Game Day- Just Win

SensChirp March 15, 2014 644
Game Day- Just Win

With just 17 games left in their season, the Ottawa Senators will face a stretch run full of must win games if they want to have any shot at playoff spot.

Listen, I understand how deep a hole the Senators have put themselves in here. It’s going to take a magical and entirely improbable run for the Senators to play their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. But it’s not impossible. Not yet, anyway. Five points out with 17 games to play is doable. They trail the Montreal Canadiens by 9 points, but have a couple games in hand and play the Habs again before the season is over. That is a closable gap.

There will be plenty of time to analyze “what went wrong” when the season is over. In the meantime, the team will be playing their biggest game of the season tonight in Montreal. And then will again play the biggest game of the season on Sunday against the Avalanche. That’s just the reality of the situation the Sens find themselves in.

I really feel like this is the best forward line up the Senators have iced all season.  Of course it will all come down to ice time distribution but on paper, this looks like the best possible four lines the Senators can put together.  Will be interesting to see how they perform.  On defence, Patrick Wiercioch will watch another game from the press box.  Here is how the Senators are expected to line up tonight in Montreal.

Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Hoffman-Zibanejad-Condra
Greening-Smith-Neil

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Cowen-Gryba

Robin Lehner gets the start with Nathan Lawson as his back up.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

  • Jason

    Sens need to remember how they played against Mtl last year in the playoffs. Bring the toughness and physical play and just don’t back down.

  • Sharmarke

    This is the best lineup we have seen all year.

  • Sens613

    2 game win streak to start off would be very beneficial. Hope the 4 days off and the skills competition was to.

    Go Sens Go!!!

  • CUP 2014-15

    WOW ! What a great day. Sens V Habs, Saturday “NIGHT” game with the season on the line. This could be the perfect storm if the team can get on a roll starting tonight. Should the Sens play 8 games over .500 the rest of the way, they will have 93 points and face Bost. or Pitt in round one. “IF” the lads go on a big run and make the post season they will have to do it as one of, if not the hottest team in the league. Can’t ask for more then that, your team hitting the playoffs on a tear. It all starts tonight, Lets bring the positive waves all day and all game. As fans we get upset at what we believe to be a lack of effort from our team and get pissed that they gave up, well practice what you preach, this is not the time to give up on our team. The talent is there to get 25 points in the final 17 and there can still be that bad night between the pipes that cost us a game, a bad call to cost a game or a hot tender at the other end. Still leaves room for error, just have to start the playoffs tonight boys, go get em.
    Looking forward to Spezz having his best game of the year and Karl cranking it up. I expect CMac KT and BR are going to have a huge jump in their stride tonight and the only way the Habs stay in this one is if they get world class goaltending. Sens 6 smurfs 1, just a nice number to remind them of last year. GSG

  • CUP 2014-15

    Surprising news out of Montreal as Price first to leave the ice, an indication that he may start?

  • Sensturion

    Different circumstances (obviously – 3 point games will play a huge factor this year) but the first year the team made the playoffs, weren’t they 7 points out with 11 games left and managed to make it with a win in their last game?

    • CUP 2014-15

      Great memory, Went to Jamaica when the team went on a brutal road trip, they go on a run my buddies and I return home in time to get to the Buff game and then they beat Buff on the final night to get in. To me that was still the greatest and loudest night ever at the CTC/Corel Centre, etc. Thank you Steve Duchesne

  • CUP 2014-15

    Confirmed….Price will start

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Hmmmm I don’t actually mind that… Hopefully he is rusty and trying to come back too quickly

    • Sandy

      Of course he is… dammit. Sens are not lucky enough for him to still be out..
      I remember the last game the Sens played against the Habs at CTC with Price in net. The Sens were all over them and Price stood on his f’in head. Then Subban scores to win in OT and beats on his chest going off the ice. I actually hate that arrogant SOB..

      • Zelle

        I can’t stand Subban.

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        Price that hasn’t played in 3 weeks < Budaj <<<< Tokarski.
        5-2 Sens, BOOK IT!!!!
        TOOKS100% OUT!!!!!!!!!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Great post chirp!

    Condra is the weak link on the forwards…Not actually because I dislike what he brings, just that stone hands seems like a waste with those two.

    Weircioch on the bench… No point repeating myself, but for his sake I hope we move him in the summer

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL, mirror image of my thoughts early season when I was hoping that they moved Gryba when Corvo was starting ahead of him every night. Young guys need to play to develop. Was EG for me now PW for you. Tough situation for young players.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Personally I want both on this team… But the Philips signing makes that tough… Unless they are REALLY patient

        • SenaTHOR

          My guess is that EG will go to arbitration this summer. He has done well enough to get a reasonable settlement as I think he as done as well and the 2 , 2.5and 3 mil recent contract d men. The question then becomes. Will “His Cheapness the Ukrainian Prince” want to bring Boro up for 600k and let EG walk.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            That’s the thing… Boro is on a one way next year… So I would be floored if he is in bingo.

            So either he is up, or traded

          • SenaTHOR

            Can’t see him(EG) traded UNLESS he is signed first before draft day. He would more likely go to arbitration at the end of the season, get a number, then become a UFA if Ottawa doesn’t accept the amount. I’m guessing he’d like to sign and avoid the process altogether. Either way it seems to me like they have longer term plans or he would be occupying the press box.
            Boro and he are left/right so I don’t know if this matters.

    • Millennium

      If we could dump Greening, move Condra down a line, and have a respectable 3rd line winger (maybe a vet to balance the youth on the line), I’d be more than happy with Condra’s contributions.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Exactly my thoughts. I would love him down there. He just shouldn’t be put in a spot where he is theoretically expected to contribute offensively (watch him get 6 points tonight hahaha)

        • Aaron 2.0

          I agree w/ both you guys that would be ideal (Move Condra down to L4 and add someone w/ more offensive upside on L3). But, I’m not totally ‘in hate’ with the current L3. Condra is a possession wizard. Hoffman and Zibanejad bring the offense. It might just work. I’m not saying it’s a long-term solution, but, I don’t totally hate it in the short-term. I’ll be really interested in time allocation of lines tonight.

  • Lorenzo72

    Beautiful love story along the boards. :)

    • Cicero

      PK, meet State Farm. Stae Farm, meet PK.

      Let’s hope for a touching reunion tonight.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    If we can go 2-0 this weekend my optimism will be much higher… This is by far the biggest two games of the year.

    We win them both and I think we have a shot… Go to ot tonight and it is tougher… I really hope we come out mean like we did in the playoffs

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Arrrrrrg a friend just offered me ice side seats tonight!

    Having a bday party for my son!!!!

    • CUP 2014-15

      He will have many more, LOL

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Hahaha

      • TookieIs100PercentRight

        No one knows man. I’d stay with my son and enjoy the party, until he is a teenager then he can fend for himself. OR just ask the wife to watch the regrat and GO SENS GO!!!!!!
        TOOKS100PERCENT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SuperSENS

      Push the party to tomorrow and take your son to the game tonight? :)

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        My wife has 27 bloody kids coming!

        • SuperSENS

          Okay, that plan won’t work. Hmm …

        • CUP 2014-15

          girl power!!!!! I hear this from my wife and daughters(now 27 and 30) and from what I have learned from them, women can do anything….27….no problem, as a man your just going to get in the way most of the day anyway.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Lol. Not much you can do about that. Enjoy how excited / happy your little man will be for the party! Is there an ice-cream cake? Those are the best!

    • Zelle

      I’ll take them! ;D

  • Mat

    #justwin

  • Mat

    I can’t think of a better team for the Sens to play against and get a surge in confidence. I hope the Sens review their game tape. From April of last year.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Could not agree more Mat, but I would just look back to the loss on Jan 16th when Price stole that game. If the team plays like that again tonight, we’re in great shape. Personally, I think that OT loss was one of, if not the most dominating performance by the team this year.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Have fun all, enjoy the game tonight and don’t let the trolls and negative nellies get you down. Positive vibes all night baby. Need to go out, drink some ales and start boiling down sap. GO SENS GO

  • WaitingSince92

    I think we can reasonably expect a solid effort from the Zibanejad line. With Spezza’s line starting click and the Neil line playing really well (although they’re getting WAY too much ice time), we just need the Turris line (usually our best, but not as of late) to start to pick it up again and we’d have some pretty solid depth.

    Definitely agree that this is the strongest lineup we’ve iced all season. Maybe Condra should be on the fourth line, and certainly Phillips should not be in a top 4 position, but other than that, our lineup is legit.

    • Sandy

      The Smith line is the checking line against the best line on the opponents.. That’s why they play a lot of minutes..

      • Aaron 2.0

        This is one of those things that sort of splits the fan-base. A lot of fans like them as a checking line against top lines. A lot of fans think they get way too many minutes, taking away from the skilled players. I think they do a great job in the offensive zone. But, I remain less than convinced that the Smith line is more defensively responsible than both Turris and Zibanjead. I think you could cut back minutes for Smith and wingers, asking more for energy shifts from that group, without losing anything defensively by allocating a few more minutes to other lines. But, that’s just one opinion!

  • H POTTER

    I just want them to keep playing hard all through the 60 minutes! There are capable and need to do it and play with the foot on the gas pedal…I know Lehner can perform he just needs to zone out and fully control this…I’ll be the one cheering the loudest from my lower 300 seats…
    Go Sens goooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Nikola Todorić

    Alright, boys… go hard and bring the rain.

  • Sandy

    Lehner needs to grab whatever he had in the Calder Cup run and go with it…

  • Brock

    Go Sens Go. Bob with the hatty.

  • Mitchell

    i fell like that hoffman-zibanejad line is missing puempel i’m glad condra’s in for his D. but wouldn’t it be something.

  • Kumar

    Carey Price will be starting for the Habs. His first game, after the Olympic finals. We need to take lots of shots to get him unsettled.

  • Zelle

    Looks like Price is back just in time to face the Sens. I’ll be honest and say I wish it were Budaj, but Sens can still win against Price. Their last game together was one of Price’s best games of the season if not the best, so if Sens play like they did again then it’s highly unlikely Price can hold off their offensive prowess again. Go Sens Go! Playoffs or no playoffs every Habs and Leafs game is a MUST WIN.

  • Cicero

    I’m going to remain hopeful until there’s a mathematical impossibility of them being eliminated, which of course will happen on the summer solstice during game 6 of the SCF when the Sens win their 4th game at home against the Blues.

    (Although for the moment I’d really like to send a LOUD F U to Pittsburgh for throwing today’s game to PHI)

  • Millennium

    Of course Pittsburgh would shit the bed the one time we need them to win…

  • the dude

    JUST WIN!!! This is what it’s all about!! The playoffs start today for the Sens!! Treat every game like its a game 7 from here on in!!! THEY CAN DO IT!!!
    GO SENS GO!!!!

  • Jacques

    The optimal 3rd line would be

    Hoffman-DaCosta-Zibby

    Anyhow GO SENS GO!

    • sprucesens

      wouldn’t mind that next year, with stone taking michalek’s spot with spezza and hemsky, if we don’t resign michalek. then keep the turris line the same, and GSN and condra for 4th line

  • karlssens

    I’m personally thrilled we play price. It’s his first game in a while, there will be rust.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    HUGE EFFING GAME tonight. I am so pumped for this one. Could Montreal end the Sens season for ending their own last year? I dont think so though. GO SENS GO Got my tequila, and beer ready

  • karlssens

    Two wins this weekend, and it’s a completely new picture. Let’s have some faith and shower this team with positive energy. Send out a few tweets. These guys are human. If they see we are behind them, it will go a long way.

    All this coming from one of the most negative posters here.

    Go sens go!!

  • aegiszx

    The Pens/Flyers rivalry is a mirror image of the Sens/Leafs in that more often than not, the Pens/Sens can never mentally check-in (stop choking please) to play the hated Leafs/Flyers.

  • karlssens

    Sens are wearing white heritage jerseys tonight!! Unreal!!

  • karlssens

    Fun fact of the day:

    Ales Hemsky: 6 pts in 3 games with Ottawa

    David Clarkson: 10 pts in 46 games with Toronto.

    Let that marinate for a few minutes.

    • Lorenzo72

      Haha. Good deal for Toronto. :)

    • Sandy

      Wow.. that’s interesting.

      • karlssens

        To think, we almost signed him!! Thanks Toronto!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Buyout seems likely for that mess.

      • Millennium

        Actually there’s an article that shows that due to Clarkson’s contract being almost entirely made of signing bonuses, buying him out would cost them almost as much as keeping him on for the length of the term.

        • Aaron 2.0

          That’s interesting. Do they keep him then, and bury him in the bottom-6?

          • Millennium

            My guess, assuming no rebound next year, try and offload him to a team like Florida who needs to take on salary, or waive and bury.

          • Aaron 2.0

            He’s probably not as bad as he’s been this year. It seems like a player trying to do too much because of the big signing. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of him. Glad that he didn’t end up in O-town. These are exactly they type of UFAs we need to avoid!

          • Millennium

            Macarthur, Rask, and Steen are proof that good players don’t always fit into the Leaf system, so that’s entirely possible.

  • Brock

    Lets go boys! Light these Habs up just like you lit em’ up in the Playoffs. Go Sens Go! Biggest game of the season.

  • Richard Gough

    Does anyone know what is up with Anderson ?

    • bluebuyyoo

      In the last game, he took a shot from Weber off his neck and then later in the game, he was hit in the head by Michalek. So, sore neck or head.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Game on! And on the national broadcast. Love that!

  • Millennium

    Man, lined up against Montreal, we look like giants

  • Zelle

    Well that escalated quickly.

  • Richard Gough

    Yes church lady can we have another !

  • Colin

    Oops. I hope Price looks that rusty too. Get some shots on him!

    • Colin

      Yup. One shot. One goal. Way to go Price.

  • Jacques

    WTF???

  • Millennium

    Lehner, bro, come on man. Come on. Bro. Come on.

  • karlssens

    Bobby c’mon

  • Aaron 2.0

    That Smith line is just not good at defense, IMO.

  • Zelle

    Sens are getting out muscled by the Habs. That’s unacceptable! Wake up guys!

  • Zelle

    Spezzaaaaaa! What a shot!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Great response!

  • H POTTER

    Yessssss

  • QSenFan

    Woooooooooooo!!!!

  • Millennium

    Jesus, refs really lettin em play.

    Spezza stepping into that one

    • Zelle

      Letting them play until that moment.

      • Millennium

        Which, the penalty? That was a pretty blatant hold.

        • Zelle

          Oh yeah it was interference hold no doubt, just so many other things were uncalled in only 4 minutes lol

          • Millennium

            No one will ever convince me refs don’t call (or not call) things one for one. They let shit go both ways, then once its equal, they can change the standard across the board. Happens all the time.

          • Zelle

            Perhaps! I just hate when they suddenly decide to change the standard. At least it was early on. The worst is letting everything go in the 1st and 2nd and the players have a feel for it then everything changes in the third.

          • Millennium

            Agreed

  • karlssens

    Fuck off Phillips

  • Zelle

    Briere LOL

  • H POTTER

    What a savvvvvvv

  • karlssens

    Man we cannot take penalties

  • H POTTER

    Who else bit freakin phillips

    • Zelle

      Nice hit on Gallagher by Phillips though. Sort of makes up for it.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    man stressful start but as expected

  • Zelle

    I agree with all of your tweets Chirp haha. That PK made me incredibly nervous. Lucky for the Sens the Habs keep fumbling with the puck.

  • 4thStringGoalie

    Did anyone catch the leaf logo flash on the screen after some highlights?

    • aegiszx

      Yes. I dont even, ugh.

  • Spoons

    Watching the game on CBC. They are showing the Leafs logo in between replays… F. U CBC… You deserve to lose game coverage starting next year…

  • QSenFan

    For crying out loud

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    brutalcalll

  • H POTTER

    My god cowen

  • Kumar

    Zebra clowns are back

  • H POTTER

    Please kill it again pleasssssssse

  • Millennium

    That’s the weakest Too many men call I’ve seen in my life

  • Colin

    Bullshit call. Hopefully they have the balls to call a make up penalty against the Habs.

  • Zelle

    Does anyone feel like whenever Subban plays the Sens he tries to hit to injure?

    • Millennium

      I just assume he plays like that all the time because he’s a massive douche

      • Zelle

        Good point lol

  • Zelle

    Oh come on…

  • karlssens

    Refs…

  • Spoons

    WTF…

  • H POTTER

    Is this a fakkin joke
    Fakkin zebras

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    ………

  • Zelle

    Three penalties in 13 minutes, woo go Sens!

  • Zelle

    Great shift by Condra, great play too with the drop pass.

  • xiorcal

    when you look in the dictianory there’s a picture of Eric Furlatt and Dean Morton next to the word Fuckers with no description

  • H POTTER

    Nice kill

  • Millennium

    The fact that the score is still tied with the defensive gaffs we’ve had is unbelievable.

    • Paradocs

      Not to mention 3 PKs

      • Millennium

        2 of which were pretty much deserved. The only one I really disagree with was the too many men

        • xiorcal

          If hemsky is not push there is no contact with Price. If you take Hemsky out you need to get the other player also

          • Aaron 2.0

            I’m okay with that penalty. The MTL defender didn’t really push him into Price. Hemsky sort of just got twisted around, and his momentum (being so close to Price @ high speed) took him into the net. The one really bad penalty was the too many men. If anything the refs could have given us a pass on Hemsky to even things up for that brutal call.

          • Millennium

            In general, if you remove home town bias, I prefer the refs err on the side of not letting guys run the goalie. Could have been called both ways, but if that play was the other way around, we would have been outraged if they weren’t called.

    • Colin

      Yup. It’s got the refs shaking their heads too.

  • karlssens

    Now let’s take over this game boys! We have the deadlier players!

  • Kumar

    According to CBC all the moves by the Habs are super; even a routine stop by Price looks like priceless; how about when Lehner makes a stop. These CBC knuckle heads are stupid.

  • Millennium

    Gallagher reminds me of early Crosby. Snapping his head to sell everything within 10 feet. Such a little shit.

  • Spoons

    Good news is it’s 1-1 after a horrible period

  • aegiszx

    The Sens are very lucky to come out of that period tied…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    We looked like a young team that had 4 days off, hopefully we can regroup and have an amazing 2nd period 2 shitty calls on the refs though

  • Jacques

    The call on Hemsky was brutal!

    • Spoons

      so was the too many men call

  • Jacques

    I don’t think Cowen is ready to be playing too slow out there. He should be on an extended r and r. Now come on boys start playing.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Only Don Cherry would rock that suit and costume. i am actually laughing so hard

    • aegiszx

      Looks absolutely ridiculous.

  • Mitchell

    If I win the lottery I will partner with Eugene melnyk.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Lol. Nice. See if you can buy him out-right, or at least become majority owner!

      • Mitchell

        I’d have to win the powerball (USA) for that haha

        • Aaron 2.0

          Haha. And you’ll want to diversify your bonds a little bit too.

    • Spoons

      If I`d win the Powerball, I`d try to find a way to buy the Leafs… So I can impose a lifetime internal cap… Best Billion dollars spent ever!!!

  • Mitchell

    So glad that don cherry shit mentioned leafs..

  • xiorcal

    What was that in the defensive zone.

  • Brock

    Well officiated game? CBC.

  • Zelle

    Wow Hoffman that was well played.

  • xiorcal

    do i stay on my ass or cover my player?

  • xiorcal

    Fuck me

  • Zelle

    No no no… Price is outside his crease…

  • Brock

    Jesus…

  • Millennium

    Price selling that one pretty hard if you ask me

  • aegiszx

    Softest team in the league, holy f———-

  • aegiszx

    Does this team get a PP when Michel Thieren gets a papercut?!

    • xiorcal

      double minor if there is blood

  • H POTTER

    Price had a few days in Hollywood it seems..great act you fak

  • Jacques

    This league is a joke!

  • H POTTER

    So sens have to go over 5 teams in the standings including da zebras if they want to make it…this is just incredible

  • Zelle

    Legit call and the arena boos haha I love being in the live crowd. Every call against your team is bad! xD I always boo even if I didn’t see it cause it’s fun.

  • xiorcal

    No one in front of the net wtf

    • H POTTER

      It’s getting there man…that spezz hem combo is coming together

      • Zelle

        First time I get to see them play together as I was on vacation for two weeks. Really enjoying what I’ve seen this game.

      • Millennium

        The only flaw with that line would be that all 3 are mostly perimeter players (not in a derogatory way). None of them are garbage goal/crash the net kind of players. Which is usually fine, but on the PP that could be a problem.

        • xiorcal

          put neil or cowen in the crease

          • Millennium

            No. please. I take it back.

          • xiorcal

            Well cowen close to our goal normally equal a goal so the opposite may work ?

          • Millennium

            If he ever got mean and physical, it would be just crazy enough to work.

  • karlssens

    This line is fucking terrible

    • H POTTER

      Can’t enter da zone without being offside

  • Spoons

    I`ve seen enough of Hoffman to know that he`s on the team to stay. He`s what we expected of Conacher.

  • Colin

    Greening with 9:17 TOI leads all Senator forwards…

    • H POTTER

      Just unacceptable

      • Colin

        Ryan 5:54
        CMac 6:31
        Turris 8:08
        Spezza 6:55
        Hemsky 7:00

        I understand that some players may be hurt and we don’t know what goes on in the coaches head, but playing Greening over the above seems plain wrong.

        • CUP 2014-15

          the PK

          • Colin

            Well, the PK defensive specialist, Condra, only has 3:33. 9:17 is incredible.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Greening has that in PK time but Condra not getting a shift with Neil and Smith and that’s the diff

          • Colin

            Great hustle by Greening on that play. Possible goal? Way to go PMac! :-)

    • Zelle

      Getting pushed off every puck it seems too…

    • Spoons

      Big Mac didn`t get the memo that the trade deadline is over and it`s no use trying to showcase Greening anymore…

  • karlssens

    Our defense is so abysmal. I
    Love our forwards though

  • H POTTER

    I’m afraid that we definitely need to kill this or else…………..

  • sprucesens

    that was a weak call….

    • xiorcal

      which one of the weak calls are you speaking off?

  • Zelle

    Taking so many penalties at the start of the game gives you no energy to finish it off. Please kill it, please please please.

  • aegiszx

    The Habs will get another PP at the end of the period, start of the 3rd period, midway through the third, and of course at the end of the 3rd (if they are down by 1 or 2)…

  • Zelle

    Oof get Spezza out of the defensive zone faceoffs.

  • H POTTER

    Whoever said that comment about Hoffman being here to stay is bang on !

  • ATFIELD

    of course it eludes him Jim houson on T Vanek LOL

  • Zelle

    omg no way!!!

  • xiorcal

    lol

  • Zelle

    of course it’s Greening!! lol

  • ATFIELD

    woooooooooooooooo

  • Brock

    Ha.

  • H POTTER

    Hahahahahaha
    Payback is a bitch

  • xiorcal

    give greening more ice time

  • Zelle

    I’m going to say it gets waved off.

  • H POTTER

    Come on Toronto come on..stop fakkin around

  • Colin

    Fucking Furlatt was pleading with TO to get him off the hook for that goal.

  • xiorcal

    bunch of fucker

  • H POTTER

    Hoffman has sick handssss

    • Brock

      and feet.

  • Millennium

    Hoffman needs more points to equal the level of skill he throws out there. Guy looks so good.

  • xiorcal

    karma

  • Zelle

    Woooo Smithy!!!

  • H POTTER

    Goal review???? Hahahahaha

  • Zelle

    Anyone else loving that Sens fan’s reaction behind the glass behind Price?

  • Millennium

    Does this GSN line never come off the ice?

  • aegiszx

    The good: Sens take the lead. The bad: GSN to play the remainder of the game…

  • Jacques

    Awesome, c’mon now boys!

  • karlssens

    Lmao bobby.. Spinorama backhand on a 2-1

  • Millennium

    Bobby looks like he’s trying too hard, trying to force something too complicated when simple was probably better.

    • xiorcal

      yep but a goal on his own rebound would have been in the play of the year for sure

      • Millennium

        Well yeah, but we need a goal, not a goal of the year!

        • Zelle

          Turris – Ryan – MacArthur all need some goals. Seems like their point production has been a bit lacking lately.

          From MacArthur to Turris to Ryan and in! Make it happen!

          • Millennium

            Might have something to do with their rock bottom TOI, because Mac coaches like the Riddler.

          • xiorcal

            the riddler as the answer

  • Colin

    Nice goal by Smith, but what a pass by EK!

  • karlssens

    Gotta come out here hard and finish off the game strong! No sitting back!

    • H POTTER

      It should continue..remember, they only play 40 min a game..so they waste the first 20 already..lol

  • sprucesens

    i love PJ stock. he calls it as he sees it.

    • Colin

      and Healy is a friggin’ tool!

  • karlssens

    PJ <3. The only one not corrupt

  • Cicero

    Oh man this is a fun game to watch. Every great execution from the Sens comes from hardworking north-south efforts. One more period of this and we pick up a ‘Just win’.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Wow. What a burtal call that non-goal was. No goal due to incidental contact? If it would have went to the situation room and been called off bc of the net issue, that’s fine. But, that incidental contact reasoning is just non-sense.

  • H POTTER

    A quick goal in the third to really shut the crowd !!!
    Go Sens Go !!!
    It’s gonna be fun watching those sad faces in the metro hahahhaha

    • karlssens

      Not over yet man!

  • SensEast

    I don’t get how CBC allows Healy to open his trap for Ottawa games. His blatant hatred for all things Senator is simply embarrassing.

    • Colin

      Looks good on him now for slagging Spezza

  • karlssens

    Hemsky!!

  • Millennium

    NICE

  • Brock

    Hemsky, baby.

  • Cicero

    SWEEEEEEET!!!!!!

  • Zelle

    Spezza again! Nice well done Hemsky, loving these two. Have they finally found a winger for Spezza?!

    • Millennium

      I’ll believe it when he re-signs :p

      • Zelle

        Let’s show him some love on twitter for his first goal as a Sen :D

    • H POTTER

      Simple answer: yesssssssss

      • Zelle

        I’m really excited for this combo, been waiting all season for Spezza!

  • Paradocs

    There should be a stat for missed high-stick calls. Sens would be leading the league

  • Zelle

    Figures the refs put their whistles away.

  • Zelle

    Yay!! It happened!! Reverse order than what I said though…

  • Colin

    Holy shit!

  • CUP 2014-15

    OLE OLE OLE OLE

  • SensEast

    Sweet!!! What commitment by Ryan!

    • CUP 2014-15

      No shit, great comment and better pic lol

  • Colin

    That defensive coverage by the Habs on the CMac goal makes Ottawa look like a bunch of Norris candidates. That was awful1

  • karlssens

    This is all
    Because of Lehner

  • Richard Gough

    Do you smell what the Sens are cooking ????!!

    • Cicero

      Wild Card Stew!

  • H POTTER

    Ride Lehner allll the way to the playoffs

  • Zelle

    People can say whatever they want about Bobby or his intensity, but no one can deny that he’ll always, always take the hit to make the play. Go M-T-R!!

  • karlssens

    Tomorrow is just as important though..

  • aegiszx

    “A 4-1 Ottawa lead, who knew that was going to happen at the start?”

    Thank you, CBC. I’m constantly in awe at how AWFUL your coverage of non-leafs/habs is…

    • Colin

      Hughson has said that twice. Really hoping for another goal to really make his head spin.

      • Millennium

        3 times by my count

  • sben

    what the hell happened there? Smith.

  • Jacques

    Thoroughly enjoying this game! Beginning of the year was saying we should trade for Gagner and Hemsky(two guys who needed to get out of Edmonton). Well, Hemsky looks pretty good! One outta two ain’t bad. Go SENS Go!

    • xiorcal

      Just suck it did not happen then. McT was trying to move him like crazy before the training camp

      • Jacques

        I know!

  • Zelle

    Lehneeeeer!!

  • sben

    high stick!!

  • Cicero

    STONED BY LEHNER.

  • Jacques

    Lehner on fire!

  • sben

    aaahhh!!!

  • karlssens

    Amazing game

    • sben

      definitely.

  • Richard Gough

    I sure hope Anderson days are numbered.This games should prove that he is no longer the starter

    • sben

      trade andy for a backup and a pick or something.

      • Richard Gough

        Trade him too Tampa for Bishop lol

  • Zelle

    Come on boys no time to sleep, close this one up with a nice margin.

  • Millennium

    This team is so friggin bipolar. They look so good right now, and looked so bad in the first.

  • Cicero

    Been grinning like a Khajiit on moon sugar for ten minutes straight.

  • Jacques

    Big difference is Hemsky and Hoffman make the other teams D play a little less aggressively!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Can’t help but laugh at all the Lehner love now… Only been saying it since the start of the season

    • Zelle

      People just love slagging on the goaltenders.

    • sben

      profile pic.

  • Colin

    Therrien is also puzzling. Briere was his best player in the 1st and he hardly saw the ice in the 2nd.

  • SensEast

    How about Subban’s hack on Hemsky’s arm as he went in?

  • sben

    I don’t know if I want the 9 mins to pass fast or slowly.

  • karlssens

    Phillips gets undressed

    • sben

      surprising (sarcastic)

    • Millennium

      Phillips gets undressed so often, they’ve started arresting him for public indecency

      • sben

        lehner but with robbery.

  • Zelle

    Weak call considering what they have been letting go this period, but another kill would be awesome. Just hope they’re not out of energy cause there is lots of time left still.

  • Jacques

    Lehner is fine cept for the shootout! Lol

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Again I’ll say… Check how many goals we scored in his loses

      • Jacques

        He’s a horse, he needed lots of games and we didn’t give them to him!

    • sben

      Lehner will improve with that. He is always improving and becoming better.

      • Zelle

        He’s really committed to improve in that department too. In fact I find he’s already a lot better than last season.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Subban with a perfect example of why Philips should not have been extended

    • Sensnation

      Come on! Subban won the Norris and could pull that move off on over half the league.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Point would be valid if less than half the league could pull that move off on Philips

        • Sensnation

          Lol, ok. Hockey the game of perfection … must have missed that slogan.

  • Millennium

    Habs now hitting kids in the face with pucks

    #NoRispeck

    • sben

      haha

    • Zelle

      That needs to be tweeted to the Habs twitter page lol

    • Richard Gough

      Only in Montreal you get smoke meat , bagels and hockey player hitting kids with pucks .

  • SensEast

    Where’s the interference call ?

    • xiorcal

      just be happy it was not call to lenher

      • SensEast

        True…… For a second there I was hoping for a fair game to be called….. Too much beer I guess!

        • xiorcal

          or not enough

    • Colin

      Are you blind? That was a Hab knocking over the Sens goalie. Not a penalty tonight.

  • aegiszx

    What’d I tell ya folks, half way through the period, and surprise surprise, another Habs PP… and the show aint over yet. Still 1 more PP to go for them probably! Damn Zebras…

  • H POTTER

    These freaking zebras called goalie interference on spezz for hardly nothing and Lehner has been interfere with all night and no calls merde

  • aegiszx

    CBC: “These two teams are really trading PP opportunities tonight”

    Yes… 6 to 3… REALLY trading… So for every 1 sens PP, habs have gotten 2…

    • MikeS

      Sens PP worth twice as much!

    • xiorcal

      you are counting our 14 second pp?

  • xiorcal

    was not expecting this fight

  • MikeS

    Thats the second goal spezza has saved tonight

  • H POTTER

    Prust a huge douch…fighting MM9?????

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Well michalek did go after him

      Although I don’t blame him… I wish we had a fighting catch tho… Most of our guys embarrass themselves

      • MikeS

        Are you forgetting last year?

  • Brock

    Props to Michalek for standing up for himself.

  • Cicero

    Feelin really proud of all our Sens tonight. Close it out strong!

  • karlssens

    But prust won’t fight Neil.. He even looses to smith..

    • xiorcal

      last time neil was the only one to drop the glove and the only one on the box after also. Douchebag 101

  • SensEast

    So Neil or Smith should drop with Pacioretty or Plecanic now?

  • Millennium

    Anytime you dominate the Habs, you start to worry about your players’ health in the 3rd. Says a lot about their team

    • Zelle

      The only thing missing is Subban jumping Turris from behind.

      • MikeS

        I dont remember it being from behind, just started punching before turris even knew he was in a fight

        • Zelle

          He did in the last game. The punching/fighting him was during the playoffs.

  • sben

    Bonk’s Mullet tweet:
    ‏Chris Neil and Max Pacioretty playing hockey. pic.twitter.com/8swvmNBaHx

  • H POTTER

    Nice tryyyy

  • MikeS

    how do the sens have soo many breakaways tonight? have they had this much all year?

  • Zelle

    Phew good thing that didn’t go in, Gionta might have had to cry in Therrien’s arms again.

  • MikeS

    Lets see another Line Brawl! We all know how it would go

  • Millennium

    Hoffman again. Kid is gonna start getting rewarded because he plays a highlight reel game.

  • xiorcal

    ref saving prust from a beating

  • MikeS

    Shades of Lemeuix in salt lake, too bad it was condra receiving instead of karyia

  • H POTTER

    Fakk

  • Colin

    Habs score and Hughson is relieved.

    • Millennium

      He’s tired of balancing on the fence since the start of the second.

  • SensEast

    What idiotic comments, Price has let in twice as many goals, but it’s Lehner that’s shaky?

    • aegiszx

      Of course, the Price is ALWAYS right!

  • sben

    I was hoping that maybe because it is a different broadcaster maybe the favoritism might not be as much. Nope. Dream on.

  • Zelle

    Wow seriously guys come on now… start skating.

  • MikeS

    OMG please dont pull a Toronto…

  • sben

    Oh my god.

  • Cicero

    Okay, kinda lost my grin…..

  • H POTTER

    If MacLean does not call time out

    • Brock

      He was waiting until we go up 5-1.

  • sben

    come on Maclean. Use your timeout please. Just once.

  • karlssens

    Let’s just throw the game

  • Zelle

    And now a penalty LOL

  • H POTTER

    This

  • Colin

    Oh please just fuck right off! Had to know that the refs were looking for anything

  • MikeS

    8-3 PP?

  • aegiszx

    There. we. go.

  • H POTTER

    This is unreal

  • xiorcal

    too much work to call a timeout

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Sens need this kill to push the momentum down the stretch.

  • sben

    There have been no calls for the sens throughout the 3rd period and then they call that weak call. I hate the NHL so much.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Pulled the goalie… Stress may be short lived…. For both teams uggg

  • Sensnation

    Condra still missing open nets …

  • MethotToMyMadness

    the Condra jokes will never end after that miss.

  • sben

    If I know the sens…

  • Jacques

    Condra????

  • MikeS

    Condra really needs empty net shooting practice

  • MethotToMyMadness

    OMFG

  • Zelle

  • sben

    only to the sens.

  • Colin

    How close is that?

  • Jacques

    F-ing joke

  • Zelle

    Goaltender interference COME THE FUCK ON

  • sben

    are you kidding me?????????

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Unfucking real… How the flying fuck can the literally maul our guys skating out… Then full on check Lehner.

    Fuck this fucking league

    • Sandy

      I missed most of the game. So they call the Sens on goalie interference twice… and none of Mtl on what was I assume their tying goal?

      • MikeS

        Ya Lehner has been hit half a dozen times, price gets blown on and 2 calls

        • Sandy

          So the refs have blinders again?

          • MikeS

            PP 7-3, habs had 2 in last 10 minutes of the game

      • Zelle

        Price got knocked over by Spezza outside his crease – penalty. Lehner gets knocked out of his crease? Play goes on. Makes sense.

  • Zelle

    I am beyond mad right now screw this fucking league.

  • aegiszx

    4-1 lead is the worst lead in hockey.

  • SensEast

    Refs are too busy admiring the Habs to call the interference

  • karlssens

    Fuck guys…

  • sben

    uuuuugghhhh

  • Paradocs

    How bout greening getting tripped in the corner as he was going to clear the puck with 15 secs

    • Sandy

      Still think reffing is not fixed in the NHL?

  • Cicero

    It should never have come down to this.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Seriously guys… See you next year, I am done with this piece of shit league

    • CUP 2014-15

      Enjoy your summer

  • karlssens

    Only us lol

  • LeafsSux

    God I wish we had Bishop back!!!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Yes becaus this is on fucking Lehner
      What a fucking retarded comment

      • xiorcal

        was thinking the same (tcharger comment not ls)

      • LeafsSux

        What fuckin game are you watching?!

        • Colin

          Not the one where Lehner let in 4 goals in 5 minutes.

      • LeafsSux

        And that wasnt on Lehner?!

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          He smothered the puck…. How the fuck is that on lehner

          • LeafsSux

            How about the 50 fuckin rebounds he gave up?

    • sben

      He won’t fdo anything. At this point it isn’t the players.

  • ATFIELD

    what a joke is all I have to say

  • Cicero

    Habs favoured by refs on Sat night. SNAFU.

  • sben

    KHL here I come… WHat the hell is this???? I don’t understand how this is even possible. It is not the sens at this point. I hate all those habs fans so much.

  • Colin

    Not pleased at all with the reffing bullshit, but the Sens should not have put themselves into that situation. Giving up 3 goals in the last few minutes in a game they have to win is unacceptable.

    • Zelle

      True they stopped skating a bit, but honestly all of that was bullshit. No calls for most of the third period, then a really weak call against Turris in the last 2mins in a one goal game, then no calls with three blatant penalties considering the rest of the game, then no whistle when Lehner covers up the puck. Screw. This.

      • Colin

        Look, I am as big a Sens fan as anyone here, but the fact is that tonight, the Sens had a 3 goal lead with < 4min left and they shit the bed. They should have been able to play a man down for the remaining time and still come out with the win.

  • xiorcal

    hemsky or spezz with the gamewinning

  • Brock

    Damn, Spezza is pissed.

  • Jacques

    I can sense a stupid turnover… Hate to say it, so pissed

  • MikeS

    WTF WHERE IS THE FREEZING CALL?

  • ATFIELD

    jim Hughson is lovin this

  • sben

    I want lehner to punch the refs right now.

  • Sensnation

    How was that not whistled down?

  • Zelle

    I don’t even know what to say anymore…

  • Brock

    I refuse to watch hockey the rest of the year.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Yup I am officially done with it

  • QSenFan

    This league is the biggest fucking joke in pro sports

  • MethotToMyMadness

    This game is total bullsh!t

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    This is worse than mother fucking figure skating

    One plus… The guys showed they were pissed

  • Jacques

    We got screwed that is the end of the fing season

  • sben

    bye bye “playoffs”

  • Refsareass

    cmonref@tsn.ca Kerry Fraser e-mail

    • Jacques

      Fraser was probably the worst ref ever!

      • Refsareass

        My e-mail was nothing but swearing, I have no faith in logic helping with this league anymore

    • sben

      I just emailed him.

  • SensEast

    Are you effing kidding me???

  • ATFIELD

    WTF is all I have to say

  • ATFIELD

    JOKE

  • xiorcal

    none of the stars for the zebras?

  • karlssens

    I’m crying

  • Sensnation

    What a pussy that ref is, can’t even own up to his call, has to get the linesmen to protect him!

  • ATFIELD

    I am sooooooooooo pissed WTF

  • Jacques

    Why is Spezza out on the ice 6-4 MaCLean is an idiot! Use the right people!

    • Zelle

      Don’t even.

    • Jacques

      Don’t even want to hear a comment from you!

  • SensEast

    I like how McLean summed up all the different ways the Sens got screwed. He’s always the first to defend the refs and even he couldn’t help but comment

  • Aaron 2.0

    MTL mob…

  • bluebuyyoo

    Refs aside, the Sens had a 4-1 lead with less than 5 minutes left in the game and they could not get the win. It never should have come down to a last second goal, never mind overtime.

  • esk

    The NHL is a fucking joke

  • SuperSENS

    I’m speechless.

  • karlssens

    Should have been 2 pts..

  • sben

    how was the tying goal not reviewed for goalie interference never mind time on the clock.

    • Sensturion

      Goalie interference isn’t a reviewable play.

    • sprucesens

      because the habs get to win

    • Jason

      It wasn’t goalie interference, there was a minor bump but he was pushed into him by the Sens d-man.

      • sprucesens

        a few previous plays of goalie interference would have made the difference…. instead, we somehow draw a what..hooking penalty for a player falling over?

  • Conor_smythe

    Win or lose this game did not matter

    Season was over after the boston/detroit debacle

    Cant believe this team was a buyer at deadline… hemsky looks good though for what its worth

    Has anybody seen zibanejad lately? Me neither… kid needs another demotion to the farm or something

    • Jacques

      You sign Hemsky, I don’t get this comment!

      • Conor_smythe

        The feeling is mutual

    • sprucesens

      or maybe some TOI

      • Jacques

        Yeah and get that douche Condra of his line, that twit missed an Empty net that most pregnant women could have nailed from there!

      • Conor_smythe

        Hes not better than any of our top 6

        And honestly.. hes not better than zach smith yet either

        • sprucesens

          i’m not even gonna argue with you, i can see its going to be a losing cause….

    • Zelle

      Games against Montreal and Toronto always matter.

    • Mat

      He looked AWESOME at the skills competition!

  • MoeDozer

    congrats NHL you officially have lost your self a die hard fan that’s spent thousands on tickets and merchandise. done till refs are improved, soccer is more respectable even with its diving

  • Sensturion

    Who the fuck shat in that ref’s cereal this morning? Ryan was just about ready to kick a ref’s ass there!

  • sprucesens

    good luck kerry fraser. gonna be just like that kadri hit game. where he will basically come out and say yup, that was a complete debacle of reffing. unfortunately, it means nothing….

  • Jason

    The puck was in Lehner’s pads for at least 3 seconds. The ref obviously couldn’t see it from where he was. Should have been blown down.

    • Jacques

      Don’t worry the Ref is getting blown down right now!

    • Conor_smythe

      I counted 6 seconds

  • Sensturion

    May mean nothing, or might mean everything but Ryan was given a 10 minute game misconduct after the play. Game was over at that point meaning a ref can’t give out a penalty. I wonder if they called the game because Montreal walked off the ice?

    • sprucesens

      i think misconducts can be given anytime

      • Sensturion

        If it’s a game misconduct so it gets reviewed for pushing a ref or whatever, sure. But this was a 10 minute misconduct. Not the same thing.

        • sprucesens

          strange. not sure of the rules. i think the whole team should have come after the ref after that. NHL needs to look into this. Murray should show the toronto and montreal games, and be awarded 4pts in the standings…

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Why didnt the ref just throw the puck in our net, call it a goal and collect his cheque from montreal
    The most disgusting and blatant reffing ever seen

  • SlickRick

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MoeDozer

    ill leave this here:

    85.3 Puck Out of Sight – Should a scramble take place or a player accidentally fall on the puck and the puck be out of sight of the Referee, he shall immediately blow his whistle and stop the play. The puck shall then be faced-off at the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the play was stopped unless otherwise provided for in the rules.

  • sprucesens

    do we play montreal again?

    also, can we just spend the rest of the games shooting pucks at the refs? i’d enjoy that more than making the playoffs

  • Sensnation

    At 4-2 I had lost faith in this officiating crew, now I can’t believe they ever made it to the NHL. It’s beyond ridiculous that refs are not at all accountable to fans, players or the media after showings like this.

    Mendes had a great idea of letting 1 reporter in to interview them for 2-3 minutes and ask the questions. Sounds like it’s time this gets serious consideration!

    • sprucesens

      not gonna happen. it would be silent, because most of the time, they’ll have no idea what to say. makes for bad TV

      • Sensnation

        I think you miss the point. They would be required to at least explain their reasoning for some of the bad calls. And it doesn’t need to be on tv, could be written or on radio for all I care. Hell could be a once a week article summing up all interviews across the league.

        • Jacques

          Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    How does the league allow this bullshit
    What an embarrasment
    Truly disgusting

  • daiglep

    Referee Furlatt from Trois-Rivières.

    • xiorcal

      Working there in two weeks.

      • Jacques

        Burn that city down!

  • xiorcal

    the think that piss me off the most is the blattant one sided way this game went. From greening goal they did not count to the hemsky and spezza interefence call with the non call on us and to see the ref hide the whissle for all of the third except for to calls against us (including a fucking dive by markov that should have been call for both players) This is so upsetting. You can’t make excusse to a team letting go a 5-1, sorry i mean a 4-1 lead but Furlatt and Morton deserve a beating in the parking next time they ref at the CTC

  • Mat

    Ottawa clearly doesn’t have the budget to buy refs, but do they have the budget to let McLean “rip the refs for a fine”?? I’ll be truly pissed if this bullshit isn’t addressed publicly after the game.

    • Sensnation

      All the players should cover the fine just to let him go off for 5 minutes in front of the media!

    • Jacques

      MaCLean has no clue which players to use in which situation!

      • Sandy

        His name is MCLEAN. If you are going to troll him, learn how to spell his name.

        • Jacques

          He’s been bad this year, whatever his name is!

        • Mat

          Really? That was predatory. Unnecessary.

  • Spoons

    BREAKING NEWS : Melkyk’s CSI squad leaving Pittsburgh and heading to Montreal.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I agree
    I would have no problem watching the team shoot pucks at the reffs for the next 16 games
    Clearly the league has decided who they would like in the playoffs this year and we arent it

    • Sensnation

      We’re never it, we just beat the odds some years ;)

  • Zelle

    Some bright spots: Hemsky first goal as a Sen, Turris-Mac-Ryan line gets three points and one goal on a play, Karlsson with some ridiculous passes and making plays, Methot doing a great job getting people out of the goalie’s way, and I thought Condra had a decent night.

    • Jacques

      Condra…”. What?

      • sprucesens

        i hate condra as much as you, but he made some decent plays tonight. passes for breakaways and simple stuff.

        • Jacques

          He’s a fourth liner for f sakes. Has trouble getting the puck out on the PK cuz he has no shot!

          • Zelle

            As much as I dislike some players I can accept that they can have good games. From what I saw Condra was far from the issue tonight.

          • Jacques

            He didn’t really standout but he wasn’t the worst out there I’ll give you that!

    • xiorcal

      Condra the same guy who miss the open net?

      • xiorcal

        maybe not his worst open next to date but still

      • Zelle

        Not the first guy to miss an open net and not the last. He’s certainly not the reason they didn’t win, he played a good game tonight, whether you like him or not.

  • SenaTHOR

    Blow a 4-1 lead, you deserve to lose. Period.

    • Millennium

      Sadly, true.

      • Zelle

        Yes and no. I still think Sens deserved the game, they were playing a good two and a half periods, plus killing off 7 penalties. This happens a lot though. Too many penalties to start the game, lagging at the end. Deja vu.

        • Millennium

          I agree the game was reffed unfairly, but with 4 mins to go and a 4-1 lead, its hard to blame officiating for the loss. Even if they gave the Habs 2 goals, that still puts the blame on us.

          • Sandy

            You say ‘they’ gave the Habs 2 goals.. but then you say the blame is on the Sens?
            All any team in the NHL wants is to be treated fairly by the refs. Can you say that was done tonight?

          • Zelle

            True. Very disappointing and what I was afraid of. It’s happened before in other games where they had too many penalties. Shutting down works if you have good defense but that’s been weak this season so the game plan should just be to keep the pressure offensively.

          • SenaTHOR

            BINGO to Zelle. Play to get the next goal!

    • sprucesens

      it was a 5-1 lead. the refs scored 4 pretty much

    • Sensnation

      It’s not like the refs only messed up on the winning goal here. Refs changed momentum long before the end.

    • Sensturion

      They didn’t blow a lead. They were leading 4-3 when the refs decided to HAND the tie to Montreal.

      • Millennium

        going from 4-1 to 4-3 = blowing a lead

        • Sensturion

          Simple math shows that 4-3 is in fact not blowing a lead. One team remains ahead.

          • SenaTHOR

            Well Einstein 5 = 4 does.

          • Millennium

            You can ignore the facts all you want, doesn’t change the fact that letting the other team close the gap = blowing a lead. Sure the refs fucked us on the 4th and 5th, but we fucked ourselves before that.

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      Dont be a dick
      You know this was robbery
      Troll

      • Sandy

        Go on the NHL page on Facebook. Lots of other fans are getting on the NHL for that reffing job tonight.. Say Ottawa got robbed.

      • SenaTHOR

        YA THINK? Deserved to lose. We BLEW A 3 GOAL LEAD FOR WHAT EVER REASON.

        • SuckitPhaneuf

          We didnt blow anything
          We were cheated plain and simple

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Please melnyk, pay the fine and let mclean call these reffs cheats and liars

    • Zelle

      Or submit an official request to review the game. Can’t they do that?

      • Sensnation

        Yes they can and I am sure they will.

        • sprucesens

          and it won’t do jack

          • Sandy

            Only upset the refs more and the Sens get treated like this more and more..

          • Zelle

            Is that even possible? I don’t really believe in conspiracies or blaming the refs usually but I screamed and cussed for like 10mins tonight at the refs.

          • Jacques

            All season the SENS have been getting jobbed!

          • Sandy

            There was a crooked ref in the NBA. Is it a stretch not to think there could be one or more in the NHL? Would they be so immune to doing something unethical?

          • Jacques

            Tim Peel is one for sure!

          • Sandy

            .. add the ones tonight to that list..

          • xiorcal

            refs are like skating lawers.

      • Aaron 2.0

        My guess is that wouldn’t be the first one this year…

      • sprucesens

        yeah, i prefer the media approach. makes everyone aware of how brutal it is. costs fines, but at least maybe the message finally gets across

  • Jacques

    Condra must have a good looking sister or wife cuz he gets too much love!

    That third line should be Hoffman-DaCosta-Zibby

    Hell before the Olympics DaCosta was our best forward, we never recall the kid!!!!!!!!

    • sprucesens

      maybe he makes the team again next year as the 3c? probably traded though

      • Zelle

        I wouldn’t mind getting DaCosta in for Condra or Greening. Or maybe Prince and DaCosta?

        • xiorcal

          or pageau the habs killer

          • Jacques

            Too late now, I hope we bring up some young guys now to play out the stretch.but doubt it cuz Bingo in the running… Too bad

          • Zelle

            I love Pageau! But I feel like since he made such a huge splash in the playoffs and then was only good, not amazing or unreal, during this season they’ve kind of backed off from him.

          • Jacques

            He’s rolling at more than a point a Game in the AHL and scored again tonight!

          • Zelle

            Yeah him and Lazar are just wrecking the AHL. Love these two I hope to see them in the pros soon.

          • Jacques

            Lazar in the WHL!

          • Zelle

            Right good catch! I always mix up all those baby leagues.

      • Jacques

        U know my thinking on that but won’t say it again this year!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I’m talking to two absolute die hard habs fans and they are embarrassed

    • Zelle

      They have nothing to be embarrassed about though, their team did their job. Unfortunately the league didn’t.

  • xiorcal

    This is such a piece of crap season

  • Spoons

    I know Brian Gionta’s wife and she told me that in honor of “Steak and BJ day” (which was yesterday), the Habs had a team “Steak and BJ” dinner with the refs. When Gionta got back home, according to Gionta’s wife, Brian’s breath reeked of jizz… At least it payed off for his team.

    • Jacques

      Now that’s a Captain! Lol

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      Money

      And a french reff

    • sben

      I’m going to assume that this was a joke.

      • Spoons

        No it’s not a joke. I was at Gionta’s house tonight watching the game with his wife. She knows how to cook a great steak btw…

    • Aaron 2.0

      Damn. I always forget to a mark Steak & BJ Day on my calendar.

      • Jacques

        Haha, that’s called Saturday at my place! Thx again honey!

        • Aaron 2.0

          Holy hell, you eat a lot of steak then!

          • Jacques

            Once a week is that too much?

          • Aaron 2.0

            Lol. It sounds like a lot to me, but if your healthy, then what do I know!

          • Jacques

            When you’re over 40 you need the iron!

          • Aaron 2.0

            Noted!

          • PraiseAlfie11

            On behalf of all beef and rib lovers out there…shut the fuck up.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    There is no way a montreal fan can be proud of that robbery

    • Jacques

      Habs fans are scum!

    • sben

      I think you underestimate habs fans…

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Are you kidding? The habs STOLE 2 crucial points…it was 4-1 and done, yet they won?

      Give some credit where it’s due.

    • John Q. Spartan

      I was watching the game with a Montreal fan present. He seemed pretty proud. I called him out saying, “How could you be proud of that?”. He just laughed, typical Montreal fan.

  • Millennium

    Shitty reffing aside, the biggest problem I saw in this game (aside from our D coverage) was that Lehner’s temper is his weakness. He’s gets upset, and he’s plays bad. Teams will use that against him down the road if he doesn’t get it under control.

    • Zelle

      Doesn’t explain the first goal though. Could it just be rust? Maybe a few games in a row will break him in.

      • K_hog

        Jitters and when was his last start???? He hasn’t been stellar this year and I hope he uses his passion to focus on the game and not let it be a distraction. He was kinda pissed at the officiating though!

        • Zelle

          Yes he was definitely pissed. It’s not like he’s played a whole lot of games in the NHL, but he’s definitely shown he can play some very good hockey and make key saves. Has he had bad games? Yes, of course, but the entire team has this season.

    • sben

      I think that it makes him want to win more and he channels it into his game. I think that this game was unfortunate and was slated against us from the beginning. His anger didn’t hinder him I don’t think.

      • Millennium

        He looked flustered and down right bad on a few saves late in the third. The reffing and the Habs running him had gotten under his skin. He started to get sloppy.
        Getting angry is fine if you turn it into a good performance. He didn’t do that tonight.

        • John Q. Spartan

          Give me a break…

  • Sandy

    This is one great explanation:

    @FriedgeHNIC: MacLean says the explanation given for the winning goal to Jason Spezza was “it was too loud.”

    • Zelle

      They can’t honestly be serious. That was their excuse for ignoring Mc’s call for a timeout too.

    • Millennium

      Too loud for what?

  • Mat

    SENS: Not making the playoffs, one OT loss at a time..

    • Jacques

      This team will have heart when LAZAR makes the team! till then we wait! Joking of course, but maybe not!

  • karlssens

    I really hope that even with the bad season Ottawa can resign bobby and ales.. They are key. Then trade for a top 4 d man and we are good IMO.

    • Jacques

      I agree.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    That reff should be fired tmorrow
    Do they never get suspended or questioned??

    • Jacques

      He’s at Chez Paree right now having beers with Therrien!

      • Sandy

        …. and getting paid under the table..

        • Jacques

          Yeah from La Belle Sylvie!

        • SuperSENS

          I always thought that Therrien was a blowhard … that explains it all then!

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Ahhh..chez Paree…

        Seriously guys…if you’ve never been, you need to go.

  • Millennium

    Columbus won.

    Philly won.

    Ben Bishop set a franshise win record with TB.

    Conacher has 2 points in 4 games with Buffalo.

    This season, I tell ya.

  • karlssens

    The only positive of not making the playoffs: Melnyk may realize he needs to spend to compete.

    • xiorcal

      the guy who expect to accomplish something by paying for an investigation report to prove intent to injure on the karlsson injury?

  • Jacques

    I liked seeing Bobby Ryan pissed, I think Murray can sign this guy! If not with us then he’ll be going to Philly! Then hope we can get a good package!

  • Shibal

    Do you guys still see Zibanejad as a better center than winger? I mean every game I’ve watched him as a center this year he has sucked except 2 or 3 games. I really hope Maclean gives up on him playing as a center, and moves him into a wing position permanently next season when Michalek is gone. As of right now Zibanejad not only sucks at playing center, but whenever he gets center duties he gets measly fourth line minutes as opposed to top 6 minutes when he plays wing;where he actually produces when playing with skilled players such as Spezza.

    With the way Zibanejad is getting his ice time handled recently ever since the olympics ended, I really want to see Zibanejad go back to Bingo and get some quality ice time as a winger.

    I’ve always said; as long as Smith, Turris, and Spezza are on this team there is no room for Zibanejad as a center. Especially with the way Spezza has been playing with Hemsky lately, you can see Spezza possibly sticking with the sens longer after next season.

    • karlssens

      Also, he blows at face offs

      • Zelle

        Yeah I think that is the most glaring fault for Zbad. DaCosta was great taking faceoffs as the fourth line center. I’d say Spezza > Turris > Smith > DaCosta are good centermen, for faceoffs.

        • Shibal

          Not only that; whenever Zib plays center, he is always conflicted whether to pass or shoot on scoring opportunities, and he ends up passing most often. Playing center puts pressure on him to be a playmaker over a scorer. I mean Zib is not a bad playmaker, but with his tools, I see him more as a goal scorer than a playmaker.

          • Zelle

            Yes pressure can definitely ruin a player’s game.. I would like Zbad as a winger again for nothing else but to see him play more minutes.

    • Jacques

      No that’s why I’ve been saying Hoffman-Da costa-Zibby

  • Sandy

    Saw this comment on your twitter feed Chirp. Good on Murray.

    Chris Stevenson @CJ_Stevenson

    When we last left #senators GM Bryan Murray he was still fighting the good fight with three of the on-ice officials.

  • Jason

    When Hemsky got that breakaway and I believe it was Subban that gave him a big one hand slash across the body, I was like wow, no call on that? Refs must be putting their whistles away. Then like 30 seconds later Subban rushes up the ice and they call Phillips for kneeing, not denying it wasn’t a penalty but they ignored the call on Hemsky.

    • SenaTHOR

      I said the same thing on that play. Refs never helped BUT we went into a defensive shell for the last 8 minutes.

  • Sandy

    I wonder when Mtl plays Tor… who do the Refs favour?

    • Paradocs

      3 point game

  • Sensturion

    According to Therrien, Price will not be going to Buffalo tomorrow. Does that mean Price shouldn’t have been playing because he’s still injured and is that also the reason the refs were calling little taps as goaltender interference?

    • Sandy

      Or maybe the Sens hurt him again…

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Good… I honestly wish they had gone full goon after the game, or if we play them again… Fuck it take heads off

  • SensFanInMTL

    Watching the team blow a 4-1 lead, believe me when I tell you that no one was more irate than I was. Man I hated that feeling.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    They didnt blow the lead
    They were robbed by a montreal canadian refferee
    GaryBettman and the league are ajoke for allowing this bullshit to happen

    • SensFanInMTL

      Who’s ever fault it is, it was 4-1, then we lost 5-4. Simple. I don’t give a fuck about the excuses of whoever is fucking with us. Because at the end of the day, getting mad, getting screwed by officials and everything else in between will get us absolutely nothing. I’m sorry for sounding comme un esti plotte but honestly, even if we protested by having the entire team sit on the bench to wait for something to be resolved, there’s nothing that could be done. I’m sorry bud,

    • SensFanInMTL

      Just saw the highlights after watching the game live as it aired. Ok so we got screwed. Seriously though. What can you do in horrible situations with an idiot referee like him? Sit out until hoping something happens?

  • FistsofNeil25

    It’s a pretty sad situation when fourth line plug Colin Greening plays more than any other forward on the team. The worst part is he had more than 4 minutes more ice-time than Spezza, Ryan, Hemsky, and 7 minutes more than Hoffman and Zibanejad. What a joke this is becoming.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      After that bullshit game I refused to look at that.

      Honestly McLean has no Goddamn idea what he is doing…. I thought sleeping on it would make me a bit calmer….. But nope

      • Aaron 2.0

        In in no way impacted last night’s game. Those guys might of played their best game of the year. I just see it more as a long-term problem if during a must-win scenario the coach sees last night’s allocation of minutes as optimal. If I was a top-6, I would not consider staying here come contract time. Hemsky is playing out of this world with our captain on our supposed first line, and they still get less ice-time than the likes mentioned above. Pro for Hemsky – He looks re-energized with Spezza. Con – Maybe he can find more minutes elsewhere. Same for Ryan. Right now, I don’t see him resigning here. Of the 2, Hemsky is probably more likely.

    • SenaTHOR

      I LOVE IT! This will make changes happen. We were going nowhere this year with:
      Less than stellar goaltending and weak team defense. When you are up 4-1 and go into a defensive shell vs continuing to attack, this shit happens.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I was wondering if someone would bring this up. It’s just out of control. Those guys probably had their best outing of the season, but time allocation still makes no sense. Best players need to play. It’s just ridiculous!

  • WaitingSince92

    Yes, the refs were bad, but we blew a 4-1 lead. You going to blame the refs for all three of those goals?

    Seriously, the refs were awful, but it’s pathetic reading the comments in this section.

    Good thing I can’t rack up the thumbs down on this one!

    • sben

      the last two goals which ultimately decided the game should not have been called. The turris penalty at the end of the game should have also not been called after the habs had many major non-calls and that penalty was extremely weak.

      • WaitingSince92

        Again, I can’t say I disagree with either of your assessments. I have that same anger. Still, those last few minutes of the 3rd we showed no desire to get possession or spend any time in their end grinding it out, like a playoff-worthy team should.

        You can say the refs blew the game for us and you’d be right, but to me it’s just another excuse. We played really poorly closing out that game, and that’s just as important as the reffing.

        • WaitingSince92

          And for the record, the thing that got to me the MOST about the officiating was what Spezza said the reffs told him. “It was too loud” should never be an excuse for a ref. Awful he even admitted that. Regardless of hearing a whistle, or there even being a whistle, the refs have full discretion on the exact moment the play is called dead.

          A close second would be the non-call for goalie interference, when Spezza got one earlier for a very similar play.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      You honestly with relative ease could blame/assign direct cause to three of the four scored…. So yes, the sens lose but by no means did we blow the game…. The habs were handing the game on a platinum platter…. Silver would have still implied they had to work for it

    • BFR

      You’re forgeting the disallowed Greening goal, which was a good goal. That gets called properly, and the last 5 minutes gets called evenly, the collapse doesn’t happen.

  • WaitingSince92

    Spezza said it best. He acknowledged obvious reffing atrocities, but skipped over them briefly, saying no matter what the outside factors, they HAVE to find a way to win that game.

    • John Q. Spartan

      He has to skip over it, or else he’d get fined… I’m curious, what would have to happen in a hockey game before you said “Ya, that was because of the refs”?

  • Conor_smythe

    #freelehner #freemika #freepointswhowantssome

    why the hell was cowen ceci zibby on the ice (at the same time) during 4on4 overtime

    all 3 of those guys put together does not equal 1 player who should be on ice during overtime

    maclean is reallly fucking up this season

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Don’t have any problems with Ceci and zibby on the ice…. But agree on Cowen

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Although the that leaves Philips in the mix, and not sure we can shorten our d by two guys

        • Conor_smythe

          3 forwards 1 defenceman..

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Yes…. But I would rather see Cowen on the ice at any point then Philips so you would already be down one for the five minutes

      • SenaTHOR

        Excuses excuses excuses. We fn lost..get over it!

        • SuckitPhaneuf

          Troll

          • SenaTHOR

            Fuck we lost the game. Why would that make me a TROLL. Because I don’t agree with your fanatic perspective. Hope you slept well last night. I did and I love the SENS.

      • Andrews theory

        Unless of course you are trying to simply give those guys experience…

  • Cicero

    Really like the Montreal Canadiens’ Heritage jerseys unveiled last night.
    http://refs.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/nhl-referees-get-100610.jpg

  • Roar…

    Yes, the officiating was poor. It happens. And it’s really only happened in a handful of Ottawa games this year where we’ve felt this way. It’s unfortunate but if we’re honest we all know with 5 minutes left and a 3 goal lead you should always win that game. The team wasn’t hard enough on the puck defensively and that’s all there is too it. Even if they had to play the last 5 minutes short-handed they still would be in the “should have won” category. It is what it is. This team is inconsistent. It’s not going away. Hopefully we fix things in the summer. We all know we aren’t beating the Pens or Bruins in the first round anyway so just enjoy the hockey we have left and be glad the team doesn’t have to get embarrassed in that first round.

    Priority #1 has gotta be getting Hemsky signed to a reasonable deal. Get excited about how well Spezza meshes with this guy. We haven’t had this in years.

    • K_hog

      Good post Roar, still hard to take though! But your right about being inconsistent. We wouldn’t make it out of the first round. The team isn’t good enough to make the playoffs,and a few more pieces in the off season will set us up nicely for next year. Go Sens!!

  • Andrews theory

    Once again Chris Phillips demonstrates that he is in fact a Pilon. Don’t recall he danced him but it was absolutely pilonesque.

    Looking on the bright side;
    I feel less disappointed than I would have three weeks ago.

    Spezza and Hemsky continue to look like a formidable top line. If we are keeping Spezza long term resigning Hemsky is a no brainer. He adds a dimension of skill that we haven’t had in some time.

    Murray and company must be painfully aware that an upgrade is required on the backed for next year if we want to compete.

    Watching that game, I have no doubt Montreal will get destroyed in the playoffs.

  • John Q. Spartan

    Anyone that says “you can’t blame the refs”, or “The Sens only have themselves to blame” is an idiot. That is all.

    • Conor_smythe

      welcome back JQS

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Pretty much nailed it…When I have die hard Habs fans saying that was a complete joke and they are embarrassed you know it was blatant

    • Roar…

      Teams with 4-1 leads with 5 minutes left should win the game. You can’t blame that on the ref. That’s goaltenders and the players on the ice that need to be better there. No excuse for losing in that situation. Even if the whole last 5 minutes was a PK they should win. Pathetic not to close it out.

      • BFR

        What does being harder on the puck have to do with refs not whistling the play dead when they couldn’t see the puck?

      • John Q. Spartan

        Usually… you’d be right. Not last night.

  • John Q. Spartan

    1. Greening’s no goal call

    2. Goalie interfefence call on Spezza

    3. No penalty shot awarded to Greening

    4. No slashing to Montreal on Hemsky breakaway

    5. Penalty on Turis on Montreal dive in last 2 minutes.

    6. No goalie interference to Vanek

    7. No whistling the puck dead on OT winner.

    What’d I miss?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Phantom interference call on Spezza

      • John Q. Spartan

        Thanks, noted.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Can’t remember who it was… But skating out of our zone in ot got tackled…. I was fuming by then

          • BFR

            Non-call when Greening got tripped.

    • Roar…

      Net was clearly off its moorings on the Greening goal. Penalty shots aren’t usually awarded in that situation. It wasn’t a clear cut breakaway. The others are more or less correct, the goalie interference call I kind of doubt, was mostly a push in. The penalty call against Hemmer for goaltender interference was the worse call. He’s way out of the crease and Hemsky does everything he can go avoid him. Bad call in my mind. Hemsky as entitled to the ice he was skating in.

      • BFR

        The net was was raised above it’s moorings, not off when the puck crossed the goal line. Also, a defending player cannot dislodge the net (or push someone into the post) in order to negate a goal or cause a goalie interference. Therefore, good goal.

      • John Q. Spartan

        The moorings one is the closest you have to being right. It’s somewhat inconclusive, but I’ll give it to you. I strongly disagree on the no penalty shot call.

        The Vanek so called “push in” is not true. He was shoved about 6 feet away from Lehner, never lost his balance, and made no attempt to avoid Lehner.

        The worst call was the hooking penalty to Turris. Although, I may have missed the Hemsky call.

  • Frank

    Don’t know about you guys but I’m scared shitless moving forward with Lehner. Dude gets rattled way too easily. I’m afraid we may have let our best goaltender slip through our hands at the deadline last season…

    • John Q. Spartan

      Nope.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I can understand the concern, but that same anger etc last night will also be what makes him an absolute blast… He needs to learn how to us it better.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I am not too concerned to be honest. He is like 22 or 23 (my age). Rarely plays cuz Maclean could be stupid at times and gets put in for probably the biggest game of the season. He will develop to be a great goalie. On the other hand, man i spent too much money on alcohol last night. I BLAME THE REFS. STILL WAITING FOR THAT WHISTLE

    • Aaron 2.0

      He’s 22. He doesn’t get a lot of games. And our team defense is horrible. I don’t know what he’ll be yet, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about what is going on right now.

    • Conor_smythe

      I guess when management is more concerned with hurting feelings than it is with winning, this is what you get

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Who reffs todays game?