Game Day- Playoff Push Continues at CTC

SensChirp January 30, 2014 301
Game Day- Playoff Push Continues at CTC

After a stretch of four straight on the road, where they managed to grab five of a possible eight points, the Ottawa Senators return home with a chance to move into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

A win over Tampa Bay combined with a Washington win over Columbus, would mean the Sens jump up into the second wild card spot. A whole lot can and will change over the next two and a half months but it would obviously be a significant milestone for a team that has scratched and clawed their way back into contention.

But as we learned last week, it certainly won’t be easy against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bolts were riding a three game winning streak before falling 3-2 at the hands of the Leafs on Tuesday night. Former Senators Ben Bishop has been the driving force behind this Tampa Bay team all season and his play has talk of both Vezina and even Hart Trophy nominations. He’ll be playing his first game in Ottawa since the deadline deal that sent him to Tampa in exchange for forward Cory Conacher and a fourth round pick (Tobias Lindberg).

Chris Phillips will sit out a second straight game on the Ottawa blueline. He continues to be bothered by a minor injury of some kind. No changes to the forwards combinations either. Here is how Paul MacLean has them lined up at the morning skate.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Craig Anderson gets the start for the Senators. Ben Bishop is the goaltender of choice for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM.

The Daily Chirp- It feels like only a matter of time before Senators GM Bryan Murray ships out one of the eight defenceman currently on the roster. With Fredrik Claesson pushing for a call up and Mark Borowiecki on a one way deal in 2014/2015, the team will need to make some space. They tried to move Joe Corvo earlier this season but there wasn’t a whole lot of interest. Eric Gryba, Patrick Wiercioch and Chris Phillips are all trade candidates although in the case of Phillips, I think the preference is to sign him to an extension. Both Gryba and Wiercioch have looked decent when given the opportunity to play.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    I really hope that Phillips gets traded. The D we are icing at the moment is optimal and fast. The transition game is greatly improved when all the guys have confidence with the puck.

    Put Corvo on waivers. A team will claim him.. I mean if we aren’t playing him why keep him?

    • Sensnation

      It’s called insurance. Injuries do happen!

  • Hax

    Add in Wideman, Wikstrand and Sdao as other depth guys on our blueline. None of those three are pushing for a call up but we’ve got lots of options when you look ahead to next season.

  • Tcharger

    It is REALLY unfortunate, but I hope Philips isn’t resigned(not necessarily traded either) unless he is willing to be the scratched player roughly 70% of the time. Which at this point in his career he may be willing to do, but that being said, he isn’t THAT bad that he couldn’t find an at least slightly more significant role on another team.

    Tough choice with him…I wonder if he would even want to play elsewhere if he wasn’t extended, I mean he has a fairly successful business here that you would assume means he intends to stay here post hockey career(although I am purely speculating, I highly doubt he has an active role in the day to day management of the business so no reason it couldn’t be done from elsewhere, or from another location)

    • Cicero

      My sentiments exactly. I didn’t know he had a business, but even still it would be good if the Sens could find him a role in the organization (management, coaching, scouting), if it was something he’d enjoy doing.

      • Tcharger

        Big Rig (Restaurant/Brewery/Bar kind of behind Ikea), decent food, decent beers. Don’t go expecting 5* dining and you should enjoy it(I loved their pizza prior to going gluten free)

        • FistsofNeil25

          I’ve asked the managers there to look into a gluten free pizza dough. I’ve been a glutard for about 5 years now lol

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I’ve got a real love hate for having gone gluten-free… It’s great that regularly I feel a million times better…. But that occasional time I assume something is fine, or just get careless…. Oh my god do I wish my body still had some tolerance

          • FistsofNeil25

            How long have you been gluten free? I was diagnosed with celiac a few years ago when I was 19, and I had a pretty difficult time following the diet. Any time I went out to a bar all I wanted to drink was beer, and that led to obvious post-bar foods like MacDonalds lol it’s not worth it to cheat on the diet though man. Once you get used to it, it’s not so bad.

            The thing I miss the most is probably Kraft Dinner haha

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Been about a year or so now.. Have always had stomach issues, Dr’s thought it was Essentially the gammit…. Nothing ever fixed it, stopped eating gluten (most affected by wheat…barley is for the most part ok) and almost instantly it stopped.

            I had a kd clone actually yesterday that satisfied the craving, think it was made by Annies

  • FistsofNeil25

    I will actually be pretty disappointed if we re-sign Phillips. From what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s currently anything that Phillips can do which can’t be replaced by Borowiecki, who’s already on a cheap one-way contracts for next season.

    Extending Phillips will only take a roster spot away from a younger, cheaper and potentially better player. If we can move on from Alfie we can surely move on from Phillips. Out with the old, in with the new!

    • The Apostle

      I’ve been advocating Phillips moving on for about three years but he does provided roughly 1000 games more experience than Borowiecki.

      I’m not suggesting that’s why we should keep him, but I don’t think it necessarily hurts us to have a really experienced, respected guy showing a whole bunch of youngsters how to be a professional.

      It’s not just on ice stuff, but how to conduct yourself in the day to day activities of being an NHL player, even being someone who can listen and advise.

      As I’ve said I’m no huge fan of his by any means but if he’s willing to take on that 7th blueliner role and he doesn’t want an outrageous dollar amount, I think we could do a lot worse.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Meh I don’t know. I imagine guys like Borowiecki and Claesson have learned quite a bit about being a solid pro from Luke Richardson. He’s already shown to be a solid mentor for Gryba, Wiercioch and Ceci. You would also have to think that there are 20+ other guys on the team that could take the young players on the team under their wing and show them how to be a good NHLer.

        • Hax

          It’s not like Phillips is the only guy that’s played a few games in the NHL, but mentoring a younger player is not a one hour seminar. It takes years of leading by example.

          I’m not saying we can’t afford to lose Phillips, but I would much rather have him as our 6/7 guy than just outright replace him with a player who’s got 1000 less games played.

          Now if we bring in a top 4 guy who’s played 400 games or so then that’s different.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Well I would hope that if we intend on taking a shot at the cup next year that we do add another top 4 d. It’s been pretty obvious that our current group of defenceman isn’t quite good enough. That doesn’t change with or without Phillips.

            It’s easy to say that we should re-sign him as a 6/7 defenceman but what makes you think that he would accept such a role? Especially as a #7 guy? It would likely be the same situation that we’re in now. He also wouldn’t appreciate the organization taking that ‘A’ off his chest which would have to be the case if he’s going to be the 7th guy.

            What kind of contract do you guys expect Phillips to be seeking? I’m guessing he’s probably looking for a 2 year extension at 2-2.5 million per year at least and that’s too much to pay a 6/7 dman, especially for a team with an internal budget.

            I just don’t think it makes any sense to bring him back. He’s one of the biggest liabilities on the roster right now. Bringing him back doesn’t fix that.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I suspect if he tests free agency he gets that easily… I also have a feeling on a different team he could fit for a bigger role… His style just isn’t overly compatible with our system

          • Hax

            Never said he would accept it. I’m saying that’s what I’d offer him. I agree it gets sticky with the A but depending on how often he’s 6 instead of 7 maybe it’s a moot point. I would argue that he’d be fine at #6 if that also means his minutes are down a bit and he’s not needed on the power play etc.

          • The Apostle

            I did say Phillips would have to accept a limited role for me to be Ok with him coming back. And I agree completely with your comment about Richardson, I think he’s proving invaluable down in Bingo.

            If Phillips expects to be a top 4 player, or expects anything more than 1 year or 2 million(ish) then I agree we should say thanks but no thanks.

            My guess is that Murray and he chat at the end of the season and the agreement is that Phillips can go and investigate what other teams are willing to give him and then Murray decided whether nto match or shake hands – similar to the situation with Neil three or so years ago.

      • Zelle

        Or how to be respectful when scoring an OT game winning goal. (See Subban v Ceci reaction.)

    • my2sens

      I am agreeing that I don’t want Phillips re-signed, however I would think it a mistake to trade him. I would rather him on the bench teaching the young guys going forth…

      • FistsofNeil25

        I don’t think we should trade him either. I believe that there are some teams out there that would love to add a veteran D likes Phillips to their roster for the playoffs, but I doubt that we could get a return for him that would make it worth trading the guy.

        I just don’t think he should be resigned under any circumstances. Like I said, if we can move on from Alfie, we can move on from Phillips. At least Alfie is still a really good hockey player.

        • SENSsmile

          If Murray hangs on until trade deadline, end of Feb., he might be able to fetch a 2nd round pick for Phillips. Anything less than that, then I would hope that Murray would want to keep him for the rest of the year. The plan, I would hope, would be for MacLean to play him sporadically — i.e. give him a lot of “minor injury and maintenance” days.

    • runningbear1974

      Just being old doesn’t make you a good leader… Has Philips gotten better as he got older? why not?
      Alfie was a good leader because of his work ethic… He got better has he got older…
      Has no one played with old guys before? They are not all smart, and lots of them have bad advice..

      • Sensnation

        Were you around when Phillips was drafted? Phillips improved a hell of a lot over his career! And your leadership comment is just plain wrong, and has little to do with a hockey locker room and the guys BM picked to be the veterans during the rebuild. They didn’t pick some low level grandpa here, they picked career Senators who have proven themselves over more than a decade!

    • Sensnation

      Phillips brings leadership and a calm locker room presence on D. It’s at least the 1 quality a Boro type can’t bring. I’m fine if the org decides to move on from Phillips, but at some point it would be really nice to have a career Senator. With Alfie falling short and everyone demanding Spezza’s head, hard to see when that may ever happen if it’s not Phillips.

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  • Millennium

    Even with Corvo gone, moving 1 more D will leave us with 7, since Boro is coming up regardless. So does Mac continue benching a D man for long stretches of next season, or do we ship out two after Corvo? I can understand carrying a spare forward, but a 7th D has never made much sense to me.

    Imagine if Corvo is gone, Phillips retired (unlikely), and we traded one of Gryba/Wiercioch (maybe with Greening for a better 3rd line winger?). We’d still have:

    Cowen-Karlsson
    Methot – Gryba/Wiercioch
    Ceci – Boro

    and that’s before considering Claesson.

    • my2sens

      I think we have a strong D that we can utilize a few names in a trade for some solid forwards to play with Spezza and Ryan, plus some picks for down the road.

      • FistsofNeil25

        I don’t think we have a strong d at all. I think we have Karlsson and a bunch of young guys who are still refining their game and have a lot to learn (Cowen, Gryba, Wiercioch, Ceci) and a couple of vets who have struggled with consistency (Methot and Phillips).

        We have the potential for a strong defense, but it’s no where close to strong enough at the moment.

        • Bazza

          Agree that we have potential, not currently good D. They need a year or two to be able to judge true potential. I do think that Claesson needs to get a look next year, but I don’t think Boro (who has regressed) should be given a serious look based on his performance.

          • SenaTHOR

            If Boro makes the team it is because of grit and truculance and to take some fighting pressure off of Neil.

    • Alcatraz

      Would Phoenix entertain a Weircioch+Cowen+Greening for Yandle+2nd?

      • Sandy

        Cowen & Greening have been constantly trashed on this site as being no good. So you want those 2 players plus another inexperienced D traded for a very good defenseman… It doesn’t work that way..

    • The Apostle

      Borowiecki isn’t necessarily going to be in the NHL next year. He’s on a one way deal but he’s still exempt from waivers so we can move him up and down should we choose.

      • spezzerman

        you sure about that?

        • Hax

          Go to Capgeek and check. Seems right to me.

          • spezzerman

            its confusing but I gathered from CapGeek that he has 39 games or one year left as waiver exempt.

            I knew he was getting paid NHL salary in the AHL but I thought that just meant a one way deal but apparently it doesnt necessarily have to be.

          • Hax

            “One-Way” typically refers to the pay. A two-way deal has two salaries attached, one if they’re in the NHL, one in the AHL. It’s not “way” as in being sent up or down.

    • peetypuck

      Remember, we haven’t had many injuries this year. Last year EK and Cowen were out for most of the season. We needed a minimum of 8 d-men counting them.

  • Cicero

    I actually had a dream last night that we traded Wiercioch, Lazar, and a pick for Tavares! :O In my dream, I was trying to log on here to comment on the trade, but I kept typing my user name wrong.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I am going to the game tonight! Hoping for a big game from Bobby, it is only a matter of time for when he breaks out. Big 2 points on the line! GO SENS GO

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Scrivens made 59 saves last night for a shutout and to add to that it was against the Sharks!

  • Hax

    Right hand shots: Karlsson, Ceci, Gryba, Rutkowski
    Left hand shots: Cowen, Methot, Wiercioch, Phillips, Borowiecki, Claesson, Wikstrand, Sdao

    I know righties are harder to come by but if you guys want to toss out trade ideas I think we should be targeting a right-handed shot for the second pairing. Not that we can’t potentially upgrade on the left side as well I guess.

    Cowen-Karlsson
    Methot-RHS
    Wiercioch-Ceci

    • Dirtysweet

      Zack Bogosian, Byfuglin? :)

    • The Apostle

      Forgive my ignorance, but being a transplanted Brit, I have never played hockey (and I’m sure there are those that will say that’s obvious from some of my comments.) However I have played cricket and field hockey.

      Would a right handed individual normally be a right handed shot? Because if that’s the case why are right handed shots so uncommon as the majority of people are right-handed and I would assume that therefore, even though statistically a higher% of successful sportsmen are left handed when compared to the general population, most hockey players would be right handed.

      • Dirk-Diggler

        Honestly it’s completely random for right or left handed shots…

      • CUP 2014-15

        Being right handed has nothing to do with shooting right handed in Hockey, don’t know why it works that way but it might be a Canadian thing. there was an old baseball trivia question back a number of years ago where every Canadian who has ever played baseball hit left even though over 90% of them were right handed. This was in comparison to Hispanic and American players where the stats were reversed. Strange…and just to add to the mystery was that the best Canadian golfer in the world was Weir and you guessed it a lefty who is right handed…go figure. I am sure this is now clear as mud.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Just to muddy the waters even more, a good friend of mine golfs left and putts right.
          I am right handed. I golf right, play hockey right, swing right in baseball and play pool left. I don’t see playing pool as left as I hold the cue the same way as a bat, stick or club. Right hand “lower”.
          When I first picked up a guitar, my natural position seemed to be lefty. Think about it though, right hand lower again. However, I stuck with playing right-handed as it would be easier to play almost any guitar in the future as lefties are rather rare. Worked out okay I guess.

          • CUP 2014-15

            LOL, funny you mentioned pool. I also shoot, hit swing right but play pool left, that might be due to the fact I only shoot pool when I am drinking….a lot.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Good point! LOL!

          • sprucesens

            …..also, the senators play hockey tonight!

        • Mat

          Maybe Malcom Gladwell can include these stats in his next novel to explain why Russian players ultimately do leave for the KHL…

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am sorry, I don’t know the reference. I will take a look at Malcom Gladwell. I love stats and weird numbers but they have their place and don’t tell the whole story. I wish I could remember where I found it. I believe it was in SI. Headline was something along the lines of “Canadians not in their right mind “. Thanks for the reference.

        • SenaTHOR

          Simple answer..what did the father shoot? Son/daughter is probably the same.

          • CUP 2014-15

            But why is the problem spot here in Canada and not in other nations? is it because the ball players grew up playing hockey? Why does the problem apply to the D and yet not up front? I just find it weird when you look at the ball players.

      • Hax

        I’ve heard it suggested that for a defenseman (and to a lesser extent forwards) they often use their dominant hand at the end of their stick when they’re younger – picture a D trying to poke check etc. This then leads to shooting “left handed” even if they’re righties since their right hand would stay high and left hand would go low.

        • CUP 2014-15

          That is the first thing I’ve seen that would make sense

      • Tcharger

        I would assume it has something to do with(similarly to snowboarding…would actually like to try and experiment this theory) with whatever side you prefer naturally(in a snowboarding sense if you ride regular or goofy). Easiest way to find out which way you should ride is stand relaxed and have someone lightly push you from behind unexpectedly which ever foot you step forward with first is your predominant side of the your body.

        (purely speculating that foot/hand predisposition would be coordinated)

        • Hax

          Interesting theory – kids learning to shoot often have trouble with their feet more than anything (on skates especially) so their dominant foot might have more to do with it than handedness. I’ve read that your dominant foot is not related to your dominant hand (i.e. if you’re right handed you might be left-footed – if that’s what it’s called).

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Hmm, interesting. I have just as little clue as anyone than hahaha

          • Sensnation

            Correct Hax, I’d fall forward on my left foot, but I’m right handed now. Was ambidextrous when I was younger but it was taught out of me. Shoot left in hockey, right in golf.

          • sprucesens

            i’m right handed, right footed, but shoot left in all sports, golf, hockey, baseball… I’ve never understood why people switch, especially from golf to hockey. Its almost an identical style swing. lol. I don’t think the push thing works. I’ve heard it before, and if you get pushed even slightly off center or something, either foot can go forward. Snow/wakeboard right foot forward. It just feels backwards shooting or riding the other direction. I think its just random. Even trying to shovel with my other hand lower, doesn’t work. I’m a lefthanded shoveller! thanks Canada, I would have never know that if I lived somewhere else!

          • Mat

            Yeah, the golf thing is weird to me too. I’m 35 so the guys I meet who play hockey left and golf right, I always assume they learned to swing a golf club on their dad’s clubs at a time where lefthanded golf clubs were rare.

          • The Apostle

            So I’m right handed but left footed. I played most sports right handed. However, whilst I shoot a pistoi right handed, I shoot a rifle and do archery left handed.

            I would assume that I would have might right hand lower on the hockey stick than the left and being left footed would assist we that.

            Of course as I can’t skate at all I’d probably only be good enough to play for the leafs.

          • sprucesens

            1st line center for you, on the leafs!

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Are you me? Exact same thing. Baseball and hockey I could swing or shoot either way. That went away in my late teens…but still shoot left in hockey and swing golf clubs right (based on a lesson when I couldnt drive worth a damn left or right)

  • CUP 2014-15

    Well is there ever going to be a night where we don’t say, this is a big game. Need the PP to think they are playing a road game and continue to light the lamp. Got to like those first three lines but man that fourth line has to be the smallest in the NHL. Here’s hoping they don’t get caught on the ice with PW and CC.
    Love the way the team is playing with a very tough road trip and going 2-1-1. If they could play at that rate the rest of the way we’re in the post season. Spezz is looking better each night out, Milo had some signs of his old self last game showing some jump. Ryan just needs one to find the mesh and he will start filling the net again.
    Nobody would have seen the Sens in the play-off picture if we were told that with less then 30 games to go Karl would be a -14, Spezz 5th in team scoring and -20 and Milo below Spezz in scoring and dragging around a -22. There is a lot to like about this team right now as we are not looking for secondary scoring, we have that. All we need is for Spezz to get back to respectability and Milo to start looking like a 20 goal man not the 35 he was.
    Sens win tonight 5-2 with goals from PW, Ryan, Spezz, Greening and ZBad.
    GO SENS GO

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      You couldnt have said it any better. If you guys here someone yelling BISHOPPPPPPP it will be me. I feel like Ryan is going to break out soon. I dont think he wants to go in the olympic break with like 2 goals in his last 12 games(not sure the exact stat)

      • Moudy Mahfouz

        Oh and by the way, I was there when Bobby scored his last goal agaisnt Montreal, I really see him scoring tonight!

      • Bazza

        Don’t know about Ryan: he looks lost and disinterested. I think he’ll be in a funk the rest of the year.

        • Hax

          Couldn’t disagree more. What specifically do you consider “disinterested”? I’ve noticed him create at least 2 or 3 scoring chances (for himself or others) every game. Looks pretty interested to me.

          • runningbear1974

            almost 2-3 scoring chances every shift…

        • sben

          I was his olympic snub that started this. That was when it started. Burke is an ass.

          • Hax

            When what started exactly? He’s still playing great and creating chances – they’re just not going in. He set up Conacher with a beauty in the paint the other day for example.

          • sben

            1 goals in 12 games. I haven’t really seen what you’ve seen from him at all. I watch the games and I’ve seen some lazy play like he is tired or something.

          • Hax

            I agree he hasn’t scored many – but disagree that he’s lazy or tired. Not sure what gives you that impression.

        • Yukon Cornelius

          He said it himself, he is a streaky player. I really would not write him off for long especially the rest of the year. Hopefully he can start to turn it around now, get some much needed rest from the Olympic break and really turn on the jets for the home stretch.

        • SENSsmile

          What a joker you are!

    • Tooks

      Gonna be hard to get 5 past Big Ben…I would say more like 2-1 Sens or 3-2 Sens in OT.

      • SENSsmile

        I’m not even close to being an expert, but if I’m not mistaken, it seems to me that when Bishop gets beat by a straight shot, it’s often top left corner (stick side.) Has anyone else noticed this or is it just my imagination?

  • karlssens

    What’s the best place to get tickets? Me and a few buddies wanna make it out to the garage tonight.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Maybe Local hero’s check it out but they often have a beer, steak ticket and transpo deal that is great. If not I remember that Ralph’s sport bar did so as well. Not sure that helps, good luck.

      • karlssens

        I was thinking more along the lines of stub hub.. But I was wondering if there were other alternatives haha.

        • Hax

          Stubhub is the “official” resale site of the Sens so that’s likely your best bet. Plus there’s broker4tickets which is Chirp’s favorite one/sponsor.

          • SensChirp

            Yup, B4T is awesome but a little tricky if you have a bigger group as most of their seats are in pairs

        • CUP 2014-15

          Have you tried Kajiji or used Ottawa

    • bluebuyyoo

      http://www.stubhub.com/ottawa-senators-tickets/

      Tickets starting from $23/each.

  • senate19

    I’m gonna go out and say it: Ducks/Sens stanley cup rematch THIS YEAR.

    • Sensnation

      Would be interesting to see a comparison between the Sens rosters. 1 line team then vs a 4 line team now. Revenge would be sweet!

      • Eugenius

        We’d lose in 4.

        • Hax

          With a weaker East (clearly if we’re going to the finals) and a really brutal West, we might actually do okay. But I think it’s nearly impossible for this team to get to the final in the first place.

        • SensChirp

          That’s the spirit! Go Sens Go!

          • Eugenius

            Haha I love the Sens as much as anyone…but the Sens are young and inconsistent, and Anaheim is lighting it up in a tougher conference. Our record against the West this year has been underwhelming

          • Hax

            But if the team goes from where they are today all the way through the playoffs winning the East (as assumed by senate19) then don’t you think some of those issues might have been resolved on the way?

          • Eugenius

            Even if the team managed to win the east (which I hope we can all agree that, at this point, is fairly unrealistic), I still think we would have a very very difficult time winning against several of the top teams in the west.

  • Hax

    Great place to learn about gluten and handedness today.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Haha…its exactly that kind of talk that makes me come back time and time again.

  • SoCal

    Like most here, I think a Phillips extension would be a big mistake, unless he’s willing to accept the role of 7th defenceman. That being said, I hope he gets the opportunity to retire a lifelong sens. Player and team loyalty is becoming a thing of the past in today’s NHL.

    • Eugenius

      If he wants to get traded to a contender at the deadline, I’d have no problem with that. Chris has had a long and successful career, and he’ll have lots to occupy his time next year with his restaurant and front office job with the Sens. This team could use a legitimate top4 dman. There are already plenty of 3rd pairing guys around.

      • Hax

        So you’re expecting him to retire after this season AND agree to be traded away before the deadline? Bold.

        • Eugenius

          Not agree to be traded away. If he wants a last chance at a cup, then I’d be fine with the Sens moving him.

      • Deadly

        Love how people love to hire retired players to front office jobs.Oh Melnyk can pay him…no problem.

      • Mat

        Chris will always be loved in Ottawa. That is, until he convinces the team he’s worth 2+ mil for 2-3 more years.. I pray Murray has had 2 large coffees that day.

  • Andrews theory

    Is Phillips “injury” a gentle way of saying age? He was clearly burnt out the last few games and needed a rest. He’ll prove his worth down the stretch but if you can sit Methoth you can sure as shit sit CP.

    To me, Methot is the logical Phillips replacement, similar style of game with better skating. If he can iron things out with Mac he’s the logical mentor on the back end with just shy of 400 games under his belt and entering his prime.

    I’d like to see Methot with an increased role moving forward, mentoring the likes of Cowen, Gryba, Boro etc.

    • Mat

      Totally agree. And when Philips leaves, they can feel free to give Methot his “A” as well.

      • sprucesens

        or karl, or turris

        • Mat

          One of those two eventually gets Spezza’s “C” (Dammmmnnn! NO you didn’t!!!! I just did…)

  • SensChirp

    The part that I find most interesting about the move to TSN is that I heard earlier in the season that the team was hoping to “double” their current TV deal. Some have suggested that the old deal was around $7 mil. The new agreement, combined with the SNET National deal, has been estimated as high as $48 mil.

    This is an absolute home run for the team and if the tip from earlier in the season is accurate, it’s a somewhat unexpected success. Melnyk and co. must be over the friggin’ moon right now.

    • Deadly

      Can hear the city and province trying to find ways to get their share.

  • Andrews theory

    You know the one thing people always over look in the east /west thing is that the west champ has to come out of the west and I’d wager they’ll have more than a few broken soldiers getting past that level of physical abuse.

    • Eugenius

      Teams coming out of the east suffer from the same issue

      • Andrews theory

        The west is far more of a physical division than the east, it’s not even comparable.

        • Eugenius

          Boston, Philly, Toronto, and even Pitt and the Rangers are fairly physical…especially come playoff time. I’d toss Ottawa in there too. It’s the playoffs, everyone steps up their level of physicality

          • Mat

            Chris Neil and Colin Greening are both top 10 in hits. Cowen is top 15..

        • Mat

          Yeah, I’m not sure about that. People like to throw that statement around a lot, but I think its a myth.

          Look at stats for hits. 8 of the top 10 are in the east. That includes straight up 1-7 and 10. Go to 20 and you have 15 from the east.

          If you look at fighting majors, west has the edge with 6/10 but I’m not sure fights equates to physical play. It means more goons are willing to stop the play to fight.

          I also don’t believe that western hockey is faster. Some of the better teams execute plays quicker than others but the general speed of the game is not faster. Players are not on average faster. A lot of people’s perception is based on TV camera installed closer to ice level.

  • Andrews theory

    Last post for a bit….

    Selling PW right now in my opinion is a bad, bad move unless the other team is willing to trade based on his potential…

  • A-Train

    People hoping to see a vastly-improved Senators once Philips moves on are going to be pretty disappointed.

    • sprucesens

      1-0 with him not in the lineup currently. just jabbing the bear to spark a debate

      • A-Train

        I mean more long-term, like when he retires and/or is traded or not resigned.

        It’s a classic case of lightning rod-ism. Philips is a role-player on this team, nothing more. The amount of debate/criticism around him the past couple of seasons is WAY out of proportion to his impact on most games.

        • sprucesens

          yeah, the problem with Phillips lately though has been that he has had a more mistakes than normal. Its his age catching up to him. Nobody is mad at him for that, but we have better options. I think that’s all most want. But everyone, fans and staff all like the guy and don’t want to come out and say, hey retire. We don’t want to trade him really, because he would be the first life long senator, and a 1st overall to boot. The problem with him being a role player, like you say, is they are supposed to be a low event type of player, that just goes out, and plays the game. Not overly physical, offensive, or defensive. Nothing flashy, just solid and steady. Problem is he is making the mistakes that seem to always cost a goal. Even when some of the times, proper backchecking could have helped, or a timely save, especially this year. But none of that would have been needed if the proper play was made.
          Not saying we need to trade him, but as our future is getting brighter now, we simply have no room for him next year moving onwards. He can be the 7th D man, a la corvo this year. But that’s about all we have room for. We have claesson and boro looking to make the jump next year, and with only corvo gone, we need someone else to give up a spot. methot, karlsson, ceci, cowen all have spots. gryba, PW, Phillips and those 2 are all trying for the last 2 spots. And Phillips is going to end up being the odd man out, especially if we are looking to make a run in the next 2 years.

    • Deadly

      Just an experiment to have him on the sideline.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Honestly, maybe I’m too critical of CP4, but if a mistake is made, it’s usually him. I would understand if he logged 30+ minutes a night, but he doesn’t.

      To me, youth is the future of this team, not Phillips (and yes, I’m older than he is)

      • A-Train

        That’s kind of what I am getting at. He doesn’t log that many minutes a night or really get paid much more than his market value.

        He’s not the cause of what’s ailed the team and when he’s gone you won’t see much of a difference…unless he’s replaced by someone vastly better.

        • FistsofNeil25

          That would be the whole point, to replace him with someone better. It’s become obvious that we need to upgrade our defense as this group isn’t nearly good enough yet.

          So who do you replace? The soon to be 36 year old Chris Phillips who’s game has regressed to the point of being borderline NHL caliber, or a young player like Wiercioch or Gryba who have plenty of room to improve?

          The answer is an easy one.

          • A-Train

            Obviously if Shea Weber is on the team and Chris Philips isn’t…the team will be better.

            I’m just saying the simple subtraction of Philips from the current group will have less of an impact than you think.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    The talk about D and Phillips and whom will or will not be traded. As of today, the Sens have an extra D man and they aren’t sending one back down. Everyone, by the looks of it, is getting a chance to ride the pine at some point, call it an injury, whatever.

    The exception to that would be EK65, I think that’s where PMac draws the line and I’m sure a decision like that would not be well received. Unless he did something that absolutely was against policy, even then, they would probably let it slide.

    Will the Sens trade a D, I’m sure they are looking at those options. Every GM needs to keep those doors open with other teams. Who needs D, besides Edmonton, is the question.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Been reading more on the Stamkos recovery thing. As a Canadian and the Olympic’s right around the corner, YES I want to see Stamkos in the lineup. He is by far our best goal scorer, NHL statistically. But, there has to be a line drawn somewhere.

    Stamkos has SO much pressure on him, expectations are the highest they’ve been. People are expecting that he’ll heal up, travel with the team and be a big part of the success that Team Canada will have. I wish that were true, but reality is, he just doesn’t look ready.

    When the Coach is saying that you need to test it out by battling with others, that’s a clear sign that Stamkos isn’t ready. How many people could realistically break a leg and be back on the ice just over 2 months later, playing full contact? It’s time SY makes a decision and gives the spot to St. Louis, who I think deserves the chance, in what will surely be his late chance.

  • karlssens

    Trade Phillips at the deadline for Alfie… Lol?

  • Sandy

    Going to the game tonight… hoping for a win.
    So the Sens, conservatively will get about 40M out of the Cdn TV deals.. and all Melnyk is looking to spend on player salary is 2-3M?

    That tells me he is not investing money back into the team. I get the teams’ debt needs to be paid down… BUT he shouldn’t be taking that money to put it into his outside failing businesses which to me.. on the outside… he seems to be doing. I wish the NHL could step in with that. It’s not right.

    • Sensnation

      He doesn’t get that money this year.

      Is his quote today not about about spending an extra 2-3M this year on guys who will be pending UFAs this summer? Maybe I’m reading it differently, but to me it sounds like he’s saying he’s willing to absorb that much more for this current year through trade, on an expiring contract. They mention leading up to the trade deadline in the article, so I’m not sure how it’s referring to this coming summer’s UFAs?

      Sounds to me like he’s saying I know the money’s coming, so I’ll fork over a bit more to the budget this year ahead of time.

      • sprucesens

        if he said 2-3 mil, I bet he meant 2-3mil salary from the start of the year, not left owing. Because that would mean we could rent a 6 mill/year player, that is only paid another 2-3 left on the contract. I suppose hemsky and cammy would be close to that rental amount in salary left though. We’ll see what he does, rather, allows.

  • SenaTHOR

    Phillips for D coach next year any agree?

    • Sensnation

      Is he ready to retire? Does he want to coach? Is he ahead of someone like say Luke Richardson in that department?

      • SenaTHOR

        True Luke is a proven entity!

    • Hax

      You wouldn’t have many fans disagree (though I think Jason Smith has been good). The problem is convincing Phillips who, by all accounts, wants to keep playing.

  • PrinceA

    seriously guys you need to calm down on the trash talking about the players on this team. Greening, lack of scoring not producing to what he’s capable of doing. Trade Philips because he’s getting old and doesn’t fit in are rebuilding plans. Cowen because he’s adapting back to hockey at full contact after missing last season with a hip injury. Seriously you need to relax and don’t talk about stuff you don’t know, i’m not gonna talk about it either cause i don’t know whats happening in the locker room or what’s happening in Bryan Murray’s mind. I’v been watching the sens since 1995, and love the team. Philips should not leave the sens, Ottawa should re-sign him for 3 years leading to his retirement, no matte what happens having a veteran D in the line up is exactly what you need for a rebuilding team, if it was all young theres no experience and they’d just get walked all over. Cowen, I’m a big fan of him, don’t care if he’s having a bad season, the guy will bounce back and show he’s in the big leagues because he wants to be here. Greening, i love the guy, yah for sure his production this year slowed down drastically, but you don’t get rid of people because they have a bad year. Once that person gets traded they light it up for the other team. Ex. Chara —> Boston —> Stanley Cup .. Hossa —-> Atlanta —> Pittsburgh —> Detroit —-> Chicago —-> Stanley Cup … Kelly —> Boston —> Stanley Cup … Let murray do what he believes his best for the team, and stop trash talking players on this team. Cause guess what there in the nhl and where not, which means they got the talent and skills which is why they are there

    • aegiszx

      How great would it be though, for Alfie to win the Cup with the Red Wings, or Phillips to join Boston and win the Cup with Kelly & Chara? The guy is almost done, give him a f**kin chance to lift it just once man.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Phillips –> Love the guy; love what he’s done for this team. No one can ever take any of that away from him. But, 3 more years? I think it was negotiating the 3rd year on his current contract that was the biggest sticking point before it was done. Maybe 1 more season, if the team sees the benefit of his veteran presence. Personally, I think even that would be a mistake, but that’s just one opinion.

      Hossa wasn’t slumping when he was traded. He was a great player. That trade was straight up for Heatly (fair trade). Chara wasn’t slumping when he was traded. He simply hadn’t finished developing yet. We chose to keep Redden. At the time it seemed like a reasonable decision (obviously management lost that one). Kelley wasn’t slumping when he was traded. He was seen as a role player, and since we were going into a re-build, was a reasonable piece to trade with the focus shifting to the future. None of these examples are of people that were having bad years…

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        For the 481845724 time we did not chose redden over chara.

        Chara left because of how muckler treated Hossa… And frankly I don’t blame him(this is not rumor… It is 100% fact)

        • Aaron 2.0

          First i’ve heard that. I don’t live in Ottawa though, so not surprising (i’m not really in the loop on those sorts of things). But, still none of those players were traded / let go because of a bad year.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Fair enough…. Reread that, and it wasn’t supposed to come across with such a douche tone

          • Aaron 2.0

            Oh, I didn’t take it that way at all! That’s the problem with the internet – It’s hard to read tone!

    • Roar…

      I’m pretty sure I have no interest to listening to anyone who thinks Phillips should be on this team for 3 more years. The retirement party should be yesterday. At most a cheap contract (1 year at a time) as a 7th D if that’s the role he wants to play. Frankly there are far superior veterans we could bring in. Ones that could actually play. His salary is currently a waste of cap room. He’s not contributing anything. In fact when he’s out it’s addition by subtraction. The mentor role is nice… but you need to still be able to play… and he isn’t able to do that. He’s done.

    • Cicero

      Yashin —-> NYI —–> Gorky Park Bird Fountain….

  • luckan20

    A must win game. We need Andy to make those save, while Smith line do their shut down job of St. Louis line. We need Spezza line to produce. Also, Ryan must come out of his goal scoring funk.

  • Cicero

    GSG!! Make Bishop look the size of a Pawn!

    • SensFanInMTL

      Appears that you called it.

      • Cicero

        :( Hope Bish is ok.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Borowiecki on a one way contract next year will not matter, AHL or NHL level.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    THE MAYOR.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Very scary incident to start the game. Hoping the best for Big Ben.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Oh man I hope Bish’s okay.

  • H POTTER

    Let’s make this PP happen boys

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Boy oh boy these guys have come to play tonight.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Real good start! Have to keep up pressure. TB might be in a little bit of shock about Bishop. Another sens goal might keep them down.

  • QSenFan

    BS call

  • luckan20

    Feel sorry for Bishop. It was a touch and miss type of a call.

  • Cicero

    I like Wiercioch, that new winger they got to play with Spezza.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Our boys look great out there eh?

    • Cicero

      Fierce on the forecheck, esp. when TB is trying to come out with the puck.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Oh yeah

  • T K

    Kinda have mixed emotions about that goal. Sucks to get it under those circumstances but the Sens really didn’t have much choice. Would suck just as badly to pass on that golden opportunity.

    I guess that if it was anyone other than Bishop, I would be ok with it.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Refs didn’t blow the whistle. No sens players went close to Bishop after he goes down. TB skate does the damage. I think our guys did everything right. If Bishop went down in an area where the play was developing i’m sure the refs would have whistled it dead. I feel for Bishop, but what can you do.

      • T K

        Exactly. In the end, the Refs could have (and maybe should have) halted play earlier.

        Anyway…. I hope that the Sens score a bunch more so that this one isn’t the difference maker

    • CUP 2014-15

      No, you would feel the same way. Outstanding year, great story. Nice to see players on a big roll like he is on.

  • Cicero

    …and on page 23, a retirement notice for Vinnie Prospal.

  • Cicero

    Da Costa is on fire!

  • T K

    Some EK magic!

  • Cicero

    OOOOOHHHH LALALALA!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    My goodness Spezza. Like holy shit

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Wonder what people will complain about Spezza for today… He has been an absolute beast

    • luckan20

      Exactly…

  • QSenFan

    That was such good patience from spezz

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Those were two insane passes. First by Milo and goodness gracious what a pass by Spezz.

    Mind blown.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Captain my Captain

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Also, Cowen’s been good.

  • T K

    My tablet and I hate these microscopic voting buttons…

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Yeah… I can’t even think of anything to complain about so far.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Mtl and Tor are both winning. So, I guess we can complain about that (lol).

  • Mitchell

    i’ve been saying it! put spezza with some better wingers and he’ll produce! even with a trade. Sorry Michalek unless your asking for less (and yes i’m aware of your knees that why i’m saying less) consider yourself tradable or UFA

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I think Michalek’s made a case for himself to be resigned. He’s been good pretty much all season long and has never really been a liability.

      Considering his actual production, I don’t think he’d ask for a king’s ransom. just a thought though.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        I tend to agree… Wouldn’t have even thought about it at the start of the year… Get him for roughly 3-3.5 and I think I’d be OK with you that.

  • Aaron 2.0

    That 2nd goal is huge! At some point you have to think TB will have a push back. Happy it won’t only be a 1-goal game if that happens. TB looks a little dazed compared to usual. Take full advantage boys. Execution was amazing in that period.

  • luckan20

    Stick to stick beautiful passes. Equally a tough one to score, since the angle quite sharp for King Karlsson, who has been having super game so far.

    • 010101010101111101010101111111

      The Clone of King Karlsson = the winger that Spinner Spezza needs

  • T K

    Kadri talk?!?! WTF Rogers, this is a Sens game. Has Rogers already given up on the Sens’ market?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Rogers? Isn’t this on sportsnet?

      • T K

        Sportsnet = Rogers.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Yeah.. As soon as I thought about it I realized… Been awake too Damn long

    • SensFanInMTL
      • Cicero

        I’ve already forgotten that CMac was a Leaf!

  • T K

    Classy comments from Zack Smith

  • Cicero

    We’re going to have to start the second with even more energy. TB is going to be hungry for sure. Andy’s going to be tested a lot this period.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man that second goal was just classic Spezza. He showed great patience and made a beautiful move to find himself open in the slot. Instead of taking the shot and going for the high percentage play, he opted to make the low percentage play and pass it off to Karlsson who scored from an impossible angle. It’s impressive that these guys have the skill to pull that type of stuff off lol great goal

  • LeafsSux

    The Blue Jackets are pissed off tonight..

  • Deadly

    Watching the game in Florida and the announcers are complaining about the refs.Sounds familiar.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Been a fan of the midget line tonight, too. Conacher, Condra and SDC

    • sprucesens

      yeah, they were playing quite well. playing to their strengths of speed and puck handling.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Andy needs to have that.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Yeah he does. Pretty brutal backchecking by the forwards too.

      • H POTTER

        Bad pinch on Cowen, created the odd man rush

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Tend to agree… Although it was deflected, so can’t fault him 100%

    • Aaron 2.0

      As long as he locks it down, it can be forgiven. Don’t let TB start feeling it boys!

  • QSenFan

    Cmon guys get that one back!

  • T K

    Love it!

  • QSenFan

    Woooohooooo Zack!!!!!

  • Cicero

    Cote pushed Conacher into Lindback, The FOX sports guys are livid though lol

    • JV

      I know that pissed me off and then they ask why the whistle was blown, meanwhile there goalie wasn’t moving lying in the net. Would have loved to hear their reaction if ottawa scored while Lindback was down.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I am afraid to get excited that we have finally turned that corner. The whole team has been amazing tonight!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Nice goal by Smithy!!!!!

  • T K

    Despite being pinned in their own zone, Sens maintain full control of the puck the entire time. Nice…

    • QSenFan

      Active sticks

  • H POTTER

    Man, how does Cowen keep getting our muscled by such smaller player than him..this is not acceptable

  • H POTTER

    Out*

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Omg Karlsson is honestly too good

  • FistsofNeil25

    Karlsson is simply amazing. Remember when people were worried that he may never be the same after that injury? Well it’s safe to say he’s back and as good as ever. One of the best players on the planet.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Also.. The more games I see out of Gryba, the more I hope that he doesn’t end up the odd man out.

    Perfect 4,5,6 guy.

    • 010101010101111101010101111111

      Indeed -all of the Gryba trade rumours are started by Montreal fans (hee hee)

      • sprucesens

        yeah, i like gryba quite a bit. He just hits hard, and its tough to teach that. Cowen is just finally starting to play a bit more like that. Our physical presence now in order is probably Methot, Gryba, Cowen, Phillips. And apparently recently, karlsson..?? few hits in the last couple games.

      • Deadly

        He gets no respict.

  • luckan20

    Karlsson has made some great play in defensive too. Taking away the shooting line or simply stealing the puck. The way he moves with puck out of the zone is simply super. I doubt there are very many of his talent in NHL. Hope he puts a good fight for Norris again.

    • 010101010101111101010101111111

      That Karlsson shift was epic.

      Pass to semi-open goal for Spezza.
      Get back to break up play.
      Go coast to coast alone, setting up another scoring chance.
      Get back to strip the opposing player of the puck again.

      Jeeeez..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Karl for Norris man

    • FistsofNeil25

      I don’t think he’ll be in the conversation this year unfortunately

      • sprucesens

        i agree, if nothing else for better advertising for other players. Not that they don’t deserve it. Karl’s playing great though, and is on pace for a better points season than his norris year. If they don’t give him the trophy, o well. I’m still glad he’s on our team, and i’d probably prefer him to any other single D man. But there are tons of other good one’s for sure.

        Its almost like arguing the snubs from team canada roster. we can ice 2-3 teams and still probably win all 3 medals. lol

  • T K

    Is Coach Copper moving like Jagger?

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    WOW

    YEAH LET HEAR BOBBY RYAN DOESNT GIVEN A SHIT NOW

  • FistsofNeil25

    Wow what a goal. Hopefully Bobby is okay. Great play.

  • T K

    What a line. 6 + 7 + 16 . Best Sens combo since 11 + 15 + 19

    • Andrews theory

      Completely different concept though… Current line is probably our best two way line in recent memory, potentially ever. The Heatley line was sheer deadly offensive output. Those three on the PP were absolute magic

  • Cicero

    INTENSITY.

  • GeeGee1313

    OMIGOODNESS!!! BOBBY RYAN!!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    I just want our team to win the Stanley Cup.

    • 010101010101111101010101111111

      ….. said every hockey fan on the planet

  • Kinger

    Methot +3 tonight, he is answering the bell.

    • Guest

      and 3 takeaways!

  • Aaron 2.0

    2 very complete periods. I love the this team tonight! MacLean seems to be finding more ice time for Weircioch. Personally, very happy about that. He’s playing great. And, his typical knock (not hard enough in the corners) has been a non-issue now for quite a few games in a row.

  • Cicero

    Cowen: 9 hits after 40 min.

  • Deadly

    I can’t remember a stress free game for awhile unless I look at the B-Sens games.

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL

  • FistsofNeil25

    I can’t remember the last time the Sens had such a strong game defensively. They’ve taken care of business in their own zone playing the Tampa players tight, keeping everything to the outside. Andy has barely broken a sweat tonight I bet. Really impressive performance.

  • Zelle

    After being disappointed by Spezza’s play and hustle and compete level game after game is it ever nice watching him play so well right now. Kudos to the captain for pulling himself back up and leading this team to wins.

  • QSenFan

    Refs are so full of shit

    • T K

      I think that it was a legit hooking penalty against the goalie but the refs aren’t being very consistent (again) tonight

  • FistsofNeil25

    Sick! Get that monkey off your back Bobby!

  • sprucesens

    f ya ryan!!!

  • T K

    Nice to see Ryan get the scoring monkey off of his back

  • Cicero

    INTENSITY!

    • H POTTER

      Spell it spell it!!!! Hahaha
      Yesssss

      • IAmThePaulrus

        seriously just laughed out loud @ this… @ work.. people are staring at me now

        • sben

          You’re at work at 9:30pm. Are you in a different timezone?

          • IAmThePaulrus

            atlantic time! working a graveyard shift

  • H POTTER

    Ryannnnnnnnnn

  • H POTTER

    Man oh man…exactly what the doctor ordered!!!!!

  • SensFanInMTL

    This is a wonderful evening to say the least.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Ryan is feeling it! Good for him!!, Hell, good for us!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    PUCK DONT LIE. Soft penalty call. Nice goal to answer.

  • sprucesens

    so far every single player is playing well tonight. good to see. again, i’m saying that more often than not. GO SENS GO

  • sprucesens

    i gotta say though, tyler johnson is gonna be a good player for tampa. Easily the best player on their team. St. louis is dominant also, just not as much tonight

    • T K

      Please do me a favour and save the compliments to opposing players until after the game… LOL

      • sprucesens

        lol, i knew that someone was gonna say something as soon as that went in… o well

  • Aaron 2.0

    Nice to see consistency from the refs… (Head-shake)

  • T K

    Effing Bruins have cost me a hat trick tonight. Can’t count on anyone these days…

  • Cicero

    Da Costa won’t be sent back down anytime soon.

    • Andrews theory

      I thought that last time. He can play at this level but he’s one of those players that is going to need to force his way into the conversation. Potentially a team like Nashville could use him?

      • Jacques

        Sens can use him too!

        • laffin681021

          not really much room for him on this team, especially if we want to get Mika developed as a C.

    • Deadly

      My prediction is that he will be shuffling off to Buffalo for his next contract.

  • T K

    Andy’s anti-break-away mojo has been faltering lately…

  • sprucesens

    gotta stop playing like the game is over
    likely to win still, but you can’t play like that

  • Deadly

    One stupid refs call away from

    • Cicero

      How’s your stress level?

      • Deadly

        Rising

  • Deadly

    Time out for a tongue lashing…

  • FistsofNeil25

    Not sure why Maclean would put the Smith line back our after the awful shift they just had that resulted in a goal against. They follow it up with another brutal shift.

  • Andrews theory

    This seems eerily familiar…

  • Deadly

    How does something like this happen?

  • Jacques

    Tense moments for no reason here!

    • Deadly

      You mean in tents moments I think.

      • Jacques

        Is that u bobby? Lol

  • Deadly

    The empty net practice last game really helped.

  • T K

    Happily ever after is coming. No worries

  • Deadly

    Piece of cake…but stuck in my throat.

  • SensFanInMTL

    My God Andy is fuckin pissed, lol!

  • Deadly

    Thankfully the refs didn’t go out of their way. But why would they want to risk overtime?

  • Aaron 2.0

    Great 40 minutes. Pretty disappointed with Ottawa’s effort in the 3rd. Counted their eggs before they hatched. Not a big deal tonight, with the lead they built up. But, they have to develop good habits, or that will keep happening. Overall though, we saw how good this team can be tonight!

  • Zelle

    Could have really used that +4 in goal differentials.

  • Zelle

    Oh if Flyers lose tonight Sens get into that Wild card spot finally!

    • Aaron 2.0

      Flyers lose. It was really nice to look at the standings and see us in a playoff spot, granted we’d be playing PIT.

      • Zelle

        I say bring it. Have to face your demons at some point!

  • sben

    As potvin said bobby ryan has really woken up today and I think this will spark the game he was playing before the olympic snub.

  • JAY79

    Just as I say they are playing their first stress free complete game all season, the second half of the third thry play lije crap. I don’t feel good about this win at all. 8 shorthanded goals against this season and they gave up 23 shots on net in the third. They just can’t play a complete game if their lives depended on it!!!

  • Aaron 2.0

    Sens go 7-2-3 in January. We all knew they’d have to make hay in the new year. And, they did! Keep finding a way to win games boys. I’m excited to see them play the Leafs. Hopefully the boys are motivated by seeing their team in a playoff spot. Lots of teams can pass us tomorrow night, but that’s got to invigorate the team!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Great game to attend….What a fucking game. I told you guys Boby Ryan will score and he score agaisnt the leafs on saturday! GO SENS GO

  • FBP

    We’re in a playoff spot!

    I mostly had fun watching that game. I hope Bishop is fine.

  • Tcharger

    If we beat Toronto Saturday in regulation we will be only 4 points back!!!

    This is a huge week!