Game Day- Lehner Starts vs. St. Louis

SensChirp February 4, 2014 456
Game Day- Lehner Starts vs. St. Louis

Less than 24 hours after dropping a disappointing yet hard-fought decision in Pittsburgh, the Ottawa Senators are right back at it against another one of the NHL’s elite teams.

The St. Louis Blues currently sit third in the powerful Western Conference. Their 37-12-5 record has them just three points behind the second place Blackhawks and six behind the league leading Ducks, but they’ve played four less games than each of those teams. They have a downright frightening 20-5-2 record on home ice too.

The Senators will take some consolation in the fact that they beat this Blues team back in Ottawa on December 16th. Ottawa was at its absolute best that night and will need to be again to have any shot in what really is a grueling back to back.

Optional morning skate for the Senators this morning so the line combinations will be a bit of a mystery until game time. What we do know is that MacLean will go with the same 18 skaters. Clarke MacArthur left the game in the third period last night but will play. Mark Stone, Matt Kassian and Joe Corvo are the scratches. Expect that Stone will be able to return to the line up on Thursday.

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Michalek-Spezza-Zibanejad
Greening-Smith-Neil
Conacher-Da Costa-Condra

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Robin Lehner makes his third start in 2014.  He blanked the Minnesota Wild back on January 14th and had a rough outing last time out, allowing five goals against Carolina on January 25th. Jaro Halak starts for St. Louis. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 8:00 PM.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Chirp, you should post score predictions… Keep us fanboys happy..

    • SensChirp

      Sens are gonna win, duhhh!

      4-2 (Spezza, Wiericoch, Ryan, Smith)

      • Dirk-Diggler

        I like this…. Gives us some optimism… which is lacking a bit around here today

      • Lorenzo72

        Very important to keep the Blues below 3 goals. They are 18-0-0 this season, if they scored 3 or more goals.

  • Tcharger

    Oh here we go….can’t wait to see Lehner in his groove….getting roughly 1 start every two week!!

    Lets keep showing them how its done!

    • Jacques

      I agree – he isn’t getting enough games!

  • Tcharger

    3-0 Ryan, Turris, Karlsson

    Lehner stands on his head….and gets benched next game!

    Bold predictions!

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I had a feeling they would give Lehner this start, he’s been out for awhile and needs a rebound from his late few games. Hopefully the play of Andy last night will spark him and we’ll see an equally astounding performance.

    I heard talk about sending Lehner down to Bingo to play some reps during the Olympic break, do teams get that luxury at this time of year, for that reason? I had no idea it was possible.

    Keep checking the trade and transaction news online, nothing big today. I just can’t wait to read about the first big name trade before the deadline. It’s coming, I just know it.

    • Sensnation

      Lehner is still on his entry level contract, which is a 2-way contract and allows him to be sent to the minors without being waived.

      • Hax

        Yeah but the Olympic break has special rules – Sensnation quoted above.

    • Hax

      They’re not allowed if a player was on the NHL roster for something like 9 of the 15 games prior to the break. So Lehner (and Ceci for that matter) are not eligible to play in Bingo during the break. Da Costa might be though.

      Can’t recall the exact rule but it’s something like that.

  • Sensnation

    Fraser analysed the Kadri hit on Ceci. Agrees it should have been boarding.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=442987

    Why did the conversation become whether it was a hit from behind, as boarding has no bearing on that and it was a clear boarding either way.

    • Zelle

      Finally I was waiting for his take on this. I’m STILL upset about that. I really hate Kadri.

    • bluebuyyoo

      The nayshun and CBC were full denial about the hit even being a penalty. A penalty call would have nullified the tying goal and given the enemy a PP.

      I laughed earlier in the game when Ottawa was up 2-0 and EK almost scored. Hughson said that it would have been disastrous. Disastrous! I truly hope Sportsnet sends these asshat homers packing when they take over.

      • Sandy

        Sportsnet is just as bad as CBC. Kypreous comes to mind…

        • bluebuyyoo

          Amen!

          However, I was referring to the in-game commentary of Hughson-(Homer) Simpson-Healey. These three jackoffs were glossing Kessel so much that they did not even recognize that the play was under review and Neil had scored until the ref pointed to centre ice and the ACC crown started to boo.

  • Sensnation

    Great to see Lehner getting the call. Anderson definitely answered the bell last night, hopefully we can re-ignite the controversy with some outstanding play.

    3-1 Sens (Spezza, Ryan, Cowen)

  • MoeDozer

    yesterdays game got me doing some research and found a few interesting articles relating to realistic expectations for this club.

    we are the 4th youngest roster at 26.511 this year (CBJ 26.019, WPG 26.078, TOR 26.448)

    The average age of cup winning teams over the past 48 years is 27.2 and that number would be higher if it wasnt for the 5 cups won by the Oilers in the 80s. (that team hovered from low 26 to just below the age of 26 over that decade) only 3 teams have won the cup at a younger age Blackhawks 09-10 and 12-13 King 11-12

    interesting enough even the 08-09 penguins had an Avg. age of 28.35

    Im not saying these numbers are giving us the answer but its no secret. Ceci, Weirdo, Gryba are yet to pass the 100 game mark. Cowen is yet to pass the 150 games. speaking of Cowen, IMO he is looking like the rookie beast we want to see on the ice. He will make a ton of mistakes before he becomes a feared consistent shutdown Dman

    this team heavily depends on several players between the age of 19-24 (ceci, turris, karlsson, zibby, cowen, lehner)

    • Doc

      You know common sense is not allowed here. For shame, sir.

    • Jacques

      If it was up to me we would get even younger in a few weeks Moe!

      • MoeDozer

        no more corvo ? :)

      • Doc

        Yes, Jacques. Wave your magic wand and fix everything. Of course you know best.

    • Sandy

      Take out Phillips & Corvo and that average age would drop quickly..

      • MoeDozer

        that just adds to my point, we need to be patient for a couple more seasons for our players to peak. and you gotta figure 34 year old chris neil will start to show signs of age soon…

  • Millennium

    So if SDC has another strong game tonight, and Stone is ready to come back later this week, what gives on the roster? Would Maclean do the outrageous like scratching the weakest forward regardless of status/age/contract size, or will we just send someone back to Bingo?

  • FistsofNeil25

    Would anyone else like to see Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek reunited?

    • Hax

      The minute Stone is healthy. Maybe even try DaCosta on the left wing with Spezza at that time too?

      • Alcatraz

        When Stone is healthy:

        Conacher-Turris-Ryan
        Macarthur-Spezza-Stone
        Zibanejad-Da Costa-Michalek
        Condra-Smith-Neil

        Pressbox: Greening

        • cc

          They aren’t breaking up Turrs and Mac.. You know this.. Everyone knows this.. turn your Xbox on already..

          • Sensnation

            The few times they have though it’s worked well, as well. He’s a spark plug for any line imo.

          • Alcatraz

            Turris-Mac-Ryan can’t carry this team. I think Turris+Ryan can still maintain their current level of production. This isn’t to take anything away from Mac but its true. What mac can bring to another line far outweighs what they are currently doing together

        • runningbear1974

          Unfortunately Conacher didn’t look great with Turris and Ryan, in the one game that MacArthur was out…
          This team could use another couple MacArthur’s though…

        • boom

          I have no idea why anyone would give this a thumbs-down?
          DaCosta has looked good – Greening has looked…like Greening.

      • Sensnation

        Would really like to see that too! Da Costa still has work to do, but if he’s scoring the most consistently they need to find ways to get him on the ice, even if he’s not in the longterm plans… who knows, he may force his way into them!

        • Jacques

          Not long term plans only 29 other teams wanted him when he came out of college ranks – he can play hockey if given a chance.

          • Sensnation

            Jacques our core currently has 5 centers not including Da Costa or Pageau. Until he becomes a winger or we move some centers he is not in the core. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t worth BM picking him up or developing him. He’s still a quality prospect.

    • runningbear1974

      Yes… But I would also like them to get 2nd line ice time…

  • Sensnation

    Does a PA Parenteau, or whoever else BM is trying to acquire, automatically slide in with Spezza?

    If Da Costa is a place holder for Stone on the roster, and Stone will be on Spezza’s wing, who loses their spot after a trade?

    • Hax

      Whoever goes the other way.

      • Sensnation

        Anyone on this roster going the other way could be a big price for a rental, which are often 2nd and 3rd round picks. They better be damn sure about who they’re bringing back then.

        • Hax

          All the more reason I don’t want PAP on my team.

          • Sensnation

            I’m not an advocate either, that was just the rumored deal that fell through.

          • Phoenix

            PAP was compared to MaCarthur but less rounded and better scorer.

          • Hax

            By whom? If it was Pierre Dorion then fine, I’m all for the guy. If it was Pierre McGuire then my anti-PAP ™ position is unchanged.

          • runningbear1974

            I also believe in Dorion… If he says good move, I believe him….

          • Phoenix

            If the Sens were interested then its a safe bet the Dorion probably thinks something of PAP, and yes it was McGuire who said it. Gotta be something there.

          • Sensnation

            That’s a good assessment for sure. I think a lot of us are hoping for the well rounded type that can skate if he’s playing with Spezza and Stone.

    • Phoenix

      I think greening will be moved.

      • Sensnation

        I could see that. I know he’s lost a lot of support this year, but I still think he’d be a great 3rd line guy for this or another team. Dude has a great work ethic, but we have so much depth.

      • Jonny

        Greening, Condra, Michalek…take your pick.

        • cc

          pretty disappointing when looking at 9MM + / – over the past couple of seasons. 09/10 = -12, 10/11 = -12, 11-12 = + 4 , this season -23.

          As a player normally playing against oppositions top line, he’s certainly effective defensively.

    • FBP

      It’ll be difficult to sit Da Costa if he keeps making plays.

      • Hax

        PMac had no issue with sitting him for nearly all the third yesterday.

        • FBP

          It’ll be difficult for me to watch the coach sit Da Costa if he keeps making plays.

          • Sensnation

            Haha, great one guys, and completely agree!

  • Phoenix

    I don’t know much about Parenteau but after listening to Pierre Mcguire this morning he could be a good fit for the Sens, however I would prefer someone with a little more edge to him to go along with the scoring. Hopefully Murray can pull the trigger sooner than later and hopefully he brings in another Dman with term on their contract as well.

    • MoeDozer

      he’s interesting, other than the fact that he is another local boy (Hull). IMO he is a top 10 playmaking winger in the league. his passes are as good as they get. im not sure he is the solution to Spezza. However i think the team is trying to mold Spezza to shoot the puck more (i know, we’ve been trying that for over a decade). at the moment, spezza is not mobile enough to be the elite playmaker we are used to. blame it on age, blame it on his back whatever it is, we need to be patient with it.

      i still hope we are looking for a player like chris stewart, wayne simmonds, evande kane etc. true power forwards. i know these guys cost an arm and a leg but at the right price its tough to pass up.

      • Sensnation

        Exactly it MoeDozer! What the elite teams have that this team is missing is a true top 6 power forward.

        Pitt – Neal, Malkin
        Bos – Lucic, Iginla
        Ana – Perry, Getzlaf
        Stl – Backes, Stewart

        Ottawa – …?

        • FBP

          Conacher says ‘Hello!’

          • Sensnation

            “Did something just hit me?”, says every nhl player! ;)

          • sprucesens

            yeah, I would say the best power forward definition would be Neil who also puts up 60 points by using speed, which he doesn’t have, and driving the net after cutting in from the boards, while maintaining control of the puck, which he doesn’t do. Ryan tried this play yesterday, which is exactly what I see as a power forward. Speed down the wing, size of 215 and bigger, or at least plays to that size, throws hits, and still has the ability to put up 50-60 points because of the talent to carry the puck to the net and create offense. Basically just a harder hitting version of MacArthur. Or a more talented neil. Or a spezza that actually tried hard, and threw some hits. lol
            I watched vids of nichuskin before the draft, i’m sure the vids are still out on youtube. Look them up, and you will see precisely that type of play more often than not. Michalek used to do that, but not anymore.

          • sprucesens

            to be clear, i’m not saying neil is a power forward. He would be, if he had the above listed traits.

          • Sensnation

            Completely agreed!

            Nichuskin is sick, wish we could add 1 of those types to our current org.

            I’m still hopeful Puempel can become a true top 6 threat, but it’s hard to get those organization changing players without top picks or a little luck.

        • FistsofNeil25

          That is a piece we’ve been missing since we entered the league. Problem is those types of players don’t grow on trees and they sure as hell don’t become available very often.

          Hopefully Lazar will be that guy for us sooner rather than later.

        • SensChirp

          I never really understood the definition of “power forward” and even less so looking at the list above.

          • Sensnation

            It’s a vague and debatable term, but overall it’s meant to mean a player who is big in size and strength and equally capable of scoring and playing the physical game.

            Points and PIMs at it’s rawest form.

            The list above, they all play with an edge and use their size.

          • Eugenius

            MacArthur is our closest thing to it

          • Jacques

            MacArthur plays like Alfie with lots of finesse! very similar.

          • Jacques

            Zibby and Ryan are our power forwards.

          • SensChirp

            See I hate the argument that a guy is a more effective player because he racks up PIMs. Ryan is a big strong guy that scores and can hit when the opportunity is there.

          • Sensnation

            That’s not the argument. They actually end up with PIMs because of the style of game they play and their size, it’s not an indicator they are better, just a result of their stature.

            Big guy hits average guy looks way worse, ends up penalized more often.

          • SensChirp

            So then wouldn’t we need to break down the type of PIMs? I mean, a guy doesn’t have to be strong to rack up hooking/slashing/interference penalties.

          • Sensnation

            It’s an old school train of thought regarding the PIMs. Just trying to help define it. Chara gets penalties because he’s big in some instances, these Power Forwards do too.

            Anyways, this is why it’s a debatable definition and role.

          • Sensnation

            I guess the best way to describe a power forward is the prototypical Canadian star hockey player. Big, mean and can score!

          • Jacques

            I don’t think people know what a power forward means.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Ryan doesn’t play the game with much of an edge though. A traditional power forward is a hard nosed hockey player with a scoring touch.

          • Jacques

            Ryan is our power forward! Takes the body, hard to knock off the puck and snipes!

          • FistsofNeil25

            Yeah the list is a little hit and miss. I wouldn’t call Neal or Malkin a powerforward by definition. Kunitz is more of a power forward than those guys.

            Lucic, Backes, Dustin Brown, Ladd, Jamie Benn, Wayne Simmonds, Mike Richards. Nathan Horton, Doan Clowe Hartnell Morrow when they were all in their prime.

            We could definitely use a player like that.

          • cc

            agreed..

          • Sensnation

            Kuntiz is a two way forward, or was until last year or two with Crosby. He’s not big enough and never had the offensive numbers until now to be called a power forward. Not sure what coaches and gms would say with his surge, but physically I think he still falls short.

          • FistsofNeil25

            What kind of production do you expect from a powerforward though? Kunitz has always been top six forward as far as his ppg production goes and he’s a pretty damn physical player. It’s only been since he played along side Crosby/Malkin that he’s really surged as a top offensive player.

            Personally I would absolutely categorize Kunitz as a power forward.

          • Sensnation

            If you think his physical game matches up, I have no real issues. Such a wide ranging number of views on the power forward position, it’s hard to exclude anyone who’s coming close to matching the requirements. This is why some save it for the real elite versions only, superstars that play with that edge and size. Good points either way!

          • Tcharger

            I think the easiest way to describe it in my eyes would be basically a tough strong guy that can score, but I don’t think that is THE definition.

          • cc

            I don’t agree with the examples above. I normally think of PFW as a big body who can drive down the wing with speed. IMO Our PFW would be 9MM.

            Other examples would be Nash, Lucic, Malkin, Hossa.

          • Sensnation

            Nash is an example but not on an elite team, Lucic is on the list as well as Malkin.

            Michalek doesn’t have the knock you out physical punch that his size and speed should bring with it.

          • Alcatraz

            To me its someoen who sets up shop in the crease. If Gretzky is the ultimate playmaker and his shop is behind the net, and Brett Hull is the ultimate sniper and hsi shop is basically half wall to half wall and everything in between that line then a powerforward is someone who lives in the crease

            Whoever can get to the crease and stay is a power forward.

            Ultimate examples:
            Brendan Shanahan
            Dino Cicarrelo
            Dave Andreychuck (in prime)
            Thomas Holmstrom
            Milan Lucic
            Cam Neely

            Sometimes the line gets blurred between player who can score and fight (See Iginla, Backes) but to me they are just great 2 way players with a all-round game, I woudn’t call them power forwards IMO, as Iginla is more sniper than power in my books
            Power Forwards, leave the puck alone and go do there job
            Ottawas team the closest we have is actually Conacher.

            In the past few years I’d say Foligno was pretty close, and Neils works his ass of to be one, but his production doesn’t allow the name tag, so he is simply a “grinder” lol

          • Sensnation

            Power Forwards differ from grinders because they can skate and handle the puck, which is why they are not only found in front of the net, and in the corners, but yes they are known for getting the dirty rebound goals because they crash the net hard.

            Iginla’s in a lot of all time lists, but I agree he did get thrown into the convo mainly because of his willingness to fight while being an elite scorer. It’s a very blury line for sure. At the end of the day though, we need one!

            Conacher is nowhere near the offensive or physical stature player for the job.

          • Sens-fan-in-mtl

            Tim Kerr of the Flyers (back in the mid-80′s) was the prototype of power forwards, the guy could barely skate but scored over 50 goals in 3 (maybe even 4 years) in a row. Just stood in front of the net and banged all the rebounds in, no one could move him out of the way.

      • Phoenix

        I guess thats what Ottawa is hoping with Stone and what he cab become.

        • MoeDozer

          difference is all those guys are fast skaters and drop the gloves when needed. Stone will be more like a latendresse/heatley with more physical play.

      • Tcharger

        If Murray makes another big splash I hope that it is 100% with Winnipeg and we get Kane.

        I would absolutely lose my mind, and be running out and buying yet another new jersey(got my Ryan one within a week of the trade). Suspect this would be just as quick.

        • not YOUR wingman

          SHUDDER |!
          Kane = Emery 2.0 – no thanks.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Such a ridiculous comment…. Ohhh no the young 19/20 year olds with millions of dollars go out and have fun!

            Christ Ottawa is such a boring city… Go somewhere like nyc or LA and these guys are literally at the bar drinking beside you, at the after hours clubs, at the strip clubs, driving nice cars and it isn’t a big deal… Hell the vast majority of people there don’t notice or care.

            Not everyone wants (or needs to) work 9-5 be in bed by 1030.

          • LeafsSux

            Dude what world do you live in?

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            One that realizes that fans/media put unreasonable expectations on kids… The only reason this is a big deal now is due to the sheer exposure these days.

            You don’t the guys in the 60,70,80s partied and got into trouble… Of course they did the. It was just never a big deal as today, but I’d be willing to bet that the occurrences were on par with today’s.

      • MethotToMyMadness

        Everyone has there own example or idea of what a power forward is. They are a special kind of player that can make plays, have a mean streak and drop the mitts, slam opponents into the boards with force, or sit in the crease and score. And on top of all that, show a flash of slick hands from time to time.

        They don’t have to be more than a 60 point producer each year, because at the end of the day, they do every other job on top of produce points. They are a mix of all the above, and then some. They are a type of player that can do just about anything, depending on the night. In then end, you will be scared of him and always know he’s out there.

        Currently in the NHL, there is only one guy that meets that criteria in my book and it’s Lucic. Neely was another back in his day and you can add Wendel Clark to the list.

      • Mat

        I wish they were molding Spezza to skate more…

    • SensChirp
      • Phoenix

        Thanks Chirp, I read daily so I saw that post.

  • cc

    I wouldn’t mind seeing

    MacArthur-Turris-Michalek
    Ryan-Spezza-Zibanejad
    Greening-Smith-Neil
    Conacher-Da Costa-Condra

    I think Mac-Turris have chemistry, add skill beside Speeza because him and Milo just aren’t clicking. I know this didn’t work at the beginning of the season – but we’re dangerous when all lines are clicking.. This might kick start things.. I also think the MAC-Turris-Ryan line needs some size.

    • Alcatraz

      That 3rd line is brutal. Smith has worked his ass of this year, how about we give up some good linemates for ocne (Yes Neil has his moments, but lets staple him to 4th line and anythign above breaking even on the scoresheet is gravy)

      • Sensnation

        They gave him Spezza, or gave him to Spezza, not sure how you want to look at it :) A desperate move that didn’t pay off imo.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Greening-Smith-Neil are terrible in their own zone. I like the way they forecheck but as soon as they get caught in the defensive zone I usually close my eyes and hope for the best.

    • H POTTER

      Spezza and Ryan on the same line, and on top of that 2nd line…lololol.. come on man

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a win tonight. It has to be 2 pts. The Sens got 1 pt last night while those teams around them got 2…
    East conference teams playing in St. Louis are 0-9-0 this season. Not the best odds.
    Lehner will have to be exceptional for the Sens to win tonight. Back to back against 2 really good teams… not exactly odds in their favour..

  • Andrews theory

    The key to the game tonight is score more goals than the blues…nuf said

  • luckan20

    Last night was Corsby and Malkin. Tonight we need to be careful because St. Louis are blessed with super defense. Also, they have an amazing home record with 20-5-2 and they have not lost in their last 9 encounters at home.

  • FBP

    Im really really sick of hearing about how shitty our team owner and financial managers are.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    GO SENS GOOO!!!!!

  • Sandy

    Does Sportsnet say they are losing $$ after the Sportsnet deal or with both deals.
    Sportsnet will get the Sens about 15M… There is no f’in way this team is losing 15M a season.. Forbes says they make $$… Melnyk says they lose $$$. He must be using some creative accounting to take what Forbes says is a profit and to lose what Melnyk says is over 10M a season.. I guess he must really be putting the $$$ to his outside losing ventures.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Lapierre is the last guy that will drop the gloves.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Nice turnover Greening!!! What a fucking dumb ass…

    • Sicilian

      Wasn’t it more the passer there?

      • Dirk-Diggler

        Ya, it was Greening throwing it into Smiths skates

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Greening.

    • Aaron 2.0

      He’s really grating on me. If he can’t play decent defense i’m not sure what he does anymore. He doesn’t score…

  • luckan20

    Greening coughed up the puck twice in the same play. He should be benched for his stupid play. Although Lehner had no chance, he is not playing confidently.

  • Dirtysweetness

    Anyone else notice that there’s no driving to the net? Most of Ottawa’s shots are from the perimeter.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Headshot! Unless you go down and stay down, I guess it’s okay.

    • Millennium

      I only saw it once, but it didn’t seem that high..

  • karlssens

    Greening has warn out his welcome. Expect a deal very soon if they loose this one

    • Dirk-Diggler

      Who’s stupid enough to take him?

      • Millennium

        Apparently his name was involved in the Hemksy deal, the Del Zotto deal, and in a couple other instances. the club has looked at moving him for a while now, and they seem to think they can make it happen.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    How did Oshie fly down to the ice like that? Does he weight like 20 pounds???

  • Dirtysweetness

    God Derrick Roy has a face you’d like to smash.

  • QSenFan

    Da Costa is the smartest player on the ice today

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The guys are sleepwalking tonight. Don’t seem too into the game. Mac needs to motivate them!!

  • CUP 2014-15

    I think this team is more aggressive with ZBad in the middle. Maybe it’s just the fact of the sched. Like ZBad in the middle but now SDC is showing something in three games straight ( 4 by the team, Kassian ). Tough to send him back tomorrow when Stone returns, what to do?

    • Cicero

      Conacher ‘boo boo’??

      • CUP 2014-15

        LOL, good question. I think he still has a lot more and we started seeing it with ZBad.

  • luckan20

    We better start waking up if not the game will be over soon

  • Guest

    Why do I have the sense Roy is a Senskiller? Did he do bad things to us in playoff series(es) v. Buffalo??

  • Aaron 2.0

    The brutal pinches we’ve seen over the last handful of games without any support are starting to remind me of the Clouston era [shudder].

  • Cicero

    Great defensive zone coverage by Condra and SDC.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Great play by Gryba on Steen.

  • Andrews theory

    Definition of insanity ? Continue to start greening and smith 4 on 4….try something new, the same old shit is still not working

    • H POTTER

      MacLean makes me sick

      • SENSible

        Not disagreeing but he doesn’t have much to work with at the moment.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Thank you!!!!!

  • H POTTER

    This is brutal to watch…total domination

  • Dirtysweetness

    One word….outclassed.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    They have to review that.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    I am just not sure about some of the lineup choices. I mean the guys who keep putting us behind are constantly being rewarded with more ice time.

    I wish some of the Ottawa media would ask the right questions to get answers as to why the best players are not playing!

    • H POTTER

      You know that’s not going to happen

  • CUP 2014-15

    CP04 is the Key!!!

  • Dirk-Diggler

    So every time the Sens get a shot on goal they get mugged and there is no penalty on STL. What the fuck?

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      The refs need to start taking one player because this is getting ridiculous. Slowing down the game and it’s retarded.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Come on refs. Get a handle on this non-sense. This is ridiculous.

  • bluebuyyoo

    WTF is with the St. Louis Bullies? The aggressiveness seems a little forced and over the top.

  • Sicilian

    We’re playing pretty well. Just need to get one by Halak

  • Andrews theory

    C’mon Spezza….get mean for fuck sakes

    • Andrews theory

      LoL at the thumbs down… Yer right just play it like the gentleman’s game that is.

  • Dirtysweetness

    This is bad…CFL anyone? ;)

  • Dirk-Diggler

    If the Blues wanna mug us in front of their net we should give them a reason to do it. I hope someone goes full tilt into Halak

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I want more of these skirmishes to piss off Lehn so he can do what The Lehner does.

  • Andrews theory

    Another horseshit penalty

  • bluebuyyoo

    St Louis diving team. After all the shit in front of the net, Steen pulls that act?

  • SENSible

    The guy runs into Ryan’s elbow, the refs are ruining hockey.

  • QSenFan

    Pretty soon, Sens will get 2 for farting

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    So Steen skates INTO Bobby Ryan’s inadvertent elbow as he was playing the puck, falls down like a bag of pucks and draws a penalty.

    I’ve seen enough over the last three games of the refereeing. It’s been downright ridiculous.

  • luckan20

    Zebra clowns are way off base

  • LeafsSux

    Game over…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    So NOW is when they decide to take one off?????? What about all the one’s earlier on when they were started by Blues players???

  • Sicilian

    The Refs are fucking clowns

  • bluebuyyoo

    MotherF****r! It is getting difficult to be a fan of a sport with such biased and incompetent officials.

  • Andrews theory

    Again, Kadri no call…

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      And it was even worse than that…

  • Sandy

    The refs and the league have no respect for the Ottawa Senators. IMO that’s what it looks like to me..

  • Sandy

    So Marc Joanette is one of the refs.. That explains everything..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I gotta say, these penalties have really lit a fire under the guys though. They look angry and a little bit more enthused. Maybe it will do them some good.

    Good penalty killing. And oddly enough, we’re still very much in this game. The scoreboard still reads only 1-0.

  • Senators Pundit

    With these officials I think 2 points are out of the question, but these penalty killers….wow. Well done gents.

  • QSenFan

    Sens kill all the bs calls hahahha fuck you refs

  • Andrews theory

    Shit ya!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Lehner being rather spectacular tonight!

  • Cicero

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH lolol

  • Millennium

    Karma’s a motherfucker

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Here we go. That pass by Spezza though… WOW>

  • bluebuyyoo

    Suck it refs!

  • Sicilian

    They’re playing well. Karlsson seems to be the only one who can handle a Spezza pass. Make Karlsson the winger?!
    Lehner also putting together a hell of a game

  • CUP 2014-15

    If not for that PK this game was over

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Those penalties were a blessing in disguise. These guys look awake now. Killing extended penalties is always a confidence booster.

      GO SENS GO

  • Andrews theory

    Funny how often teams score after they kill of extended 5-3′s. they can make ya or break ya for either team

  • aegiszx

    You will never hear me say this again but… Spezza’s infamous blind pass to NOWHERE… WENT SOMEWHERE!!! WHOOOO

  • luckan20

    Dont you folks feel like crushing those zebra clowns. How in earth they call Methot or even MIchalek or Chicken legs Steen going knocking his head to Ryan’s elbow.

  • Millennium

    oh fuck me, thats a goal

  • Andrews theory

    Fuck off….

  • FistsofNeil25

    That Spezza pass was a thing of beauty. Woww

  • FistsofNeil25

    It’s too bad the refs are such a goddamn joke. Why do they hate us so much?

  • Cicero

    That puck was planted there during the commercial break.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Goddam CGI I tell ya!

      • Cicero

        Aliens man. St. Louis arch is a portal.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Refs breathing a sigh of relief. STL finally scored to go ahead.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not too worried about that one.

    The Sens should play better from now on.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Lehner has massive grapefruits for hanging in there on that 5 on 3. He must have ice running through those veins.

  • Andrews theory

    DaCosta looks significantly stronger than last year

  • FistsofNeil25

    Gotta be more disciplined than that Zbad.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Definitely a penalty, but call them both ways you blind idiots

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Jared Cowen is unbelievable.

    Two times to clear the puck with all the time in the world, and he doesn’t.

    Like, how.

    • karlssens

      He is so unbelievably bad… Hey Ryan and Turris, wake the fuck up.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Holy fuck…. This sucks….

  • FistsofNeil25

    Horrible defensive zone play again. It’s getting hard to watch these guys run around every night.

    • Sicilian

      Totally agree. They kill the penalty and then relax with seconds to play.

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    I feel bad for lehner and cowen fans… damn he’s no good

  • Aaron 2.0

    That one really hurts…

  • karlssens

    They loose this game, playoffs are very doubtful. They need wins, they aren’t playing like they need wins.

  • Andrews theory

    If I was on the ice I would have smashed my stick a few times tonight..

    I might go smash one now

    • Sensturion

      On a ref?

  • bluebuyyoo

    Give them a break. They played last night and all of the PKs have them bagged already.

  • SENSible

    I think we safely become a seller after tonight.

    • Sensturion

      No one wants what we’re selling.

      • Sensturion

        Name a player besides Smith that teams actually want.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Highly unlikely.

  • luckan20

    Looks like we are done for tonight. We lost momentum with 4 back to back killing. Spezza should be taking care of Backes. Cowen is so bad on ice. Lehner left high and dry.

  • Andrews theory

    So Sens get outnumbered down low and Spezza is floating back towards the net.. Man is a wizard with the puck but holy shit he’s piss poor otherwise

  • FistsofNeil25

    In the last 3 games the Sens have been shorthanded 13 times and only on the man advantage 5 times. Sens could never get away with the type of shit Toronto, Pittsburgh, and apparently St Louis can get away with.

    The refs don’t respect us.

  • Millennium

    End of the Second:

    20:00OttawaClarke Macarthur: 10 minutes, misconduct

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      FOR WHAT.

      • bluebuyyoo

        Probably gave the refs a piece of his mind. Deserved or not, the refs have a major bug up their asses for the Sens lately,

      • Cicero

        He shoved the butt end of his stick in Joannette;s mouth, Hasenfratz had to blow the whistle.

  • Sandy

    Lots of penalties to kill last night… Chasing the Pens all night long. Killing lots of penalties tonight.. in a back to back game.
    These guys are human.. they are not machines.. Fatigue has to be catching up.
    3 games in 4 nights as well..

  • Jacques

    Everyone on here will say great game by Spezza for his fluky pass that could’ve been a breakaway the other way, it works sometimes, but he is absolutely terrible defensively what the hell was he doing on that last goal: brutal! The guys on TSN1200 were roasting his ass this afternoon, saying if he can’t play the game the way it’s supposed to be played than he shouldn’t be in the lineup! Injured or not they were saying if he can’t do it he should be outofthe lineup. I’ll be back cheering on my team when this sad sack of SHIIIITE is traded till then have fun, can’t watch this. Feel sorry for Zibby,DaCosta, and all the young pesky players from last year! Give the C to TURRIS he battles for every inch out there! No way a real team keeps a player like that and expects people to pay good money. Wake-up.

    • FistsofNeil25

      I have my issues with Spezza’s game but he’s far from the only issue on this team man.

    • bluebuyyoo

      :-)

  • FrustratedFan

    The Sens must feel like they have died and gone to heaven………..

  • FrustratedFan

    The last three games they have been playing against angels

  • Andrews theory

    Loving Potvin this game lol

  • Sandy

    5 straight penalties + a misconduct? These refs aren’t even trying to hide it..
    What a joke of a league… I guess the message is.. don’t let the Sens win…

    • Andrews theory

      Not totally beyond the realm of possibility that Melnyk isn’t the most popular owner with the league these days.

      • Sandy

        You really think a different owner will make a difference.
        The only way this team gets more respect is if it moves to the GTA..
        I agree… take the fucking fine… let the refs and the league have it..

  • H POTTER

    At this point regarding officiating I don’t see what could be worse if pmac, BM calls them out once and for all. What can be worse? It’s already clear you’re being victimized by the non call, the wacky calls against you, I think they might as well stand up and call them out plain and simple to show them that “hey, we’re not blind to your power trip!”. I don’t remember a year where I have been so annoyed with the refs

    • Aaron 2.0

      I was going to write the same thing. Coach and/or GM need to say something.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Hey Jacques! Still watching?

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    No way in hell st Louis is going far in the playoffs. .

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    2 goal lead is the worst lead to have

  • H POTTER

    Man the only word to describe this is wow

  • Cicero

    BANG BANG BANG.

  • Andrews theory

    Again, man is a wizard “with” the puck…

  • FistsofNeil25

    What a play by 9-19-93!! Where the hell has that been???

  • Cicero

    Hey we found a winger for Spezz!

  • H POTTER

    Cmac will come out hungry for puck blood…he has to score

  • FrustratedFan

    Can you imagine if we ever got a power play to work with?

  • Sandy

    So the Sens are getting close in the score again. Time for another parade to the penalty box..

  • FistsofNeil25

    #Pesky

  • Andrews theory

    Karma just said fuck you

  • H POTTER

    That’s what we fakkkkkkin call karmaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Cicero

    OOOOOHHHHYYYYYEAH.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Wow!!! What a turn… now when are the penalties coming?

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    The work all week on that play and finally used it

  • H POTTER

    F-u bitches referree

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    PUCK DONT LIE.

  • Aaron 2.0

    F*ck Yes. Keep it coming! Stay emotional boys, and use it to your advantage!

  • Sandy

    Don’t get mad… GET EVEN…

  • FistsofNeil25

    OH MY GOD!

  • Andrews theory

    Wizard

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Hahaha… this is awesome

  • H POTTER

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • karlssens

    Where was this team before?! Wow haha

    • Cicero

      In the penalty box.

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    Keep the pressure garçons

  • karlssens

    Fuck you refs.. Still winning!

  • Millennium

    Spezza’s first even strength since November yes?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezza is single handedly shitting on the Blues.

    BELIEVE IN THE CAPTAIN.

  • H POTTER

    Alright guys, 1min till cmac comes out looking for retribution in the back if the net

    • bluebuyyoo

      Should be rested

  • Andrews theory

    I think the walrus may have lost his shit last intermission….

    • Sandy

      No… I think the team had finally had enough.
      Treatment by the refs in the Toronto game… followed by Pitts.. and now tonight..
      Maybe they said… we’re mad and we aren’t going to take it anymore…

  • karlssens

    Ouch Lehner

  • Andrews theory

    What the fuck

  • http://www.crashthenet.ca/ Luc Wolfe

    Ref did u just miss a high stick. .. oh wait it was against stl

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This is funny.

  • Andrews theory

    Even watching the replay, I don’t understand how that puck went in. It’s like it went through him

  • Cicero

    This is great on pain meds.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’m just glad we’re back in the game.

    GO SENS GO

  • LeafsSux

    Andy would of had that one… :)

  • roon42 .

    Lehner’s pad save right before that goal I thought was incredible… I’m not sure how that puck stuck to his jersey and found its way in though.

  • H POTTER

    We cannot loose those 2pts

  • Aaron 2.0

    Stating the obvious, but this would be a huge point. 2 out of 4 againts Pit and Stl would be great. 3 would be really amazing. Bounce back Lehner. You were huge in the 2nd!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    To be fair to Lehn, he’s been absolutely magnificent all game long.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Caps lost in reg. tonight. That helps.

    This is a big game. A point would be good, stealing two would be great.

    #PeskySens!

    • Sandy

      So did the Laffs… and Carolina..

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Yep.

        It’s a good night to collect point that’s for sure.

  • karlssens

    The reffing is unbelievable

  • Jonny

    I guess Spezza has no heart, just doesnt care…lol

  • Aaron 2.0

    Puck roles by two blue jerseys, and it’s icing…

    • Aaron 2.0

      Which leads to a penalty…

  • Jonny

    OMG Potvin is soooooooooooooo bad…I just cant stand him anymore.

  • SensFanInMTL

    It’s nice to finally see Michalek rushing and preparing for a routine no look pass from Spezza. But it worked so it’s not that bad,

  • GeeGee1313

    I love Cody Ceci…makes such smart decisions with the puck in all situations…

  • Cicero

    Great PK lads!

  • Cicero

    Lehner has stopped 40 shots!

  • CUP 2014-15

    The Lehner and the PK have got us in this one.

    • Jonny

      Were not even in this game if not for Spezza.

      • CUP 2014-15

        This thing was over in the second if not for the PK and Lehner but your right the captain brought us back.

  • Aaron 2.0

    I’m stressed right out with these last few minutes. I need a valium.

  • Sandy

    9 penalties to the Sens including the 10 min… 3 penalties to the Blues.
    I guess make up calls don’t exist anymore..

    • Jonny

      Sandy, please stop complaining about the refs…
      You should know by now that we take alot of penalties, the Blues dont.

      • bluebuyyoo

        Jonny. Are you watching this shit?

        • Andrews theory

          Yes FAIL Jonny..

      • Sandy

        Why… because they don’t deserve it? This shit has been going on for 3 games… It’s about time to complain…

        The odd game.. stuff like this happens.. ie refs bad games… but 3 in a row by different refs is totally unacceptable.

        All teams should expect fair treatment… can you really say the Sens got that in Tor, Pitt & tonight?

        • Jonny

          Yes they have, we take alot of penalties, its no secret.

          • Roar…

            No offense Jonny but you’re just flat out wrong on this game. The officiating was substandard. As it has been the past few games. Largely this year I wouldn’t say that’s been the case – it just has been the past few games.

            A full 2-minute 5-on-3 for a face-wash when St.Louis is the team constantly initiating this nonsense after every whistle is ridiculous. That’s just straight up “I don’t like you Ottawa” from the ref. Anyone who’s ever played the game would pick up on that, so I’m guessing you never have. Officials are human, they absolutely get a hate-on for particular teams and players for whatever reason. They try to be impartial but once and a while they just flat out shit the bed on their job and don’t give a rats ass who knows it. Something was probably said by the bench that ticked them off. Likely their integrity was questioned by more than a few Senators before that call.

            If you don’t take our word for it. Take the coach and the players. P-Mac rarely reacts that way. The players are usually pretty reasonable on the bench. Pretty much the entire team was pissed off. Karlsson even said in his interview (and he will be fined) that they made a couple of horrible calls.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Since the Leafs game the refereeing has been pretty incredible.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Stl fans behind Neil are clearly drunk, and hilarious.

    • Cicero

      Everyone is St. Louis is drunk. It’s already Tuesday.

      • Aaron 2.0

        Lol.

      • Andrews theory

        Bahahahaha

  • Aaron 2.0

    Anything that slows this game down is probably a good thing. Got to get at least a point now. Got to make sure to keep their focus though when play finally returns!

  • Cicero

    I was hoping that the last few minutes of the game would be taking place in the Blues end, but I’d prefer the game clock to be running.

  • Andrews theory

    Here comes a Potvin rant lol

  • Guest

    Wow Spezza, please play like this every game!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Greening really, really grating on me.

  • CUP 2014-15

    HUGE POINT !!!!

  • Andrews theory

    Please for the love of god, please don’t start greening , smith.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Glad we got a point… Now let’s get the other one. These guys (Blues) are bums and we deserve something good.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Well earned point. Lehner defnitely in beast mode tonight. Spezza having a pretty good night too.

    • Sicilian

      Especially if you consider the tough game they had yesterday against the Pens yesterday

  • roon42 .

    Ceci with the OT goal

  • Guest

    We have so many points in the 3rd column, it will be the difference maker come making the playoffs, you mark my words. Then everyone can come to my province and tell Pauline Marois to go parachute jumping and leave the parachute at home.

  • Andrews theory

    I’d start DaCosta with Zib

  • Phoenix

    Well Sens fans, should rejoice in knowing that the Red/blacks signed a good QB today. He is a great leader off the field as well as on it.

  • Cicero

    Greening for the OT goal.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Very well earned point.

  • Aaron 2.0

    1st point in 10 games for an eastern team in STL’s own barn. And, on a back-to-back. And with 2 questionable penalties in the 2nd, giving them an extended 5 on 3. Really good fight tonight boys!

  • SensFanInMTL

    We have so many points in the 3rd column, it will be the difference
    maker come making the playoffs, you mark my words. Then everyone can
    come to my province and tell Pauline Marois to go parachute jumping and
    leave the parachute at home. Fin.

    • Jonny

      Yes we heard you the first time :P

      • SensFanInMTL

        Naw I deleted that.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Mac and Turris. Great 1st pairing tonight in OT!

  • CUP 2014-15

    ZBad with the winner

  • Jonny

    Ugh, Cowen…

    • roon42 .

      little bit of a hook on his hands there.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Where is his urgency??? Brutal!

  • Jonny

    Ugh, Karlsson…lol

  • Cicero

    Cowen saved us there.

    • Jonny

      Umm no, Cmac, hence his penalty

  • H POTTER

    Wouldn’t it have been a beauty for cmac to score?????… EK doing too much king

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    karl shoulda shot it.

  • Sicilian

    Was that hooking?

    • Aaron 2.0

      I think that one was. I want to hate the refs for everything, but we were in a bad position there.

      • Jonny

        Yeah not much to argue there, hook across the body. Doesnt get any easier to call.

  • SensFanInMTL

    I don’t think we should play another game until the entire staff of referees in the NHL are replaced with the ones that do garage league games.

  • MikeS

    Well I got home late but sounds like a roller-coaster of a game

  • Andrews theory

    Hockey gods here my prayer…

  • Sandy

    Shootout.. uh oh..

    Zibby, Turris, Ryan

  • FrustratedFan

    Do you think that the referees can give the Sens a penalty in the shoot out?

  • MikeS

    Well nice of them to make it too the shoot-out….sucks that they lose like every one tho…

  • bluebuyyoo

    Zbad – Spezza – Turris

    • MikeS

      Smith next?

  • Aaron 2.0

    Nothing would make me happier to see Lehner win this. He deserves it for what he did in the 2nd alone.

  • Cicero

    Great game!! Third period frenzy produces a VERY huge point. 46 saves for Lehner.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Lehner is way overdue. This is his night!

    • Sandy

      Wasn’t he decent in shootouts last season?

      • Zelle

        No he’s never been good. Definitely his weakest spot. But at least that doesn’t matter in the playoffs.

  • Jonny

    Lehner 0-3…ouch, gotta break that goose egg!

  • Andrews theory

    We can’t lose every shootout…

    • Sandy

      Yes we can….

      • bluebuyyoo

        Positive vibes Sandy

        • bluebuyyoo

          :-)

  • Aaron 2.0

    Interesting starting 3 for us. I’m excited to see it!

  • roon42 .

    DJ Zbad!

  • karlssens

    Lehner Jesus

  • GeeGee1313

    Zibanejad = Money!

  • MikeS

    And lehner cant do shootouts…..sigh

  • karlssens

    Ottawa is so bad in the shoot outs

  • Sandy

    Time for more shootout practice..

    • bluebuyyoo

      Keep it up Sandy. We’re doing okay here :-)

  • Andrews theory

    Dirty!

  • karlssens

    Nice mits

  • chilltownmayor

    Stay in the crease Lehner!

  • roon42 .

    oooooooh my god…. that was nice

  • karlssens

    Michalek..

  • MikeS

    Wow so halak’s jock is in the corner after that

  • bluebuyyoo

    Where’s Turris?

  • Millennium

    2 posts in the shootout, come onnnnn

  • bluebuyyoo

    Good. I hate Lapierre

    • Sandy

      Yeah.. he’s a jerk.. and an ass..

  • bluebuyyoo

    Baby!

  • Millennium

    TURRIS!!!

  • karlssens

    So glad Turris got it

  • Michenator

    FUCK YA!!!

    • Michenator

      Da Costa was so clutch!! We really need that kind of player in the line up…

      • Sandy

        So DaCosta stays? Stone goes down? Or is there a trade coming?
        DaCosta has been really good for the games he has been in… how can they send him down now? He has finally got it..

        • FistsofNeil25

          He has officially won me over. I’ve said in the past that I can’t see him ever making the NHL full time. Shows what I know!

        • CUP 2014-15

          I am not sure but he’s a waiver guy and I think he was called up on emergency basis, so I think he needs to clear to go down, SDC not Stone

  • chilltownmayor

    HOOORAAAHHH!!!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Fucking PESKY!!!

  • Andrews theory

    That’s a pretty big win….

  • QSenFan

    FUCK YA!!!!!!!!!

  • luckan20

    Fuck those referees and Blues whiners

  • roon42 .

    It doesn’t get more pesky than that…. Potvin agreed “In your FACE!”

  • Sandy

    Nice come back… sorry Joanette… maybe next time..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSS!!! AGAINST ALL ODDS!

    SO PESKY.

  • Sicilian

    Give it up boys. That was a pesky win. Down 3-1 in the 2nd game of a back to back against St. Louis. Great effort all around!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Oh baby. That is a hell of a game to rally around for the team. And, we have a few more shooters to for the SO. Lehner was pretty good in the SO. Stl has some great shooters, with pretty good SO percentages. Really stoked right now. I’m going to have to have a night cap!

  • Sandy

    Now back to Ottawa. The refs want to pull the same trash for the next game… they are gonna hear it badddddddd.

  • Zelle

    Yay my favorite!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    3 out of 4 points on a back to back against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues on the road.

    That’s pretty impressive. These guys never give up.

  • FistsofNeil25

    That has to be the most satisfying win of the season. Three out of a possible four points on the road in a back to back vs Pittsburgh and St Louis and the refs. Down by two goals going into the third period – that win was all character and sooo pesky.

    Great games by Spezza and Zibanejad offensively. Lehner was phenomenal and the penalty killers did an awesome job.

    I was hard on Spezza earlier today but he answer the bell tonight and I thought Zibanejad played his best game in a while. I’m so pumped right now!

    • Sandy

      Yeah after what was probably a tiring game last night chasing Pitts around and having all of those penalties.. to come back like that tonight.. again killing lots of penalties.. I guess they got mad and started to play…
      Need to get mad more often…

      • FistsofNeil25

        They don’t get mad Sandy, they get Pesky.

        • Sandy

          I guess they did bring Pesky back….

  • H POTTER

    Yessssssssssss. F* da refs, f* da blues, f* the blues fans, f* kadri..hahahahah

  • QSenFan

    Great adversity brings out the pesky!!

  • Sandy

    First Eastern team to win in St Louis this season to date. The East was 0-9-0 until tonight..
    Way to go boys…

  • Conor_smythe

    Carolina lost, Washington lost, Toronto lost, Ottawa 2 pts

    gotta keep it rolling

  • laffin681021

    Blues: 7 pp’s (with a 5 on 3 in the mix). Sens: 1 pp (which was only like 35 seconds after a penalty expired if I remember correctly). and Blues fans are saying it was called evenly…BS

  • SensFanInMTL

    A win finally against the Blues. So awesome. Are we over 60 PTS yet?

    • laffin681021

      61 to be exact

      • bluebuyyoo

        Ok. So with 35 games remaining, they need to go 15 – 10 to have a chance

        • sprucesens

          what do we do with the other 10 games…?

          • bluebuyyoo

            Win them too!

    • Sandy

      We already beat them in OT in Ottawa on Cody Ceci’s first NHL goal..

  • bluebuyyoo

    Love the goaltending. Andy was great last night and Lehner was over the top tonight.

    • Sandy

      Yep… to make the playoffs both of these guys have to now stay on the top of their game…. They do that.. we are in..

  • QSenFan

    Sportsnet reporting that Sens still losing money even after new tv deal and are now looking at non-hockey related revenu options and so might try to revisit the casino scenario with the city of Ottawa

    • Sandy

      Bullshit… If they are losing 10M a season.. according to Melnyk.. which I don’t believe… then if they get 15M min from Sportsnet they are 5M to the good. Then add 30M+ from TSN… they are making $$$.. Or are they now losing 45M a season?

      • CUP 2014-15

        It was that maroon, Kyprios so it’s some bullshit he heard while drunk in a bar toilet last night.

      • PraiseAlfie11

        That’s EM controlling the message to the city. Looks like he still wants that casino.

  • SensChirp

    Jason Spezza though….

    • laffin681021

      Silencing the haters tonight.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Now let’s see consistency

        • bluebuyyoo

          Not all of them unfortunately.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Very pleased to see him get back into form after last night.

    • Conor_smythe

      his scoring pace usually picks up this time of year

      I think he’s ranked number 3 in ‘second half of the season Pts/g’ over the past 8 years (crosby thornton 1 and 2)

    • FistsofNeil25

      He was great in the third period tonight. His line took over the game. That backhand spin-o-rama rink wide pass to Karlsson will get me off his back for a couple weeks lol

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        That’s the thing with spezza, he does plays that others won’t try… I don’t have a problem with that ( Crosby does it to ) the thing I will always be on his back though is when those plays doesn’t work… At least try to come back to try to repair the mistake you’ve Made and pick a guy for the back check ! Don’t coast back and go to the bench thinking that the defence will stop everything.

        Wasn’t a pretty win we allowed way to many shots but at least we generated the offence and got back in the game. Doesn’t Turris remind you of a certain Alfie when it comes to clutch ? Karlsson or Turris for captain ?

        • bluebuyyoo

          FFS! Lehner gave them the chance and Spezza led the team to the win tonight. Give him a little bit of credit and cut the captain some slack at least for tonight.

    • Aaron 2.0

      So much determination though! Warning of gratuitous language, for those wanting to avoid that sort of thing.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJZ7hz1s-ow

  • Shibal

    Thank you Maclean! For not breaking up Spezza and Zibanejad while being down 2 goals.

  • laffin681021

    Curious to see what happens when Stone comes back. I think SDC has been playing really well.

    • QSenFan

      Sit Greening for a few

      • Roar…

        This X1000

    • Zelle

      Conacher – DaCosta – Stone, whaaat? :)

      • Roar…

        Was thinking the same, but I also think at some point you have to get Milo off that line. Just doesn’t isn’t adding enough to the group. Ideally Milo maybe takes over Greening’s spot in the GSN line & then Greening sits a few in the press box. Then I suppose we figure out who to team up with Spezza & Z.

    • CUP 2014-15

      I am not sure how the waiver wire works but I know SDC needs to clear. Where he was called up as an emergency due to injury he didn’t need to and can be returned without waivers, I think he has to be returned when Stone comes back. Or risk clearing waivers to stay. Again I am not 100% sure.

  • SenaTHOR

    We looked like a Peewee team in the first but great comback

  • Conor_smythe

    The most brilliant coaching decision Maclean has made all season: Steph Dacosta in the shootout!

    who saw that coming?

    need more of that

    • SENSsmile

      Indeed. I hope people will stop thinking of DaCosta as simply trade bait.

    • 57gord

      But he just said (TSN) he didn’t pick who does the shootout, so ?

      • Conor_smythe

        …that explains a lot actually

  • Zachpraisetheswedes

    I want to see a big trade happen so that we have room to keep DaCosta when Stone comes back. Not only that, I want Hoffman to come back up as well and play as a trio.

    Hoffman is eating up the AHL right now and if you bring him up to play with his usual bingo linemates he may produce.

    • not YOUR wingman

      ummmmmmm – so who do you want traded to fit all of those ROOKIES
      into the lineup ?

      • sprucesens

        greening and condra will be the eventual odd men out, is my thoughts

  • T K

    Well, it weren’t perty, but a win is a win.

    The week started with folks saying that the Sens needed to come out of this stretch with at least 4 of the possible 8 points. Two games down and 3 points are in the bank. If they can get at least one win over the next 2, they will be well positioned for the final push and can rest with clear minds during the Olympic break.

    Go Sens Go.

  • T K

    And, I’ll be resting my vocal chords over the next two days so that my “Ref sucks” chant will be loud as hell. I’ll be on stand by with a razor thin hair trigger with it. If a Ref so much as inhales too deeply, I’m letting ‘er rip…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezza line combined for 6 points tonight.

  • sprucesens

    few things. good game by spezza. If he keeps playing better like that, he will stop having haters. Still needs to keep moving his feet though, too often he takes the pass in a glide. But a much better game by the captain is what we needed. I think SDC has earned the right to stay up, but sadly will likely be sent down. They’ll want to keep him playing over the olympic break, and i think he will be waiver exempt as long as it was a injury call up. If not, i don’t think he’s going anywhere, and we start the extra man shuffle on the forward ranks, similar to how our D is.

    2 other notes. Glad karlsson sneakily called out the ref’s during his 2nd intermission interview, calling them a couple of garbage calls against. I think MacA must have said something similar to the ref’s face, to warrant a misconduct. I think its time murray has a short chat with the league about the recent reffing. 3 games in a row its been heavily tilted against us, either with too many weak calls against, with none going the other way. Glaring missed calls, kadri hit.

    It would be nice to know what mac said to the ref’s to get the misconduct. Good for him though. Looking good so far this week. Let’s keep it going!

    • Zelle

      I’d like an answer as to why Conacher gets elbowed in the face/head almost every game and never gets a call for it.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    LOL gotta love Paul’s post game’s. Fast forward to 00:40 when he’s asked about the fact that the Blues got 7 straight penalties in a row.

    http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=1415&id=556552&lang=en&navid=DL|OTT|home

    Mac’s reaction is priceless.

  • Sensnation

    Spezza and Lehner! Wow!!!

    Everyone who needed to step up, definitely has these last 2 games. The growth has continued to happen right before our eyes and when it clicks it looks so sweet.

    Such an honest interview by Lehner too, very refreshing. Great work he’s doing to improve and nice of the coach to make a point of mentioning it.

    GO SENS GO!!!

    • Zelle

      Do you have a link to the interview by any chance?

  • Dirk-Diggler

    What I find stupid is that Hitchcock started Reeves at C, that’s like us starting Kassian at C to go after the opponents actual center. The refs should have been all over St Louis for playing like punks and not the Sens

  • PraiseAlfie11

    I must confess. I thought for sure they were going to walk away with 0 points out of 4.

    Very tight east, but I think they’ll be fine.

  • IcySurfas

    I was at a point last night where as a fan, I think I was the most frustrated I have ever been in years watching hockey. It was a snowball of emotions that started with the Leafs game and accumulated around the end of the 2nd period last night. I get it …every fan (of whatever team) is going to disagree with calls that are made and not made in a game … but for the Sens it has just been just (rubs forehead) RiDiCuLoUs lately.

    Last night … we all saw the Blues acting like a bunch of gorillas trying to lay claim to both their crease and ours. Big guys roughing up our small 4th line, and then simply chirping at our tough 3rd line. Then all of a sudden the referee decides “hes had enough of it”. So what does he do … he puts Michalek in the box for a simple arm wrap after the whistle (shit the Blues had been doing all night and more) and puts the Sens down 5 on 3 (not to mention after blowing the first call on Ryan. It boggles my friggin mind how a so called professional can make a decision like that, knowing damn well the situation hes creating by making those calls … over and over again.

    It was great to see the Sens explode in the 3rd, and hang on in OT for an eventually win in the shootout. I really hope that before the Sens left the arena last night, that they left a card under the door to the Refs change room .that said “To our biggest fans … F U , signed (whole team)”.