Game Day- High Stakes in the Battle of Ontario

SensChirp December 7, 2013 400
Game Day- High Stakes in the Battle of Ontario

It may only be December 7th, but I feel pretty confident in saying that the Ottawa Senators season is on the line tonight at the Canadian Tire Centre.

When the rival Toronto Maple Leafs and their HBO circus role into town tonight, they bring with them the coveted final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference along with a seven point cushion over the Senators.  If that lead is stretched to nine points, it would be all but impossible for the Sens to catch up.  If Ottawa can’t win tonight, they are in deep, deep trouble.

Teams have come out of dreadful starts like the one the Sens have had to the 2013/2014 season but to do it, you have to go on some kind of run.  With the addition of the three point game, it has become next to impossible to close ground in the standings.  One thing that’s for certain is you need to beat the teams you are chasing.  The website Sports Club Stats has the Ottawa’s chances at 14.8 % coming into tonight’s action.  According to their projections Ottawa will need to go about 30-17-6 to reach the 92 point mark, which should be enough to qualify in the East.

It seems daunting but the Senators really do have to find a way to string some wins together and it has to start tonight against their provincial rivals.

The Leafs are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars in a game where they were outshot by a 50-24 margin.  That has sort of been the Leafs “thing” this season.  They have been getting outshot and outplayed on most nights but have been getting some unbelievable goaltending from both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer.  The advanced stats type will tell you the bottom is about to fall out for the Leafs and their recent five game losing streak seems to suggest a trend in that direction.  The Leafs have an unbelievable tough schedule coming up and are likely looking at tonight’s game as two points they desperately need.

Paul MacLean is leaning towards one predictable change to his line up, inserting forward Matt Kassian for the first time in 10 games.  With all the goon types on the Leafs roster, the Senators want to make sure they have their tough guy out there in case things turn ugly.  That’s the theory, anyway.  MacLean would not confirm 100% that Kassian will play but it seems like there’s a good chance.  No word on who comes out of the line up if Kassian does play.

Just an optional skate for the Senators this morning so line combinations will be up in the air until game time.

Craig Anderson gets the start for the Senators.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM with the game available on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.  Highly suggest having the mute button close by tonight as their telecast now includes both Glen Healy and Nick Kypreos.

  • Dez Bryant

    I know it sounds mean but I’m hoping for an injury tonight, maybe cowen, spezza? something not too serious. Thats the only way to get out of this funk, and the call up pagaue and boro.

    • Jacques

      Why hope someone gets hurt? Murray just has to get busy making some trades! That would be a better option.

    • laffin681021

      Really? you’re hoping for someone to get hurt? get out of here.

    • Kielbasa

      What a useless comment.

  • Nikola Todorić

    yo fuck Glenn healey

  • CUP 2014-15

    That’s it I am done with this coaching staff, the direction of this team and their focus for next year. How the hell can they continue to run Cowen, PW ( ANOTHER -2 LAST GAME)and Phillips while sitting out Gryba. All he has done is lead all of them in corsi, plus, minus and oh by the way this team is 8-6-1 when he plays and +6 in goal diff. without him in the line-up they are 3-8-3, WTF. I am not a huge fan of his but being a fan of this team, it’s hard to watch as first and second round picks continue to be allowed to make mistake after mistake. I don’t give a shit when someone has been drafted, play the guys that are going to give you the best chance to win.
    If MM, JC or CP take a penalty, I will look forward to PW or JC on the pk. Good luck with that one. I am sure Leaf forwards will be shaking in their skates at the physical presents of this D as they move up ice. EK-SOFT but it’s EK-forgiven, JC-Soft, PW- the only 6’5″ player in history softer then Kuba. I am done with this group for this year. Keep giving your high picks the icetime and maybe they will help us next year, maybe not. It’s not like these points are valuable. Screw you Mac and company…

    • spezzerman

      see ya later

      • CUP 2014-15

        Enjoy having PW Running those negative numbers along with Spezz and Milo. Maybe they can package them for a plus player

    • laffin681021

      Being a fan means supporting your team through the good times and the bad. Maybe you should re-think where you lie as a fan if you’re just going to give up.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Did you notice I mentioned that maybe playing these guys will help US next year. I have been a fan of this team from day 1, and have had years much tougher then this one, but as a fan who lives and dies with this team I will express how I feel and if you could provide some logic as to these coaching moves along with why our special teams suck with all this talent. Please share as I would love to know why they are doing what they do….

        • laffin681021

          They aren’t playing to potential, that’s why. Sometimes things don’t pan out the way you want them to, sometimes it does but there’s a reason why PM is coach and we’re sitting here commenting on SC behind a computer so let them do their jobs and support, and don’t give up on our team when the going get’s rough that’s all I’m saying. I guess we’ll see you next year.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Not a chance, I will still watch and follow. I am just not going to support a coaching staff making bad choices, anymore then I would support a player who continues to make mistake after mistake. Do you really believe Mac has been able to get the most out of his team or are they all having a down year at the same time. Outside of the Turris line or at least what was the Turris line before he screwed with that. How has that line been with Mc Aurthur being move and has it helped Spezz? what about the handling of ZBAD. The endless benching of a 5-6-7 Dman in Gryba is just the straw that broke the camels back in my case. The list goes on with this coaching staffs bad moves. Should we just put on a smile continue to spend hard earned dollars to watch a very talented team loose and just keep smiling say oh well maybe next game.

          • laffin681021

            So if they start winning with the same line-up are you going to support the staff then?

          • CUP 2014-15

            Love the positive feel, but at what point in the first 29 games has this staff shown a sign that they are about to turn the corner? but to answer your question honestly, yes I will support them and even apologize to all who are 100% with them today… like yourself. I wish I had the same believe as you but I see zero chance of this staff turning this around, Consistency and leadership start from the top and I see none of it with this team right now. Hope I am wrong but I don’t see it.

          • laffin681021

            Hey, they’ve done it before with a depleted roster, they can sure do it again. Maybe it’s a question of leadership. It’s not an easy task to step in for Aflie. Maybe Spezza needs a little time to gather his leadership abilities. Regardless don’t give up.

        • sprucesens

          i think its a valid point. The coaching decisions this year have been atrocious at best. One would like to assume that PMac knows what he’s doing. But from a fan’s perspective, we see best players getting benched, or not even starting the season with us. We see goalies go on hot stretches, only to sit for a struggling goalie. We see goalies used on both nights of a back to back.

          We see an overwhelming amount of support for certain players that struggle on a daily basis, meanwhile, players that have played their asses off make one mistake and get benched or shuffled down the lines at the drop of a hat. Zibby? Guys like cowen, condra, greening, conacher, phillips, spezza, michalek have had horrible years, regardless of what the stats say. And they have been on the ice game after game with absolutely no penatly.

          Then guys like grant and borowieki play better and hungrier than 90% of the team, and get sent down to bingo. Zibby get’s possibly the most erratic treatment of any top 10 pick i’ve ever seen. Gryba has been solid most of his games, for what he actually brings to the team, benched most often out of our D. Anderson puts up some of the worst stats in the league and we keep going back to him without giving him a chance to take a break and get his head back in the game.

          Our PP has been terrible for years, and even worse, its been the same pathetic play without even trying to change it up. So to sum up, we have every right to question the decisions made by the coaching staff. We also have to ask why our worst players are getting unlimited try’s while other’s are on a choke chain. Its not being a bad fan, its asking for accountability, and for the best players to actually play. Most people don’t want to pay 100′s or thousands of dollars to watch terrible decisions made game after game.

          Condra on line 1?

          /rant

          • CUP 2014-15

            BINGO and AMEN Brother !!!!!! perfect line to finish with.

          • Jacques

            What kills me is Condra playing, he produces zilch, and you have a guy like Andre Peterssen(example), who can skate circles around Condra(even backwards), and he can’t get a sniff. come on, who evaluates the talent around here. There are some guys who have to move on, Murray is your cell phone broken?

          • SensChirp

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          • MikeS

            Where is tookie? he is much less negative

          • Jacques

            And can Spezza sit out the Powerplay, man he’s bad on the Pp. Let the TUrris line play most of the minutes. We get zero zone time with giggles bad decisions.

          • sprucesens

            i think the coach did send that message last game. i could be wrong? Turris’s line was out for part of the PP, then they sent out a bunch of grinders in smith’s line. I think the problem is they need to change up the play on the PP. no more dump and chase. Gain the zone and set up. And stop looking for the oblique angle shot from the bottom of the circle, or the cross crease tap in that always gets intercepted and cleared.

    • Sandy

      This is the definition of a fair-weather fan. Only supports the team when it wins…
      Not going to argue the fact of the player decisions.. but I trust that McLean knows what he is doing. He learned from the best that is Babcock.. and has been in the NHL as an asst coach for a long time. Cameron & Reeds know mainly CHL coaching.. and I think it’s time they be replaced — one by Richardson the other by a good experienced NHL asst coach that can work on special teams..
      They have to rotate PW, JC & EG in and out of the lineup to get them all playing… They are young. They need to learn and to play.
      I stick with my team through wins or losses… struggles or not. I don’t like their game right now.. but I’m not coming on here demanding the firing of a very good coach.. or the trading of the captain.. two months into his tenure.. Or trading of a young defenseman — 22 yrs old without giving him the time to work through his issues..

      • Jacques

        If we’re not going to be making the Playoffs then Gryba should be playing, he’s as good as the other two! Can’ t have a young guy idling!

      • sprucesens

        not gonna argue the points made. But i really feel there is no fair weather fan. For example, people wonder why leafs fans were so stupid to keep supporting there team for the decade they were terrible. So you either get called fair weather for saying the team needs drastic changes, with changes in management, or you are one of the dumb fans that doesn’t care about the product on the ice, and will blindly support any decision made by anyone in the blue and white, and can do no wrong.

        So basically yes, some fans want to see action made immediately when players or coaches are doing terribly. Its certainly not wrong to want change and want it now to remain competitive before the year is lost. I would hardly call it fair weather.

        And on the other side, i don’t want to wear rose colored glasses and just keep going to/watching games with my hard earned money to watch players work through their shortcomings, and not be held accountable for their work ethic. If i do that, i’m just blindly cheering for a team to succeed and look possibly even more stupid than the fan that says trade everyone for everything. Neither side is better than the other, but both need to exist. Let’s all get over it. We need fans to show dissapproval at a poor product, so owners and management will find a way to get the team winning. But we also need the people that have the patience to go to games and watch horrible on ice product. The problem is, at 100′s of dollars per ticket, most people take the “fair-weather” approach, and in a smaller market like ottawa, that means less fans in the stands, because there aren’t enough of the “horse-blinders” type fans to keep filling the building.

        We are all fans, we all want the same thing. We just choose different ways to show our love for the sport. At the end of the day, we all want the sens to win, we just have different opinions of how that should be accomplished. move on

      • CUP 2014-15

        At no point did I look for any of the above. I would love to hold on to all our D but numbers dictate trades need to be made. To say PW should be the one traded, is your words, I disagree with the Coaches on this team right now and that’s my choice. As far as a fair-weather fan, who are you to question my loyalty as a fan because I voice my opinion. I had seasons for the first ten years on the 417 and there were some shitty nights and when they were playing the second worst team in the league (NYI) mid week on a crappy night, I was one of the 9,000 cheering a second complete pass exiting the zone. If you don’t want to except this teams mistakes and short comings that’s fine, but that’s your choice not mine.
        Go Sens…

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Surely Sportsnet will dump Healey. I have never seen such an inept, Leaf gomer in 30 years of watching hockey. Every time I hear his voice I want to puke.

    Be prepared to be disgusted by the refereeing tonight. I am in Southwestern Ontario and forced to watch the Leafs regularly. The Leafs ALWAYS get a power play if they fall behind, and ALWAYS get a power play in the last 5 minutes of a game

  • Dr Sens

    Time to put a damper on the old Leafer camper. By that I meant take a huge shit on the HBO 24/7 production by pumping them 5-2 tonight. Spezza is going to light it. Smith is going to fight. Kassian is going to demolish someone, along the lines of Macclaren. We lost last game, this means we got tonight in the bank.

    Also predict that Boston will demolish T.dot tomorrow too

  • WaitingSince92

    Season on the line? I guess I agree, to an extent, but aside from the season opener, has there ever been a game where the Chirp blog entry didn’t use the words “must win”? hehh hehh.

    Healey and Kypreos? Say it ain’t so, Chirp? I’d say at least it’s not Cole and Neal, but that’s not much comfort. I wish we could listen to Hughson or Cuthbert a lot more…

  • sprucesens

    no more rumours chirp? would be at least comforting to think Murray is kicking tires in a few places. Hopefully the team can come together tonight and beat the leafs on national TV. It is far and away a must win tonight. I REALLY don’t want to be only excited for world juniors by the end of december…. yes i know about the olympics, but i don’t care about that as much, as its talent i’ve seen every day. WJRS are at least young new players that are going to be exciting for years to come. Mcdavid…yes please

    • SensChirp

      Having no money to spend is making things really difficult. At this point, if there was a deal that Murray could easily make, he would have made it by now.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Last year, when driving out of the SBP parking lot with a car full of Sens fans, two guys walked right in front of my car without looking. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid running them over. One of them glared at me in a rather threatening manner and to my complete surprise, I recognized him. It was Glenn Healy. The other idiot was Scott Oake. Damn if I couldn’t have scored a twofer for Sens fans all over the globe :-)

    My take on Healy is that he is a complete tool. Even Leaf fans can’t stand him. He was a marginal backup at best and he is less than marginal on HNIC. Having Healy and Stock on the same panel shows that CBC really has no clue about hockey analysis.

  • Beee

    Spezz is not a leader, unless you want a team of toe draggers. He consistently gives the puck up which often results in costly goals. Have you ever seen him block a shot? It seems like he is playing to protect his back. Indeed he gets his points but that’s not everything. I say let him go and move on.

    • SensChirp

      This fan base stinks sometimes.

      • Beee

        I go to every home game. All I’m saying is that he does not share the characteristics of the typical captain in league. Trade him, move on.

        • SensChirp

          That simple eh? Going to challenge you put some thought behind the standard Spezza criticism that is so popular in this fan base.

          What are the characteristics of a “Captain in the league”?
          Where are we trading him and for what?
          Is Spezza the problem with this team right now?
          Do we want to trade a guy who was announced Captain 29 games ago?
          Who should be the Captain instead?
          Good message to send to the locker room?
          Has something changed since the day he was made Captain? Should the team have traded Alfredsson for Conroy like so many fans wanted back in 06/07?

          • Zerolio

            Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

          • Zorav

            To be fair Chirp, he does have an issue leading by example which I think a lot of the guys have grown accustomed to under Alfie. Plus he seems to be making a lot of the same mistakes every game and again that’s probably because he wants to do something, create some offense for the team.

            I remember back when Spezza played with greening and butler (mediocre wingers at best), and was putting up great numbers after the 20 games he missed a few years ago. So there’s an arguement there too that he’s played with worse wingers and still produced. I think taking this leadership role for him on and off the ice has affected his game. But whenever someone cries out for him to be traded, all I picture is a little kid crying because he doesn’t get what he wants right away.

          • SensChirp

            All good points but he’s not the same player as he was then. Injuries have obviously slowed him down a step. Still doesn’t address any of the eight questions above.

          • hq8

            while a trade is a drastic measure in this situation, he definitely has not shown any individual effort or traits that he is owning this team, the captaincy and the opportunity. its all just ‘ok’ at best. thats not going to cut it. its been a combination of ‘yea he has been good here but lacklustre there’.

            i’m not a ryan callahan fan, but spezza needs to emulate ryan callahan right now to turn this team around. callahan plays desperate no matter what the situation. but it feeds on his linemates at the very least and it feed on the team after.

            when i see spezza, i see a lot of skill and a truely dangerous player, i just dont see desperation. and right now the sens need to play desperate.

            for people to expect spezza to fill alfie’s spot with no changes is also unfair and incorrect. two different people and two different players. alfie had an intense persona around him, a virtual separation in body language between himself and the rest of the team that was always visible on the ice.

          • sprucesens

            PPG players are a premium, thats for sure. When spezza actually plays, he is an amazing talent to watch. The problem is, we haven’t seen even a glimmer of that player for over 2 years now. If its injury or captaincy related i don’t know. I’ve always been a huge spezza supporter. But aaron2.o pointed out exactly what a captain should be. Someone who isn’t necessarily the best player, but works hard every single shift. And right now, that is the farthest thing from what i would describe spezza as being.

            Having said that, he was far and away the best/only option for C. So while spezza has been great for years, its not necessarally to continue. Maybe he has nagging back problems or something else. How many people could have predicted that Cheechoo wouldn’t even be in the league after scoring 50 goals? How many would have said heatley would get tossed around the league and relagated to 4th line duties after back to back 50 goal seasons? Some players fall from glory.

            While i don’t feel there is a right answer on what to do with spezza, as we will only know in years from now, i think its certainly valid for a fan to see a fairly drastic drop in a player’s ability, and hope we can improve the team and finish the rebuild. But at the same time, its just as valid to hold on to spezza and see if he is going to work his way back to form.

          • Aaron 2.0

            (1) Characteristics of a captain – I don’t know about this league, but, in general, somebody who exemplifies perseverance on every shift. It doesn’t have to be the best player, but, somebody you know will give it their all in every situation.
            (2) Where and what are we trading #19 for – We can’t trade Spezza. We’d be trading low. That’s always a bad idea.
            (3) Do we want to trade a guy who was announced Captain 29 games ago – No. We want him to become that captain we all thought he would be.

            (4) Who should be captain instead – Nobody. There was noone else worth naming this past off-season, and not choosing Spezza likely increaeses the chances of him walking when his contract expires.
            (5) Trading # 19 good message for the team – I don’t know. Right now their captain seems like the most disinterested player on the team. But, for a multitude of other reasons (above), we can’t trade him.
            (6) Something change since #19 was made captain – Not sure. But something has definitely changed since his last healthy season (which really scares me).

          • Aaron 2.0

            Missed one questions oops. Is # 19 the problem with the team right now – That one’s complicated. He’s part of it. As captain, I want to expect to see a far more motivated player. Right now, he doesn’t look very interested, and that not a good thing for the leader of a team. He stats are also horrendous this year. And advanced statistics sort of point to his struggles being mainly his own (and not just his line-mates, as often suggested).

          • Jacques

            He’s been atrocious, a guy who plays close to 20 minutes a game who leads the league in goals against when he’s out there is pretty bad. Oh they’re a five. Man unit when he’s on the ice… No,no,no cuz it’s like they’re playing short handed out there. He does little to nothing in the defensive zone, his line often gets bottled in. We have to give him the two best possession players to bandaid the situation.Work man, that’s what CAPTAINS do!

            Give me two TUrris’ instead of Turris and Spezza anyday of the week. We’d be top 5 in the conference with two TUrris’. We protect Spezza like crazy and I don’t know why, our loser mentality. In Montreal they’d be having him for lunch!

            We tear down Turris(not ready to be a number one center), to build up our C who’s floundering. Come on people , you’re watching the same games as us! Let’s admit TUrris is one hell of a complete player and Spezza well it’s clear to all he isn’t. The hardest skating I’ve seen from him was chasing a loose puck against Florida when their net was empty. He wanted that empty netter, way to go CAPITAINE!

          • SensChirp

            Who the hell is tearing down Turris? Spezza has been the target for years.
            Again, your opinion on Spezza is a negative one. I get that. It’s not unique. Now answer the questions above…

          • MikeS

            The reason everyone tears spezza down is because they expect more out of him. Turris was just a failed pick from another organization who isnt as skilled as the greats of the game.

          • SensChirp

            Does anybody know if there is a maximum number of times you can roll your eyes in one day before they get stuck that way?

          • hq8

            ask april reimer, still stuck after game 7 in boston, and apparently got jammed after reimer got pulled in toronto’s first game against ottawa.

          • MikeS

            Not sure if your rolling your eyes at my comment, I guess I said it kind of badly but Turris was a dissapointment in phoenix. Spezza has much more expectations

          • Jacques

            But he’s great in ottawa dickweed!

          • MikeS

            I have never said turris is bad, only that he didnt work out in phoenix. There is only 1 player on ottawa who is even remotely close to spezza in skill

          • Jacques

            Mike is a Leafs fan, TUrris is turning into what was expected of him? a true 200 foot star player!

          • WaitingSince92

            They actually just keep rolling!

          • Jacques

            Whenever we defend Spezza, everyone on here always says TUrris isn’t a number one. Hell this kid along with Alfie fought tooth and nail last year to get our team into the playoffs! He doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Oh he gets the better wingers poor Spezza plays with bums! Poor TUrris has to take the majority of the defensive zone face offs to boot! He’s a STAR and we don’t really talk about him. One of the best trades ever.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agree, he gives it all, plays all zones and loves when the teams scores. He’s like a kid. Something isn’t right with Spezz, he cares, he just isn’t the same.

          • sprucesens

            I think turris has the ability to be a number one. And i think he currently is our number one. Hence the ice time, and line mates. He is playing exactly how a number one should, excellent defensively and still putting up points, and attacking the other team’s net. An amazing trade indeed.

          • MikeS

            1. Determination, leadership(play+talk)-note alfie was apparently pretty quiet in the room
            2. nothing, pass
            3. No-he could be better
            4. Not unless its for someone better.

            5. Karlsson down the road, no one right now. Who would you guys rather? neil or phillips?
            6. Yep, lets trade one of the only 6 Point per game players away because we are trying to improve :)
            7. Slow start, fans are fickle,
            8. YES!!!!! that would have made a huge difference :)

            There is 6, yes 6, point per game players in the nhl. Would you really want to trade someone who is in this category with Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Jagr and Selanne(in their primes)?

          • RUSH RLZ

            Post of the fucking month. I want to punch people slightly less now, thanks pal!

          • Jacques

            Ok I’ll try;

            -a200ft player, who if he turns it over will fight to get the damn puck back, or at least make it look like he’s fighting. and a guy who doesn’t make the same mistakes over and over. Thus setting the example.
            -Edmonton they need a center. Main players in the trade would be Spezza and Eberle.
            -he’s the main problem, can’t have a number one center not providing positive numbers for his line.that line should be putting us ahead not behind.And it’s his defensive work on whatever line he plays on that is costing us.
            -Captain Schmaptain has no bearing in my mind.
            -Turris(cuz he brings the right work ethic).
            -don’t fool yourself the locker room is following his example, if the captain slacks the team slacks.
            -yes, Spezza is not the same.
            -No Alfie is different.

          • WaitingSince92

            Liking or disliking Spezza is one thing. Wanting to trade him is just ridiculous, knee-jerk fans reacting to accumulating losses.

        • Sandy

          He’s been a captain for 2 friggin’ months. Give him a chance..

        • WaitingSince92

          Holy SHIT this conversation gets really heated.

          Spezza-haters, don’t give him enough credit (a rare talent going through a rough patch, a point a game player who cannot be replaced, a recently-minted captain and a scape-goat whipping boy when it’s undeserved). Spezza haters bother me for those reasons and a few more…

          Spezza-lovers, (I’d put Chirp here) won’t acknowledge any deficiencies in his game, or else will say that his mistakes are equivalent to other stars. Mostly what bothers me about the Spezza lovers (even though I AM one) is when they can’t even acknowledge that Spezza isn’t a gritty, two way player (which captains often are).

          What’s the big deal guys?!?!?! You can still be a huge Spezza fan AND acknowledge his shortcomings. Maybe we argue too much about it when we all know how he differs from Alfie.

          I really still think that (although both friendly), Spezza would be way less intimidating on the ice and in the locker room. Pure speculation, but still thoughtful…

      • Sandy

        You are so right Chirp… It is disheartening to read some of these posts..

  • http://www.GCConnected.com/ Chris

    Excited for the all-electric Battle of Ontario tonight in Kanata! Let’s go Leafs! Hope they can keep up the hard work and that Liles can spark the team. If your interested in another take on tonight’s game check it out here; http://www.gcconnected.com/battle-of-ontario-warrants-new-blog/

    • SensChirp

      What in the world?!

      • http://www.GCConnected.com/ Chris

        Leaf fan in the bldg boys and girls! Although I do seriously think the Sens have the edge tonight. Toronto is just way underpowered with Bozak/Lupul/Bolland out we don’t have much fight either.

        • hq8

          i despise the leafs and leafs fans, but one thing i would not say is that the sens have the edge against any team this season, road or home. trust me, they have managed to fumble some great great gimmes. the last team we played was missing 2 regulars to start including one stamkos and lost another two top 4 D-men by the end of the 2nd, yet we still lost.

          and ever since the 2007 SCF ended, toronto has performed pretty well in ottawa regardless of what else is going on with either team.

    • Sandy

      Alert.. Chirp… Leaf fan onboard

  • Sandy

    Hoping and praying for a win against those bloody Leafs..
    Sens have won 1 of the last 8 games against the Leafs..
    Reimer is 6-0-0 — 0.85 GAA — .977 save % — in Ottawa..
    Time to change the trend of that.. Sens can beat Boston, Mtl & Det — sure as hell they can beat the undermanned Leafs?
    Andy has to be Andy of last season… then the Sens have this..

    Healey & Kypreos.. That’s unlistenable.. (if that is a word)

  • SenaTHOR

    Any idea why Gryba isn’t playing?
    1. Worse than Wiercioch.
    2. Worse than Cowen.
    3. Can’t play him cuz he’s better than both and it might make BM’s signing look bad.
    4. His numbers are lucky and he is not really good enough.
    5. PETA has made a conditional donation to the sens.
    6. Can’t sit trade bait.

    • Jacques

      He’s better than the two guys he signed this summer, I agree!

      • MikeS

        MacArthur and Corvo?

        • Jacques

          Haha, NO. I meant Cowen(the holdout) and patty 46.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I believe it’s 3 hope it’s 6. 230 lb 6’4″ right handed D are rare and he’s mean, All time PIM leader at Boston U

  • Sensnation

    Laughs are in for a rude awakening!

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Conor_smythe

    Before realignment: 3 out of 15 teams get an automatic playoff spot = people complain

    After realignment: 6 out of 16 teams get an automatic playoff spot = nobody says anything

    • Conor_smythe

      why not 2 conferences, top 8 teams make the playoffs, who cares about divisions

      • Conor_smythe

        makes too much sense

        • sprucesens

          yeah, really not a fan of the divisional set up. I’m hoping this only happens until expansion. Its a terrible set up.

          • MikeS

            The point of expansion is so that you can have 4 division of 8, They will probably remove the wildcard once they expand and just top 4 in each division make it

          • sprucesens

            still don’t like the “top of division makes it”. 1 was enough. But one division could be terrible teams all around, and yet they make the playoffs? that just doesn’t sit well with me. Best teams should make it, the end. Obviously 4 divisions of 8 is the idea coming, and wild card is only temporary. But there should be no top teams in each division treatment. Never been a fan of that, and never will be. Best teams make it. The worst don’t.

          • MikeS

            Would you be as frusterated if there was 8×4 and there was a playoff division winner? then the division winners battle it out for the cup?

          • sprucesens

            i don’t think there should be any benefit to divisions for making the playoffs whatsoever. Sure it makes sense to have them to develop rivalries and lower travel time to cut costs. But in the end, i want to see the best teams in the playoffs, no excuses. Ideally the top team in each division should have enough points to be in the playoffs, but its not a guarantee. So there should be no guarantee that a team makes it just based on where they are geographically located(division).

            Play in divisions to cut costs, and develop rivalries. Top 8 teams in each conferance make the playoffs in order of highest points. Thats all you need. It would almost be better to not have confernences, but thats too much travel. So keep that.

    • MikeS

      No one complained that 1 per div made it, they all complained that 1 per div got top 3 slots

      • Conor_smythe

        No one?? not one person in the entire world? ever? how can you make that statement? are you witness to every single conversation to ever happen??

        how bout this, I complained. so you’re automatically wrong.

        shut yer yap

        • Conor_smythe

          go easy on him, the “S” is for “special”

  • MikeS

    Wow, with the attitude of most of the fans on here today I feel like i just walked into a LoL game….

  • Sandy
    • sprucesens

      good article.

  • MikeS

    Sens going to win tonight. Every time I have to choose who to sit in my hockey pool they have a huge game. Im sitting spezza tonight!

  • sprucesens

    go sens go. Go Sens Go. GO SENS GO!

    • MikeS

      COMMENT OF THE DAY!!!!!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Lets try playing with a lead for a change, This team owes this game to McAuther.

  • karlssens

    We NEED a big win today from the boys. If they are not able to pick themselves up for a game like this, then I don’t know what to think. We are a 3 game win streak away from being right back in this thing! If we are in the hunt come trade deadline, I wouldn’t be surprised to see th sens pull a trade to add.

    How awesome would it be with Michalek coming off the books if we offered steen a long contract? Now there’s a consitent 25 goal scorer to play with spezz.

    • MikeS

      With steen the question is a 1 hit wonder. With his production this year hes going to command ALOT. I fully expect him to continually be a 20-30 goal guy but if he doesnt sustain this production he will be overpaid alot

      • karlssens

        We will never be a cap ceiling team.. So over paying for a sniper who will get you 25-30 goals wouldn’t be a problem. He still has a few good years left in him.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Need this big, it’s a 5 game win streak we need right now. That will give them 37 pts in 34 games and on pace for 93 and the last spot. It gets late quick when you start bad.

    • karlssens

      SC, do you think there’s a realistic chance of us landing a FA? We might have to to even hit the cap floor.. But again.. Melynk affect.

    • MikeS

      You obviously didnt read the comments below. Nobody wants anyone to play with spezz, they want to trade him for a bag of pucks

  • RUSH RLZ

    If we win just 3 games the rest of the year, good God I hope this is one of them! Come on boys, sleep happy!

    • IAmThePaulrus

      nice to hear a bit of realism! :D 3 WINS 3 WINS 3 WINS
      in PMAC we trust!

  • 383

    It hasn’t been pretty.

    Tonight is the definition of gut check time.
    Tonight will be the start of something GREAT.
    Keep the faith sens fans.

    GO SENS GO!
    GO SPEZZA GO!!!

    O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN!!!!!!!!

    • RUSH RLZ

      Great post and yes it IS the definition of gut check time ;)

  • Richard Gough

    Michalek Phillips Neal and Anderson all need to come off the books

    Here is a trade idea
    Cowen to Dallas for Oleksiak and draft pick

    • RUSH RLZ

      If you already think Anderson needs to come off the books you are mental. We need some shit ON the books. We have enough free cap space we could bring in Malkin + Campbell FFS.

  • Sandy

    Spezza haters are not going to be satisfied until they drive him out of town. Then who becomes the next target? Turris? When they realize he is not yet ready at the age of 23 to become a #1 centre..
    Saw a comment on the RSU facebook page.. (that I can’t now locate to copy). But there is a Sens fan coming up from Toronto on a bus with Leaf fans. 57 Leaf fans — 1 Sens fan. The Leaf fans start yelling go leafs go… he starts yelling ’67, ’67, ’67. LOL they guy must have a death wish. I guess they are all but drunk..

  • luckan20

    This team problem is not Spezza. We have one of the slowest moving defensive bunch. If we didn’t sign Corvo, then we have only EK who can skate out of the zone. PW is a solid first passer and the rest are as slow moving object. Our goalies can’t stop a beach ball these days.

  • luckan20

    We need to put up with Healy the dump arse tonight

  • luckan20

    CBC just changed changed their name as TBC. Canadian term ha been swapped as Toronto

  • luckan20

    Why can’t Ottawa run for Gretzky ???

    • RUSH RLZ

      For what? Leeder and the Murrays are amazing at what they do.

      • luckan20

        Melnyk will love to add his name if it brings more cash. I know there will be more attention and revenue with BM and Leeder. Only big question, will Gretzky take it ???? I doubt it.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Fuck yeah! He would look awesome between MacArthur and Ryan.

  • luckan20

    Looks like More Leafs fans than Ottawa

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      That’s why they call it the Leafs’ “second home”. Pretty much an away game for the Sens.

    • Sandy

      With all of the bullshit the Leafs fans do in the stands… Sens fans just stay away. Makes the game too uncomfortable especially since the Leafs have been winning most of the latest games.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Fully understandable. And sad at the same time.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I like Lehner against the Leafs than Andy, but let’s see…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    And so it begins.

    Sens are gonna get their ASSES kicked tonight. Nothing close to how good the Leafs are.

  • karlssens

    Literally how not to start a game

  • Conor_smythe

    so thats what a powerplay looks like..

    • Tooks

      Haha yeah, thats a PP!

      • Conor_smythe

        its almost like they had an actual plan.. we could use one of those

  • luckan20

    WTF Cowen doing with JVR. Looks like a love tap

  • Sandy

    You can’t take penalties against these guys… Getting behind for this team was not the option. They get away from their game and discouraged.

    Could be a blowout… if they don’t stay out of the box…

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Agreed. If the Sens take their usual amount of penalties, they will lose this game. Our PK is too bad, and the Leafs are a good team.

  • Tooks

    Well, that didnt take long…
    This feels like a Leafs home game!

  • MikeS

    No penalty shot?

  • Tooks

    Lets see what the Sens PP can do!

    • Tooks

      A whole lot of nothin…

    • luckan20

      As we all know sucks big time. No execution plan. Phillips in the 1st unit. We need to put 4 forwards.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Since when is what Fanoof did to Ryan on that play not interference?

    • Sandy

      Toronto doesn’t take many penalties..

    • Tooks

      Its called clearing the net, something our D dont know how to do.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Yep.

    • luckan20

      unlike Cowen giving JVR a love tap

  • karlssens

    This game has loss written all over it

  • karlssens

    Could have used a save form
    Andy on that goal

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys. Jared Cowen isn’t very good.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika Zibanejad is.

    • MikeS

      really good

  • MikeS

    YESSSS

  • Tooks

    Ouch Condra is gonna feel that one!

  • WaitingSince92

    MacArthur really hustling tonight even without goal!

  • Tooks

    Wow, Maclean, look what happened, CMac-Spezza-Zib created a goal…Keep Zbad on that line….

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Zibanejad continues to make Paul look like an idiot for sending him down at the start of the season.

      The kid’s the best player on the friggin team.

      If there’s anyone who should be sent down it’s Jared Cowen.

      • MikeS

        Or could make him look really smart for giving him a kick in the a$$?

    • CUP 2014-15

      ASK AND YOU SHALL RECIEVE, Find a way to keep that together, recall a canter

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Here comes another PP goal for the Leafs…

  • Sandy

    Damn missed the goal. Was flipping between Sens game and the Bruins/Pens.. Got caught up in an ugly incident in Boston.
    Orpik being taken off ice on stretcher. Was a bit of a scrum and Shawn Thorton grabbed Orpik from behind him and pushed him to the ice. Then suckered punched him a few times while he was down. With Orpik’s concussion history, he looked like he was out cold. Not a good scene at all..

  • MikeS

    Hello Cowen, thats how your supposed to sit someone down :)

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Did Cowen just use his 6 foot 5, 235 pound frame?? In front of the net?! No way!!

  • Conor_smythe

    joe corvo thought process: there is no smart play up the ice, I will go down the ice and regroup

    Erik Karlsson thought process: there is no smart play up the ice, I will go up the ice

  • MikeS

    Super soft call

  • MikeS

    5 on 3?

    • bluebuyyoo

      Not a fucking chance.

      • Aaron 2.0

        In fairness, we should have been down 5 on 3 to start the game. So that sort of evens out I think.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Well, the ref called the play dead too soon costing the Sens a goal. Not even yet.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Lol. Good point!

          • MikeS

            I dont fault the ref, he lost sight of the puck

        • MikeS

          True, have we had a 5 on 3 cept against det this year?

  • Aaron 2.0

    Best period the team has played in a while. Keep it up boys!

    • bluebuyyoo

      Agreed. Another 40 minutes like that and they will win the game.

    • RUSH RLZ

      Best period in a long time (last 14 mins anyways) also one of the
      shittiest officiated games I have seen all season… these refs… I
      almost wish them ill.

  • MikeS

    Thoughts on thorton on orpik? how long of suspension?

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’d give him 10-15 games.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Doubt they will give him that many, but that has no business in hockey.

        • MikeS

          To be fair orpik backed down after headshotting a Bruin, Id say 5. The wheel is spinning

          • Tooks

            Orpik is as dirty as it gets, to be honest, karma is a bitch.
            Dont get me wrong, what Thornton did was unacceptable (he should have went out and nailed him legally) but I wont lose any sleep over Orpik.

          • MikeS

            Never want to smacktalk a guy on a stretcher, but I agree

  • Tooks

    GI JOE CORVO!! haha he’s playing well…again

  • bluebuyyoo

    Bullshit! TO gets to hook and hold to create a rush and score.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Blatant penalty.

    That’s poor refereeing.

    • Tooks

      Ya on Smith for diving like a clown!

  • Tooks

    Fucking Smith, dont dive man, NEVER fucking dive thats selfish and you paid for it…

  • luckan20

    Smith is a fucking arse…andy can’t stop that

  • MikeS

    WTF is that…..5 on 3 after that? put up the towel, plz plz put up the towel

  • bluebuyyoo

    and now a penalty. Refs had a good talk during the intermission to make sure they don’t fuck up the game on national TV

  • Tooks

    We are so undisciplined its crazy. Whats the point of yelling at the ref?

    • bluebuyyoo

      Likely that he was tripped and that led to a goal against.

      • Tooks

        Funny as he fell on his ass and not forward if he was tripped. He simply dropped, hoping to get a call…

        I like Smith but that was stupid and selfish.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Players yell at the refs all the time.

      They’re rarely if ever called for unsportsmanlike penalties. The refs haven’t been good this game.

      • Tooks

        They’ve been fine, all our penalties were deserved. I havent see any Leafs missed calls. They skate, unlike us.

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          They do skate harder, that is for sure.

      • Tooks

        Leafs got another penalty, are the refs ok now? #BlameTheRefs

        • MikeS

          Refs have blown the play early(cost a goal) and missed a call(goal against)

        • bluebuyyoo

          Not even close. They have cost one goal for and one against so far.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Why did the refs blow the whistle when Turris was tripped but still maintained the puck? That’s a play on until the opposing team touches it… This is bush league man

    • MikeS

      Did turris get a dive? he seemed upset when they blew it

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        He was upset because he still had possession of the puck, but they called it a penalty anyways right away. He was complaining that it should have been a play on.

      • Tooks

        No we are on our 4th PP. But the refs have been bad…go figure.

        • Roar…

          You’re seriously the biggest moron. I’ve so had it with your retarded “holier than though” attitude. Such a douchebag. The call against Smith was awful. It was a pure can-opener right between his legs. Nothing he could do and it should have been called. If the ref thought it was a dive it should have been 2 and 2. Not let Toronto go for a 3-on-1 score and then call the dive after they’ve scored. Purely retarded. Refs aren’t biased one way or another. It was just a blown and awful call that had a big impact on the game. They make mistakes Tooks. They’re human. Ottawa dominated the game regardless and if they keep playing that way Toronto will be in the basement and Ottawa will make the playoffs. You can take your Toronto flag and go home loser.

  • Tooks

    Just hurts, hurts to see CP4 on the PP….ouch

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Jason Spezza is the most predictable player in the NHL.

  • karlssens

    Getting fed up with spezza..

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Yep.

    • Jacques

      Especially on the PP , please put the TUrris line to start the PP. Keep the puck in the zone a bit.

  • Jacques

    Hoffman not playing, what a joke! Guys who can skate would’ve been helpful tonight!!!!

  • Kielbasa

    This team makes too many poor decisions. The soft passes up the middle are only resulting in Leafs’ odd man rushes. Come on PM…it’s time to crack that whip. This team needs to get back to basics. It’s tiring being annoyed and frustrated with this team every single game.

    • Tooks

      Yeah no kidding its a broken record man.

  • Tooks

    Did they just say Kessel snap shot at 104?!?!

    • bluebuyyoo

      I heard that too. WTF!

    • MikeS

      54

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Idiotic play by Marc Methot.

  • karlssens

    This team is terrible. Just terrible.

  • Kielbasa

    Sens are just standing around like a bunch of useless pylons.

  • Tooks

    Methot WTF man, just stupid. why is he dumping JVR on Andy? SIGH

    • MikeS

      He barely touched him, JVR just fell over the goalie

      • bluebuyyoo

        Right. When the Leafs do it, it’s tough hockey. When the Sens do it, it’s a penalty.

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          No he’s right. It was a stupid play by Methot. He pushed him right on our goalie. Just stupid.

        • Tooks

          Clearing the net isnt pushing the opp into your goalie, lol.

      • Tooks

        Stop making excuses man, its getting pathetic.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Marc Methot is directly responsible for that goal. Didn’t give his goalie a chance. What was he thinking?

  • karlssens

    Season = over

  • bluebuyyoo

    Where the fuck is the team that played the first period?

  • karlssens

    Methot = -3

  • FistsofNeil25

    Wowwwwwwwwwwww…… anything that could go wrong has. Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. The Leafs fucking suck and we’re outplaying them tonight, yet we’re down 3-1. These clowns in blue and white have barely touched the puck tonight.

    • Sandy

      Doesn’t count how we are outplaying them – it’s what goes into the net.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I don’t care what anyone thinks. We miss Alfie DEARLY.

  • karlssens

    What is wrong with this team man? 0 character.

    • luckan20

      no Alfie

    • Jacques

      You emulate your captain.

  • FistsofNeil25

    wow what a terrible penalty by Greening. Just inexcusable.

  • Mat

    Anderson just played dead there. Garbage.

  • Mat

    We can whine about that 3rd goal but this team has no willingness to go bother the other team’s goaltender. All season long. We could learn a thing our two here. Oh wait. No, we can’t.

    • MikeS

      You remember a guy named nick foligno, never worked for the sens

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Paul Maclean needs to go guys. I’m sorry.

    • Mat

      I’ve been calling for Cameron and Reeds heads since last year. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up on MacLean.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agreed on both parts. Bring on Richardson and put a new coach in Bingo. Love him in Bingo but we need him here.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Fuck that. I would trade half this team before firing the coach. He’ll get hired by another team that is willing to spend to the cap and just win cups. He doesn’t have a lot to work with here right now. Too many disinterested players.

      Bryan Murray also can’t afford to fire another coach, and given that Mac just got his new contract, Melnyk can’t afford to pay another coach.

  • Mat

    Reimer’s rebound control is impressive.

  • karlssens

    Paul is not the problem. It’s our clearly terrible
    Defense which can be fixed with a few additions.. We have one solid d man in Karlsson. Methot is not playing like he did last year, and the rest suck.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      He is part of the problem.

      • SenaTHOR

        Anybody playing with Karlsson looks bad. He is always up ice giving up odd man rushes.

  • Jacques

    Puempel and Pageau with goals for Bingo, would rather watch that game right now! But instead have to sit here admiring Condra making figure eights on the ice. C’mon Eric get out there again and hit someone this time! Or miss the net by a country mile, I love seeing that! Geez there a few guys I’d send to Siberia.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    When was the last time Milan Michalek scored a goal?

    • Mat

      I’m the biggest Milan Michalek basher around here but tonight, he’s not the problem. He’s actually creating chances and hustling.. The biggest problem with this team is the level of care. No one is going that extra mile, taking punishment, sacrificing for GF or GA.. Its a team of coasters.

      • Jacques

        A bunch of Kovalev’s,

  • Jacques

    Oh Hoffman is there, hell can we play him a little!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Paul Maclean woud rather play Chris Neil.

      Sigh, when will this guy learn.

  • Jacques

    TUrris on the PP please!

  • karlssens

    Brutal pp..

    • Jacques

      We should decline the penalties!

  • Mat

    WTF is that in Karlsson’s mouth??

  • FistsofNeil25

    There’s never enough player movement on our powerplay. All five guys just want to stand around and pass it. It’s much more difficult to defend a 5-0n-4 situation if the players are moving. Jesus

    • SenaTHOR

      The cycle causes defensive breakdowns.

  • MikeS

    Anyone realize how deep in the net anderson always is. Last season hes outside the crease for everything, now hes almost on the goalline

    • IAmThePaulrus

      haven’t been able to watch his last few starts but absolutely agree! he was so aggressive playing the angle and making himself look big last season.

  • karlssens

    I guess rebuild 2.0 begins.. Anderson,
    Michalek,
    Phillips,
    Smith,
    Etc.. Let’s see what we can collect for these guys, and give it a go next year!

  • FistsofNeil25

    The last thing I want to do is have to give up on this season in the first week of December. With all the negativity off the ice surrounding the Sens, the last thing we need is a wasted season.

  • karlssens

    Even our offense has dried up lately..

    • Aaron 2.0

      It’s a lot of pressure on them when you’re always chasing.

  • Aaron 2.0

    We’ve been okay tonight. The only soar point is the PP. It’s not very good. But, the difference is the zebras. Maybe the 3rd goal is okay. Methot has to be smarter than to knock a player towards his own goalie. Leafs forward takes advantage. But, that 2nd goal was BS. Kadri takes a very obvious penalty on Smith. No call, and the game is changed.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Refs will be under the microscope tonight, with what’s happening in BOS.

      • bluebuyyoo

        The NHL has the worst officiating in all of pro sports. They have a rule book, but it seems to only contain suggestions.

    • Sandy

      The Leafs get all the breaks. I hate looking at their faces.. and I absolutely hate listening to that garbage Leafs TV (aka CBC).

    • Sandy

      Time to replace Cameron….

  • luckan20

    Now two third of the is over. Honestly we should have started with Lehner. Andy is not the same guy we have seen in the last 3 seasons. He has no confidence and letting goals which he used to stop.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Not all Andy’s fault. The Sens played a very good first period and did not keep working in the second.

  • karlssens

    #freeclaesson

  • Sandy

    The defense is sucking the good out of the offense.. Once they get behind in the game.. they just get so down on themselves..
    I want pesky back.

  • hq8

    as much as people are dumping on the refs, the sens have had more PP chances and I would say more momentum-shifting moments opportunities gifted to them. this game has been there to run away with for the sens since the start, but they have farted on every single PP chance save one. the leafs have made their chances count.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Sens have had 1 more PP chance. Leafs have been rather lucky tonight

  • hq8

    also, that third goal, very weak on Andy. super weak. he had clear sight of a simple shot attempt.

  • MikeS

    WTF CONDRA TO THE RESCUE!!!!

  • yannrock

    Condra???????????????

  • FistsofNeil25

    Jake Gardiner pretty much just let Greening have that puck LOL nice set-up and nice finish from Condra.

    • MikeS

      apparently he didnt get the memo that greening doesnt hit this year

      • FistsofNeil25

        haha true… this year though? He’s never been very physical unfortunately.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Note to Sens – the Leafs are a TERRIBLE hockey team. Don’t lose the them.

  • MikeS

    Thats it, dump their d on their goalie, people do that to the sens all the time

  • hq8

    one big positive today, spezza is flying out there. looks super sharp and is just mowing down people on the faceoff.

  • MikeS

    wtf is weircoch doing trying to pass on that. shoot it….

  • FistsofNeil25

    One of the things that is so frustrating about the Sens – They rarely make the high-percentage play when it matters most. Prime example of this was that Wiercioch forced pass to Turris when he should have just shot the damn thing.

  • CUP 2014-15

    All Ottawa right now

  • Sandy

    If Condra can score on Reimer… then most of the guys on the Sens should be able to as well..

  • FistsofNeil25

    Glen Healy ripping Kassian for not fighting tonight lol man I hate Healy

  • MikeS

    8th powerplay….common and finally score

  • Sandy

    10 giveaways tonight so far.. that’s the difference. Toronto has 3 giveaways..

    • hq8

      guarantee that nearly all of them on the PP.

  • FistsofNeil25

    What-a-goal!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MikeS

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYA

  • FistsofNeil25

    DJ-Zbad is a filthy hockey player man. Love that guy!!!!!

    • CUP 2014-15

      Hard on the puck, keep him with Spzz and CMac

  • bluebuyyoo

    Finally! laws of averages finally caught up to us!

  • MikeS

    I think the leafs are actually coached to sit on leads, they are AWEFUL in thirds with big leads

    • FistsofNeil25

      They are awful period.

  • Richard Gough

    Why don’t they try playing Karalsson on the wing ? I feel he will do wonders there

    • yannrock

      I would also be curious to see that

      He could not be any worse than some them

      • Roar…

        Yes lets play our Norris Trophy winning DEFESNEMEN on the wing. Please go shoot yourselves. Both of you. Idiots.

        • yannrock

          He as more offensive skills than most forwards. All I was saying is that that he would be good as a winger on the power play. Judging by your comments you are the idiot. This is the place to discuss our favorite team. I am not saying that you have to agree with everyone’s opinion. But to insult fellow fans is classless.

  • karlssens

    Sens are starting to look pesky… Keep it up and get the points in regulation! Make me eat my words!

  • hq8

    finally the sens are matching the paper to the ice. they should win this game 99 out of a 100 times or maybe even more.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Jim Hughson has said the term “button-hook” way too many times tonight. This isn’t football bud!

  • MikeS

    how is that not a penalty…..you can crosscheck goalies now?

  • FistsofNeil25

    David Clarkson is the dumbest looking motherfucker I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

  • MikeS

    Atleast the sens came to play tonight. The leafs living with a point is really frustrating though

  • Aaron 2.0

    Pretty good 60 minutes from the good guys. Glad they were able to come back. I really thought they deserved better after 2. Things just sort of went funny in the first 40. Lets win this thing!

  • hq8

    greening has owned gardiner tonight.

  • Sandy

    The Sens have to win in regulation. They can’t win in shootouts.

    • MikeS

      They have no scored a shootout goal this year…..

      • Sandy

        How sad is that. Time to switch the shooters..

      • bluebuyyoo

        That means they are due. Come on Sens. Send the friggin’ Leaf fans home with a loss.

  • FistsofNeil25

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • hq8

    mannnn why did EK have to do that extra pass damnit

    • Sandy

      Trying for the perfect play instead of just shooting

      • hq8

        yeaa…i mean they have taken shots all night long too and that one time jeeze

  • FistsofNeil25

    I swear man, Zibanejad is becoming a stud. He looks better and better every game.

    • Sandy

      Put Zibby the first shooter in the shootout. Andy sucks in shootouts…

  • Kielbasa

    Damnit….not a shootout. Ugh.

  • Mat

    We needed that win in OT.. Stats are not favourable in the shootout…

  • Mat

    If I see Michalek out there I’m going to fucking lose it.

    • MikeS

      LOLOLOLOLOL

    • FistsofNeil25

      uh oh.

  • Mat

    For fuck sake..

  • MikeS

    Well we all knew this was over in the shootout

  • bluebuyyoo

    Do these fucking guys ever practice shootouts?

    • Kielbasa

      More importantly…do they practice to win in 60?

  • FistsofNeil25

    Jeeeeesuuusssss

  • Kielbasa

    Seriously PM. What the $#@& are you doing going with this group? PM with the brain fart to lose this one. Idiot move.

    • MikeS

      How can u blame PM for this one?

      • Kielbasa

        Very easy. Don’t put players in the shootout who have done nothing in them this season.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Man Reimer made two huge glove saves while Andy backed himself into his net and gave the Leaf shooters gaping holes to shoot at. It would be nice to see Andy make a save when it matters.

      • bluebuyyoo

        The Ottawa shooters made it very easy for Reimer to hold his ground.

  • Sandy

    Boy.. will I ever be happy when the eliminate the shootout.
    Has Andy ever stopped a shootout attempt. Those were terrible.

    • hq8

      no he is actually pretty shit in shootouts and shit in games too.

    • Kielbasa

      He couldn’t make a save on a beachball this season.

  • Mat

    The blame is on MacLean on this one. Jason and Milan are both 0-3 in this year. What’s the fucking logic here??? Direct order from Murray to MacLean: No more #19 and #9!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not the right shooters Paul.

    Too loyal.

  • MikeS

    Whatever, they stole a point when they got jipped a goal and another cheap one against

  • hq8

    in the end……too little too late again in the game and too little too late for the season too. all those PPs they shat upon……. leafs had no business in this game, ottawa got 50+ shots. all it achieved a sweet sv% for james reimer and a win for him too.

  • Sandy

    Ryan, Turris, Zibby… the next shootout…
    At least they got a point. Florida won against the Wings…

  • Mike

    Well the Sens are not making the playoffs this year time to give up and wait till next year they are pathetic

    • Mat

      I agree. Remember a few years ago when we got rid of Fisher, Kovalev, Kelly, Campoli, Elliot, etc?? We used the vacant spots to bring up Bingo players and suddenly the team started winning games.

      We need to do that again, sell some players (Anderson, Michalek, Conacher, Philips, pretty much anyone except Karlsson, Lehner, Turris, Ryan and Mika), hopefully get another 1st rounder.

      Dump the dead weight and see what happens…

  • Sensturion

    And that ladies and gentlemen is how you OUT SHOOT, OUT HIT and OUT PLAY a team, and lose a game, and most likely miss the playoffs…

    • Sandy

      And dominated faceoffs…

    • H POTTER

      Who cares ! You don’t get to the playoffs by dominating and not finishing and putting into the net and win ! They get what they deserve.

  • FistsofNeil25

    We deserved a better fate tonight. Wish the powerplay would have been better than 2 for 8. The Leafs barely touched the puck in this game yet still come out with a win. Toronto isn’t a good hockey team, and the only reason I believe the Sens can still make the playoffs is because the Leafs and the majority of the eastern conference are pure shit.

    • Sandy

      When the Leaf forwards shoot on the net.. they make it count. They are really good at that…. and that’s why they win.
      Their goalies have been good as well… Andy hasn’t. Time to run with Lehner for about 5 games to see what he can do.

      • FistsofNeil25

        We’ve been saying run with Lehner for a few weeks now…

  • H POTTER

    F:;:/*in tired of seeing the same loosers take the shootout attempts !!! I’m so fed up now !! We always see Spezza Michalek !!! Have they ever been able to get it in????? NO. Michalek couldn’t buy a shootout goal yet he’s always on the list. Spezza even worse of them all. No creativity. Man I’m just fed up fed up…

  • Sensturion

    Excluding the shootout, I thought Anderson had a great game. I’d go back to him on Monday.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I just read your comment after I posted. I’ve always found it amusing how 2 people can see things totally differently (regarding Anderson). It’s one of the neat things about sports I think. And, one of the reasons why communities like this are so vibrant. There’s always something to talk about!

  • Aaron 2.0

    I hate the SO. I’ve went off on it before, so I won’t again. Sens did enough to win tonight. I thought the team played pretty good in all 3 periods. No clue why MacLean continues to use the same horses in the SO. It’s another example of just being to slow to respond to the situation IMO. These guys aren’t getting it done. So, give some other players a chance; there’s really nothing to lose. But, those leafs shots still need to be stopped by Anderson. He doesn’t really have fault on any of the 3 goals during the game tonight. But, I thought he looked like a circus performer all game. Every time the leafs were even close to our net I was nervous.

    • FistsofNeil25

      I don’t fault Andy for the loss what so ever, but he really doesn’t look like the same goalie. He had been so great for us since being acquired, but this year he just looks so shaky and lacking confidence.

      • Aaron 2.0

        I agree, the loss isn’t his fault. Shoot-outs are a skills competition. It’s hard to fault anyone when you lose in SO. He just made me really nervous throughout the game. His positions just seem weird at times, which result in these crazy scrambles right in front or off to the side of the net. He doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in a win. Sounds like he makes you feel the same way. And, personally, as a man, I hate feeling things (lol – jk – in serious need of anything remotely humorous right now).

        • FistsofNeil25

          Yeah man I hear ya. This season when Andy is in net, I feel like anything could go in on him. When the Lehner is in net, I honestly believe he can stop anything and everything.

          The bottom line is the team playing in front of them just isn’t consist enough. Their attitude seems to suck. Right now, they seem to think they are better than they are. They’re constantly going to the extra pass or trying to be too “cute” with the puck.

          It’s time to get back to meat and potatoes hockey lol

  • Sandy

    The Sens have to now start getting points. 2 are preferable… but even 1 is better than none.
    A lot of home games coming up.. where they have not been good. Time to get on the ice and get it done.
    I hope coming back from 2 goals down will give them some confidence.

  • MikeS

    First game in a while where I can say I was proud of the way the sens competed

    • Sandy

      If they keep it up like that.. the wins will come.
      But will it be soon enough to get into a playoff spot…

      • MikeS

        If they keep playing like tonight I believe they will, more so because Tampa(without stamkos) and Toronto are both pretty bad

      • Jacques

        Toronto’s lineup is depleted if we couldn’t win that one, we’re in f-ing trouble!

  • Sandy

    There were 3 ‘plus’ players for the Sens tonight. Condra, Wiercioch & Cowen.
    3 players constantly getting trashed on this site.

  • Deadly

    Hoffman,5 minutes , why bother calling him up if we don’t give him a fair shot.

    • MikeS

      He isnt on the pp or ok which was like 35 minutes of this game. Not much time to play him

  • hq8

    so sens fans now hate the SO. come on guys grow up. you guys rave like cheerleaders when the sens win.
    the important thing is it should never have got to the SO. really there is no excuse for the sens not winning this game in regulation before the end of the 2nd. a severely undermanned toronto team with an AHL specialist playing third line centreman all night long? Kadri playing centre on their top line getting owned on faceoffs like noone’s business? and it gets to SO.

    again, didnt play hard enough to win it. broken record.

    it was a fun game. but toronto skates away with two points and ottawa 1. the race gets worse.

    • MikeS

      I dont hate the shootout, I have just learned to accept that the sens will lose every shootout with andy

      • Mike

        The sens won’t even win a game with Andy in net he did this in Colorado to had 1 good year then flopped the next

      • hq8

        it goes around for every team. there was a time when the sens owned the SO – when it started. the key point is – its an even opportunity for either team to win. no refs involved no dirty plays nothing – except ofcourse when you have raymond spin-o-ramas that are illegal.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’ve hated the SO from the 1st day it was introduced. I don’t think that has anything to do with ‘growing up’. I’ve been consistent in my hatred of it even before I knew if the sens would be any good at it. It’s a skills competition. It insulates some teams’ stats, and kills others. And, honestly, the sens played good enough to win tonight. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. I don’t really buy the typical line of “we didn’t play hard enough tonight”. Sometimes the best team just doesn’t win. It usually balances out over a season.

      • hq8

        how can you say the sens played good enough to win when they basically started the 2nd period on a shit note and blowed on their own PP. that after they had dominated toronto to end the 1st period. they followed it all up with more suckiness on the PPs in the 2nd.

        if you watch any TOR games, the strategy really is to hang around and survive. why do you think they give up so many shots? you let them hang around and they will. they are good at burying the few chances they get and they did that. they havent learnt their lesson one bit from last year. the big bonus they have this year is reimer is better and they have more guys who can score. The sens let the leafs hang around in the 2nd by not burying them. it was as if the sens were refusing to bury a dead man because to me the leafs were done after the 1st. they had one line clicking and even that line was getting decimated at faceoffs.

        this game was on the plate for the sens and they refused to eat it. so they got shoved instead.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Even in the 2nd period I doubt shots and scoring changes favored the leafs (which i’m sure is true for the entire game). It’d be nice to see some scoring chance statistics for this one eventually. The 2nd leafs goal was sort of penalty, especially when you consider what was called throughout the game. I’m not saying the refs were one-sided; just that they missed that call, which lead to a goal and a momentum swing. Getting good goal-tending is great. But, that’s not really a strategy. Hanging around won’t win you a cup. Both teams are nowhere ready to compete for one.

          • hq8

            again, the leafs are there to win a game and they made their chance count. thats what matters in the end. it doesnt matter that one of them was a non-call because there are so many non-calls in a full game. what does matter is that ottawa got a lot of PPs in the 2nd and they didnt make any of them threatening in the least. fumbles, blocks, miscues, cute-playing……..it was all there.

            the sens made their chances count in the 3rd, but really all of us would rather have them make the chances count when the game is either tied or when the sens are leading.

            regarding you comment re-playoffs, well the laughs have a spot right now, and we just cemented it by giving them two points at home. and since they are in division, it was really a 4 pointer. and the 1 point does nothing to help us.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Well, they both sort of made their chances count equally (3-3). If you mean, they scored more on fewer chances, than I would agree with that (I think we out-chanced them). I agree that our power-play sucks. There’s just not enough movement in general. But, tonight we were 2 for 8 (25%). Leafs were 1 for 6 (16.66%). So, that wasn’t really the difference…

            I guess any team that makes the playoffs has a shot. I wouldn’t be too high about their chances for a cup though. Same as us.

          • hq8

            i think its more than just end-of-game stats. its much easier to play with the lead if the underlying basic stats favor you (e.g. faceoffs, shots, PPs, possession, scoring chances). thats why its important to make them count when you get them. sens after first tying it up, got the chances – numerously – to take this game away. they ended the first well ahead in shots and on a PP. momentum was theirs. they flunk it though right from the get go in the 2nd. i could tell that shit was coming because they were letting the leafs hang around – and it did. its almost routine with the sens now to see the other team gain momentum like that. so it really doesnt matter in the end because the sens gave them a lead that they had to negate before they could get to winning a game. and thats what happened, there is only so much time in a game. by the time the sens had caught up there were less than 10 minutes remaining. all toronto had to do is survive regulation. the sens on the other hand wanted another goal badly.

            the key lesson is that you have to play hard to win at every damn second in todays league. if you take a period off, you are more often than not going to get burnt. the sens can win all the faceoffs, put more shots on reimer than ever before, throw more hits, get more PPs, but the simple fact is that they gave the leafs a two goal lead when they really should themselves have been leading. its the same lesson Maclean keeps repeating after every game.

          • hq8

            maclean said the same thing “Well I think — I don’t know if we got cheated on it — but I thought the game was there for us to have an opportunity for us after we got it tied up.”

  • Conor_smythe

    Spezza I understand. .. but why the fuck is michalek in the shootout… what has michalek done this year to make the coach have confidence in him as a goal scorer?

    • FistsofNeil25

      but man, it was his birthday today lol

    • Jacques

      Yeah Spezza is really on fire in shoot outs this year 0-4!

      • Conor_smythe

        Hes number 2 on the team in goal scoring right now.. thats what I meant by that…. obviously

  • Mike

    Anderson sucks trade him for a backup and a bag of pucks and start Lehner and see how many more games they win!!!! If I had a dollar for every time this team failed to hit the net I would be a millionaire this team needs a serious reetooling starting with trading plugs such as greening and wtf were smith and greening doing out there during the first shift of overtime what kind of decision making is that they could have had Ryan and Turris out there fire PM and get a new owner.

  • H POTTER

    Michalek sucks in shootout there is no logic in him being in a shootout. This is all on pmac!! Anderson just plan sucks. The longer he remains G1 the longer we continue to suck

  • MikeS

    “Right now we are an inconsistent team, with alot of room for growth and improvement”..”we need to work harder” PMAC

    • hq8

      he is right. they slept in the 2nd and hence the game. toronto shat the 1st and the 3rd. but did enough in the 2nd to make it count. if the sens come out as blazing in the 2nd as they were at the close of the 1st, this game would have been a blowout for them. but their PP to start the 2nd was exemplary of their shittiness this season and it cost them.

  • Shibal

    That was actually the best game I’ve seen from the Senators since their win against the Capitals.

    Only problem is that, Paul Maclean is waaaaaaaaaaaaay to conservative. He always sticks with giving ice time to the same players, despite their struggles. He has given leeway to struggling Cowen and Michalek all season long. Chris Neil who should be a fourth liner, always plays in the third line with Smith, even though he had the option of putting maybe Hoffman their today. He has also stuck with the same sequence of players for the shootouts for the last three years.

  • Sensturion

    I know he has a limited role to play on the team, but I can’t help but feel bad for Kassian. Why dress him if he’s going to play 1:05. He looked depressed on the bench…

    • Sensturion

      For the record, I’m a fan of Kassian. He doesn’t cost us and he sticks up for the guys.

      • Shibal

        The fact that Kassian was playing today, was also the reason why a guy like Hoffman got benched today.

        • Sensturion

          Kassian had nothing to do with Hoffman being benched. Half the game was spent on special teams.

          • MikeS

            Partially special teams, but also they dont really play a 4th line much when kassian is playing

          • Aaron 2.0

            Whomever plays with Kassian will get no ice-time. It pretty much becomes a 3 line game. I personally don’t like guys like him in the line-up (although a perfectly nice guy), but this is also one of those personal preference things too.

          • Shibal

            Put it like this: Once the sens went down a goal in the first minute of the first period, Maclean got Condra out of the top line and put Zibanejad on Spezza’s wing. Maclean now had to decide between Hoffman and Michalek on Turris’s wing, he chose Michalek. The Smith line is always the same, so that left Hoffman and Condra being the only forwards that can rotate in and out of certain lines because Maclean sure as hell does not want to play Kassian that much with those two.

  • MikeS

    In Anderson’s first 2 years in ottawa he was 8-2 in shootouts. How much has he dropped that we assume loss when they shootout comes around

    • Sensturion

      The players were scoring shootout goals at that time.

  • Jacques

    Bingo lost in a shootout too tonight. Cody Ceci 8 shots on goal tonight!

    • CUP 2014-15

      tough loss tonight, played well but these type of games happen to everyone. It just feels worse due to all the bad losses and time running out,

  • Sandy

    Reimer outplayed Anderson…

    • FistsofNeil25

      Reimer seems to outplay whoever is in the Sens net when we play them. The guy owns us almost as much as Time Thomas did with the Bruins. It’s tough for me to say that, because I don’t even think Reimer is that good of a goalie.

      • hq8

        i think its more that the sens just dont try hard enough to make his life difficult.

        you look at all three leafs goals, their guy is right next to anderson or on top of him or underneath him.

        the three sens goals: macarthur from the slot, condra from the slot, karlsson from just outside the blue paint on a setup. but really, how many times in today’s league will you get a chance to take that shot from the slot? team defenses are too good now, except for the sens obviously. the goalie nowadays just needs to see the shot (except for andy obviously) and its one and done.

        sens are still playing too cute with opposing goalies. it needs to become a fight, a survival fest.

  • hq8

    karlsson with 9 shots tonight, Ryan leads ottawa in goals, but doesnt get put out for an SO attempt. instead we get two guys who havent potted a goal in 10 games.

    • Mat

      The decision to go with #19 and #9 was dumb the second time, absurd the third time and completely ludicrous the fourth time. Does PMac even know he has other options? Id settle for Condra, Neil and Cowen next time… Can’t be worse than 0/4 x2

  • T K

    Thankfully Buffalo is coming

  • Jacques
  • PraiseAlfie11

    Upside: outshout leafs by a wide margin. Is this the 2nd or 3rd time in a row the sens have outshot their opponent?

  • QSenFan

    Just cant understand pmac anymore. Does he want out of O-town? Mr Melnyk, if you dont care about this team and this city then PLEASE GET THE HELL OUT!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    You know what, after thinking about it, the I’m really happy with the point the Sens got tonite. It was a hard fought game and the boys showed a lot of character particularly in the third period. To be honest, they probably should have lost that game outright anyways, so to corral a point after down two is an accomplishment.

    Hopefully this is a start towards getting more points.

    • SensChirp

      Outshot them 50-31. Deserved better tonight but nice to at least get a point.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Ya well deserved.

    • Conor_smythe

      Wow. So after spending the entire game posting ridiculously annoying and negative commentary, you decide now that it wasnt so bad….

      Maybe just wait til after the games are finished to say anything from now on…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    On another note Mika Zibanejad is amazing and a keeper