Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Bruins

SensChirp December 28, 2013 177
Game Day- Anderson Starts vs. Bruins

It was the same old story for the Ottawa Senators on Friday night in Boston.  Despite a strong opening twenty minutes in which they took the game to the Bruins, the Senators could not sustain their level of play and allowed the home side to dominate the final 40 minutes. The end result was an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the division leading Bruins.

They’ll take on those same Boston Bruins tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Writing post game wrap ups and game day previews about this hockey team has become a painful and tedious process.  It’s the same story lines night in, night out as a team that appears to be pretty strong on paper struggles to find any kind of consistency in their game.  Every game it seems like Paul MacLean is sending some sort of message to his star players and last night it was Bobby Ryan that drew the ire of the Coach.  The result was far too much of the Greening-Smith-Neil line in a game where the Senators were struggling to create offence.

There’s obviously  something that Paul MacLean expects his skilled guys to do during the game that they aren’t doing well enough.  But if this team is going to be successful, their best players need to carry them. MacLean needs to realize that and start playing the hell out of his top two lines.

The Senators will make a couple changes to the line up heading into tonight’s tilt with the Bruins.  Joe Corvo draws into the line up in place of Eric Gryba.  Chris Phillips is being called a game time decision.  If he can’t go, Patrick Wiercioch draws in.  Here is how the Senators are expected to line up.

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek
Greening-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Pageau-Condra

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Corvo
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal.

The Daily Chirp- Still lots of talk about the Senators interest in Michael Del Zotto.  Ottawa isn’t the only team looking at the Rangers defenceman but they are considered one of the teams leading the pack.  Hard to tell what the asking price is for Del Zotto but I suspect it includes one of either Eric Gryba or Patrick Wiercioch and a prospect.  The Rangers have apparently asked about Mark Stone in the past.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Sens and Bruins both had an optional skate…

    ps: Seriously this website needs a forums… there I said it again!

    • SensChirp

      Had a message board for awhile and it was a bit of a disaster.

      • Luc Wolfe

        i know a lot has to do with the software you use and having a few guys helping you keep things appropriate!

  • MoeDozer

    cant even tell if you’re being sarcastic or serious anymore about top line being the neil line..i have no idea what to expect anymore from coach. those 3 are the worst performers in terms of production on this team..why play them so much.

  • IcySurfas

    Colin Greening played 17 mins 35 sec last night … more than any other forward. Is he being showcased?…shopped?

    • NickofTime

      I don’t think so, I think Greening plays a lot because the coach trusts him to play a responsible defensive game, something you can’t say about the Spezza line. The team is inconsistent, it’s not one player’s fault but all of them & specifically our best players like Spezza & Karlsson who continue to give the puck away & make stupid decisions & huge mistakes. They are the ones who are most at fault for this inconsistent play as well as mediocre goaltending from both goalies but specifically Anderson.

  • Mike

    I think the reason for the inconsistent play on this team is the fact that they have no real leader. If Alfie was still here, I can say without a doubt that this team would probably be in a playoff position right now. This team should have signed Iginla during the off season he is cheaper than Alfie and would still offer the leadership this team needs.

    • mkjr

      But would Iggy have wanted to sign here???

  • Mike

    Instead of Del Zotto this team should be looking at a guy like Callahan who plays his heart out, works really hard and who actually leads by example.

    • Jacques

      Agreed!

      • Jacques

        Spezza, Wiorcioch,and Stone for (Callahan or Stepan), delZotto, and Hagelin.

        Something like that!

  • F5

    So Murray’s idea for improving a struggling defensive team is to trade for a struggling defenseman??? Brilliant!!!

  • SenaTHOR

    I like Ceci s overall play but is to weak physically. Needs time to develop. His goals for vs goals against isn’t very good and most is as a result of being out muscled.

  • Mike

    The other problem I have with this team is the fact that we are losing games because he keeps consistently playing our 4th liners that is not how you win hockey games. Come on Mac it is common sense that if the team is struggling you have to play your best players.

    • Jacques

      Yeah but the real problem is our 2nd line is useless and is a minus gazillion! They can’t be trusted, thus Mac has been over coaching due to this problem!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Please don’t make that trade. The only thing that has held Stone back from being here has been injuries, I don’t give a damn about his foot speed, it’s now passable. This guy can flat out score and sees the ice well.

    • mkjr

      I’m with you on that, I didn’t like giving up Noesen…if we had to let somebody go it should have been Puempel.

  • Matty5634

    On a positive note (which desperately needed today), Curtis Lazar is looking good at the WJHC. He was a back checking beast in the 2nd period vs the Czechs. It would be nice to see a few current Sens players coming back that hard……

    • sell the team Eugene

      YEAH – Rock Star Lazar

  • FistsofNeil25

    Beautiful short handed goal for Canada! Lazar is a beast on the puck!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    HOLY SHIT at least there is some good hockey with players showing fucking heart today!!

  • FistsofNeil25

    This Canada/Czech game is ridiculous. Junior hockey at its best!

  • Sandy

    The Rangers are rumored to want Methot in return for Del Zotto.. Well, they can keep MDZ… that’s too much of an overpayment for a guy that struggles defensively. The Sens have enough issues with that… they don’t need more..

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      If they are fixated on Methot I don’t think Murray will even entertain further discussions with them.

    • luckan20

      Well said Sandy

    • mkjr

      Let’s hope Murray doesn’t over re-act. I think that’s what he did with the Ryan trade. We should have let the young guys play.

  • Sandy

    Who would have thought the Czechs would give Canada so much trouble? Lazar has looked good… Great speed and strength with the puck on his stick.
    Is he AHL eligible next season? He has played 3 full CHL seasons and a small part of another? I know they need 4 seasons in the CHL before they can play in the AHL…

  • Sandy

    Canada loses in a shootout. Does Fucale play in net in the next game?

  • luckan20

    On the trade front for Zotto, I will not even push the panic button. We have enough talent in house to succeed. No way for Stone to be part of the deal.

  • Andrews theory

    I think what made this squad successful last year was that everyone really had a clear definition of their role. There seems to be a lack of identity not just with the team but as individuals as well.

    Remember our top pairing for a few years with Phillips and Volchenkov? It used to frustrate me because they played half the game and couldn’t make an adequate first pass- with that said, they still had the ability to play to their strengths by blocking shots and hammering the puck out as needed.

    Cowen, Gryba, Phillips – you are defensive defensman not offensive juggernaught- simplify your game

    Top two lines score bottom two lines grind and check always has been always will be

    What about MM for Del Zotto straight up?

    • SenaTHOR

      What did these d-men do that made them seem like juggernauts? They took shots on goal…I hope they would when the opportunity presents itself. Are sure your not thinking of Karlsson or Ceci? I would be more concerned with them turning over the puck since they do it a lot more.

  • Phoenix

    I am curious about the optional skate this morning. It doesn’t matter if there is a game today but after last nights no show how many of the players showed up today. Instead of Del Zotto I really think Murray should look at Ehroff if he was available. If the Sabres retained some cash I wonder if deal could be made.

  • Sandy

    Many will disagree but I think the Sens should stand pat until after the Olympic break. If they are out of the playoff race… trade what you don’t want in the lineup for next year at the deadline for prospects &/or picks..

    • mkjr

      I absolutely agree with you Sandy. I would be nice to get our 1st round pick back. Or a couple of seconds , then Murray could trade back into the 1st.

    • Phoenix

      I disagree, Murray needs to make a move to help this team get into a playoff spot, and he needs to do it sooner than later. If the team is out at the deadline then he should become a seller.

      • Sandy

        I think the Sens may get more for whoever they move.. at the deadline than doing it now. Say if someone like Michalek is traded.. there MAY be more playoff teams bidding for a veteran winger at the deadline.. than there would be in Jan..

  • mkjr

    I must say , it’s nice to talk Sens hockey with other Sens fans instead of sifting through all the C**P on the Ottawa Sun boards.

  • NickofTime

    Here’s an idea send Pageau back to the AHL where he belongs & bring up Derek Grant to replace him who is bigger, stronger, tougher & much better defensively. Then replace Condra with Mark Stone an offensive guy who will be able to put up more pts than Condra & Pageau together. Not only does this make Ottawa bigger & tougher, it makes them much harder to play against something they need desperately & Stone adds much more offense to the team, something else they need.

    No way in hell Ottawa should be interested in Del Zotto who can’t even make the Rangers lineup who are only one pt better than Ottawa in the standings. BM needs to trade Conacher, Condra & Corvo for a 4th line LWer like Kyle Clifford & keep Ceci in Ottawa.

    • mkjr

      I believe Stone may still be injured.

      • CUP 2014-15

        No he’s back on the top line with DeCosta and Hoffman

        • mkjr

          Good to know! Thanks

          • CUP 2014-15

            No problem, lots of info on the drive around 4pm on Tuesdays with Luke and earlier in the day with their play by play guy. Team 1200, sorry TSN 1200.

          • Phoenix

            I wonder if TSN 1200 will be able to broadcast games next year. Since I am out west I have to rely on them for alot of my game by game info.

          • CUP 2014-15

            well they just bought the radio station this year so I think your safe. There is also talk that Ottawa’s regional deal could be bought by TSN and that would give them up to 20 some odd broadcasts per year on TV as well.

          • Phoenix

            I thought that TSN lost all rights to the games, I am just not sure if that new broadcast deal includes radio, considering that Sportsnet already is broadcasting games on the radio for other teams.

          • Millennium

            Regional TV and radio coverage will be a separate deal that is up at the end of this season I think. Speculation is that TSN will push for it since they lost the ‘big’ deal to Rogers.

    • Sensnation

      Offense is not this team’s problem overall, and trading all those pieces for a 4th liner would get a gm fired!

      • NickofTime

        Yes it is, in a lot of games they can’t score, in others it’s the mistakes that cost them games. Those pieces suck anyway, we don’t need them & they are doing very little to help this team win, getting rid of them opens up roster spots for Stone & Grant. Clifford would add more toughness to this roster & would be another guy who is very difficult to play against. The biggest problem with this team is that they are easy to play against & provide no push back when it counts, Clifford would change that.

    • Sandy

      The issue is… Murray has to have another GM to trade with. You say Condra, Conacher & Corvo are useless in Ottawa… so why would another GM trade for them?

      • NickofTime

        Hence a 4th liner coming back with size, toughness, defensively responsible & hard to play against, something this team needs to be.

  • Sensnation

    Looking forward to today’s rematch. Hopefully with us fans in the stands we’ll be able to give the puck that little exra to get in the net ;) Great way to dominate Boston in the 1st, Rask just shut the door.

    I was very upset with Karlssons crap play last night. Fans can whine about other Ds all they want, but Karlsson plays for the other team in games like last night and you can never win a cup with your #1 dman playing like that, let alone make the playoffs. He’s got to stop worrying about scoring and start playing some proper D on a more consistent basis. Leaves his linemate out to dry way too much!

    Not sure why Corvo’s getting in, Gryba has played well and his obsession with running through guys is needed against a tough team like Boston. I think we’re getting to the point where the coach is over thinking things. Just let the guys play!

    • SenaTHOR

      I thought 62 played well. Few gafs with the puck but wasn’t really responsible for any goals against. I think 0 goals sends PM into we need offense mode.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Lord knows the 5 against means nothing, It’s the easy move for him to make, as if Gryba had anything to do with our forwards disappearing. Sorry, forgot that our best line was spending the night watching from the pines.

      • Sensnation

        Makes sense, but it was a clear situation where we dominated the 1st, Rask was unbelievable, and the Sens lost their sails after that bit by bit till they just gave up at the end. Rask is one of the top 3 goalies in the league though, can’t hang our heads and feel bad about losing to him, just have to get ready for the next one and do our best for a full 60mins.

        GO SENS GO!!! I’m bringing my A game as a fan tonight, let’s get LOUD!!!

    • CUP 2014-15

      I could not agree more. Don’t understand removing toughness from the line up unless he is on his way out. He has played his part well and was outstanding on the PK. I like his play with MM as a shut down pair. I think you should never have more then 2 puck moving D men unless the third can play in the D zone

    • Jacques

      Corvo WTF!

  • SenaTHOR

    Who is Adnan at Silver Seven? Does he know anything about the WHOLE game? Seems to rag on the physical players like Cowen, Neil etc. Seem to think a team of KARLSSON types would be good.

    • Millennium

      Well, my personal opinion of Adnan aside, Cowen and Neil have been pretty bad this season. Honestly, Maclean’s use of Neil on the PP or in times when we need offense is inexcusable. He gets way more ice time than he should for the role he plays. And Cowen is just stupendously terrible this season.

      • Sensnation

        Millenium, you are too hard on the guys who are not supposed to be the difference makers on this team. Save your venom for the guys who should be performing, not a 3rd liner and someone who’s barely 2 seasons worth of games into the league. We can’t fill our team with Toews and Webers. Don’t blame players for how the coach uses them, they’ve obviously earned those extra minutes in his eyes.

        • Millennium

          To your point, Neil is Neil and he will do what he does, and my complaint is more with the comically inept way he is being used by our coach. Honestly, it’s bush league. Neil should be playing 4th line minutes, not top 6 with PP time. The coach’s over use of him is making him look worse than he is, because he’s implicitly asking Neil to do more than he has ever been capable of, thereby setting Neil up for failure.

      • Sandy

        Maybe because Neil is one of the very few forwards on this team that will stand in front of the net to block the goaltender..

  • Millennium

    I’m so over Paul Maclean. Congrats on the Jack Adams, but get your head out of your ass.

    The team needs to be better, starting with the captain. Cowen needs to be benched again. And for the love of all things holy, someone get Anderson to give Greening a cooking lesson so I don’t have to see him play so much in one game.

    • Sensnation

      Cowen is your scapegoat for last night? Karlsson laid him out to fend for himself over and over and over.

      • Millennium

        Not a scapegoat for last night, no. The team stunk last night, Karlsson included. But if they’re gonna bench someone on the D core (which pretty much happens every night), it should be Cowen and not Gryba.

        • Sensnation

          I’ll just say I’m glad the coach disagrees with you and other fans that share your pov.

      • SenaTHOR

        I didn’t think Cowen was bad except for a couple of give ways. Karlsson needs to get 3 points on a game to be a plus player. Hell Methot was a minus player with Karlsson. Pair that with Spezza and 9mm and you have a recipe for losing. These guys need to be the best players and they aren’t.

  • Deadly

    Sooooo many coaches and GMs on this site and we are stuck with PM and BM.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Must win game tonight. We need to start picking up points.

    Also, the game is going to be nationally televised on CBC tonight, as the Leafs don’t play. all of Canada will be watching

    GSG

  • sben

    spezza and phillips out tonight via the 6th sens. spezza with a lower body injury (undisclosed). Phillips from last night. Personally I think that getting rid of spezza for a game might help this team out.

  • SensChirp

    No Chara for the Bruins

  • Sandy

    Will be interesting in the faceoff circle for the Sens tonight. Only Spezza & Smith were above 50% last night.
    No shifts off tonight.. I assume no one was called up and Kassian goes in?
    Who’s back in? Gryba or Wiercioch…
    Need to stay out of the penalty box as well…

  • Conor_smythe

    “There’s obviously something that Paul MacLean expects his skilled guys to do during the game that they aren’t doing well enough”

    Ya, he expects them to throw a fucking body check. The only line that spent any time in the boston zone was the greening-smith-neil line. WHY? because they were physical.

    There’s no amount of finesse that is going to beat a team like Boston.

    Tic-Tac-Toe plays that work ONE time out of every 100, thats not going to cut it.

    You want SUSTAINED pressure against the bruins, you hit them as hard as you can so they can’t get up and back in the play.

    I would love to see our top 2 lines getting more ice time, but lets face it, aside of bobby ryan, we don’t have any top sixers who know how to use their bodyweight

  • spoons

    Assuming Edmonton gets 2nd pick and Buffalo takes Reinhart 1st, I hope Murray goes for Edmonton’s pick. They’ll be looking to move it in exchange for players in the NHL. Wouldn’t mind seeing something like Cowen + smith + something for the pick so we get Ekblad. That would be sick!

  • Jacques

    Well like I had said before TUrris is our leader, a young one but he plays a complete game!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Of course the Habs have to play tonight right? So the rest of the country gets the Sens/ Bruins game except Quebec. Thank God CBC broadcasts their games online.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I don’t think I really like Patrick Wiercioch.

    • CUP 2014-15

      We might be watching the first no hitter of the year with this D. Corvo, Karl, Patty and CC, F#@k

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Ok nice goal.

    • SensFanInMTL

      How about now?

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Nice goal, but think he will be traded regardless.

        This is a good showcase.

        GSG

        • SensFanInMTL

          He’s trying to get clutchier lol.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            LOL

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    sigh…

    • SensFanInMTL

      At this point into the year and knowing how the struggles continue, could you even get angry at Anderson or anyone else for that matter? I wanna believe we can make a turnaround but constant turnovers, inconsistent play by both D & forwards and sloppy goaltending at times just creates a recipe for disaster. We won’t make the playoffs and have Anaheim cash our 1st rounder. We just play the rest until next season, no?

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I will never quit believing in this team. Feel free to do so though.

        • SensFanInMTL

          I don’t wanna do anything jasonontheoldsenshirp wouldn’t do.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Wise choice my friend :-)

            GO SENS GO

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    What a magnificent tip by Conacher wow. The Sens are better than this team man. We need to win!

  • luckan20

    Folks please keep the blog going. I rely your comments more as I am in a gathering and will the whole game

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      2-1 Sens so far, heading to a late pk in the period.

      PW46 and Conacher with the G’s.

      Ceci with 2 apples.

  • karlssens

    Positive signs so far.. Keep
    It up boys.

  • SensChirp

    Smith scores shorthanded to stretch the lead to 3-1.
    Quiet in here tonight. Not enough to complain about, I guess?

    • CUP 2014-15

      too busy biting nails to type

    • AusieSen

      I was waiting for the conversations to be compiled into table format….

      • SensChirp

        Haha could you imagine?! Someday…

  • SensFanInMTL

    Marchand enjoys diving constantly eh?

  • karlssens

    Chirp, do you feel as though a win today prolong the Del Zotto trade? Or do they make the move regardless.

    • SensChirp

      Think the Rangers are waiting to see if any of the other interested teams improve on their offer.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Brooks stated they wanted a top 6 forward or righty D. I know what the talking heads are saying but I don’ see a match with us.

        • SensChirp

          Mentioned it in the post. Gryba and Stone might get it done.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agreed, I posted that on your site this morning as well, just don’t think we can make that deal unless were moving another D out in another move to bring in some toughness on the back end, be it Boro or someone else. Were far to soft without Gryba in the lineup right now.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Callahan would cost us spezza

  • SensFanInMTL

    Zibanejad = PWF

  • CUP 2014-15

    I must apologize, I was sure tonight would be a no hitter from our 4 D of Karl, Corvo, PW and CC, But Karl has a hit. Have to stop Boston from coming straight down main St.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Gryba should be playing
    Maclean is lost

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Watch, maclean plays neil more than ryan in the third

  • luckan20

    We are hanging in there. Need a goal

  • luckan20

    Stone shouldn’t be part of Zotto trade

    • Deadly

      We already lost Noesen, let’s keep Stone unless there is another Ryan available.

    • Sandy

      Rumours are the Rangers want Methot.

  • Lucretia

    I don’t understand the obsession with MDZ

    • SensFanInMTL

      We didn’t like losing Noesen.

      • Lucretia

        What does Noesen have to do with MDZ?

    • CUP 2014-15

      GM’S are never wrong, therefor MDZ being a first rounder and only 23, it’s believed that he will turn it around with a deal much like Turris did. I don’t agree with this approach as there are too many 1st rounders that never live up to the hype but this is my opinion on way the fuss over this guy.

      • Lucretia

        GMs are wrong all of the time…Sather and Burke are the first ones that come to mind

        • CUP 2014-15

          Do you seriously believe I wrote that meaning there always right, being sarcastic trying to explain to you what you should already know…. FIRST ROUNDERS GET LOTS OF ROPE!!!!!!!!

          • Lucretia

            Sorry, didn’t pick up on the sarcasm…guess you didn’t pick up on mine either. Let’s call it a draw.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Done, enjoy the win and lets hope they don’t make the trade for MDZ.

  • Deadly

    Stop hitting the pads ,pleeeease

    • CUP 2014-15

      start hitting bruins pleeeeease

  • Jacques

    Team doing better without Spezza. Liking the effort!

    • Jacques

      Pesky again!

  • CUP 2014-15

    what the hell was corvo doing there

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Anderson needs to have that

    • Colin

      He has to be *much* better in a game like this.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I wish conacher was 6’5″

  • SensFanInMTL

    Iggy kicked it in. Knows it won’t count, that’s why he didn’t celebrate. Why a damn review for it when it was obvious it wasn’t a goal?

  • CUP 2014-15

    F#@K, Knock someone on there ass. Karl 1 hit, Corvo, CC and PW, ZERO, 0, NIL, NOTTA. where is the D at MAC

  • CUP 2014-15

    CMac time. I can feel it

  • SensFanInMTL

    Well obviously it was Bobby Ryan.

  • CUP 2014-15

    and he just passed the 15 min TOI, Love Bobby

  • CUP 2014-15

    does corvo have to play in the last 2 min.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Even when we don’t get screwed, we get screwed. Zack Smith is a champion, he can beat the shit outta everyone on the Bruins team.

  • Deadly

    Dying

  • CUP 2014-15

    that works 4 pts in back to back Boston and Pitt. Who would have expected that. Good job

    • PraiseAlfie11

      4/6 – it’s amazing what stats can do, eh?

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Soooo what was different about tonight over last night??

    I can only think of one thing(and I am not a adamant trade Spezza guy….but I am genuinely starting to wonder if there is some traction to the idea)

    Does anyone actually believe he was hurt of is he “hurt” so he can casually be a healthy scratch??

    • Deadly

      Scoring in the first period helped a great deal.last night,if we score early ,it might of been a different result.

  • Jacques

    Love it! Proves a point!

    • Tooks

      Proves nothing really, let me try one, we won cuz PW46 scored the first goal!! LOL See how stupid that sounds…Thats how u sound.

      • Jacques

        Go pop a pimple, Proves that a second line center that actually works in both zones will be more effective than turnover man who hardly breaks an f-ing sweat. Go back yo watching the Laughs you wouldn’t know a good hockey player if he pissed on you,

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Go pop a pimple

          Tell me that’s a french expression :)

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The Sens sans Spezza is a better team.

    How long is he out for?

  • Sensturion

    Probably already discussed, but what if Spezza was a “healthy” scratch (Is he really injured?) for a trade…?

    • SensFanInMTL

      It has just been confirmed that that was the reason for Spezz being a healthy scratch. He has indeed waived his NTC and a trade between following tonight’s game and Monday, he will likely be dealt. I’m hearing it’s for a cook book on pastries, Hunter Shinkaruk’s homework and a 3rd.

      • Jacques

        You mean apple Turnovers and other turnovers type of cookbook?

        • SensFanInMTL

          C’est pas necessaire d’haii quelq’un de meme le gros. Of course I’m referring to Spezza.

        • Tooks

          Maybe from the Karlsson book of Swedish pastries…

    • CUP 2014-15

      STOP IT. Christmas has already passed. He is still a very good player…DUH. However he could bring back a big return and this team played great without him tonight and last year. Give me the Spezz we all know and love or give me a major deal. Think of the possibilities.

    • IAmThePaulrus

      honestly I wouldn’t be too upset if we got Del Zotto Callahan and a Pick for him :P it would balance us out pretty well

      • Tooks

        Neither would I, that would be a steal for us!

      • Jacques

        That would be a great return! Zibby should be 2nd line center. Add a couple of good players to tonight’s lineup and the Sens make the playoffs, no doubt. Time to move Spezza.

    • Jacques

      Time to move on from him, Ottawa would be crippled for years if they resigned Spezza!

      • sell the team Eugene

        Jason Spezza 2013 = Joe Thornton 2005

  • Luc Wolfe

    Well it’s a win, not a convincing one. Something’s got to give now a trade was needed over a month ago.

    • sell the team Eugene

      Trade already happened – Spezza’s spot in the lineup was traded for someone
      who gives a damn.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Good day gents. It’s been about a week since I caught a sens game with all the travelling @ Christmas. This was a nice game to catch after some time off. I actually thought the bruins were better than us tonight. They really took it to us in the 3rd, and carried more of the play in the 2nd. But, the team did battle throughout the entire game tonight. Kudos to them. And, 4 of the last 6 points is pretty solid, considering the competition.

    I thought the sens were a more structured team without Spezza. I think we’d obviously be better with the Spezza from 2 years ago. But this years’ # 19…. Really like Zibanejad’s game tonight. And, i get more and more excited as each game passes with Ceci.

  • Mitchell

    Thanks Paul Maclean for playing bobby Ryan an extra two minutes.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Well I’ve been to six Sens games so far this season and that was the first one I went to that resulted in a win. Gotta admit I was biting my nails in that third period at times. Pretty good effort by most of the guys tonight. Corvo was off but that’s about it.

    The Turris and Zbad lines were flying out there. Zibanejad seems to elevate his game every time he’s given more responsibility. This guy is an absolute gem. I think he very well could be our #1 center of the future. He doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses in his game.

    How bout that game winner by Bobby? That sent me flying ten feet out of my seat. Solid game by Conacher and Ceci too. Feels good to beat a contender on home ice. Hopefully we roll with the same line-up monday night vs Washington, minus Corvo and plus Gryba.

    By the way, for those wondering if Ceci was benefiting from playing with Phillips, the kid just played his best pro game alongside Wiercioch.

    • Tooks

      Yeah I was wanting to mention that, 5-46 looked like a great pairing tonight. Fast puck movement and harldy any mistakes in our own end…the lesser can be said about 65-2….ouch…

      IF we can send Cowen, Spezza + to Winnipeg for Kane, I will start believing in God.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Karlsson had a bad game tonight (at least by his standards). He has all the talent in the world, and makes so much happen offensively. But he really needs to simplify his game without the puck. Take the body more, and stop stick-checking, at least in the really dangerous situations. I also loved the pairing of 5 & 46. Said it all year long, but I really don’t feel that Weircioch has deserved so much time out of the lineup. And, finally, we’re not talking at all about Cowen. That’s a really good thing for a defenseman like him! His game has really, really improved, I think.

      • Jacques

        I wrote that a few weeks ago and you jumped all over me.. What a joke!

      • Sensnation

        Why don’t you send them Ryan, Lehner and Anderson in that trade too? Kane’s worth at least a whole team! Stupid Tooks, wish we could trade you to another fan base!

      • FistsofNeil25

        Yeah because the Jets need another defenseman and Spezza would waive his NTC to go to Winnipeg LOL

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Nobody is benefiting from Chris Philips he can stay away as long as possible…
      Interesting how spezza our “captain” is out and they play one of the most gritty games of the season.

  • Sandy

    So the first time this season that the Sens won the 2nd game in back to back situation?

  • Sensnation

    WHAT A GAME!!!

    Section 304 was rocking all night long!!! Despite Corvo and Karlsson’s best efforts to lose this game with turnovers, the team came to play tonight and played really well. Gotta be excited by the resolve the team showed after Boston came back. Expecting more of the same this week.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Jason

    God did Corvo ever play bad tonight, hopefully he’s out next game and Gryba is in. Hopefully Phillips and Spezza miss the next game too, team played much better without them.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I have a serious question regarding Spezza. I’m not suggesting trading him here and I’m not putting him down either, but IF his best days are actually behind him then would it be wise to try and deal him for some pieces that can help us in the future?

    Spezza is a gifted hockey player and he’s done some pretty great things for this organization over the years. I seriously do wonder though if those two back surgeries have caught up to him. Is he still a legit first line center? Is he someone we want to extend long-term with his injury history and recent performance? Is he a guy to build this team around to contend in the next couple years?

    I don’t know anymore. I’ve always been a fan of his but this year he hasn’t been the same player he used to be. It’s pretty hard for any athlete to fight through continuous back problems, especially two major surgeries before the age of 30.

    I know the Spezza haters will come out and say trade him for whatever we can get, and the ultra-sensitive Sens fans who defend Spezza no matter what will accuse me of being a Spezza hater myself. Seriously though, is trading Spezza this season or in the off-season in the best interest of the organization moving forward? And what would his realistic trade value be at this point?

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’m in the same boat as you (never been a “Spezza Hater”, but not a sensitive-type about # 19 either). I think it’s a very legitimate conversation, and I think it’s also a really, really tough call. If we new that we would get the old # 19 back at some point, then there is no question – Keep & sign. But if this is his new normal (maybe due to the back surgeries) the right move has to be trading him (sooner rather than later). His next contract won’t be cheap. If he’s lost a step, we’re probably better off without him. But, how do you figure out if it’s just an off year. We’ve seen injured players come back and look horrible, and then follow that up with a much better campaign in the following season. I honestly don’t know how you make this call. It’s difficult. There’s also other players to consider. Would trading # 19 influence other players’ decisions to sign here. Ryan might think if these guys are willing to trade their captain , this team might be a long ways away from competing…

      • Aaron 2.0

        Just to add some data to the conversation from tonight’s game, via Yost.

        Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek —> 68% procession
        MacArthur-Turris-Ryan —> 64% procession

        Sure, the bruins were missing some pretty important D-men. But, their forward lines were in-tact. Those are some great numbers playing against some pretty formidable puck possession lines. And, all without # 19.

        • KJ

          Well this is an interesting and more thoughtful discussion on #19, no one gives any consideration to how the players and coaches respect him. I do think you make a valid point in that if the Sens traded Spezza, Ryan would not sign here. Skill guys are very much sought after and respected. Everybody forgets that the top skill guys have the highest turn over rates, I am willing to bet you find Crosby and Malkin at the top of the list simply due to ice time and trying to make plays. If we trade a point per game player, we will regret it, and no one can convince me we are a better team without him.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I said earlier that Callahan would cost us Spezza
    Spezza is still a ppg 6 foot 3 Centre. Callahan has never scored 30 goals.
    Spezza is a valuable asset.
    It would have to be Spezza and a 3rd for Callahan and Del Zotto

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Spezza is a talented center, for me I always compared Spezza to Lecavalier in terms of talent vs work ethic. Spezza and Lecavalier are both the laziest players that I’ve ever seen play.

      But regardless of that, Spezza is still a Big Center capable of some magic. If only he would play with more heart I wouldn’t be so hard on him. Spezza is a very inconsistent player so if your captain his inconsistent… Youll have a team that is inconsistent.

      Spezza can get us a decent return… If we don’t trade him, he better start playing like two years ago when he was actually moving his feet and dump and chasing and back checking. Turris is faaaaar better then spezza when it comes to a 200 feet game and it brush off on his team mates.

      Anyway , good win, exciting game and go sens go.

      Spezza and Phillips out = better team

      • KJ

        No way. Have you ever watched Lemieux play. Often thought of as a lazy player, because it appeared on t.v. He was coasting, but likely the most individually skilled player to ever play the game. There isn’t one player who wouldn’t want him on their side. I am not comparing Spezza to Lemieux. I am only saying you keep your skill guys. No way Sens are better without him.

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          Agreed that Lemieux was coasting. Spezza has loads of talent, no question about it. But he’s costing us games for over a decade now. I’m not a fan of Spezza but if he was fighting to get back after his Turnovers I wouldn’t be so harsh on him. Lemieux wasn’t a turn over machine and he had eyes all over his head. Spezza “Blindly” pass the puck. Yeah 1 time out of 5 it works but… the 80 % where it doesn’t work at least help out on the back check. Lecavalier is a direct comparable to spezza. One has a better shot and the other is a better passer. 2 years ago was the only year where I was seeing Spezza playing with Heart, Backchecking and not trying to go through everyone in the middle. He was good ! If he’s hurt.. then don’t play but when you play.. be gritty show some heart, you’re the captain darn it !

  • Sandy

    Sens don’t need Del Zotto. Keep Ceci up.. and hopefully he can develop here rather than in Bingo..