Game Day- Mr. Anderson Goes to Washington

SensChirp November 27, 2013 304
Game Day- Mr. Anderson Goes to Washington

After a disappointing loss on Sunday in Carolina, the Ottawa Senators travel to Washington hoping a game against the Capital will help them get things back on track.

The Washington Capitals have struggled a little bit as of late, dropping their last three games. Despite the mini-losing streak, the Caps still hold down the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference with 26 points. The Senators currently trail the Caps by just four points. Save to say it’s a big two points on the line tonight. As it has been for the past few seasons, the Capitals offence is led by Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin. His 20 goals in just 22 games leads the entire National Hockey League. He also has a significant lead in the shot category, registering 123 shots. Anderson and the Ottawa defence will have to be at their absolute best to contain him tonight.

Special teams are always important and that will be no different tonight as the Senators attempt to contain the league’s 3rd ranked power play.  The Senators currently sit 19th on the penalty kill and have to find a way to contain the Washington power play.  Best way to do that is to stay out of the box.

Jared Cowen, who is off to a disappointing start this season, will have his hands full against the Caps. With the last change, Adam Oates will be able to get the line up matches he wants and I suspect he’ll be looking to get Alex Ovechkin out against Cowen whenever possible. Should be a good test for Cowen and perhaps one that gets him going a little bit. If he continues to struggle, it’s hard to imagine he won’t find his way into the press box at some point.

Paul MacLean will make a change on the blueline this evening. Mark Borowiecki is healthy and ready to play but with the team playing back to back games, the Coach has decided to insert Joe Corvo into the line.  Same combinations up front.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Wiercioch
Phillips-Corvo

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal after Robin Lehner went 1-1 in consecutive starts over the weekend. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM in Washington. The Senators will fly home after the game and take on the Vancouver Canucks at the Canadian Tire Centre tomorrow night.

The Daily Chirp- Darren Dreger addressed the rumours between the Senators and Rangers yesterday and suggested that there probably isn’t a fit between the two teams. While there is no doubt the Sens would love to add Del Zotto, their offer of Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba not surprisingly, wasn’t enough for the Rangers. If the rumoured offer is true, it gives you a pretty good indication that Murray needs to make sure money is going out if there is going to be a contract coming in. Tricky little spot Mr. Murray is in. The team would love to add a defenceman but need to do something with the eight they have on the roster right now.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Brutal offer.. Not at all surprised it would be rejected

    • Tooks

      Some other sites, like SB, have the Sens looking at Kreider too.

    • 80

      People need to read his tweet more closely; Dreger said that all 3 of Gryba, Greening, and Condra were ‘made available’. That does not strictly imply that they were offered together in a package.

      Also, chirp, I apologize if you were doing it to soften the blow but saying that the Sens are ’4 points back of Washington for 7th in the Conference’ doesn’t adequately adjust to the new playoff format. We could be 4 points up on Washington, who are still sitting 7th in the conference, and still miss the playoffs if we sit in 6th (as we do now) in our division. All that matters is 5th place in the division (assuming the other division sucks, as it does now).

      - 5th place. This is ar’ season! #LetsGetTropical#spimony4life

      • Tooks

        Pretty much this is where we stand:

        Atlantic
        1. Boston 34
        2. Tampa 31
        3. Toronto 29

        Metro
        1. Pitsburgh 31
        2. Washington 26
        3. NY Rangers 24

        Wildcard
        1. Detroit 29
        2. Montreal 28
        3. New Jersey 23
        4. Carolina 23
        5. Philadelphia 22
        6. Ottawa 22
        7. Columbus 19

        We basically need to finish 3rd in the Atlantic, which at this point is highly unlikely, so we would need to finish 1-2 in the Wildcard, which can be done but the way we are playing, 6 points out of a playoff spot is alot to get back.

        • RUSH RLZ

          If you really think a team can’t make up 7 points in 55 games, then I am worried about you. But yeah, team would need to get off the snide. Playoffs are the last thing I am worried about if we blow the next three… we are talking Doomsday scenario.

      • NickofTime

        I think it was Garrioch who said it was a three for one which I think would have been brutal, I wouldn’t give Greening alone for Del Zotto. Ottawa doesn’t need another smurf on their team, that have too many already who are not contributing. Defence is not their biggest problem, constantly giving the puck away, turnovers are their biggest problem & the forwards are just as bad if not worse than the defence at it. They are so out of cinq with each other, it’s hard to know what the problem is but to me everything seems wrong with this team.

  • SensChirp

    Have a look at the twitter feed to the right for a look at what one website believes is the Senators new Heritage Jersey set to be released tomorrow.

    • Tooks

      Pretty lame to just go with the same jersey but in white…Where’s the creativity…

      • Alcatraz

        the lame part is they are hyping it, even though its the same lol

        • Tooks

          Ya, brutal, well thats what we get when our owner cant spend a dime…replica jerseys!!

          • Alcatraz

            Hey now thats not fair, at least he is spending on real laces on the jersey, unlike the new Team Canada Olympic ones

          • Tooks

            Haha yeah what were they thinking!

    • 80

      That jersey looks amazing.

  • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

    Corvo on waivers in 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 ?

    • sprucesens

      he’s projected in the lineup…??

      • HarvardYaleAndPrincetonMan

        ZOUNDS – missed that – my bad

  • Alcatraz

    A sign that Borowiecki is here permanently now, and Gryba is outside looking in?
    BSens name Hoffman as Captain, replacing Borocop

    • sprucesens

      yup likely permanent. other than we have to send some other bodies away. Hopefully Hoffman can do the same. Be the C, get called up, and play well enough to stay taking someone else’s spot

      • Jason

        I don’t think they would name Hoffman captain if the Sens had a plan to call him up. I think that because he would have to clear waivers to go back down he won’t be called up anytime soon. Probably Pageau or Stone would get the next call up.

    • Jacques

      Gryba is a much better D-man than Boro. Was so upbeat when the season started and when I look at our lineup now I’m not impressed. We need a couple of Bingo guys inserted.

      • SensChirp

        If he wasn’t a right handed shot, Gryba never would have got a look last season and would still be in Binghamton. He jumped up the depth chart too fast, almost. Organization always seemed to have Boro rated higher.

        • Jacques

          I’m not impressed by Boro. I find Gryba moves better – smarter with his pinches. Boro hits but so does Gryba. Gryba has just lost a bit of his Zing after he nailed that Danish pastry from the Habs. He has to get out there and do the same thing once and awhile. He should put fear into the opposition. Anyway last yerar when I watched the Baby Sens I was much more impressed with Gryba than Boro – all Boro did was take stupid penalties. Love to see how many of our victories this year were with Gryba in the lineup??

          • Millennium

            Boro is better in his own end than Gryba, and it’s not even close. Regardless of who pinches better, Boro is clearly the better defenceman

          • SenaTHOR

            Most..I think Gryba only has 2 losses in the games he’s played. He has the fewest goals per 20min played. Unfortuately he isn’t fighting and the Murrays like the fighting. Boro isn’t any better defensively just has the grit.

          • Jacques

            Thats what I thought – goals are down when he plays.

        • SenaTHOR

          I think the +28 tops in the AHL was the reason.

      • Alcatraz

        Gryba is brutal, As far as I’m concerned the only reason people think he is good is because he crushed #61

      • Conor_smythe

        Gryba is better than boro???

        Its going to be hard to take you seriously from now on.

      • Tooks

        What games have you been watching … Gryba is terrible, constantly making mistakes and caught flat footed, they guy cant skate to save his life. Atleast Boro hits and fights and rarely gets caught flat footed, he just takes alot of penalties for roughing.

      • LeafsSux

        Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…… Ray Charles could see that Boro is a much better player than Gryba…

    • Jason

      I think Gryba should be sent back to the AHL, does he need to clear waivers? Even if he does I feel pretty confident he would pass through them.
      On that topic does anyone know of a website that keeps track of how many options players have left in their 2 way contracts?

      • Alcatraz

        capgeek.ca has everything you need to know about any contracts. Click on Gryba name, run him through the waiver calculator, and you will see he has a two way contract, but is not waiver exempt since he has played pro hockey for 3 seasons

    • Billy Bob

      Love that Boro is here, this guy is a heart and soul player, something we don’t have enough of. I think he’s perfect to replace the grit we might lose as Neil gets older. Don’t underestimate the value of a guy who works his ass off night in night out and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. This guy leaves it all on the ice and is improving every game, gotta love it

  • sprucesens

    hey chirp, is there any chance you can keep us up to date, and maybe even make a main post when the heritage classic GAME tickets go on sale? I am planning on going to the game in Vancouver this spring, and they aren’t saying when the tickets go on sale, and I don’t want to miss out, as its likely a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the sens outside. Even if it is in Vancouver.

    • SensChirp

      Anybody have more information on this? Seem to recall an email going out not too long ago talking about how and when you could buy tickets. Anybody know for sure?

      • Lorien

        Wish I had known, as a SSO we get “dibs” so to speak on the packages. I wasn’t going to go, due to cost, could have given my spot to someone!

      • Glen

        Season ticket holders or “Sens Insiders” got an email a couple weeks ago about tickets…they were available to purchase last Monday. Proud to say that I got 4 and am looking forward to the boys weekend in VanCity!

    • Tooks

      Well its not really outside, I mean the roof will be retracted IF it doesnt rain, which 98% of the time it does in March…

    • Ahsan

      Hey tickets are on sale already. I got my tickets already. Checkout stubhub for the tickets

      • sprucesens

        oo thanks will sick the wife on asap!

  • SensChirp

    A look at the leaked Heritage Jersey. What does everybody think?

    • Luc Wolfe

      i’d like it to be our away jersey and have the red jersey as our third.

      • Tooks

        Terrible, complete lack of creativity, they had the chance to really do something here and they just make white a version of a jersey we already have.
        Lame…

        • Luc Wolfe

          I actually hate our away jersey. Since Reebok took over the jersey rights, the creativity went down. I don’t mind this jersey at all.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Really dislike it…and I LOVE the black one…Actually have mine on right now.

    • Doc

      I’ll have to see it on a player or a fan, but I kind of like it!

    • IAmThePaulrus

      I agree with Doc really have to see it in action but i’d personally love to see it as the primary jersey (although maybe drop vintage white for full time use?) and a red alternate. Like it or not the ‘O’ logo is a huge part of the history of the Senators in Ottawa and doesn’t mean we can’t do a centurion alt later on. I’ve never been a fan of the 2.5 D primary logo we have now. would have prefered this all along or at least that profile logo used on the pants

  • Alcatraz

    11. I’ve always wondered how close Edmonton came to getting Ben Bishop, currently standing tall in Tampa Bay’s goal. The Lightning got him from the Senators for Cory Conacher and a fourth-round pick. From what I understand, the Oilers offered a second-rounder, a third-rounder and Ryan Jones. The issue? That second-rounder was Anaheim’s, which turned out to be 56th overall and Ottawa wanted Edmonton’s original spot, which was 37th. It sounds like the deal fell apart when the Albertans wouldn’t do it.

  • Sandy

    Hoping for a much needed win. But which teams shows up? The one that can beat Detroit and Boston or the one that loses to the Oilers, Canes, etc..
    There were quite a few people prior to the season starting that said the D pairing of Wiercioch/Cowen/Gryba could be an issue.. and that is what it’s turned out to be. If you look at a lot of other young D throughout the league they are paired with a more veteran player.. With the Sen,s these guys are matched together and have been struggling..

    Gryba was good last season when paired with a vet… so was Wiercioch…
    This team desperate needs a top 4 D.. but they won’t come ‘cheap’.. and Melnyk won’t spend..
    According to the Ottawa Sun.. the new TV deal could bring the Cdn teams about 17M
    to 20M a season.. that doesn’t include the local TV and radio rights. They say the Sportsnet regional contract is up the end of this season… and they expect TSN to go hard after regional broadcast rights. I guess that would be for all games not on Wed, Sat or Sun.. which are the prime rights for Sportsnet.

    TSN would be greatly welcomed…

    • RUSH RLZ

      Greatly welcomed when they put all the games on TSN-SENS and charge us an extra $5 a month or something?

      Personally I like the accessibility of SportsNet to get the game out there to all fans with at least basic cable… on the other hand, for me personally, I would be delighted to pay $5 a month if it helped the team and helped the team SPEND a bit… I don’t attend enough games really, pretty much because I just don’t want to. :P

  • Sensnation

    Chirp I don’t get why you keep pushing the Sens to sit Cowen in the press box. Though he’s struggling he still plays far better than our 7th and 8th Dmen!

    • SensChirp

      Hmm, have I said that before? Thought this was the first time. More about a wake up call than anything. He just needs to be better.

      • Sensnation

        I think he’s trying. Too many expectations for him to be a veteran this year, when he’s still learning the NHL game. I think it’s good the coach is allowing him the room to grow, it should pay off long term. If he was the only reason this team was losing and the dmen from 4-8 were any better, then I’d be all for it, but there’s no one better pushing him for icetime.

    • Alcatraz

      Its not a matter of who is playing better than whom, its about waking him up and sending him a message

      • RUSH RLZ

        Don’t try to tell Yost that. I agree though. Worked for Mika!

      • Sensnation

        He doesn’t need a message, he gets the message. He’s recovering from injuries and taking some time to get in a groove while dealing with low end unreliable and constantly changing defensive partners. If Phillips, Wiercioch, Gryba, Corvo, or Boro could handle taking over his minutes they’d already have them!

    • spezzerman

      I’m as big a supporter of Cowen there is (I even have his jersey and wear it proudly) and even I think he could use a night off. I was surprised after he and Gryba had a particularly brutal night in the first of a back to back that the team didnt switch that pairing with Wier/Corvo who had been sitting.

      Cowen is a young defenseman who is struggling big time with confidence, decision making, passing, puck handling, etc. He could benefit from a night in the press box watching from above.

    • Tooks

      Right now, Corvo is better than Cowen. Put it that way.

      • Sensnation

        Haha Tooks, can always count on you for a completely false statement. Corvo is better than Mike Lundin was, that’s about as far as I’ll go.

  • Andersonfan41

    I not happy that Murray traded our first round pick this year!
    I really don’t want Murray to touch next year first round draft
    pick it looks like it might be a very good draft in 2015!

    • Alcatraz

      Ok!!!

    • Mat

      Are you happy you have Bobby Ryan? I sure am.

    • Jacques

      Hey Anderson fan how about we trade Andy to get a first rounder back will that make you happy – u have Bobby Ryan relax.

  • laffin681021

    Anyone look into the Erat situation? Could be a good trade for both sides if we trade Michalek for Erat straight up. Thoughts?

    • Alcatraz

      Honestly it does from a financial point of view. It would save us 3.5 million this year I believe, but Erat is on books for next year whereas Michalek is not…

      • Jacques

        Yeah but he costs 2,5 million a year next year. Erat or greening at that price? At the moment they’re tied in Goals lol but I’d take Erat 7 days a week over Greening.

      • laffin681021

        That’s true, but he could produce for us. Change of scenery and proper use in a top 6 role. Who knows what he could do beside Spezza. Then again, he could request a trade like he’s done twice in the past two years.

  • my2sens

    In looking at that one statistic SC presented, 20 goals 123 shots on net, I truly hope Spezza will keep things simple going forward and shoot more. He has one hell of a shot!

    Also, hope the whole team can keep it simple. If we can get back to basics, I for one believe the team we have is good enough.

    GO SENS GO!!!!!!!!!!!! 4-1 (Ryan hatty!)

  • NickofTime

    Brutal offer indeed, Del Zotto can’t make the Rangers, why the hell would he be worth three of our players? Ottawa doesn’t need & I don’t want another small, soft over rated under performing defenceman when we already have 8 in Ottawa. Why the hell did BM sign Corvo if he isn’t playing him? IMO Del Zotto is no better than Corvo & he isn’t going to be the saviour for this team, the players have to snap out of this funk. They have to play better as a team, the forwards have to shorten their gaps all the little things need to be done & the scorers have to score or these guys aren’t going anywhere.

    • my2sens

      I agree with Corvo – why DID we pick him when he doesn’t play most nights. Would have been better to save the $$ for another day.

    • Mat

      What are you talking about?? According to you we have 8 small soft and underperforming D?? The only small D we have is Karlsson. Go tell him he’s underperforming. Go tell Cowen, Gryba and Methot that they are smal and soft. That’s the most ridiculous statement.
      And btw, if the Rangers had accepted the offer of Gryba, Condra and/or Greening for MDZ, that would have been a steal by Murray. It would have cleared roster spaces in an underperforming bottom 6, and we would have acquired a legit PMD that is only “currently” underperforming because he’s in the coaches dog house. The guy has put up numbers in the past, and certainly will again. He’s still very young and as for size, 6′ 195lbs is a very respectable size for a PMD.

      • sprucesens

        yeah, if they took all 3 of those players and we could call up a couple hard working hungry guys, we would have been in prime position. Everyone will have seen the door swinging behind those 3 and maybe want to play some hockey for once! Not saying DZ is a huge upgrade anywhere, but the move would almost be more about clearing space and money, something we have none of right now

        • sprucesens

          also, i’m hoping murray said, i’d be willing to trade one of these players: condra, greening, gryba. That’s a starting point and they said no. Maybe he ups it to 2 of them, and they start listening. who knows, maybe he originally said here, take these 3 guys

        • Tooks

          Yep its all about accountability, right now the players are not being held accountable. That creates a “lazy/ dont care” in the dressing room, they become complacent, guys see that nothing happens when you screw up or play bad for long stretches, they think or assume they are safe.

          Need to send a message that IF you dont work hard, there is someone else that is rdy to come up and take your place.

    • Tooks

      Its no longer a funk at this point, its sad to say or even admit as a fan but we simply dont have the talent on the back end & bottom 6 to compete most nights. Our offense is trying the best it can but we give up more goals than we can score.

      Its not going to change with the players we have now, Cowen, Gryba, Phillps are all at the root of the problem.

  • SensChirp

    Eugene Melnyk coming up on TSN1200

    http://www.tsn1200.ca/live/music-player/index.html

    • RUSH RLZ

      *sobs hysterically* I need to stop listening to his dogshit.

      • SensChirp

        Ha. No kidding. That was incredibly depressing.

        • Tooks

          Quick recap? missed it…

          • mr.slapshot

            The only way I’m letting go of this team is if you pry it from my cold dead hands. And I’m not spending any money.

          • SensChirp

            That’s what I heard too.

          • RUSH RLZ

            If brevity really is wit, you are a lot witter than I! That pretty much sums it up.

          • RUSH RLZ

            Blah blah attendance… blah blah “fickle market”…. fans will come fill seats when the team…. *stammers for a minute trying not to say is competitive*… when the team has errrr… character… *stammer* identity? Get’s asked if Murray came to him wanting to spend more money to improve the team if he would be on board. Yes he would if it was SMART see? Smart is like investing in development… yadda yadda. What does he think of the Forbes valuation? It doesn’t matter… he could never replace the team, only his *estate* would be interested in that… he wants to own it until he dies…

            *projectile expungement*

        • FBP

          On the plus side we dont need to worry about empty seats. He wont sell no matter what!

    • Kohlmanator
      • LeafsSux

        I turned it off at the 8:55 mark… Geesh

  • Cronie

    good god; I like to dabble to in politics as my life always brings back to that forum and I must say if there’s one thing Melnyk should have learned by now is that the public is fickle; having said that, while they may be fickle sometimes they can just as easily be swayed by something as simple as a change; even just a minute one and not just a monumental one. If he thinks the seats are empty now…

    I wish Murray wasn’t handcuffed financially so he could actually make a move or two; but the fact is Melnyk has given him his marching orders and we the fans have to accept it. While it’s frustrating that the players (all handsomely compensated I might add) cannot find it in themselves to be consistent like that Never-say-die-team we ALL loved watching last season thus making some of this seasons games very difficult to watch. I know they can gel and hopefully pull out of it; but Melnyk needs to wake up. Murray made a few errors (risks associated with the business) like taking a shot on Greening and Conacher, to name a few. For him to fix those moves or at least TRY To fix them, he needs a bit more wiggle room. So I implore you Eugene… Loosen those purse strings a bit will ya… cuz as it stands now, this glaringly inconsistent play will certainly not bring this team to the post season; and thus will NOT bring Melnyk some extra $$…

  • karlssens

    I blame melnyks wife lol. She should have put up with him so the city of Ottawa didn’t have to.

  • RUSH RLZ

    To top it off, the f**king game is on TSN2 tonight? Must I really subscribe to some dipship package for $10/month only to cancel it tomorrow because it is the only game aired on there between now and the end of the season?

    And people hope TSN nail the Sens regional rights somehow…

    • LeafsSux

      OK im from the States and live on a road with no cable. I have had satellite service for many years. I have both the NHL and NFL package which I can watch every Sens game. Can you not get satellite service in Canada?

      • Luc Wolfe

        what’s a satellite?

      • LeafsSux

        Why would someone vote this down? I live in NY and have been going to Sens games since 93… Must of been a Leafs fan lol

  • luckan20

    Since Ottawa games are on City, only the folks in Ottawa will get to see or the whole nation with City will show it. I still think being in TO I have to get the NHL center ice. Can some one confirm me whether the televise will be on city nationwide or not ???? This will save me by cancelling the Center Ice package next season.

  • SensFanInMTL

    The day I log onto SensChirp and read:

    “Sens recall Hoffman, Pageau; Condra & Greening to the pressbox” will be the best Christmas present any fan can receive.

    • Jacques

      I agree dude, but when???

  • Luc Wolfe

    American broadcast sounds different. Sounds like a bad junior game

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I hate how TS2 isn’t hd. This broadcast looks like doodoo.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Wow a successful penalty kill

    • Luc Wolfe

      Aww f***!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    What a successful turnover.

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is not Fehr.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Fucking greening

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      that was all corvo.

  • WaitingSince92

    Looks like “Uh oh” is earning his nickname back

    please god, no

  • SensFanInMTL

    Greening – Zibanejad – Ryan on a line. Temporarily I would assume (and hope).

  • luckan20

    We had a sound PK. In fact, our PK kill looked better than the 5 on 5 play in our zone. I thought Cowen scored own goal. Weak play by Corvo ended up in the net.

  • Jacques

    Greening open net can’t score. Can Spezza hold the
    Puck a little on the Powerplay?? It’s like its a grenade about to go off.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    BOBBY.

    • SensFanInMTL

      There’s like a 15 second delay. Yeahhh, Bobby!

  • Jacques

    I like that 1st line on the pp.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Bobby Ryan is too good for our team man. We are spoiled to have him. He’s so good.

    • IAmThePaulrus

      don’t say he’s too good in case he reads the comment section!

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I’m not gonna lie because of the way we started this season I kinda feel bad he’s on a losing team. He’s too friggin good. Hopefully we can turn it around bigtime and show him we’re good enough for him to stay longterm.

  • Jacques

    Zack the brain of a hamster.

  • aegiszx

    That moment when you get blasted by ERIK KARLSSON lol @ Ovi, that was unexpected

  • RUSH RLZ

    Broke down and decided to try hockeystreams for a month, gotta admit, pretty frigging impressive selection and quality!

    • sprucesens

      i’m not a fan, currently its my only way to watch. i’ve had nothing but problems, where it cuts out every 10 mins or so, and won’t stop hiccuping until i refresh browser.

      • RUSH RLZ

        Mine worked flawlessly all nice, hopping from game-to-game too. Picture quality was amazing on the 65 inch too! The browser I used was Chrome or FireFox, can’t recall exactly.

  • Jacques

    Andy u can freeze the puck man?

  • LeafsSux

    You can only laugh… WTF!!

  • Colin

    So, the fucking game plan is to take penalties against the Caps? Jeezus!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Also, we need to trade Anderson for some assets.

    • SensFanInMTL

      The more we lose with him, teams will be scared to even take a poke at him at this rate, bud.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Ok, this doesn’t look good, at all.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        The release the Lehner!! And for goodness sakes, keep him released.

  • RUSH RLZ

    Ffs Philips and Anderson….

  • SensFanInMTL

    At what point does everyone think Anderson is no longer our # 1/ should be traded goalie?

    • IAmThePaulrus

      the guys @ least seem to try a bit harder most nights with the lehner in net

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      2 weeks ago.

    • Sensnation

      His high point in trade value would have been last year, it’s long overdue this year, especially since Lehner’s been ready. Would need a viable backup coming our way back in the deal though.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    andy sucks.

  • LeafsSux

    Good night Andy!!

  • Sensnation

    Remember back when Anderson had value in the trade market … ya those were the times!

  • RUSH RLZ

    Like I said… DOOMSDAY. :(

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is getting out of hand and very quick.

  • Colin

    Not Andy’s fault. They cannot leave the Caps wide open in front of the net.

  • Jacques

    I don’t like Andy’s body language. Surprise surprise the Spezza line for another GA.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Christ sake…. Put Lehner in

    • Aaron 2.0

      My guess is we see Lehner tomorrow night. We never get a big save from Anderson to keep us in anything this season. But, only the one goal is really on him (where he didn’t freeze the puck).

  • aegiszx

    Did anyone honestly think that we were going to limit the high-flying Caps to less than 2 goals?

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    How does Anderson go from so good to horrible

    • LeafsSux

      When our defense stopped showing up!

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Did you watch last year? Our def was nothing special

        • LeafsSux

          Was better than this year! Look at the stats!

  • Shibal

    If Smith took a penalty like that on another team, he would get his ass benched. Unfortunately Paul Maclean will continue using this dud today, despite only having like 5 points this season.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Can we get get rid of melnyk ffs. Hes the biggest issue of the organization

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Post of the year.

      • Luc Wolfe

        I got more on the way

  • luckan20

    Leave the damn! Christ sake elsewhere. This team defensive sucks royally. If Christ or his father Joseph or mother Mary come can’t help these clowns.

    First of all what Smith thinking with his hook
    Second, Spezza let Laich pass him to score
    Andy is done for the year.

    Bad thing is we don’t have a top pick

  • Kinger

    well looks like this team will be golfing come Christmas… hell!!! they are already on the links!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Do not release Lehner! Why should he have to pay for Anderson?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Chris Neil get’s a penalty for hitting?

    • Colin

      Bullshit call. Not too high. Player had the puck. These fucking homers make Dean and Gord look fantastic.

    • Luc Wolfe

      Remember we are playing in DC

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      It was a beautiful hit. I don’t get it.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Good thing Strachan initiated the fight. Would a been a penalty otherwise.

    • aegiszx

      Bettman’s NHL, where pushing will get you a 5 minute major lol

    • Tooks

      88 never touched the puck, watch the replay if you can, he goes for the puck but the Sens player whacks it over his stick. Its the right call. Still the puck is there but he never actually touches it.

  • Kielbasa

    The Sens are just brutal. The majority on the ice right now look like turkeys with their heads cut off. It’s time for management do cut loose the defensive coach.

    Anderson hasn’t even played average thus season. He is not our number 1 goaltender. Bench him. He hasn’t been reliable this season.

    And enough with giving Corvo ice time. He’s useless.

    Melnyk…let Murray do his job or cut your ties and sell to an owner that will.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not smart from Conacher. These players just aren’t in the game mentally.

  • Colin

    Someone please tell these refs that no one paid to see them tonight!!!

  • Luc Wolfe

    Conacher is a douche now

    • Sensnation

      IMO Conacher is pretty much stealing ice time from Zibanejad or Pageau

    • aegiszx

      His role is to be a pest… no different than Gallagher or Marchand… only he’s a pest that doesnt score…

    • luckan20

      It was a bloody dive. Both should have been sent to the box. We would have had a PP. The refereeing has been terrible.

      This team can’t skate. We look slow.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Mike Hoffman can skate though.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Still lots of hockey to be played fellas. I have faith. Anything can happen, and let’s hope it does. If Andy can settle down a bit and the Sens build some more offensive momentum, we’ll be fine. Question, is Clarke playing?

  • Luc Wolfe

    Its like ea sports hockey but real

  • SensFanInMTL

    As fans, it would feel so much better if Anderson had asked for a trade request.

  • sprucesens

    we should trade turris and ryan and macarthur, because they don’t deserve to be on this shit team, after being the only 3 players to give a damn this season.

  • Tom P

    Keeping it a little positive here, Weircioch looked good that period actually, made some smart plays also Zibby and Spezza had some flashes of chemistry which is good to see.
    All these team needs is a top 4 d-man, just a change/ wake up call.. this team has the talent to succeed and need to regain their no quit, simple game that we saw all last year
    Lots of game left people !

  • Luc Wolfe

    Pesky here we come

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      That’s the attitude!

    • Tooks

      Goodnight here we come…

  • Tooks

    Where was Phillips going on the PK?? taking a stroll? fyck you dont follow the player up the boards and leave Methot all alone with 2 guys in front…Still Andy was WAY too agressive on that, got burned. The 3rd goal was a backhand flopper, come on Andy…doesnt help that Methot was BEHIND the net glued to his man WTF, what are you doing BEHIND the net, the player poses no threat at all. Spezza was the ONLY player infront of our net…where was the other D??

    And thats why D dont chase into the corners, where is that idiot who was arguing with me about that, lol.

    • SensFanInMTL

      J’ai pas d’argument avec toi mec!

      • Tooks

        Ca la pas de sense man, les gars joue comme la marde!

        • SensFanInMTL

          Shit I knew peeps in Nation’s capital spoke French. Didn’t know you did. Unless you dictionary.com’d the translation?

    • luckan20

      You don’t basically understand the game or never must have played competitive sports. First off, I have noticed you hate Phillips, but wait to realize Methot and Cowen has screwed our chances this season than Phillips. Or not forgetting Karlson too.

      • Tooks

        What? Hooked on phonics?

        • luckan20

          With your mother.

          • SensFanInMTL

            Sacrament. You’re letting him crawl into your skin man. Let’s just all watch this game in utter disappointment.

          • luckan20

            No bud. This is a forum people have so many hatred views about players. I know it is a sensitive sports, but people need to dissect the play before crapping out on Phillips or any player for that matter.

          • SensFanInMTL

            Yes but if not him, there’ll be someone similar to him, during a game live at Canadian Tire Centre. It is what it is bud. I’ve learn to accept our fanbase as happy one moment, off the walls in anger in another. C’est ce que c’est.

  • Floridasensfan

    Not the start we wanted thats for sure.
    It could be bad enough for them to come out pissed off and on a mission.

  • SENSible

    If we are not going to get any defencemen then at least bring up Luke Richardson to work with these guys, absolutely zero defence out there so far.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Yeah but then who coaches Bingo’s kids?

  • luckan20

    Simple break down in our end. Like said way early in my blog that our end game was much better during the 1st kill. The 2nd PK was a complete error by Andy. What was he doing with the puck passing behind Phillips. Our forwards can’t back check. Finally, poor goal tending too.

  • karlssens

    Phillips is so hard to watch.. Ughhh

    • Kielbasa

      …and the rest of the train wreck as well.

    • Colin

      ha!

  • karlssens

    Cowen showing no signs of improving.

  • Greg

    WTF is with these announcers (just tuned in)

    • SensFanInMTL

      Welcome to TSN’s feed courtesy of Comcast Sports Net, where announcers sound like dumb chodes.

      • Greg

        Brutal. The one guy sounds like Chris Farley from Da Bears SNL skit

  • karlssens

    I would be SO pumped about this rebuild if we had a first this year..gunna have to pick up a first somehow.

  • Greg

    WE WIN!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Excellent start to the second period.

    Big Rig scores. What does that mean? ;)

  • Luc Wolfe

    Phillips why couldn’t you shoot like that since 97?

  • Tooks

    Thats why CP4 is on the PP!!! LOL

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Better play from the boys so far.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Another pp….

  • karlssens

    What happened to mike green..

  • SensFanInMTL

    What the hell feed are you guys watching? I just got the Phillips goal NOW.

    • Colin

      Greening just put one in. ‘Bout friggin time these guys did something positive.

  • Greg

    Greening?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    GREEN MONSTER. WELL DONE BOYS.

    And boy do these announcers suck! Can’t even tell when the guys in white score.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Amazing! I’ll get this goal in about 3 minutes from my feed.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Nice snipe from Greening.

  • Greg

    The flood gates.. they open.

  • karlssens

    Great game for greening so far

  • Luc Wolfe

    What the hell is happening

    • Colin

      Pesky?

  • karlssens

    Trade greening now haha!

    • Jacques

      Haha

  • 65kwhissell19

    greening scored boys Anderson made a timly save in the second. were gunning for Phillips record when he scores. looks like we got some peskiness in our game. what was said in that lockerroom

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are spending a lot less time in the d-zone. Entries have been clean and the guys are skating hard. Good hockey.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Not smart again from Conacher.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Karl is dominating. When he does, good things happen.

  • SensFanInMTL

    If we could string together some back to back to back and probably to back wins, we can really make a good push for the future. Doesn’t mean I don’t think we should still make changes.

    • IAmThePaulrus

      I agree i’d have to see a WHOLE lot of pesky to feel we can stand pat with that group on D and our current bottom 6

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Absolute terrific play from the Sens.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Yup that was a great hustle. Fuckin nice to see this. They should remember this rush for the rest of the year, and execute this every game.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    This is honestly what I expected to see a lot more of this season.

    I don’t want to be too optimistic but hopefully somethhing has snapped this period and we will see a few games strung together at this pace

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Really hoping, but let’s just win this one.

    • SensChirp

      Completely different team in this period.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        This looks like a team that could/would compete for tops in the East.

        If this holds to the season though we will come out tomorrow and lose 6-0

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Man these guys are playing hard. Look at the way they’re skating.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen has only played 8:36.

    Mac finally gets it.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Curtis Lazar and the WHL are playing on Sportsnet.

    15G’s in 20 games for the Oil Kings.

    • SensFanInMTL

      I am following him like a hawk. Stat-wise, anyhow.

    • SensFanInMTL

      He is also sporting the C on his jersey! I also noticed Shinkaruk & Reinhart.

    • 65kwhissell19

      ya heard he is killing it down there. there saying he a fisher,brown type off player that’s a a+ in my books

  • Sensnation

    Pesky time!!! GO SENS GO!!!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Wouldn’t mind orlov

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The boys are moving their feet. PP time!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    PP time let’s cash in!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    MIKA.

  • SensFanInMTL

    That’s the way she goes! FTW!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    GOSHDARNIT DO THESE ANNOUNCER BLOW. WHY DO THEY WHISPER EVERYTIME WE SCORE?

  • aegiszx

    Now DONT LET UP AND SIT BACK. KEEP EM COMING BOYS!!

  • Heisenberg

    man 3 pp goals the sky is falling LOL !

  • Millennium

    What the hell team is this, and where have they been all season??

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Anyone have a decent stream? I can’t get any of these games on TV lately. I see it’s on TSN 2, but I’m not paying for that station with my package. And I don’t have the Sportsnet Sens channel, if it’s on. Why isn’t this on the regular Sportsnet? P me off!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    “Time to tie this baby up, as the Sens PK has been not so good.”

    Those CSN announcers are not just the biggest homers south of the border, but the plus grosse sac de poubelle a marde to ever be heard on any channel tonight!

    • Luc Wolfe

      Ils sont plus pire que rds

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Karlsson is doing EVERYTHING tonight. Breaking up plays, playing the pk, the pp, putting up points, leading rushes, blocked shots… This is what we’re used to.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika’s a good look on this PP.

    Mac finally gets it.

    • Shibal

      Yah Mika is playing like a triggerman on that line; getting open on the ice for high quality chances.

  • Jacques

    Bingo won 5-1 Prince 3 point night.

  • Tooks

    Holy shit come on we need a win!

    • SensFanInMTL

      Look what you did.

  • Shibal

    Second stupid penalty Smith took today that led to a goal!

  • Tooks

    Dumb penalty by Smith and he knew it too…damn it!

  • Colin

    I believe that the Smith penalty was a foregone conclusion. The refs were looking for anything. Their “management” of tonight’s game has been simply atrocious.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Dang

  • Colin

    Snipe!!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    HOLY FUCK ZACK SMITH.

  • SensFanInMTL

    HOLY SHIT Smitty!!!

  • aegiszx

    WOOWWW STONE HANDS SCORES!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    MY GOODNESS WHAT A PLAY. HE WANTED THAT PENALTY BACK. WOW SMITHY.

  • Colin

    Caps D looked worse than the Sens D on that goal

    • Tooks

      Yeah they have been pretty bad all season, Caps very similar to OTT, very inconsistant. But they have Ovie haha.

  • Tooks

    HAHA thats how you redeem yourself!

  • Heisenberg

    and smitty makes up for his bad penalty , fcking beuty

    • SensFanInMTL

      He paid his dues, bitch!

      • Heisenberg

        ofcourse, bitch !

        • SensFanInMTL

          Bitch, bitch!

  • Tooks

    EMPTY NET!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    BOBBY.

  • Sensnation

    Woohoo!!! GO SENS GO!!! GREAT WIN!!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is how we do it.

  • Tooks

    Ryan will hit 50 boys!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Jared Cowen only played 12:21.

    Paul Maclean is learning how to be a head coach.

    • Tooks

      Fuck its about time, he was a complete wreck in his own end last night. Time in the Luxury box is def needed.

  • Colin

    Shitty first period and then they drank whatever PMac gave them. 2nd & 3rd were very good. Well earned victory!

  • aegiszx

    Thank goodness, a WIN! Complete team effort tonight. Holy!

  • LeafsSux

    What a friggin game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • karlssens

    Excellent game from them today, very impressed.

  • Floridasensfan

    nice to see them come back and take the win

  • Luc Wolfe

    25 games in still not a full 60 mins of play

  • 65kwhissell19

    good game. Anderson needs to get better if we gonna go to the playoffs

  • Luc Wolfe

    A must win situation tomorrow for ottawa

  • factoids that make me go hmmmm

    Ottawa leads the League in minor penalties.

    King Karl is second in the league in minutes played

    • Colin

      These are easily fixed. Stay out of the fscking box and give KK more minutes!!!

  • MikeS

    Well sad i missed the game cause I was out. Great result though :)

  • factoids that make me go hmmmm

    Jim O’brien got 2 assists for Binghamton tonight.

    THE COMEBACK KID !!!!?????

  • hq8

    finally……i think the #pesky is back. http://youtu.be/rVqkAosWvKk (ignore alfie…) lol.

  • Aaron 2.0

    I watched the complete 1st period, which obviously don’t have to say how that was for the good guys. But, I actually missed most of the 2nd and 3rd (caught dealing with family things). Anyone willing to give me a brief synopsis of the 2nd and 3rd. What changed? Better defense? Improved puck possession? Timely saves? Was porous goal-tending a factor for Holtby. Genuinely interested in hearing a few thoughts on this one!

    • T K

      Perseverance, effort and more effort. Solid work ethic gradually paid off and confidence grew with every shift. Then Smith gave the Caps a PP but came out of the box with fire and restored the lead.

      • T K

        BTW, I PVR all the games even the ones I attend live or watch live. This way, if anything happens, I can always catch what I missed. Also, I tend to watch most week night games with an hour or two of delay so that I am free to deal with family issues earlier in the evening. (And I’m a night owl anyway)

        • Aaron 2.0

          Thanks the reviews Tooks & TK. It sounds like the team cleaned up their play while also taking advantage of Washington’s own defense issues. PVR is a great for exactly these reasons. I’m actually a “cut the cable” person, so I watch games through NHL GameCenter. I love the service, but I don’t really have the PRV option. Cheers!

      • Tooks

        We had tons of PP chances to get us abck into the game. Holtby and the Caps D made ours looks good!! LOL

  • Mat

    Great effort addressing the mistakes of the first period. Hell of an effort tonight. And how about those BSens?!? Wow!! They are rollin’!

  • 57gord

    Guess this means we lose tomorrow?

    • Tooks

      Probably, Vancouver is no Washington…I think.

  • T K

    Nice win tonight. Good to see Andy’s play improve as the game progressed. Maybe he’s turning a corner. Zib seems to be working out well on Jason’s wing. Greening needs to fight more, seemed to invigorate him.

    Those Caps commentators were hilariously awkward. Colour guy must have had a thesaurus on his lap because he always used synonyms instead of the commonly used simple name for things like puck, arena, etc. Bring on Dean!

  • Guest

    Happy Thanksgiving from states side! See you guys on Dec 7th for my first of 3 games CTC! Go Sens Go!!

  • LeafsSux

    Happy Thanksgiving from States side! See you guys on Dec 7th when I make my first of three visits to CTC… Go Sens Go!!

  • Tooks

    Well a win is a win, we’ll take it we need it. But Andy played like shit again, we cant be happy with the way he played? Our offense and PP won us that game. Our D was still below avg and creating chances for the Caps.

    Smitty is becoming a solid 3/4 C, guy takes a dumb penalty and comes back to score the game winner the very next shift. atta boy!

    • boom

      Yeah, I’ll echo your ” a win is a win” sentiment, and I know that he scored a goal on the PP last night, but as long as the coach makes decisions like playing Phillips on the powerplay (1st unit), I have zero faith in him, or this team.
      I know you will all criticise me as being too negative after a win, but does anyone out there actually think MacLean is pushing the right buttons this season?
      To me, he looks an awful lot like Cory Clouston, in his decision-making.

    • Jacques

      Smitty is a 4th line center. 3rd line center and we’re in Deep SHIT!

      • Jacques

        Holtby should have stopped that went right through him. Happy about the win though.