Aaron 2.0

      He did. It’s the Smith line for every other shift until the end of this one. Lol.

      • H POTTER

        And Karlsson on the bench. 3 shifts so far in the third
        Fak you MacLean

        • FistsofNeil25

          I think Karl’s hurtin’ man

        • MikeS

          Ya all I can guess is he actually wants to lose this year…

  • Jacques

    Karlsson is hurting 4 sure

    • FistsofNeil25

      No doubt.

  • Millennium

    PMac has managed to take one terrible line, and turn it into two terrible lines. Well done. *slow clap*

  • mr.slapshot

    Enough of the Neil, jesus.

  • MikeS

    Seriously what is with them playing smith/neil every second shift….

  • Jacques

    Smith brutal shot then can’t make a pass to hoffman

    • Aaron 2.0

      I like Smith, but I laughed pretty hard at that pass. Poor Hoffman ended up all the way back to the blue-line to protect the puck, when it looked like a for-sure shot.

      • Jacques

        It was bad a brain fart for sure

  • Jacques

    Fack

  • MikeS

    So apparently holding a sen to the ice for 10 seconds is perfectly legal…

    • Jacques

      In our world of getting screwed all year, yes it does

      • MikeS

        Hey there is another one off the faceoff

  • FistsofNeil25

    This is ugly. The goddamn islanders are shutting them down.

  • BeJamin

    Bench Karlsson and try and get Neil and Smith to 17 mins TOI. Brilliant plan. Please fire this idiot.

  • H POTTER

    …………………………………..

  • Jacques

    How bout Ceci

  • xiorcal

    karlsson getting booed (not sure how to spell that one)

  • Jacques

    OMG 15-25-68

    • MikeS

      I mean hoffman is ok….but why is neil and smith on there

      • Jacques

        Head scratcher

        • MikeS

          I seriously think he got used to winning without stars last year and doesnt know how to coach them at all

  • H POTTER

    Is MacLean for realllllll

  • Jacques

    Ceci get it deep

  • Jacques

    Omg

  • Sensnation

    3rd line playing 3rd line minutes … sens fans having fits lol

  • Cicero

    Shame on fans booing in the last minute. Seriously.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Meh. They pay for the tickets, it’s been a frustrating season, I don’t really mind it. I don’t like when crowds get on individual players though. That’s where I draw the line – Haha.

    • BeJamin

      Smith and Neil should not be playing 17 minutes. That’s second line. Instead they should play about 8 minutes or 4th line. That’s Neil on the ice as the extra attacker by the way. Pageau rotting on the bench. Gets one shift with Condra and Hoff and they dominate. That should have been the 3rd line all game and we said so. Fuck this pathetic pee wee bullshit.

    • Jonny

      Why? Its about time we show our displeasure in the coaching, its absurd. Stop following blindly and demand accountability.

      We just lost to the fucking Islanders man….the Islanders.

  • BeJamin

    2 mins left. How about a 1:15 minute shift from smith and Neil. It’s just infuriating. Fuck this coach. Enough is enough. If this is his choice and not melnyks he should be fired immediately

  • Jacques

    C’mon number 7

  • Jacques

    Zibby should shoot sometimes

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Neil was so ready for that pass…man

    • Jacques

      Oh man no kidding any other guy that might have been in the back of the net!

    • H POTTER

      A real looser…

  • Sensnation

    They finally call a penalty … 1 sec left

  • H POTTER

    I love MacLean now. Neil in the rush not even looking to receive the pass…fak this

  • MikeS

    Season on the line and we have neil playing 80% of last 2 minutes

  • SensFanInMTL

    What do we expect to do with a second?

    • Jonny

      Throw it in a deal for Ehrhoff…

  • Sensnation

    Neil is there to crash the front of the net in a 6-5 situation

    • FistsofNeil25

      Worked out great eh

    • H POTTER

      Not in a fakin rush 4-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Fak in use your head dammit

      • Sensnation

        He’s not putting him in for the rush, they need to setup, have him in front to screen and cause shit and shoot. Whether you like it or not, that is the strategy and plenty have coaches employ the same philosophy.

        • BeJamin

          No. They don’t. Tell me one time Shawn Thornton does this for the Bruins in the last 2 minutes of a game. Answer btw is never because they aren’t retarded.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Hahahaha! This aint the Bruins. The Bruins use Chara in front of the net.

          • Roar…

            A Norris trophy D-Man who’s got 20 goals this year. Probably a better option than Chris fucking Neil.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Exactly! That’s why it’s not right to use the Bruins in any comparison with this year’s Sens.

          • Sensnation

            Thornton is not as good as Neil with the puck. You might as well have picked Kassian as your example. And we’re not Boston, deal with it.

            If Spezza, Ryan are healthy probably doesn’t happen.

          • Roar…

            You’re right… those two players are wildly different. The point is to play a player like LUCIC in that position. Which is what the Bruins do. You know… someone who isn’t devoid of hockey sense and talent. You and maybe 1 other person think Neil on the ice was a good idea. Everyone else thinks it’s borderline retarded.

            I will say again… in case it wasn’t clear… over the last 5+ years or so… NEIL has the LOWEST number of POINTS produced PER MINUTE whilst on the POWER PLAY of ANY and I quote ANY player in the NHL. He is literally, LITERALLY the worst possible option.

          • Jonny

            Well said. But I have a feeling he just wont get it.

          • Jonny

            Well said.

          • bluebuyyoo

            The Bruins have a *much* better team than the Sens and they don’t have to rely on 3rd liners at the end of a game.

          • Jonny

            Neither should we.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Sigh

        • Shibal

          nope it’s only Maclean. Before Maclean came along, no coach would think of putting Neil in during critical times. In addition, no coach would think of playing Zack Smith + Neil line as much as he has this season. The fact is – sens are the most penalized team in the league led by both Neil and Smith

          • Sensnation

            Where have you been? I’ve watched both Martin and Murray do the same thing on many occasions? New to the Sens?

          • Shibal

            I think you are the only one that remembers this. During those days I’m sure Martin and Murray had way better options.

          • Sensnation

            Neil was a classic in front of the net. Chara before him. This shit is not new.

          • H POTTER

            You’re talking freakin 10years back! We’re talking 2014! Neil can’t skate, score or deflect a puck in! With the season on the line, no smart coach not even the look alike in the stands is going to get Neil on the ice!!!!!! That is just idiotic by MacLean I hope he gets fired

          • FistsofNeil25

            Nah it’s true Murray and Martin did both use Neil in similar situations. Difference between then and now is that Neil isn’t anywhere near as good of a hockey player as he used to be.

          • Jonny

            You’re wrong, they never used Neil as the 6th attacker, you kidding me?

          • Roar…

            He was never really that good. It was pretty equally stupid then. Even if it resulted in his best season of 15 goals or whatever. Reality is the Sens always had better options they just developed a weird affection for doing this even though it’s completely stupid.

          • Jonny

            Agree 100%

          • Sensnation

            Guys, this is fact, not opinion. You guys are agreeing with something that is not accurate haha.

          • Jonny

            Then you better check your facts, never has Murray or Martin used Neil as the 6th attacker. NEVER.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I really don’t think that was the time to have Neil playing that much of the last 2 minutes. Michalek can do the net thing if that’s what MacLean wants. Probably others with some actual skill too.

      • Jacques

        Exactly

      • FistsofNeil25

        How bout that Hemsky guy maybe?

        • Jacques

          He’s been pretty good

    • BeJamin

      Pretty sure he also missed the easy pass on the 3 on 1. Pretty sure Stone is a better net crasher.

      • Sensnation

        Stone is working his way there, no where near the size he needs to be at for that though. You can hate all you want, it makes sense just didn’t work.

        • Roar…

          You’re right man. It makes total sense to take the guy with the LOWEST PTS PER PP TIME ON ICE in the NHL and play him in that situation. Total sense. You are an idiot if you think Chris Neil should be on the ice there. If your argument is drive the net we have 5 other guys who can do that before it should be Neil getting the tap on the shoulder. Fucking Pageau would be a better choice to drive the net than hands of stone like Neil lol.

          • Sensnation

            He’s not there for his hands, he’s there to cause shit and screen the goalie. You guys are hating what I’m saying when I”m just explaining how it’s been for decades.

          • Roar…

            The point is would you rather Chris Neil doing that job or someone with talent who can finish when the puck gets jammed to the crease. The answer is obvious, unless you’re apparently retarded. Screening the goalie is literally a job any player in the NHL can do if they so choose… it is not justification to play Chris Neil. You are painful to my brain.

        • FistsofNeil25

          It may make sense but Michalek makes more sense. Michalek is a bigger body and obviously has way better hands around the net.

      • Jacques

        That was a golden chance , Neil not ideal at All!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    So Maclean puts Chris Neil out as the extra attacker?

    This man is a complete idiot.

    • Jacques

      Pageau might have been the smart move

    • Jonny

      As a whole, he probably cost us the playoffs with his ill timed coaching decisions…

      • Jacques

        Unfortunately couldn’t beat the Isles!!!!

  • xiorcal

    shot on the faceoff

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I blame this game on Maclean. Season on the line and ur 3rd and 4th line are getting equal if not more time than ur stars. Frustrated with the coaching. But what can you do

    • mr.slapshot

      Fire him?

      • Moudy Mahfouz

        I like him as a coach. But i dont wanna give up on him just yet

    • FistsofNeil25

      The 3rd and 4th line players did not get equal or more playing time that the Turris and Zibby lines. Check the box-scores.

      • Shibal

        Smith got same ice time as Zib and Turris.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Turris – 20:08
          Zibanejad – 17:32
          Smith – 16:15

          You’re so right man… totally the same!

          • Shibal

            Lol, I guess I forgot to hit the refresh button. I noticed at the time: Zib,Smith, and Turris all had 16-17 mins of ice time.

          • FistsofNeil25

            It’s all good. I don’t have all that much of a problem with Smith playing 15 minutes tonight. With Spezza out we didn’t have a better option.

            Obviously the thought of Neil playing 15 minutes tonight makes me sick to my stomach but when the only other option is Condra then there’s not a whole lot you can do.

          • Roar…

            Yes we did. His name was Pageau. The SINGLE and i mean SINGLE shift he played in the 3rd period with Hoffman & Condra as a quasi 3rd line they dominated. We had an option. We chose not to use it because our coach is balls deep in the mouth for Zack Smith & Chris Neil.

          • Shibal

            It is a problem with Smith playing 15 mins; especially when Spezza is healthy. I mean is Mac going to continue with this next year? or 2 years later when Zib is established, and Lazar comes into the picture? You guys are already seeing what Zib can do with quality minutes and line mates – ofcourse I wish he would shoot a bit more. If this continues next year I will seriously be disssapointed in Mac.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Well, you could get your top 2 lines closer to 20 minutes (since it’s do-or-die). A few players were there. You pointed out Turris (MacArthur was right there too). But not all of them. Again, I think we lost mainly because we just didn’t capitalize tonight, and the Islanders actually played a pretty good defensive game. And, of course, penalties [sigh].

          • FistsofNeil25

            Exactly. There are several reasons why we lost that game tonight but all some people want to do is blame Maclean for playing the Smith line as much as he did.

          • Roar…

            Stone 16:56. Don’t cherry pick to make your point. Also, a difference of only 1 minute in TOI is more or less the same. The point isn’t that Z & Turris didn’t get enough ice. It’s that Smith & Neil got wayyyyy tooo much. And we anchored our bottom 2 lines to the floor the ocean with our player distribution choices.

          • FistsofNeil25

            What stats am I cherry picking? I was only showing the ice-time of the top 3 centers on the team because Shibal said they all got the same ice time.

            Ya, Stone played 16:56 which was the second most ice-time of the right wingers, second to only Hemsky’s 17:03. Maclean loaded up big time on the top three lines and we lost. Boo hoo.

            Maybe if the guys on the ice would hit the net or play with a little more urgency the outcome would have been different.

          • Roar…

            My point is we lost largely because:
            A) Good players didn’t capitalize
            B) P-Mac mixed his talent in the bottom 6 in a very poor way making sure that both the 3rd and 4th lines would be useless – and oh yes, they were bad. Horribly bad.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I don’t personally think we lost tonight because of Smith’s line. But, I’m not sure your minute break-down is helping your cause all that much. Only about a 1 -minute difference in ice-time b/w Zibanjad (playing w/ Michalek and Hemsky) and Smith (playing w/ Hoffman and Neil)? Maybe a break-down of even-strength minutes will help (if Smith got a lot of PK time), but I find that a little scary in a do or die situation.

  • Jonny

    Terrible effort, who is Wilson anyways, some no name goalie and we put 1 by him in a must win game vs a lowly NYI team with no Tavares, Vanek, Moulson…

    • SensFanInMTL

      Jon! Sgoin on bud?

  • SensFanInMTL

    They need to stop the teasing. Sometimes I wish we were mathematically out so that we could all avoid heart attacks.

    • mr.slapshot

      We are. They’re just trying to maximize the viewer count right to the end.

  • H POTTER

    They needed this damn win tonite! Don’t expect the freaking kakadiens to show any mercy…season done tonight ! thank you you stupid MacLean a marde. The look alike behind him would’ve done a better job

  • bluebuyyoo

    FFS! The coach’s decision to play Neil at the end had nothing to do with the inability of the rest of the team to score more than 1 goal against the might Islanders. 1 goal doesn’t get it done most nights.

    • Jacques

      Sensnation is this your second account talking?

      • Sensnation

        Really? Are you new to the site?

        • Jacques

          You guys sound alike, same speeeeeel!

          • Sensnation

            Given your posts I wouldn’t expect you to see many differences in people that disagree with you.

        • SensFanInMTL

          Man how do you guys keep tab of who sounds like who? I haven’t even seen ZipZapRap or Tooks in like forever. And they were easy to differentiate. Sensnation is a loyal bud I think.

    • Roar…

      That would be a good point, if it was retarded. Neil and Smith played 16 minutes tonight. We all said the lines should have been….

      Michalek-Zibanejad-Hemsky
      MacArthur-Turris-Stone
      Hoffman-Pageau-Condra

      Neil-Smith-Kassian (6-8 mins)

      Instead… our genius coach decided to attach the anchor of Neil to line 3 and Kassian to line 4. Effectively making the Sens a 2-line team for the duration of the evening with 2 other lines that would more or less desperately try not to get scored on whilst giving up scoring chances and turnovers with regularity.

      Say what you want. The coach is fucking retarded.

      • Sensnation

        We all said? No the loud whiny fans who just don’t get it said that. They are our 3rd line, have been for quite a few years now. You can second guess all you want, but at some point you have to face reality.

        • Roar…

          So Chris Neil at 25 wasn’t good enough to play more than 8 minutes a game but at 30+ he’s suddenly a 3rd line shut-down winger?

          No shit they’re our third line. The point is they shouldn’t be!!! Playing them as such is more than a little stupid. They’re among the worst lines in hockey. Keep cheering that shit on though. That’ll help the team.

          It is nothing less than infuriating to anyone who knows ANYTHING about the analytics of hockey. I bet you cheer on Chris Phillips too whilst Wier rotted in the press box most of the year. Christ.

          • Jacques

            4th line on a bad team too. Third line minutes for these scrubs is a big mistake.

          • Jonny

            Poor Patty, I feel for him…

      • bluebuyyoo

        Retarded? Nice counterpoint. I’ll have to remember that one.

        Turris, CMac, Zib, Hemsky, MM9, Stone and even Hoffman all had more ice time than Neil tonight. They only managed to score a single goal against the Islanders. The loss tonight was a team effort.

        • Roar…

          Look, I’m angry so I don’t feel like communicating nicely and spoon feeding you the most basic hockey analytic info on the planet. Neil’s previous game was 18 shots vs. us and 2 for us during his time on ice. Basically, he’s terrible at hockey. Hoffman, although he got lots of minutes, spent most of those minutes being anchored by Chris Neil. Neil brought the whole line down. This isn’t complicated. In order for a line to be successful it has to have 3 semi-competent player. Would you play Kassian with Turirs & MacArthur? No. Playing Chris Neil with Hoffman is EXACTLY and I do mean EXACTLY the same scenario.

          • Jonny

            Dont get too worked up, everyone but a few nimrods are on the same page.

            Playing Neil too much is a disaster.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Seems to me that the nimrods are the ones getting all hot and bothered.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Really? Spoon feed? Get over yourself! Blaming the loss on the coach playing a player at the wrong time is wrong. That decision did not lead to the *TEAM* only scoring 1 goal.

  • Millennium

    That was amateur hour coaching tonight. Embarrassing.

  • H POTTER

    So pissed at MacLean right now..theres no words to describe

    • SENSsmile

      I’m glad to see that a lot of people are finally realizing that MacLean and his mustache didn’t deserve the Jack Adams last year. It shows pretty badly this year.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Well, kudos the the Islanders, who I thought played one heck of a game. Fittingly, we took too many penalties, and it burned us. As much as a magical run would be nice, the odds were / are stacked against us. And, sometimes I was worried that making the playoffs would sort of just result in management and coaches thinking that everything was okay this year, when in fact there is some need for some serious reflection.

    I thought the boys fought hard tonight. Couldn’t seem to generate the scoring chances needed to score. It’ll be a tough one for them to stomach.

  • SensFanInMTL

    We need to fleece Anaheim and ship out Prince & Cole Schneider for Noesen!

    • Jacques

      U know what I think they might be better than Noesen.

      • Jacques

        But we prefer playing a Greening and the wizard Condra

        • SensFanInMTL

          LOL at replying to yourself lol!

          • Jacques

            I take meds for this sorry!

        • Sensnation

          In due time. Patience young grasshopper.

  • xiorcal

    neil with the 3rd star of the game tonight

  • SensFanInMTL

    FistOfNeil25 I think you were the one I was discussing about the waiver situation. I think you had mentioned something about someone not paying Greening his $2. something or close to $3M contract in the AHL. But couldn’t we just place him in the AHL before waivers begin?

    • Jacques

      You know what Greening, Cowen, Spezz, makes me wonder what changes are coming. Think about it! Maybe TVA is right about The Coach and player 19.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Hey esti on va pas commencer avec les h’osti “Trade Spezza” encore une fois man! L’equipe as a whole were disappointing bud.

        • Jacques

          C’est le temps de lui dire adieu!

          • Jonny

            Pi le remplacer avec???? Neil?

          • Jacques

            We can sail his ship out too! Neil has lost it.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Greening will make 2.65 mill whether he’s in the AHL or NHL. Waivers don’t have anything to do with how much he gets paid.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Right. So could we just place him in the AHL then? Who here wants to watch Greening apart of the 82 game season next year? Anyone?

        • FistsofNeil25

          We could place him in the AHL but I can’t see cash-strapped Melnyk being happy about paying a guy that kind of cash to play in the minors. I would be happy if I never saw Greening wear a Sens jersey again.

          • SensFanInMTL

            At this point, even a late round pick is good enough for me. Maybe my display pic makes me very biased but seriously, there are “other alternatives” of players wanting to crack the team next season and we still have a plethora of prospects, if you catch my drill. Condra’s gotta go too. Been watching him since 2011. Enough’s enough now eh?

          • FistsofNeil25

            Yeah I agree on all accounts except for maybe Condra. If he came back as a fourth liner I would be cool with that. That would mean Neiler has to go though.

            I know everyone loves the old dogs and all but just like Phillips, Neil isn’t the player he used to be,

          • Roar…

            Neil, Phillips & Greening have no place in the NHL. Nothing but loyalty keeps these guys on the ice. Greening might have a salvageable career as a 4th liner, but that’s an expensive 4th liner.

          • Jacques

            Team has to evolve a bit, 4 and 25 have run their course

          • SensFanInMTL

            Oh I was all for Phillips to Boston for what was supposed to be a 1st rounder in 2011. Fuck we would’ve had four 1st rounders!

          • Jacques

            Force him to sell cotton candy on the 300 level

      • SensFanInMTL

        I’m still stumped on something though. I thought if you send a player to the AHL that it doesn’t count on the salary cap. So you mean Melnyk has to pay all of Bingo’s roster?

  • Cicero

    Disappointed but not surprised. Up and down all season, and tonight missing our C and Ryan and with EK on 50% wheels. Can’t blame PM for tonight unless you also praise him for coaching the Sens out of many ruts this season. Great effort by everyone, at times trying too hard. Sigh….well, we still have a stable of youthful skill unlike ever in franchise history. Childhood is hell though eh? :-)

    • Jacques

      Karlsson setback with the Achilles , too much hockey for the little dude!

  • Jason

    Really wish they would have played the entire game with the urgency they showed in the last 4 minutes. And is it just me or does Stone miss the net 9 out of 10 times.

    • H POTTER

      It’s actually 10out of 8

    • Deadly

      Zero shots tonight despite the feeling he might of had five. Tonight he missed the net but I think he will prove to be a good scorer.

  • Sensnation

    Felt the team really missed their captain tonight. Love him or hate him he’d definitely have helped get more than 1 goal!

    • Deadly

      I agree but liked the Zbad , Hemsky duo.

      • Jonny

        Yes hence why MM9 must go, get him the F outta here.

        93-19-83

        • Jacques

          Zibby passed up good shots tonight, has to learn to be greedy

    • Jacques

      The coach hold the Captain out or did he not suck it up to play tonight, hope this question is asked by the donut eater writers

    • Shibal

      some can also say the captain may have helped the isles get one more goal against the sens. No joke.

      • FistsofNeil25

        See I was going to say that but I knew someone else would lol

      • Jonny

        Possibly but atleast we would have scored more than 1 goal. Lose 3-2 instead :P

    • sell the team Eugene

      Captain Alfresson ?

  • FistsofNeil25

    Evereyone is shitting on Maclean but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t one of the many players tonight that missed the net on prime scoring opportunities. That was the difference in the game.

    • Jacques

      Never saw so many prime slot shots miss

    • Roar…

      This is not an untrue statement, but he was responsible for the player TOI distribution. Distribution that it is theoretically impossible to argue gave us a better chance to win. Pageau at 8 minutes and Hoffman anchored by Neil. That is all I have to say. If you want to support that kind of coaching go ahead. We missed the playoffs because this guy has had his head up his ass for the entire season. Defend him as much as you want. I can’t do it. It’s not right that GSN cost us the playoffs. I won’t support it. This ridiculous ball sucking of these three useless players with no hockey sense has got to stop.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Man I agree that Maclean is a large part of the reason we missed the playoffs but to put it all on him is ridiculous. This is just as much on Murray, the players, and the so called leaders as it is on Maclean, and lets not forget the ass-clown that owns the team.

        I don’t however believe firing the coach is the answer. He had a rough year but we should look at it as a learning experience more than a reason to fire him. He’s proven to be a good coach so far in his career. If the same problems exist next season then maybe they should consider firing him, but right now it’s just not the way to go.

        Murray can’t fire yet another coach. Paddock, Hartsburgh, Clouston, then Maclean? Fuck that man. If Maclean gets axed then Murray should be packing his bags with him. Spezza, Neil and Phillips can go as well.

        • SensFanInMTL

          Agreed. Can’t just let a coach go after one bad year. Guy came in back in 2011-2012 and we made it then and we made it in the lock out 2013 shortened season. Next year we’ll get better players and turn this thing around. With that said, Cameron and the other stooge with the glasses have to go.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Agreed. How can you put all the blame at the feet of the head coach when the man wasn’t even allowed to pick his own staff?? What kind of a joke is that. No wonder there are so many rumors of a disconnect between members of the coaching staff with one another and the coaching staff with management.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I have come to the conclusion that I just no longer care….While our management “team” is in place we will not win. I suspect we will see a lot more of this and I am genuinely starting to wonder if any of our upcoming UFAs are going to resign here.

        • sprucesens

          after looking at that list, maybe its time we try an actual proven head coach, instead of promoting assistants or AHL head coaches? Not saying fire maclean, but maybe for once we go with a proven coach? I do like maclean’s emphasis on puck possession and a high event game with lots of D activation. But he should be using the player’s that are good at this type of game, and he just doesn’t seem to want to. Like above, it could be him, the assistants, murray or eugene.

    • Michenator

      SO TRUE! Some games we seem to miss the net a lot and those games we often lose. You can almost call it from the first 5-10 minutes.

  • xiorcal

    Well it was fun while it last. Good night guys always fun to watch the game with you.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Hemsky is too much of a playmaker. Man if the opportunity is there, just score. He’s too damn skilled to pass up on what can be a game changing goal.

    • FistsofNeil25

      He’s sure as hell fun to watch, but I’ve never seen a player so unwilling to shoot the damn puck lol

    • sprucesens

      that’s always been the complaint of every oiler fan. All the skill in the world, but never shoots when he needs to. Eventually get’s bumped off the puck, or enough players swarm him to take the puck. Not to far from how spezza has been his career. can dangle most players in the league, but then tries to make an impossible pass, rather that the simple play on net.

      • runningbear1974

        And remember everyone… This is the best Hemsky we’ll ever see… Later in contract he won’t try as hard… He won’t get better…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Paul Maclean costed us the playoffs this season.

    • Jonny

      Yes, hence why Murray did not give him a vote of confidence in his last interview.

      • Jacques

        Yeah but he’ll stay for the length of his contract

        • Jonny

          How long does he have left? Might be out next year if we dont change our tune.

          • Jacques

            2 years I think not impressed by him like you

          • Jonny

            He needs to have a bounce back coaching year or else he might be on the hot seat. We cant keep playing like this. Its so hard to watch.

          • Jacques

            It’s like there’s no system at all!

          • FistsofNeil25

            New three year contract kicks in after this season.

          • Jonny

            Hahah he wont last another 3 years man, no way, not if he keeps these tactics up.

          • Roar…

            That really depends on why these tactics are occurring in the first place. How much as fans do we really know. Is Eugene interfering? Are off-ice issues the reason hard working mature pros like Greening/Smith/Neil get so much ice? It’s certainly not talent. So what is it. That’s what we don’t know.

          • Jacques

            Just puked in my mouth a little

      • Roar…

        The real issue is player TOI has made NO sense this season if you compare it to actual performance. There are 3 possibilities.

        1. Interference from above (Be it Murray or Eugene).
        2. P-Mac is actually as dumb as he’s appeared
        3. There are significant off-ice issues with the team, issues we don’t know about that lead to professionals who behave correctly getting to play and irresponsible guys who need to step it up not playing as much.

        My gut tells me it’s probably #3. At least that’s the impression I’ve gotten from the audio clips from P-Mac over the course of the year.

        • Jacques

          Major shakeup coming if number 3

        • PraiseAlfie11

          It’s number 3. Want proof? Here’s a comparable: Toronto Maple Leafs. Coach and goalie start scrapping publicly and boom, they lose 6 in a row.

          As for the sens, what happened right after neil fights cowen, They went on a nice run. Something happened in vancouver or over the olympic break.

          Probably factions in the room divided over captaincy…that’s my bet.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Man it took just one bad season to finish and draft in the top 10 of 2011 before Clouston was history. What I’m trying to get at is, is MacLean gonna even be here come June? I mean, I don’t see him gone. But he just did a complete 180 for the worse. How does a Jack Adams winner do what he has done this year?

      • Shibal

        The answer is the GSN line. One guys says they are a third line, however no stats can even prove they are a third line. I won’t even count it from an observational perspective, because guys like Pageau, Zibanejad, and Hoffman can play with just as much energy in addition to skills.

        • Jacques

          That is a terrible third line, we have the talent in the Org to have a very good third line, just don’t get it!

          • Jacques

            Sorry meant Gsn terrible not Pageau-Hoffman-Zibby lol

      • Jonny

        Our goalies couldnt save him this time…

    • FistsofNeil25

      So did the lack of leadership, goaltending, defence, and money.

      • Shibal

        Can’t say money – talking in the context of making the playoffs. Virtually the same team that made the playoffs last year was iced this year with the return of our skilled players and addition of Macarthur and Ryan. However lack of leadership, defense, goaltending, and coaching totally makes sense.

      • Roar…

        “Lack of Leadership” – in 100 words or less quantify what that even means. Spezza & Karlsson do more than enough on and off the ice to lead this team, in my humble opinion. Goaltenders, absolutely, defense – that’s where most of the blame lies and we can see “money” for the reason the blame is there. Team gambled cheap, they got cheap results.

        • FistsofNeil25

          If you think Karlsson and Spezza’s on ice play has demonstrated good leadership this year then I don’t know what to tell ya. They’re offense is nice to watch and all but they have both been total liabilities away from the puck all season long. You rleaders need to demonstrate a good 200ft game. Your leaders need to set an example for how we want the team to play through a solid work ethic. Jason Spezza doesn’t work when the opposition possesses the puck. Plain and simple.

          It’s hard for me to shit on Karlsson because he’s my favorite player but he’s no leader, not yet.

          Throw in the fact that the two players wearing the “A’s on a full time basis are two of, if not the two worst players on the team and you’re going to have a bad time.

    • sell the team Eugene

      No Alfredsson – no Gonchar replacement – not PM’s fault

    • Doc

      Good god, get your head our of your ass.

  • Roar…

    Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
    Macarthur-Turris-Ryan
    Hoffman-Zibanejad-Stone
    Condra-Da-Costa-Conacher (Smith in for Da Costa on a rotating Basis)

    In the land where things happen as they actually should, this is arguably the group that gives Ottawa the best chance to win NHL hockey games. How many times did you see them play this season? The answer is zero. That is quite literally all you need to know about this team.

    Eugene was too cheap to pay the rookies to be up for as much time as would have been appropriate. The coach was unwilling (for whatever reason) to distribute player TOI in a way that made sense.

    We can argue about it six ways from Sunday, but the only reason the Sens aren’t going to the dance is their own damn mismanagement of what is easily enough talent to get there. That is what is frustrating for the fans. That is why we are angry. We know the team had better. We know the team chose not to use it out of some weird sense of loyalty.

    The most putrid moment of the season for me was watching Phillips inking an extension. Maybe they had to do it to sell season tickets, but holy crow it sucks.

    • Michenator

      Mismanagement for sure! BUT! Also, no game changing goal tending and also piss poor defence.

    • Pugnacious Serf

      Yeah, Conancher and Smith rotating on the RW, so when we play Buffalo, does Conacher play with them or us seeing as he was picked up on waivers by Tim Murray a month ago. Thanks for playing…

  • Jacques

    OMG just saw Chirps tweet funniest line ever!

    SensChirp @SensChirp
    Lots of Kassian-Pageau-Condra and Hoffman-Smith-Neil in this period. MacLean has gone full Costanza. #Sens

    • Jacques

      Doing the opposite didn’t work Chirp!

  • Shibal

    Yosts puts it perfectly: “If you are going to lose games, do it with your best players”

  • SensFanInMTL

    There’s 2 guys that’s left to blame that I think everyone here, including myself have forgotten. Cameron and the other stooge with the glasses! Surely they have had poor judgement on our players. Didn’t they switch roles where the DEF coach was doing the OFF work and the OFF coach doing the DEF work? Richardson needs to be assistant coach. I think he can revamp P-Mac next season! Could be a great assistant to Mac.

    • Michenator

      Richardson wants a head coach position, nothing else.

    • aegiszx

      I think youre forgetting why Richardson left the big club in the first place.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Apparently so. What happened exactly?

        • aegiszx

          He wanted to be closer to his oldest daughter (she goes to University close by to Bingo) after his youngest had passed away. Not to mention the fact that yeah, prior to joining the B-Sens, Richardson spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators starting in 08.

          • SensFanInMTL

            Oh fack I did absolutely forget. But that work he is putting in down in Bingo though…

        • bluebuyyoo

          He was offered the head coach position in Bingo.

  • Roar…

    I think the fact that people are even floating the theory that Paul MacLean is purposely trying to get fired says it all. The decisions defy all logic. Perhaps… and I do take this with about a truckload of salt. Perhaps this all ends with Eugene. Perhaps P-Mac said “I want to best players the Ottawa Senators have on the ice” and Eugene refused to pay.

    That’s Hoffman, Stone, Pageau, Conacher & Da Costa. That’s alarm bells about Zibanejad’s sending down to the minors being more about cash than justifiable reason.

    Maybe P-Mac is sending a message not to his players, but to the owner. Let me work with the best we have, or watch us drown and fuck right off.

    I doubt it, because I can’t see a coach ever disrespecting his players like that. You want to give the guys you have the best chance to win.

    If he hates Melnyk that much though… maybe he wants out of a toxic organization.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Honestly, if MacLean was not allowed to run the bench the way he wanted, I would hope he has the balls to tell the owner to fuck himself and resign.

      The failure to make the playoffs this year comes from crappy team defense, less than stellar goaltending and way too many stupid penalties.

      • SensFanInMTL

        And lastly, turnovers! Man as fans, we have witnessed some pretty bad ones, and often too during the year.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Very true! Most of the time the turnovers found their way into the back of the net.

  • aegiszx

    My prediction is that Mac gets canned after the 82nd game, and Murray brings in Ron WIlson OR Claude Noel.

    • SensFanInMTL

      God, no to both!

    • sben

      I think if it were to be anyone Murray wouldn’t hire an already fired coach. It would probably be Luke because of his great job in Bingo and based on some Team 1200 interviews that I have listened to he probably won’t want to leave ottawa and will stay here so that is what I think makes most sense and will probably happen.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Murray should not be allowed to fire another coach, especially after just re-signing the man to a 3 year contract extension. From Jack Adams runner up, to Jack Adams winner, a 3 year contract extension, then fired after missing the playoffs once with a budget team. If that happens then I will have lost all faith in this organization. This will have become a total circus man.

      • Cicero

        Everyone here has gone batshit crazy.

    • sell the team Eugene

      This team with a returning Alfredsson, an experienced replacement for Gonchar and not an endless parade of AFTERNOON games would easily make
      the playoffs

      The “canning” needs to happen at the very top of the organization

  • FistsofNeil25

    Wow did anyone see Gustav Nyquists game winner against Boston tonight? That guy is absolutely explosive. He went from playing in the AHL to start the season to becoming one of the very best goal scorers in the NHL. If Detroit get Datsyuk and Zetterberg back for the playoffs they could be a very serious threat in the east.

    • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

      Plus Alfie anchoring….It would come down to Howard at that point but I could see them going deep…

  • SensFanInMTL
  • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

    They are 26th in spending and 22nd in the league….There’s on obvious correlation there…UGH

    • s3nsfan

      Really? Put that logic to Colorado and tell me how that works out.

  • senate19

    My thoughts on MacLean:

    I’m not sure any coach would willingly try to get fired, regardless of a beef with ownership. Consider, this is PM’s first head coaching job, basically the start of his head-coaching career. On one hand, he’s got the Jack Adams so he thinks he’s invincible. On the other hand, you don’t try to get fired without job security.

    Maybe he is really confident he’ll get picked up by another team. .Who knows? Quitting wouldn’t look good on a resume, at all.

    Instead, though, it’s hard to know why he’s doing what he’s doing. If he’s trying to send the players messages, he’s picked the wrong time of the year to do it.

    If he’s trying to send Melnyk a message, it’s probably working, to some degree.

    If he’s truly trying to win games/(save the season) with Neil and the other 4th liners, then maybe he’s just a bad choice for this team anyway?

    My question is, what happens next year? Sounds like this ZOO is going to get messy over the summer and something’s going to come out that we haven’t heard yet.

    Personally, Luke Richardson might be the best way to go right now, but I have a feeling Melnyk’s money situation is affecting EVERY SINGLE DECISION being made, to some degree or another

  • Dirk-Diggler

    This is going to go down as the worst season in the clubs history…

    If you give a pass to the first 4-5 seasons of infancy…

    1. Our owner is broke and has made a public spectacle of himself which is a huge red flag for free agents and players on our roster to sign here.
    2. This lead to our greatest player in franchise history going to a division rival
    3. Our coach and players are clearly not on the same page, if we fire him this will be what five coaches in the last 7 years? Something like that…
    4. We don’t have a 1st round pick and we are finishing in the bottom 10 (I don’t think the trade was a hug landslide in favour of Ahaheim but they did win)
    5. Our leadership group is clearly wrong. Spezza, Neil and Phillips are not the guys that should be your leaders. I like Spezza but I think he’s the A, Karlsson is an A and Turris is the C.
    6. We committed to the wrong players on D, resigning Phillips was a giant mistake. I mean the best option was to trade him but after that the second best option was to not sign him at the trade deadline. It will cost us one of Cowen or Weicioch that’s for sure. While both those guy are not having seasons they want to look back on, they have futures that are promising.
    7. Our fan base has switched off. We all used to love the team and now it’s apathy. If you go to games there are maybe 14,000 people there on a decent night. They announce 17,000 but that’s a lie.

    • whammer44

      Agree with the bulk of that. Don’t see how Turris was ever in a position to be considered captain at the beginning of the year…but that aside somewhere between mgmt and coaching there is a disconnect. I haven’t understood the logic of:
      1. Continually rolling out Cowen as a top 2 pairing when he clearly showed he currently is no better than an AHL player
      2. Pairing Karl with Cowen so as to make Karl appear to be worse defensively than he actually is
      3. Screwing around with Spez by playing him with 3rd and 4th line players at best
      4. Thinking that the combination of Smith, Neil, Greening and Condra are anything more than a 4th line
      5. Joe Corvo?
      6. Screwing around with Ryan’s ice time when that line was clearly golden
      7. Benching Methot…twice. This makes even less sense considering the free pass Cowen and Phillips got. You gotta think Gryba and Wiercioch watched these two guys and said…”really”?
      8. Pulling the Lehner and going back to Andy when he was on a 3 game roll right after the team and Andy had been struggling…

      I don’t know jack about what the players think of Mac and who knows whats going on, if anything, between Mac and Murray but I would be happy to go back to a time when the “best players play”

      • Dirk-Diggler

        The penalty thing bothers me too. It just screams lazy! If this team took less stupid penalties we would probably not have lost as many games as wel have.

        • whammer44

          For sure, but that comes from the shoddy defensive play which leaves them scrambling…more puck possession = less penalties

        • Zelle

          Change probably to definitely. How are they supposed to close out games when on the PK 6-8 times a night?

  • Colin

    Paul MacLean
    2012 – Jack Adams finalist
    2013 – Jack Adams winner
    2014 – Sens “fans” questioning his new 3 year contract and whether he is coaching to lose or trying to send a message to management or has no idea how to coach or he has lost the room or that he may be the wrong coach for this team.

    Losing is not fun and not being in the playoffs sucks. Looking for a scapegoat is natural, but I think you have to look at the team as a whole. The two biggest problems that can be fixed were sheer number of minor penalties (Hey! At least they led the league in something!) and abysmal team defense. Reducing the number of penalties will lead to more flow and the proper guys being on the ice more often.

    • Zelle

      Couldn’t agree more. If the team takes 8+ penalties in a game, of course Spezza will have less ice time than usual, because he won’t be out there killing penalties.

  • NO65*

    We can blame the coach all we want, but Stone missed an empty net right from the start of the game and counting all the scoring chances they had last night that ended as too many passes instead of shooting, as a coach, I would be pretty furstrated too. We have to realize that we only have 1 natural scorer on this team in Bobby Ryan and some of you want him out.

    I realize that the player too go after this summer is Callahan. This guy is a real leader and he is prooving it again with Tampa. We don’t have this type of player. Lazar might become one eventually.

  • Doc

    Wow, some of you have just gone crazy.

    This fanbase is something special alright…

  • karlssens

    If this falls on anyone, it falls from the top. Melynk is the problem, and between his lack of financial support and his constant involvement with decisions this team was bound to go no where this season.

    It’s going to be a long offseason, but we have to bring in the best players to support the coach. Trading spezza is priority number one whether we like it or not. Getting a solid package for him will finalize the rebuild.

    Finally, the most frustrating part of the season was resigning Phillips… Seriously, no one wins from that. Phillips is tarnishing the great reputation he had here with all of his errors and mishaps this season. Imagine the next two years?!

  • John Q. Spartan

    This pretty much sums it up for me…

    Gryba two hands puck carrier in the hands, and receives a 2 minute penalty, right after we tie the game. The Islanders promptly score to regain the lead.

    And who is out there lining up at Center Ice after the goal? Eric Gryba, fresh out of the box..

    • Doc

      Trade Gryba!!

      • Colin

        Yea! It’s all Gryba’s fault. ..and Spezza’s and Greening’s and Phillips’ and Condra’s and Neil’s and MacLean’s and Michalek’s and Corvo’s and Cowen’s.

        • Doc

          Trade Colin!!

          • Colin

            The only way I am going is if Spezza and PMac come with me :-D

  • boom

    Yikes, a little perspective please.
    The are now 4-2 in the last 6 games. Most of us were feeling, slightly, better about the team over the last week or so, and now we are all dissecting the team, trying to lay blame.
    MacLean has made alot of questionable decisions, and alot of players have had bad seasons. I also think it’s fair to say that some of the moves Brian Murray has made have not worked out as planned, but if you are being completely honest – we all guilty as well of thinking this team was better than they actually are.
    Personally, i think this summer will be the most important one in recent memory, and IF they make the right moves, they will be as good next year as we all thought they would be this year.

  • John Q. Spartan

    The funny part is, you are ALL RIGHT!

    Players, coaches, management, ownership… they all can be better. No need fighting about who is “more to blame”, more than enough to go around.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Ok guys… Let’s all try to figure out what can solve the issues we have…

    Let’s say realistically we spend $60M in salary next season and we do not fire PMac..

    Chirp, can you do a blog with a layout of all of our contracts next season and who in the minors should be pushing for roles on the big team? Also, what if any FA we can arget and what trades to bring in help for the D?

    • xN1Cx

      ChripED! Do it up Dirk!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I can’t believe the outrage in here today… Nothing has really changed.

    Our shitty season has just continued…. Should be a relatively interesting, I suspect controversial off season… Buckle up

    • John Q. Spartan

      You know a season is bad when people just start accepting defeat…

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I’m more implying the people up in arms over stupid decisions… They have been happening all season, why would that change now

        • John Q. Spartan

          Hope, I guess.

  • xN1Cx

    That game was our season in a nutshell. Can’t say I was surprised, disappointed yes but not surprised.

    Very evident how much we missed a healthy Spezza and Ryan. These guys plus Hemsky and Michalek need to be back next year. We need to move the dead weight out of the bottom six and call up some hungry players.

    This is realistically the best team we have ever iced (save for the mid 200′s).

    Expectations have been tempered, puck is in your end Sens.

  • Zelle

    Considering the blowouts in preseason against the Islanders in the half and half, and the high scoring game the last time they played, I’d say 2-1 is quite the improvement. You can tell that they have been working on their defense. The playoffs were a long shot anyway, even though most of us were quietly hoping for a miracle. They are definitely playing better these days and I see that as a bright spot in a less than spectacular season. I’ll keep cheering them on through the final six games! Go Sens Go!

  • Pugnacious Serf

    I’m pretty sure that most fans will forget about the bumps and bruises that was this season, provided they show up for the Montreal and Toronto games.

    • Dirk-Diggler

      We’ve lost every game to TO this season and the last MTL game was a disaster…

  • aegiszx

    Does it not concern ANYONE that we are one the most penalized teams in the league? Can we drop that shit and just play hockey, please? I get having a bunch of grinders on the team in the bottom 6, but ffs, its doing more harm than good. Chicago and Pittsburgh are the two least penalized teams, and look where they are. A team full of skilled players and excellent coaching/goaltending. You want less of GSN? Stop taking stupid ass penalties then!