Game Day- Senators Visit Bishop and the Lightning

SensChirp December 5, 2013 272
Game Day- Senators Visit Bishop and the Lightning

It seems strange that a team would play so many big games early in December but that is the reality of the situation facing the Ottawa Senators.

Paul MacLean’s team has dug themselves a bit of a hole and need to start racking up some wins if they want to play their way back into contention in the Eastern Conference.  The Sens currently sit five points back of the slumping Leafs for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have a chance to narrow that gap a little bit tonight when they visit Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After closing out their Florida swing in Tampa Bay, the Senators will return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay has enjoyed plenty of early season success and a lot of it has to do with outstanding goaltending. Ben Bishop has posted a 14-5-1 record with an impressive 2.03 GAA and an unbelievable .932 save percentage.  The American born goaltender has been so good that he may even earn a spot on Team USA at the upcoming Olympics.  Bishop has been excellent since arriving in Tampa and has some fans wondering if Bryan Murray got enough in return when he dealt Bishop at last year’s deadline.

Cory Conacher hasn’t exactly set the world on fire since arriving in the Nation’s Capital but he has been useful forward for Paul MacLean.  The fact remains the Senators knew they weren’t going to be offering Ben Bishop another contract so took the best offer out there at the time. Interesting bit of info here from Ian Mendes where he suggests that the Senators were close to dealing Bishop for Sean Couturier.  If anything, it should be Oilers fans that are kicking themselves for not improving on their offer of Randy Jones and a late second round pick.

Paul MacLean surprised everyone with his lines on Tuesday night and is expected to go with the same combinations tonight against the Bolts. At first glance, I wasn’t crazy about the combinations but they worked.  Not surprising that MacLean would stick with it against Tampa.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Corvo
Cowen-Wiercioch

Robin Lehner starts for the Senators. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30PM.

The Daily Chirp-  Here’s a wacky one.  Over the weekend, with so much of the focus on Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa, there was a lots of talk about whether or not Alfie could at some point return to the organization when his playing career is done.  It was long assumed Alfie was destined for a management position here in Ottawa until the drama of this summer threw a wrench into those plans.  One interesting rumour making the rounds over the weekend- Alfredsson as Owner. Melnyk has no intention of selling the team and he has made that very clear.  But if he ever did put the team on the market, the rumour was Daniel Alfredsson (and I assume others?) would be interested.  Wouldn’t that be something…

  • Michenator

    Alfie as owner would be an incredible thing. Wow. GO SENS GO, kick some butt tonight!!

  • ZibbyFan

    Interesting indeed. And, I suspect SENs fans would luv it!

    • Tooks

      Ya until he cant afford to go to the cap then fans would demand his head.

  • karlssens

    How could Alfie afford a hockey team though? Surely he can’t pay 300 million??

    • SensChirp

      That’s sort of why I added the “and others” part because I was thinking the same thing. Really don’t think Alfie comes up with that kind of money on his own.

      • karlssens

        Unless he has lots of investments we don’t know about.. When you have millions of cash that you don’t use, that can easily be doubled, tripled, over a 20 year career.

  • karlssens

    Having him partner with Melnyk would be awesome evwn

    • ZibbyFan

      A partnership would be good, but I suspect Alfie wouldn’t parter with Euge (me thinks the Euge would not want to get into partnering, and Alfie would rather have a different dance partner).

  • CC

    Why the Oliers continue to believe they can compete in the NHL without a #1 goalie and a d corps is beyond me..

  • The Apostle

    Wasn’t there also talk of Matt Read from Philly?

  • Tooks

    I hope Condra isnt in the top 6 again…

    • boom

      I bet he will be, incredibly…
      Zibanejad must be shitting in MacLean’s cornflakes every morning…

      • Tooks

        Yep no clue…I give up…

    • SensChirp

      Will be according to combinations at the morning skate

    • Pasky

      Michalek-Zibanejad-Conacher isn’t that much of a downgrade for him, as long as the wingers start to contribute again…

  • karlssens

    Let’s hope the sens, and especially Cowen, can build off that solid game and grab another win. If they can come out hard and win this game, we are in much better shape. Still would like to see Melynk pony up even a few million to add another defenseman.

    • esk

      Melynk said he is willing to spend..its murrays job to sell it to him. All Melynk is doing is being cautious…i can understand his logic. Clarkson- maple leafs..what around 5 mill for like 6 years? that could of been us..

  • karlssens

    I honestly don’t mind condra on line one.. As long as he is keeping possession he is doing his job. Spezza and Clarke can do all the finishing. Opposition can’t score if they don’t have the puck.

    • Tooks

      True but neither will we if Condra has it too much, lol.

      • MikeS

        Thing is Macarthur drive possession as well. I think this is to help more with spezza D-zone and balance the lines more

    • yawn

      SOMEONE (or SOME TWO) have to play defense on the Spezza line.
      DA11 did it extremely well.

  • SensChirp

    Robin Lehner gets the start. Wiercioch draws in for Gryba.

    • xN1Cx

      Surprising. Poor Craig.

    • Miguel

      Can anyone please help explain to me WTF is MP doing?
      He is constantly going against all logic, and no one is asking him the tough questions!
      Andy just won you a key game in FLA… logic dictates he goes again tonight, and if he wants he should play until he loses… but nooooo
      – what happens if Lehner loses tonight?
      Phillips has never played the PP in his career, yet he gets first line PP here and the PP continues to shit the bed and cost us game, WHY?
      Spezza has been lumped with crap all season, while Turris has played with the cream… Spezza now trying to do it all by himself… so finally puts 16 with him, but the lumps them with Condra instead of Ziibby… against logic WHY!
      He is the coach and with him we trust, but constantly going against the grain, and Pissing off you stars, at some point he has to answer some tough questions… just like Torts… where is Brooksy when we need him

      • FuzzFace

        I think you’re overreacting.
        - Andy is a little beat up and Lehner still has been sharper than him.
        - If Lehner loses, no big deal. I doubt it will be him losing the game for us.
        - Phillips on PP… ya that’s wierd.
        - Spezza has been brutal. Your #1C has to be defensively responsible so his wingers can score. He hasn’t been, he’s been a liability. Putting the two best defensive forwards with him (one being a great shooter) should help.
        In addition, the third line looks like it can score. Give them time. He rolled 4 lines in Miami and it worked. This lineup looks pesky.

  • Andersonfan41

    I would like that also Alfredsson as owner!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Thanks again for a good read. I must say I have just about had enough of this coaching staff. Zbad-HOT, lets move him in between Milo and the pesky little f#@K. Anderson settles in and has a solid game lets go with The Lehner ? Gryba got his game in this week lets go with Patty ? I keep reading about inconsistency, wow I wonder why. There is no consistency with the players because there is no consistency with the coaches. I am at a loss to understand the reasoning. WTF

    • Miguel

      exactly what I am saying! if PM wants to continue going against the logic way of thinking and we do not make the playoffs, he should be held accountable, and explain these questionable moves

      • CUP 2014-15

        It hurts, I am a Nova Scotia lad from many years back and was very happy to have Mac here, he wins the Jack Adams and with all the hope of this season, I was over the top. Now I feel my homeboy Mac is over coaching or second guessing himself. One thing for sure is we can not win unless they find a coach for the special teams, we can’t keep loosing special teams battles.
        I

  • the dude

    All this criticism on the Coach before the game even starts…. I hope you all will be eating your words later tonight!
    GO SENS GO!!
    I like the fact that Lehner is getting the start to face off against his former goaltending teammate. I’m sure he will be highly motivated to show BM and the hockey world that he is the better of the two.

    • the dude

      And criticizing Condra on the line with Spez and Mac even though he played well on that line last game and scored a big goal…
      WTF

      • CUP 2014-15

        I understand what your saying but who did Condra replace and how was he playing, Z-Bad……..This coaching staff does not stay with anything, except Ryan and Turris, oh wait Ryan started with Spezz, no consistency and no ability to generate any chemistry. In regards to Z-Bad/condra, I get it as they have only 4 centers. Just getting pissed at all the moves all the time.

    • Miguel

      hey we are no where near where this team should be,
      everyone on here would love nothing more than the Sens winning,
      BUT, PM is continuously going against logic, and so fare it has amounted to us being a lottery draft team with now pick.
      So if the losses continue to mount, and he continues to make questionable moves, someone must call him out and ask him WTF he is doing, cause this team is underachieving, and he is responsible for their results.
      But I am with you amigo Go Sens Go!!!

  • Hax

    The issues with this team have little to do with skill. It’s about the simple things and playing the system etc. I think the last game showed that rolling four “even” lines helped get the boys back to basics.

    Two or three more games with these lines could go a long way to rebuilding good habits for all the players.

    PMac knows what he’s doing.

  • RUSH RLZ

    First off credit where credit is due. I don’t see eye-to-eye with Tooks on much, but I would go with the exact same forward lineup he is suggesting and for at LEAST four games don’t change it no matter what, barring injury or a trade…

    For those of you going off about the Lehner start, you should know that Anderson took a rocket off the knee during practice and left the ice, so that may have something to do with it.

    Regarding Alfie as owner….. yikes! Nobody knows if he would be suited to such a role, same goes for GM / coach or whatever, just because he was God-on-Ice as a player doesn’t mean that translates to other areas. Besides, I would rather have an owner with deadly deep pockets willing to spend his brains out, not a former player who we would probably if not surely bankrupt. :)

    • Miguel

      Thanks for the Andy update Rush,
      but still questioning some of the decsions this year,
      Why would you not let Gryba build on a decent game, and sit someone else out… ie someone who is older who could use a maintenance day or two :)

      • CUP 2014-15

        Agree 100%. You have a young Dman with less then 50 games and they keep throwing him in with different partners once a week and expect results?

        • SenaTHOR

          They have Cowen signed for 4 years and Wiercioch for 3 and Phillips ready to re-sign for one/two and Boro on a one way next year. They know there is no room for him but they probably want him included in a trade package to get some value.Those are your guys for a while Gryba will move on somewhere/ somehow. Obviously there must be interest if he isn’t being sent down. They must not have the confidence he would clear waivers or he would have been gone.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I believe your 100% correct, however I am more worried about points in the bank and lets just say JC, MM or CP take a penalty who are you using on the kill ? Corvo or PW, You will already be using Karl as one of your three. This is the stuff I cant get. As far as contracts in place, they never hold much for me as any of them can be dealt tomorrow. What would you say if Edmt offered a top 6 forward for Cowen. This blue line starts getting real soft

          • sprucesens

            if it was any of hall, ebs, nuge, i’d be shaking the man’s hand and dancing as soon as he turned around. We have a few up and coming defenceman, and currently too many on the team, that we can afford to gamble a injury prone underachiever(currently) for a proven top 3 player, let alone top 6. Speaking of, I usually read the blogs on hockeybuzz, for both sens and oilers, and I haven’t heard anything in forever about yakupov…what gives?

          • CUP 2014-15

            I am with you, I don’t think there is any chance of getting one of those three or I would be a little Irish guy dancing in the streets with you and partying. I was just looking at our size and toughness on the back end and if you get an offer like that he’s gone.. Don’t know what’s going on with Yak, funny how it all stopped.

          • SenaTHOR

            I can’t see Cowen,at this point, getting his draft value. I can’t see another high first pick OR a 1/2/3 current d man. Might get a 3/4 or a late 1st pick. It’s not that they have earned the ice time. The reason he and PW are playing is development. Might not be working but they aren’t getting better in the press box and it (the press box)certainly won’t justify the 3 million they make this year. If they don’t play they have NO TRADE VALUE.

          • CUP 2014-15

            No Question but if it is Gryba they want to move then the not play-NO TRADE VALUE applies here as well. In regards to the $$$ that’s another good point and why Gryba is f#@ked here. regardless of stats (see corsi, see silverseven today). he’s not a first or second rounder and not a local boy. Just a mean and nasty stay at home D.

          • SenaTHOR

            Cuz teams want him on waivers for nothing. No compensation at all and a solid player. The Murrays like their draft picks and local boys(preference) and Gryba isn’t either. Gryba will no doubtedly ask for arbitration at the end of the year(if not traded), not accepted by management and become a UFA. Whether he plays or not his agent will present the numbers to the board.

          • CUP 2014-15

            man were on the same page, not that I think Gryba is a top 4 or anywhere near it. I am just a Sens fan that knows 6’4 225 lb right handed D men are as rare as you can get and it looks like he’s on his way out and were going to regret it. Enjoy the game tonight and if we give up a pp goal with uh oh or pw on the ice the screaming you hear will be me.

  • Alcatraz

    What if Alfie was going to join forces with Jeff Hunt to co-own the team? Hunt being the major backer, while Alfie being the “Mario Lemieux” of the franchise. Could be interesting

    OR

    What if Ikea partners with Alfie to own the Senators. All possibilities! haha

    • my2sens

      If Ikea took over… we would have $1 hot dogs and meatball for the game!!!

  • s3nsfan

    So all this criticizing the coach, funny in July when he won the Jack Adams he was the best coach ever, what changed to make you all think you’re better coaches then he is?

    • laffin681021

      Completely agree. Some fans are definitely “two-faced” and when things aren’t going the right way they go back on what they previously said like “we have the best coach ever” or even the fans who were saying “Andy is the best goalie in the league” are now saying he’s terrible and doesn’t deserve the starting spot. Nonsense IMO. If you’re going to say something, stick with it!

      • boom

        Ok, here’s something…
        You’re both full of shit. Ask me again in a month or two – I’ll stick with it.

        • laffin681021

          Not really necessary to put us down over an opinion but nevertheless you can’t disagree that some fans are in fact going back on their word. First it’s PM being the best coach, and now he’s garbage and Andy being the best goalie, and now he’s also garbage? It’s ridiculous IMO. Not saying EVERYONE is doing this, but there are some people out there who don’t pay attention as much as others.

          • boom

            Find one post that said either of them are “garbage”.

            I, for one, have questioned MacLean’s coaching decisions. If you think this is unfair, then explain how Condra is now our number 1 right winger.

            Others have pointed out that Anderson has, so far, not played nearly as well as last year. If you think this is unfair, look at his numbers, or better yet, watch the tapes.

            I’m sorry if you think I’m harsh, but I get tired of people defending players or coaches, because they were good LAST year. These are professionals being paid very well, and as such, are fair game for criticism.

          • CUP 2014-15

            BOOM!!!!!! Bang on

          • laffin681021

            A few point here…
            1) I should have specified, I’m not really hearing much of the PM is horrible now, Andy is horrible now anywhere from this particular site, as I believe most people who take part in the conversations on SC are fairly educated on the team and don’t really make bold statements like that. But I am hearing it from other fans around my area and other websites
            2) I agree Andy has definitely underperformed, but I have never thought he was “the best goaltender” at any point so if some fans are going to brag about us having the best tendy, then they better be damn sure he plays consistent enough to earn that label so they don’t have to go back on their word. I’ve even gone as far as saying that Andy will not be between the pipes when the Sens win the cup. I don’t think he’s our guy. Lehner on the other hand…
            3) last but not least, I don’t really find how it’s PM’s fault that our players are under performing. I’m not saying you aren’t allowed to question him, but I still think he’s one of the best coaches around the league. If something isn’t working and doing more harm then good, he’s got to do something and I think we both agree on that. Do what you must, question his moves, whatever you want to criticize him for but I firmly believe he’s one of the best, and WILL NOT go back on that.

            On that note, I SMH at all these fans who are now saying that both PM and Andy are garbage when they said they were the best about 6 months ago.

          • Miguel

            Bang on Boom and his treatment of Spezza has to be questioned.
            He has left him hanging on a pretend 2nd line with absolute crap to play with.
            Spezza being very proud is really trying to do it all himself, which is where he gets himself into trouble.
            Honestly where do you thing Turris woudl be right now if ye was playing with MM9 and Greening, or Neil or Conacher?
            I can answer that… worse than Spezza!
            PM is really hurting Spezza, and not doing much to help his captain.
            So now he adds with subtraction – gives him 16, but then subtracts by moving Zibby and putting Condra.
            Sorry but as fans we have every right to question this!
            And I more than anyone else on here is a self proclaimed homer, so if Condra turns out to be a 30 or 40 goal scorer, I will be too happy to admit how wrong I am,

      • Miguel

        easy with the two faced… we all want the best for our team, and when they are losing it is only natural to second guess some of the decisions… just so happens there have been a lot of unexpected losses, hence plenty of second guessing :-)

    • Miguel

      fair question, and yes he did an outstanding job last year, but he is certainly going against the grain this year, and obvioulsy not helping our stars succeed.
      - great job last year without 4-5 of our top players
      - naturally when you add 4-5 top players in the league, the team WILL get better, right? Wrong.
      Answer is NO this team is not better, question now is WHY is the team the made the playoffs and won a great series, now a worse team?
      - terrible PP that seems to be getting worse
      – PM “best players play” last I checked Neil, Smith, Greening, Phillips are not, nor ever were our best offensive players… yet they never sit, and are on our PP
      - questionable goaltending – yes but they never seem to be given a chance to get on a role, Lehner won a string of games in a row, and PM decides to throw Andy in there, which resulted in a loss
      - Terrible D play, and extremley soft and slow
      – sits Corvo who is one of our fastest d-men and continue to play Cowen and Phillips who almost never win any foot races, resulting in continuous play in our own end.
      Send 74 down, when he is surely better than many of the players who are playing and are the cause for many of our losses.
      So yes, he did have a great year last year, but some of his coaching decisions are directly resulting our standings today, and yes even a Jack Adams winner should be held accountable

      • esk

        All these players are underperforming, thats not the coaches fault..he is making those decisions because he believes its the best…think he has earned the right to make a few mistakes along the way. Have some confidence..

        • Miguel

          ok, so why is it that when PW46 or Gyrba make a mistake they sit, but Phillips and Cowen can play like crap forever, and never ever miss a shift?
          or Greening, Neil, Condra, Smith can have terrible games, but Zibby, or Pageau sits or goes down,
          I do like PM, however you have to admit that some of the decisions and his tactics must be questioned.
          He seems to have a soft spot for the grinders and the muckers, but has no patience for the stars or the finesse type players, and this is starting to form some dissension on this team.
          And yes PM is the coach, and if he does not help them win, by playing the best players at the right time, he may be a part of some of these losses, and should be held accountable

          • s3nsfan

            Because phillips is a veteran and an alternate captain and Cowen is coming off hip surgery last season, he’s showing patience, just like he has with Karlsson after his achilles injury, the other two younger players can benefit from watching in the pressbox.
            No, not at all do i need to agree that his tactics have to be questioned, he is the coach and a damn good one, he feels in his opinion that his choices give the team the best chance to win, he makes decisions, he can’t control the cataclysmic defensive break downs that occur or the goalies not making the same quality saves as last year.

            “and this is starting to from some dissension on this team” really? Where? Please show me where you have read that, did you hear players were unhappy in your daily trips to the locker room?

          • Miguel

            team was better last year with no stars, and millions less in payroll
            Team downright sucks with a better team and better players.
            So something does not add up here,
            He is the coach of a team that should have been better than last year, and when he makes foolish decisions like playing Phillips on the PP, when even on our worst teams he could not play there, as well as constantly playing Greening and Neil on the PP and we LOSE…Fuk yah I can question these ridiculous moves

          • CUP 2014-15

            lol, I am so much more the diplomat then you are. I responded with a little anger as well, agree with you 100% Miguel. ENJOY THE GAME.

          • s3nsfan

            K so just so i understand, being 12th on the power play with Phillips is a bad thing? Personally I don’t see that as a silly decision, it’s working. That’s just me, and the defensive gaffs that allow bad goals, that’s the coaches fault on the bench, what’s he supposed to do strap on skates and help in the defensive zone coverage? He teaches the system, if they think to much and have brain farts on the ice he can’t fix that in game, they are getting better so things are slowly coming around. and they’re only 5 points back.

          • Hax

            Veteran players always get more “rope” to play through their struggles than young players do. Young players often need to watch a game or two while that doesn’t usually help a veteran (they’ve seen it all before).

            And there’s no point in playing an AHL-eligible player 5 minutes per night in the NHL when he can play top minutes in Bingo.

            Also contracts often dictate who goes down.

          • Miguel

            I get this Hax, but 2 years of rope for Phillips is more than enough rope IMO only, as I know we have our fair share of Phillips fans here. And Greening should have sat a game or two by now as well.
            However, constantly trying to prove a point by putting out guys on our PP who really would rather play the game without sticks, ie Neil Greening Phillips, is not giving your team the best chance to win again IMO

      • SenaTHOR

        Our top paid players can’t be + – -1000000. Cannot win if other teams top players score more/give up less, than your top players, cut and dry.

        • Miguel

          not sure I understand the entire comment,
          but if you are saying that in order to win we need to outscore them… then I agree,
          and last year with 4-5 NHL stars out of our lineup we did this more than not, whereas this we we are not… and hence fans question some decisions

          • SenaTHOR

            I like Karlsson’s offensive play. He has 12 PP points/28 point total. That means 16 points on even strength or s/h
            with minus 4 basically means he been on for 20 even strength or s/h goals. He plays with Methot, the best defensive D on the team and that is not enough to keep them in the positives. I don’t think +- is a great stat but it certainly points to a serious weakness in this case and I certainly don’t have an answer. I hate PK but at least he has a balanced game.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Stats don’t tell the whole story but they don’t lie either.

          • spezzerman

            .940 save percentages are not sustainable. That is your answer.

          • SenaTHOR

            SPezza=Minus, minus player this year

            Michalyk= Minus player this year

            Karlsson= minus player this year

            Cowen= even + player

            Last year we gave up very little and scored very little. These guys have offered substandard defense this year and it shows. Yes we have more goals this year but the difference is on the negative side and this is the root cause. These guys were positive _+ last year.

    • CUP 2014-15

      No not at all, lets not look at this coaches moves, he’s God not Karlsson. Give me a break, do you thing every JA award winner has great years behind the bench every year? This team is underachieving by a country mile. Who’s responsible? JC and PW have been awful, Upfront everyone except the Turris line or at least what use to be the Turris line are having off years. Maybe they all forgot how to play.Should we just support them with no questions, hard to do if your a fan…

  • Roar…

    If I was a betting man I’d bet that at least part of the reason you’re seeing Z as the 3rd line center here is because there are only 4 natural centers in this lineup. Grant/Pageau would have to be in for Conacher to get back to 5 centers and with the teams internal budget we’ve already been told that won’t likely happen.

  • SensChirp

    I know we’re past the Alfredsson Return but did anyone find it strange that the Tribute Video didn’t actually show any of his goals?

    • Miguel

      now wait a minute Chrip, I am certain they showed the Buffalo OT goal to send them to the finals, did they not?

      • SensChirp

        Showed the celebration right after but not the actual goal. Quite odd.

        • Miguel

          completely agree! this only adds to the mystery around the seperation. We all know that Alfie was a part of some of the biggest goals in our recent franchise history.
          HMMM, cant wiat until the Alfie tells all, or the Euge tells all book comes out, or will Chirp finally crack and reveal some of his hidden secrets :-)

          • sprucesens

            they will definitely wait until he retires to do a full montage. I thought it was a fairly crappy tribute, and very strange to only basically show celebrations, not actual plays, like sending us to the cup finals goal. Don’t know what message they were trying to send. Either way, its done and gone so it doesn’t really matter. I’m sure the actual retirement of his jersey will have 99% of people in tears or damn near

    • RUSH RLZ

      I’ll say this reluctantly but I actually thought the whole tribute video sucked, it was very poorly produced, missed a lot of highlights, was extremely brief and while it WAS emotional it could have been 100X better. It’s like they didn’t want to spend much effort on it and we regularly see better fan made videos on the Olde YouTube,

      • SensChirp

        Certainly did miss a lot of highlights. In fact, it had none. The only actual “play” included was the hit on Tucker. Strange.

        • spezzerman

          Alfie is on another team and this was a video between the anthem and the game. it used the time it had to use. The red carpet gets rolled out after retirement.

          • RUSH RLZ

            Bah! Even so it was like Rogers Local TV production quality versus CBC or TSN. I didn’t think there was one redeeming aspect of it for a tribute video for ANY player, let alone the legend. I would swear it was intentional.

        • RUSH RLZ

          Did you see Tucker’s Tweet about that? Hilarious!

          ‏@16DarcyTucker

          People I remember the Alfie hit every time it rains you don’t need to remind me with a video tribute

          • CUP 2014-15

            LOL,

      • The Apostle

        I was surprised at the lack of length – which is a complaint I’ve heard many times.

        I guess this isn’t really the official tribute, that will happen when his jersey is retired. I would expect something much better then.

      • Senatollah

        Compare the Alfie tribute to the Patrick Lalime one. Both on the same night, both similar lengths. More memories shared in the Lalime video, more goosebumps. It was a fail that Alfie video

      • esk

        They shouldn’t have marketed it as “tribute video”…think they realized after it had to be something simple and a “welcome home” sorta thing.. it would be kinda wierd to have a full-out tribute video and he is still playing…..BTW i was at the game with my alfie jersey on…it was an emotional night…to top it off i lost in my hockey pool matchup by -1 PM…guess who caused that? ALFIE with that open net goal…it was to much to handle…

    • my2sens

      Perhaps they didn’t want to give him energy by showing his goals?

      • Miguel

        and we failed at that as well :-)

        • my2sens

          Well sort of. He scored an empty netter. Anyone except Condra could do that!! :-)

    • Hax

      I did – was expecting to see lots of them. Perhaps a good call though as it still shows his value (fans/teammates reacting) but without being too over-the-top in his favor.

      I’m happy to say that I’m actually in the crowd in one shot which was pretty cool.

  • sprucesens

    technical issue today chirp, not sure if anyone else is having it…, every time someone posts a new comment, and I click to show new comment, it just sends me back to the top of the page, and I have to scroll back down to try and find the new comment.

    • SensChirp

      Yup. Same here. Working on it

      • sprucesens

        yeah, its not your site. saw another site have someone else post this problem too. Disqus problem likely

        • SensChirp

          It is indeed. Super annoying little bug too.

  • my2sens

    Tampa Lineup:

    Pouliot – Stamkos – St Louis

    Pyatt – Thompson – Crombeen

    Killorn – Lecavalier – Purcell

    Connolly – Johnson – Panik

    Carle – Salo

    Aulie – Brewer

    Barbiero – Gudas

    Bishop

    Garon

    • my2sens

      Strange to see Lecavalier on 3rd line?

      • RUSH RLZ

        Strange that Philly suddenly traded Lecavalier to the Bolts?

        • esk

          HOLY SHIT STAMKOS ..FASTEST RECOVERY OF ALL TIME

          • sprucesens

            yeah not sure where you got that line up from. stammer healed instantly, and lecavalier traded and no one knows about it???? what an insider. look out bob Mackenzie!

      • CUP 2014-15

        and a quick recovery from Stammer’s broken leg. good news for team Canada

    • boom

      Stamkos called Lecavalier in Philly to wish him luck, and Lecavalier replied
      “yeah, you too – break a leg”

  • Guest

    i heard some bad news about the future of a certain player in a sens jersey, and his desire to sign in philly when he has the chance

    • SensChirp

      Was it a Flyers fan that gave you this news? They have been pushing this angle for some time.

      • IAmThePaulrus

        really tho why wouldn’t they suspect that Bobby wouldn’t be interested in going to his childhood favorite? doesn’t mean it is set in stone or that he isn’t enjoying being in Ottawa? conjecture and hearsay are wonderful but this seems like an educated guess from past tweets and interviews

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Beause any random dude with the moniker of guest carries tons of weight in the rumour department…especially when it’s been brought up time and time again by philly broadcasters!

        Fricking philly is the american version of toronto…everyone is going there.

      • Jacques

        Ryan looks pretty happy, and with Karlsson looking better, he’s going to be able to rack up some serious numbers.

    • spezzerman

      Really? He is going around making this known a year and half before his contract is up? Doubtful.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I see Bobby Ryan signing with Philly a realistic possibility. It was his fav team growing up.

      If this team plays like crap this year and the next then there’s no doubt he’s outta here.

  • NickofTime

    I think that is just ludicrous that Alfredsson could be the owner of the Sens especially after what happened this past summer. Not to mention that most owners are billionnaires, Alfie would probably need about 10 other elite salary players to do it if not more. Phillips has his hands full just owning a restaurant & Marshy ended up closing after Melnyk booted him out of the CTC. Lemieux is partnered with someone else with the Penquins but he was sort of a reluctant owner & only became the owner because he was owed $42 million by the team.

    I didn’t like the Conacher deal when it happened & I have been trying to get Conacher traded since. He came over as a pt producer which just hasn’t happened & shows no signs of it ever happening here. With Stone playing well in Bingo, when he is healthy that is, I could see him replacing one of Condra or Conacher, & Grant brought back to replace the other, hopefully soon. I’m still wondering what Conacher, Condra & Corvo would get in a trade? I wonder if those three would be enough for one of Fleischmann or Upshall?

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Or, some rich euro owner (ikea guy) who wants a face (alfie) to sell tickets and be his advisor.

      Its very possible…except ikea guy of course lol. But a deep pocket guy would team up with a franchise player like alfie i’m sure.

      • NickofTime

        Or Zetteberg or Sudin or Lidstrom …. there are a number of great Swedish players or maybe all of them. I would say the Sedin twins would have a little more captial than Alfredsson since there is two of them but is hockey a money maker or a losing investment? Hard to say, ther certainly is no guarantee.

  • Hax

    LOL. First the horribly out-of-date TB lineup and then some “Guest” with a BS rumor. I guess the during the game insanity started early tonight?

  • Sandy

    Alfie part owner in the Sens? I’m all for that.. I’m sure over his time in Ottawa he is well connected to the very wealthy. But that story is for another day.
    I’m willing to give Paul McLean the benefit of the doubt. He has learnt from the best that is Mike Babcock for a number of years. Two time nominee for coach of the year.. and won it once. He didn’t forget how to coach overnight.
    I’m also willing to give Cowen time to fully recover from his hip surgery. Ed Jovanowski told Bryan Murray how tough a surgery that is to recover from.. But I guess some fans don’t care about that. A couple of seasons ago… he too — was great… now he is trash. All that happened to him was major hip surgery… missed a year of hockey.. and part of training camp.. It’s going to take time.
    Maybe he wants to give both Gryba & Wiercioch playing time. How can you develop a defensemen if they spend a lot of their time in the pressbox?
    Hoping they win tonight and finally get their season going uphill. They have played well against the elite of the East. They have to show that tonight..
    Of their 13 regulation losses so far this season… 8 of those have been against the West..

  • Sandy

    Happy 71st Birthday to Bryan Murray…

    • sprucesens

      good lord he is old. He actually looks quite well for his age, and all the stress this team is putting him through…

      • Eugenius

        He’s been around the league longer than I’ve been alive

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Pretty successful career in the NHL as well.

      Honestly I couldn’t think of a better general manager to have on my team. Never had the chance to meet him personally but he was the first of many autographs on my beloved Sens jersey.

      I’m a big fan of Bryan Murray.

      • whammer44

        Like him as well but if he hasn’t already he may set a record for most years in the league as a coach/gm without a stanley cup

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    An absolute fantastic opportunity tonight for the Ottawa Senators to make themselves relevant again in the Eastern Conference. With other teams slumping and having harder schedules the rest of the way and injuries, Maclean’s team has to take advantage. Tonight is huge!!

    GSG

  • sprucesens

    Although it might not be a popular opinion, and i want it to be known i like alfie, but i don’t want him to be an owner. Not even a GM or Head coach. Not because he wouldn’t be good at any of the positions, or bad at them. BUT, if was even remotely bad or had any screw ups, especially over a long period of time, he would all but ruin his name in ottawa, and every fair-weather fan would be all over him scrutinizing everything the man has done.

    If he wants to come in as an advisor or assistant coach or something like that where he isn’t the face of the franchise, all the power to him. Imagine he makes a bad trade that ruins the team for years, or leads us though a season worse than when he came into the league. He would get blasted for it, and it’s how he would be remembered. I think he has been the face for long enough, and has earned some rest from being “god”. He can take a back seat and advise in a secondary role on the ice or in the office. Obviously if its something he desires, all the power to him.

    • sprucesens

      think kevin lowe, craig mactavish, gretzky to a degree, show what i’m saying. None of them had great luck after being on the ice. Lowe and MacT are basicallly a joke in edmonton. Gretz obviously will always get respect, but had struggles in phoenix and disputes with ownership and players and so on. Just not worth it. Enjoy retirement, or take a more behind the scenes approach. Just my .02..rounded up to a nickel i guess

  • LeafsSux

    Really hoping they make a statement tonight… The wife and I will be making the 3.5 hr trip across the border Saturday night and hoping they’re riding a high for the game against the shitbird Leafs!!

    Go Sens Go!!!

  • Sandy

    As long as Melnyk owns the team… Alfie will not be part of it… I think (IMO) that Alfie has had enough of Melnyk..

    • SensChirp

      I agree with this.

  • T K

    Gonna have to keep hitting and get some screens in front of Bishop but so far, so good

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Need to see more Mika out there…

    • Shibal

      You’ll see more of Smith and his stupid penalties.Never understood why Maclean likes this guy so much; he has no offense at all. Always takes stupid penalties.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I’ve actually been surprised with how well his line has been playing of late.

        But ya, still need to see more Mika. Can’t have our best forward playing so little.

        If only Maclean can see that.

      • SensChirp

        This seems to be an assessment of Smith that you made last season. He’s actually been pretty reliable so far this year.

  • T K

    Looks as if Smith would have been eating lumber if he had not grabbed that stick

  • luckan20

    It is confirmed Oilers are looking to add at least three player personal in the backend

  • luckan20

    What a despicable PP show by Ottawa. St. Louis scores. This team reminds me of last 2 season pesky senators

  • Eugenius

    oh cowen……

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    What was Cowen doing?

    • Shibal

      I think that was on PW. He bumped into a player and fell, so Cowen was left all alone to cover the crease.

      • Tooks

        Yes but the turnover happened before that when Cowen passed it to a covered player in the neutral zone…Another brain fart for Cowen…

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          That too. horrible pass.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        But Cowen was the one that over committed to a non existent crease pass. It’s all on him.

      • Tooks

        A simple pass to PW who was going down the wing would have been nice, instead Cowen hesitates and runs out of time and throws it to a covered player, now with PW up the ice, the scramble ensues…

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          Yep.

        • CUP 2014-15

          I think your both right. Cowen started that crap, but that should have been over when the puck went around the boards but PW, as Shibal said bumped into someone and went down.

          • H POTTER

            Just lime a little doll…no strength whatsoever…it’s not all on Cowen ! pw falls inside the blue, goes on the other side gets a tap on the shoulder and falls down, gets up and his lost

    • CUP 2014-15

      getting his ass up off the ice after sliding into the corner trying to catch Marty when Patty W fell over the blue line.

      • Booster

        Yup blame Cowen for trying to cover Wircoch, not to say Ryan and Turris couldn’t have covered St louis, blame the defense.

        • CUP 2014-15

          just tired of the D man left alone always getting blamed, like Karl on the PP goal last game. Since when have D-men been responsible for the pointman (Campbell )

          • Jacques

            On the goal by Campbell, it was our great penalty killer Condra who left his spot in the box to cross the ice for some reason unknown to decent hockey players.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Management should sit down with Cowen and ask how he feels. If he’s not comfortable with the system or with himself and if he’s happy in Ottawa. If not, we accommodate him with a one way ticket to Boot Hill.

    • luckan20

      that was funny bro..

    • CUP 2014-15

      He has been having a tough year, his only two good games have been paired with Gryba. Put the two big kick ass country boys together as 5-6 and leave them together. Patty will end up with Phillips when Corvo sits.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Wow that was a massive rebound but close call for Bobby

  • T K

    Would have been a beauty for Hoffman

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    It’s Ben Bishop! Why aren’t the guys shooting five hole?

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL

  • T K

    Woohoo

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    PW!!

    • Eugenius

      Lol…we’ll take it

  • Tooks

    Goddamn PW, now your gonna be a scratched for next game, why did you score?

    • Shibal

      Yah, I’ve noticed that most games PW gets a point, he gets scratched the very next game.

    • LeafsSux

      You owe me a new keyboard Tooks!

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL, that’s to funny, but I think it’s 50-50 and that’s not so funny.

    • H POTTER

      I would still scratch his behind ! Looked like a real idiot on the first goal

      • Tooks

        You mean the Cowen turnover? then belly flop?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I love the play of their line, but why does Paul start the powerplay off with the Smith line? It doesn’t make any sense?

  • Shibal

    Yah, Condra does not know how to position himself in a PP lol.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Bishop was well out of his crease and stuck his leg out

  • luckan20

    Why the heck Greening, Neil and Smith. Now Bishop does a good act to earn a PP

  • Jesse

    Why is Karlsson glued to the bench on power plays? This is a joke! I don’t understand MacLean anymore

  • CUP 2014-15

    Sometimes I wonder if PM has an alter ego and out coaches himself.

    • Booster

      The fact is PM is ok the assistant coaches need to go…Dave c couldn’t run his PP with 5 on 0, couldn’t coach world jrs and couldn’t Ahl Mark R can’t communicate with players and has no idea how to run D pairs. they need to go

      • CUP 2014-15

        I get that but Mac has to take responsibility for the changes over and over again. He has to set some lines and give them a chance for a few games. Were pushing 30 games and we don’t have any idea what the line combos are from night to night. Can’t say that about any of the teams were chasing.

  • Eugenius

    I have a man-crush on Clarke…

  • Millennium

    Macarthur puts on a clinic on how to forecheck and work hard

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Smithy has really improved his puck handling skills… his zone entries are beautiful.

    • Hax

      Dude I don’t think you’re allowed to make positive comments here during games. ;)

  • Bissmeister

    Big rig is getting slow..

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      Lol phillips da worst

  • SensFanInMTL

    St. Louis at 50 could still light the shit out of any team.

  • Shibal

    I don’t think these line combinations are going to work in this game to generate goals. With the exception of the Ryan goal, the other 3 goals were all ugly goals scored last game, even today’s goal was pure luck.

  • Eugenius

    jesus boys, just put one in….

  • Shibal

    Also, after observing the play of Conacher and Da Costa in the NHL, you guys should have learned not to get excited about players like Hoffman. All three guys are players that are excellent players in the AHL, but are just too small and not smart enough to play in the NHL like

    St. Louis.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Welp, we all asked for Hoffman (at least I did) and finally got him so I’m not complaining.

  • hq8

    leafs ahead 2-1. Mtl tied with Boston. Carolina ahead 3-2. Fla up 3-1. Nyr ahead 2-0 on buffalo. based on this game, saturday night projects to be more of a leafs getting back on the winning run than the sens making up any ground on anyone.

    sens, down 2-1 with no significant vital signs and floundering on their PPs tonight. oh and they are facing a 6-7 behemoth in net with a point to prove, while having a 5-8 baby on their own team trying to make a point.

    have yet to see one solid sens chance on either PP or even strength this game. all shots on Bishop easy and from far out enough for him to gobble it up. if he see it coming, he will stop it.

    the next shocking part: TB injury list: Hedman out this game, no Brewer, no Stamkos, no Malone, no Ohlund.

    sens suck. they are in the standings where they deserve to be. they play marginally better than the worst teams in the league on an overall game basis.

    • SensFanInMTL

      That was excellently put from start to finish. At least the 2014 draft class does not include McDavid so…. most hope is all lost.

  • Eugenius

    come on Jay…you know better than that

  • CUP 2014-15

    Dallas goal 2-2

  • Jacques

    Spezza playing pond hockey again tonight.

    • Eugenius

      Would be a good time for him to go into beast mode and carry the team on his back

    • Tooks

      Atleast he’s alive, where’s Turris, Zib, MM9…Even Ryan having a quiet night, but he’s earned it.

      • Shibal

        Spezza has Condra in his line. Turris is missing Macarthur. Zibanejad is stuck with 2 players that Spezza could not even get going.

        • Tooks

          Yes its a fucking mess and PMac is clueless.

      • Jacques

        Oh he’s breathing all right but he’s hardly alive

  • Jacques

    Peskiness is non-existant!

    • hq8

      zero energy. ZERO.

      that conacher guy: BIG WASTE OF SPACE.

      • Eugenius

        …you use “big” loosely

      • SensFanInMTL

        That’s harsh man. Kid’s giving it his all. Just can’t finish and/ or put up the numbers. So end result: there is none from he.

  • Tooks

    Our first pairing is as worse as out 3rd pairing…fuck me, quality scoring chances almost every shift for the opponents!

  • luckan20

    We suck

  • Shibal

    Lines changes are going to come right now.

  • Jacques

    Wow jason I give you an assist on that one!

  • Tooks

    Good old CP4…well done sir *wisers clap*

  • H POTTER

    F****in Spezza !!!! I just can’t understand this idiot.

  • luckan20

    We have lost all peskiness, while the young Tampa is showing what we had in the last 2 seasons.

    • Eugenius

      They have a captain who works his ass off constantly, and they follow his lead…The Sens…well…

    • hq8

      actually no, they are showing that we gave them the wrong goaltender and they gave us the perfect ‘plug’ to mess up ALL THE SENS LINES: conacher. a guy who doesnt fit on ANY sens line and is now holding a spot preventing the sens homegrown players in Pageau, Prince, Stone, Petersson can maybe take and run with

      • Jacques

        Would love to see some new blood ! Condra out please, just useless. Neil and his stupid penalties very game are getting annoying. Greening useless.

  • aegiszx

    I was wondering when the Captains infamous drop pass was going to rear its ugly head this period lol

  • Luc Wolfe

    I don’t get why he repeats that play game after game. It’s nice when it works but rarely does.

  • karlssens

    Karlsson is so much better than everyone else

    • esk

      lets just use him as a forward and call up boro

  • Tooks

    Soooo, I guess we lost the Bishop-Conacher swap, who knew?
    I actually like Lehner tho, but Yzerman fleeced us something hard on that trade.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I think TB may have had a clue. Sold high.

      • hq8

        lol no they sold SMALL and bought BIG

        • Jacques

          Haha good one.

    • esk

      supposedly we were realllly close to getting sean couturier from philly sighhh…http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=438255

      • hq8

        mendes is bullshitting. its rare, but i think this is complete B.S. also his article is kinda outright defending BM.
        even if Bishop walked on open market, he still would have dinged some team’s cap space. but right now, TB has more than just won the trade. they put a plug in ottawa’s lineup in conacher that is ruining every forward line he gets on

        • esk

          lol well he makes some solid points…it was either anderson or bishop…we got a 2nd rounder too right?

          • hq8

            NO A 4th ROUNDER. at this point wouldnt it have been easier to have Jones, plus the 2nd and the 3rd rounders? it would have been super easy to plant jones on the 4th line and not feel terrible about it because Bishop would have been in Edmonton behind the shittiest defense in the league IN ANOTHER CONFERENCE. and the sens would have had something they didnt have: A SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK IN 2013.

            but no, for every good trade BM makes, he has to make a shit one. last year he made one good trade: Methot and made two shit ones: Kassian and Bishop.

          • esk

            Murray is “still happy” with the trade…http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2013/12/04/21316121.html

          • Jacques

            Kassian was for a 7th rounder wasn’t it.

          • Jacques

            Fourth rounder!

    • Shibal

      As of right now, this would be a shutout for Bishop, if it were not for the lucky goal by PW scored; The sens are making it way too easy for Bishop.

    • Sensnation

      Definitely, Conacher was selling too low on Bishop, and I never understood why we brought in another diminutive rookie when we already had a few and their probability of success is so low. But the goalie market is a tough one, aside from the rare Varlamov trade, they don’t fetch much.

    • Sensturion

      Let us not forget that Bishop was crap for Tampa bay after the trade… He’s good THIS year.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Anaheim is laughing straight to the bank, huh huh huh huh, huh.

    • Tooks

      Well to be honest they wont be getting a player of Ryan’s caliber in this years draft, its supposed to be one of the worst draft in years…2015 is where its at!

      • SensFanInMTL

        Cavin’ for McDavid?

        • Sensturion

          That doesn’t even rhyme….

          • SensFanInMTL

            avin does with avid. Use your imagination.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This team isn’t going to make the playoffs playing like this.

    Such a shame.

    • Eugenius

      And we don’t even have any injuries lol

    • Sensnation

      No, but they will make the playoffs with the 2nd half run you’re going to see! The chemistry is getting there and Lehner is out of this world!!!

      • crzy

        Sens aren’t going anywhere NEAR the playoffs this year.

  • H POTTER

    I’ll be the first to say it,until player 19 who is supposedly the C plays like any other C’ s’ in this league, this team ain’t going anywhere this post season ! They can’t seriously consider signing him with his poor poor performance…

    • Eugenius

      Let him finish out his contract, and then use that 7 mil somewhere else. Only option.

      • Jacques

        Eugene , finally you speak up! I agree he has the brain of a hamster. Giggle, giggle!

      • sprucesens

        if that was the plan, why “let him finish out his contract” when many teams would love a 1C? Yes he is playing his worst hockey in probably 8 years, but he does still have good value in a trade as a 1C vet. But he’s falling fast in sens fans eyes me thinks…

        • Jacques

          Let’s get something for him now or will the sens once again let an asset fall through the floor.

        • Eugenius

          He has a NTC. I just don’t know if Bryan has the balls to ask him for a list of teams. Obviously a trade would be ideal. I’d love a legit top 4 Dman+ coming back the other way

    • sprucesens

      agreed. He is possibly our worst forward right now. And i despise condra, and think greening is a 4th liner at best. So that’s saying how bad spezza is playing right now. Every single player on the team has more heart than him right now. He is playing with absolutely zero desire.

      I say we finish the rebuild and get some good pieces for him. I imagine we can get 3 very good pieces for him from another desperate team. I still think a deal with edmonton can be the most beneficial for both teams.

      Spezza, Anderson, Cowen for

      Eberle, Nugent hopkins, 1st or 2nd

  • Eugenius

    SKATE JAY

  • H POTTER

    Always trying to play catch up hockey…what a sad display…you would think that Murray gives a damn but the the player 19 continues with his sorry plays….

  • SensFanInMTL

    To think we did much better and made the post season without Michalek, Spezza, Karlsson for the most part, Cowen, Anderson and guys like Gryba, Pageau, Wiercioch were the ones that lead the way last season to the playoffs.

    • Jacques

      Says a lot about where the problem is and it ain’t number 65. Although on the Powerplay Karlsson could change up his game a little. Always that wrist shot now, mix it up.

  • Sensturion

    Good game, tough loss. Tougher in the standings.

    • H POTTER

      Good game? You know the game was on TV right? You must’ve caught the radio feed….ok, I forgive you

      • Sensturion

        Ottawa carried the play for most of the game, dude. Bishop kept Tampa in it and they capitalized on turnovers.

  • Eugenius

    awful game

  • Millennium

    Guess I’ll have a lot more free evenings if the Sens insist on playing embarrassing hockey like that…

    • sprucesens

      yeah. I must admit tonight they played better than earlier this year. We at least looked like we had a chance tonight, unlike 99% of our other losses where we looked like a peewee team. So i guess that’s a positive? But watching sens hockey is gradually turning from me telling my wife the weekly schedule and planning other activities around it, to, i don’t really care if i watch the games anymore…

  • Aaron 2.0

    Missed the first two periods (Christmas social). Shots looked okay on the game sheet. I only saw two legitimate scoring chances for the sens in the 3rd. Those lines are horrendous. Every decent top 6 player is hand-cuffed by at least one player with zero offensive instincts. This is not a recipe for long-term success. It’s great that they beat the panthers with them. But, you could tell these lines would have trouble scoring. Coach looks like he’s losing his skilled guys. The don’t appear to be trying (at least not in the 3rd).

  • Sensnation

    Why do so many fans insist on saying result = quality of the game? Sens played really well for the most part, allowed a few too many odd man chances and didn’t get lucky in the offensive zone. Games like this are 1 early bounce away from falling in the Sens favor!!!

    • Shibal

      They did not play well. They had more shots. But those were shots that were extremely easy for Bishop to stop. Defensively they played well, but offensively they were horrible today.

      • hq8

        defensively they played well? what game were you watching lol.

        • Shibal

          Tampa only had 22 shots today, that’s St. Louis Blues hockey right there defensively. Tampa just capitalized on their chances, while Lehner could not come up big, at least for today.

          • sprucesens

            Lehner had a solid game. Spezza had yet another no show. Gryba played better. He was in the 300′s i think? joking, but not really..

          • Shibal

            You can’t really say Lehner had a solid game, by letting in 3 goals, while saving only 22 shots. It’s like saying Anderson had a solid game last week against Washington when he was 29 saves for 33 shots. Lol I know it’s tough to admit that he played a disappointing game after all the good games he has played.

          • sprucesens

            i don’t know, i thought he played a good game. if he only had 5 shots against, the 2 that went in were point blank with no coverage. The third was so so. Not like it mattered by that point

          • Jacques

            The ironic thing is that when Gryba plays we have a winning record. Also, he’s a plus 5.

          • SenaTHOR

            I can guarantee(although completely unsubstantiated) that Gryba not playing is not as much PM but rather BM. Murray is giving the directive for sure to play his long term signings. PW and JC. Them not playing makes Murray look bad! Unfortunately them playing also makes him look bad.

          • hq8

            Dude, pardon if i come across condescending because its pretty frustrating to watch these sens. BUT.

            did you see the sens 34 shots? all were perimeter chances from the outside along with their shitty PP which only works against teams ranked 25th to 30th in the league.

            not one in close decent chance on Bishop. there was maybe one and you should have seen how Salo wrestled Turris on that one. What Salo did there puts all of the sens D to shame, and thats for a chicken player like Salo too. shameful.

            no energy, nothing.

            here is the real fact: this sens team is gutless. they are pukeworthy. there is no fight in this team. i dont want to make a judgement on spezza, but maybe just maybe he is the wrong choice for captain and thats why they are so gutless.

            i think, the writing is on the wall. we all got excited after the florida game. but the fact is that the sens actually had to fight to win against florida. not that thats a bad thing, but it tells you how lazy this team is playing and how far away from its proclaimed system it is. tonight, Tampa, severely shorthanded put the fight to the sens in their defensive zone. the fight was simple, no in-close chances. and on the other side, they waited the sens out, knowing that the sens habit of gutless pukey defensive play will show up. and IT DID.

            these sens are not worth anyones time. the bishop trade is now finally blowing up in BMs face. what a ridiculous move. TB doesnt even bother to play lindback. why would you? if you have a 6’7″ monster in net, all you gotta do is box the other team out. and thats what they did.

            giving Cowen so much leeway when he sits out. that speaks super loud to everyone. basically, that kind of behaviour is acceptable. best players play B.S. you see how much respect Mtl gave Subban last season? thats the bar to keep these overpaid morons playing hard.

            the worst part: this has the potential to have both BM and PMac canned.

          • Shibal

            “Dude, pardon if i come across condescending because its pretty frustrating to watch these sens. BUT.

            did you see the sens 34 shots? all were perimeter chances from the
            outside along with their shitty PP which only works against teams ranked
            25th to 30th in the league”.

            Don’t really understand why you should come across condescending to me, when I mentioned that the sens were horrible offensively today. I, myself was not excited after the Florida win, because I knew Maclean will go with the same line combinations against Tampa and end up losing. Those line combinations are not the ideal combinations for goal scoring.

            I can’t even believe that Maclean stuck with those combinations through the full 60 mins.

          • hq8

            i think line combos is a secondary level issue and really a response to how crap they are originally playing. the only real lineup question mark for Maclean is why does he keep playing Cowen. the bigger issue is that these guys have no fight in them and in that case, good/bad offense/defense doesnt matter. TB didnt play some amazing air-tight game. they played more desperate than the sens in the face of big injuries to their lineup.

            whats even more pinching is that a significant number of tonights TB skaters are AHL-ers who are given a harder time by the Bingo team.

    • Millennium

      Our team was bad tonight. Lifeless, no hustle, couldn’t get out of their own end for the millionth time this season, ineffective PP, bad D coverage, low quality shots for the most part. Shot count and hit count aside, our team turned in a solid C- effort tonight, and that’s unacceptable.

      Lehner was good, Hoffman actually looked ok for a rookie, and MacArthur was excellent. That was pretty much it.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Only saw the 3rd myself. They certainly weren’t the better team in that frame, in any aspect of the game. Not a lot of heart considering they were only down by a goal and haven’t won two in a row in ages. Maybe the the first two periods were better?

    • sprucesens

      i agree, it was probably one of our better played losses of the year. At least it didn’t look like boys against men. If we could figure out how to use a PP to our advantage instead of the other team’s, then we might get somewhere.

    • H POTTER

      If you’d been watching all the games you’d know that aside from the 2 wins in Detroit and maybe the one against BOS and the one against MTL are I would say the only games they played to win. I have mentioned 4 games out of 11wins! The fact that we won those 7 others does not equal playing a good game.. don’t get it twisted.

    • hq8

      you watched the wrong game. see it on replay again and then try to determine sens quality of chances and also play close attention to their PP work. and then remind yourself of the following:
      TB was missing: Stamkos, Brewer, Ohlund, Malone to start the game. Lost Aulie and Hedman around midway through.

      remember who Maclean said for a couple of recent games that the sens dont play ‘hard enough’ to win. tonight was another one of those. so yes, the result in this case is completely correlated to the game quality which was shit, boring and puke-worthy to watch. plain and simple, this team has zero fight.

      oh and Toronto won in OT. so that makes Saturday night that much more interesting. this is the nail-in-the-coffin four days. tonight was a 4 pointer. another one coming up

  • aegiszx

    I am NOT looking forward to the Leafs (home) game on Saturday. Not only is it a pretty big game, but the fact that the building will be taken over by BLUE will put the usual pressure on the guys to perform, and you all know how these guys perform under pressure this year… or not.

    Lets just fast forward to next week already…

  • Millennium

    Oh and so since TB and the Leafs won, that moves us to 7 points out of a spot. Lose on Saturday and that’s 9 points, which would take more than a miracle and a statistical anomaly to overcome.

  • H POTTER

    The funny thing is fans thinking we’ll win against TO or PHIL,

    Get real people…this is not happening. not with 19, 89, 46, 2, 9….

  • SenaTHOR

    Its funny that when the “stars” have come back the team goes to shit. That needs to change. All captains and Assistants C’s are minus players.