Game Day- Senators Visit Crosby and the Penguins

SensChirp February 3, 2014 464
Game Day- Senators Visit Crosby and the Penguins

The Sochi Winter Games are now just over a week away but the Ottawa Senators still have plenty of work to do before heading their separate ways for the Olympic Break.

The Sens kick off a grueling stretch of four games in six nights against the top team in the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins. After the game in Pittsburgh, the Senators travel straight to St. Louis to take on another strong team in the Blues on Tuesday. They close out their pre-Olympic schedule with games at home against the Sabres and then back on the road in Boston.

Anything above four points during this stretch has to be considered a success for the Senators.

The last time these two teams met, the Senators turned in one of their most impressive performances of the season. They beat Crosby and the Penguins 5-0 that night and really seemed to have Sidney Crosby frustrated by the end of the night. Sid was especially upset about this hip check by Marc Methot.

Matt Kassian is expected to come out of the lineup after playing less than two minutes against the Leafs on Saturday night. That means Stephane Da Costa is back in and also means that the Senators forward combinations look much better. Here’s how MacLean lined his guys 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 in the Ottawa goal.  The Penguins will go with Marc Andre Fleury.  Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM with the game available on TSN.

The Daily Chirp- In case you missed this morning’s post, it sure sounds like the Senators were closing in on a deal for Avalanche forward PA Parenteau. During a brief meeting with the media, Bryan Murray mentioned that he had a small deal for a forward that fell through. People I have talked to seem pretty confident that deal was for Parenteau. I don’t think the deal is dead altogether though. You can read more on the rumour here.

  • Sensnation

    Anderson better bring it! Can’t throw your team under the bus and let in any soft goals the next game. Gonna be a tough task against the Penguins, but hopefully Methot has some more Crosby bowling techniques to use.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Floridasensfan

    we have to beat good teams if we plan to go any distance in the playoffs so this run to the break is going to show how close we are, just hope refs sit out of this one as far as slanting the game.

  • LeafsSux

    God it never gets old watching that hip check!

  • Zelle

    I actually like Kassian, he’s a good and funny guy, but I’m happy he’s out of the lineup tonight. Sens will need speed against Pittsburg. Need to keep penalties to an absolute minimum. Can’t stop playing with 10mins left in third because Pens are a huge third period come back team.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    This week is make or break. If at the Olympics we are 3+ points out we need to sell whatever assets we have that aren’t in our 3-5 year plan.

    That’s Michalek, Phillips, Neil (could potentially get a good return for him), Phillips, Spezza, Anderson and Greening. Not saying all but I’d listen to what is put on the table for any of those guys.

    Get picks, prospects and guys on contracts that are favourable for cap purposes.

    • Sensnation

      The insurmountable 3 point lead?

      • FBP

        Not insurmountable, but extremely extremely difficult. We’d have to play amazing and get lucky.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          What on earth are you talking about? Just a few days ago we were in a playoff spot. One game and a few days later, we sit 2 points out.

          3 points to give up on the season with what, 23 games remaining after the olympics?

          You make it sound like we are Buffalo.

          • Conor_smythe

            Ottawa needs to match the record of 4 teams AND have a better record than at least 3 teams… just to make 8th

            If any 1 of those 7 teams has a better record than ottawa, we dont make playoffs

          • PraiseAlfie11

            The sens don’t need other teams to lose. If they keep the january pace of 7-2-2, they will make the playoffs.

            Take a look at their remaining schedule. There’s a handful of “elite” opponent matches post olympics.

          • FBP

            I wouldn’t give up hope and I’m not going to bring out the math, but history has shown that being out by three points, with five teams ahead of us in the race for the last spot (even if only by a point or three), would make getting to the playoffs not insurmountable, but extremely extremely difficult.

            I believe we’d have to play amazingly and get very lucky in terms of other team reversing their trends for the year and really playing horribly.

    • Millennium

      3 points used to be a big deal, but with the new format, and the weakness of the eastern conference, it’s not as big a lead as it used to be.

      • Zelle

        The problem is it’s not just a three point lead, it’s that 8 teams are all within that range as well.

        • Millennium

          That’s true, but to some degree, the new format lends itself to a team having more control over their own destiny. I think you need less out-of-town scoreboard help in the new format than you did in the old.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      3 points equals giving up? Come on man…have some vision.

      • Dirk-Diggler

        I don’t think our team is worse without some of those guys.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Dude, you have our Captain (a 1C) and starting goalie listed.

          I guarantee selling those 2 for picks is not going to make the sens any better.

    • Cicero

      So did you just trade Neil to get Phillips back so you could trade him away again?

  • Tcharger

    Anderson

    *shakes head in complete and utter confusion*

    • SensChirp

      I’m confused that people continue to be confused by Anderson starting.

      He’s the number one. Lehner has stunk lately when given the opportunity, granted that hasn’t been often the last month.

    • Millennium

      Anderson has been “good enough” lately that if that is our biggest lineup concern, we’ll be fine. Our Defensive zone play is a bigger concern.

      • Tcharger

        Why play good enough when you have better…Wouldn’t it be nice to have a goalie that is top 10 in the league for SV% actually playing more than one game every 2 weeks….imagine if he actually was able to get into a groove.

        • sensfan90

          Lehner is not the starter because he plain and simply has not been consistent enough. He is 6-10-3-1 (with half his wins coming in the span of a single week) versus Anderson who is 18-11-7-4. Part of the problem is the defence in front of both goaltenders but at the end of the day, Lehner has simply been unable to win more starts this year (he wins 1 for every 2 he loses) versus Andy who has won games.

  • Hax

    Anderson’s comments weren’t really wrong though. Assignments were missed on that goal and many other times (though I can forgive the two guys that were trying to pound on Kadri).

    It can backfire for sure and Anderson himself is far from blameless, but if he follows them up by doing his job going forward it might turn out to be a much-needed kick in the ass to some players that are still not playing within themselves.

    Here’s hoping that after tonight’s game people are pointing at Anderson’s comments as a spark leading to a big win.

    • Tcharger

      I highly doubt it….having played a TONNE of sports, I personally would have taken it as a slap in the face and basically not gone above and beyond for him(that being said, I know that I am somewhat of a dick when it comes to sports and people having high horses)

      If he was going to make comments like that last season…sure I would have had absolutely no problem…but he was playing out of this world and would be justified in expecting the same from others. Having made more than his fair share of gaffs this year he shouldn’t have said a word.

      Lead by example first

      • LeafsSux

        Troll…..

        • Tcharger

          Thanks for the insightful contribution……

          • LeafsSux

            Anytime…

        • boom

          Ok, I’m curious – how do Tcharger’s comments make hin a troll? I think he’s bang on, personally…

      • Millennium

        That doesn’t make his comments wrong though. His assessment was 100% accurate. Whether or not it was appropriate for him to voice it given his season, that’s up for debate. But his point is still entirely accurate. He has been getting terrible D support all season long.

        • Hax

          Yeah that was kinda my point I guess. On the surface it sounds like a bad thing to say but none of us know what sort of relationship he has with the team. If he’s the leader we all think he is then he might actually know what he’s doing.

          And really (not aiming this at Tcharger) anyone that’s been part of a team knows that what gets said behind closed doors matters 1000x more than some comments to the press.

          • LeafsSux

            I agree 100%.. All im saying is this team has no identity and its disappointing. We all expected greater things this year and well it just aint happening.. This team reminds me of Heckle/Hyde and the only way to overcome this is to rid itself of one.. Andy is the starter like it or not we have to deal with it… *End of Rant*

      • spezzerman

        Anderson has been better than Lehner. Lehner has been awful in 3 of his last 4 starts. He is the back up. End of conversation.

        • Tcharger

          Not sure what world you live in but..

          Lehner 2.71 GAA and .921 sv %
          Anderson 3.07 GAA and .906 sv %

          Yeah…looks a tonne better

          • spezzerman

            We are something like 9-3-3 on our last 15 and Anderson started all but 1. He has been playing fine. Lehner was lit up in 3 of last 4 starts.

          • Tcharger

            Keep drinking the Koolaid

          • spezzerman

            I will drink TONNES.

        • sprucesens

          not that I argue that he has been bad in his last starts, but when he was on fire, he also got to ride the pine. He isn’t going to get better sitting on the bench. We need to know he can compete in the NHL, before we just hand him the reigns in a year or so. I would love to trade Anderson for a really good top 6 (eberle or kane) obviously with extra pieces moving. But I also don’t want to do that until we know full well what we have in lehner, and also have him to a longer contract that is reasonable. Can’t do that with him sitting on the bench. If we are going to go through the growing pains with our young D (cowen, gryab, PW, ceci) right now, why not get lehner on board too?

  • Cicero

    Good to hear BM is refusing to trade away any of our young defencemen. He’s got it right.

    • boom

      Yeah, but he’s gotta trade one of them , doesn’t he?

      I know next season is a long way off, but we have 5 left-handed D coming to camp next year, barring a trade:

      Mehot
      Wiercioch
      Cowen
      Boro
      Phillips

      • Sensnation

        Boro is not on this team next year unless he’s 7th dman, and it’s seeming more and more like neither is Phillips.

      • Cicero

        Yes for sure trades will be made, and your assessment is spot on. I meant that he’s not going trigger-happy to deal now. I expect he’ll be talking to Phillips, and the coaching staff will be ranking the LHD to determine who is expendable. My guess (simply from roster time to date) for the ranking is 3-2-46-74 with #4 TBD based on talks about the future.

  • SensChirp

    The Canucks had apparently asked Ottawa about one of their defenceman. Can’t imagine Ottawa had any interest in Weise though.

    • Cicero

      From the sound of the BM interview, he’s set on holding 5, 2, 62, and 46. Considering how much scouting and planning the org has put into building-up a young and big defence corps, it doesn’t make sense to deal any of them for dubious short-term gain.

      • Zelle

        Happy to hear this, although I am worried this means there is no place for Methot.

    • Sens-fan-in-mtl

      Weise traded to the Habs for Diaz

      • SensChirp

        Yup. Sort of why I posted that comment.

        • Sens-fan-in-mtl

          yeah, clicked on post inadvertently, kind of a nothing trade, can’t imagine we would have given any of our decent prospects for someone like that.

          he will fit right in with PK on the “turtling” aspect

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCGe4MZkuSA

  • Simple Jack

    crazy thought,

    karlsson made kuba look like a star d man, karlsson has has a hard time making cowen look good. gryba and ceci both look better than cowen at the moment.

    can we not send cowen down, trade corvo or let him walk (waivers) and sign philip kuba who was bought out by florida for a cheap contract without giving up anybody?

    • Tcharger

      Your first line is the understatement of the millennium

      • Simple Jack

        we’ll kuba seemed to get paid like one and florida thought kuba was doing the magic.

    • boom

      You’re right – it is crazy.

    • Sensnation

      This Cowen hate is beyond ridiculous. Just give it up already, he’s not being sent to the minors. Might as well propose waiving Turris or Lehner for nothing.

      • Simple Jack

        what is he doing exactly? how many goals have we watched a player put the puck in our net and on the replay shows cowen watching the player score, when is the last time u saw cowen stick up for a teamate, fight or lay a good positional hit. i think he needs time with Richardson, just look what that has done to mika. cowen needs a kick in the pants too.

        there is no cowen hate, i just dont think he’s ready. i did say we could do all of this without trading any of our young players.

        • Sensnation

          I think Cowen delivers plenty every game, and you know what so does the coach! His 1st line position as well as minutes just scream to the fact that fans like you are missing it completely when it comes to this player.

          At some point you need to look yourself in the mirror and realize how you see him is just completely wrong.

          • Simple Jack

            he’s only playing first line minutes in hope that karlsson can keep his value from plummeting, look at saturday, cowen was not passing to karlsson to move the puck out of our zone, instead cowen would attempt a pass and the leafs would pick it off in the neutral zone. it happened many times, that game. not saying it happens alot, he is just not playing well.

            cowen is not ready, his character of him holding out for more money then he deserves has got to his head because he thinks hes actually earning top line minutes.

          • Sensnation

            You are full of it!

            Learn to take your anti-Cowen glasses off for a full game though, you may see the passes he completes or the times he does set it up for a Karlsson dash.

            And your solution is Kuba? Like wth man, nonsense!

            Bottom line he’s here, deal with it because he’ll be a core player for a long time.

          • Tcharger

            Unreal…I am not his biggest fan this season…but these comments are insane

        • Sandy

          Karlsson’s defensive breakdowns have effect as well…

          Cowen is struggling but is getting better.. Why would you put a struggling D partnered with a great offensive gem like Karlsson.. who we all admit has a lot of defensive miscues…

    • Hax

      The last thing we need is another left handed shot, let alone one that can’t get an NHL job with the worst teams in the league.

  • Simple Jack

    i for one dont think we should trade any our our players for a rental, our team isn’t close at making a deep cup run, we would get smoked in a series vs boston, pitts, even tor for f*ck sakes, our team is not ready. anderson and lehner are not on enough to keep our mistakes from being goals. any of the top west teams will beat us, dont give away young talent on rentals. id take picks or players that would stay, but not rentals.

    • Hax

      This is much less crazy.

      The only trades we should make should be trades that help us next season and beyond.

      Unless we can “dump” someone that’s essentially excess for a long-shot rental – that would be fine.

      • Sensnation

        That’s exactly it though, there is so much depth (excess) right now, Murray needs to move about 2-3 pieces for everything to fall into place for next season. Most of the trade bait out there is going to be the UFA types.

        I agree with not paying Vanek trade prices, but if we can move a Da Costa and 1 bottom 6 guy for a rental and a pick I can live with it.

        • Hax

          Right I think we agree. I will point out however that Murray can easily clear space over the summer – no real need to do it now. Though in some cases he might get a better return at the deadline over waiting, so I assume he’s shopping guys actively.

          • Sensnation

            Yes, agreed.

  • Cicero

    Jared Cowen is ranked #4 of 316 in the NHL in hits for defencemen, and #1 on the Sens for blocked shots. And he just turned 23.

    Your move.

    • Simple Jack

      how many times has he been on the ice when we were scored on? how many times has his man (he’s covering) scored the goal?

      your move

      • LeafsSux

        Your name says it all.. lol

      • Kohlmanator

        Same questions, but let’s change the name to Karlsson… We have a young team, they learn by making mistakes.

      • Sandy

        Cowen’s plus/minus is 0… So he can’t be doing that bad…

        • Jacques

          Maybe cuz half our offence comes when 65 is on the ice thus Cowen is on the ice. He cripples Karlsson! come on now.

    • sprucesens

      I certainly wouldn’t put him in the same untouchable category as karlsson, but I imagine he would be a main piece of a BIG trade if it were to happen. Other than that, its not likely he is going anywhere, as long as he continues to show signs of improvement.

  • sensphan

    Looking forward to watching the Sens ’13-’14 roller coaster ride continue tonight. Hopefully they bring their A-game, and can play a full 60 minutes. If they can do that, they should escape with at least a point.
    I’m also hopeful that Methot lays down another solid hipper tonight – ideally on Malkin this time. GSG!

  • EHMatt

    I’d be interested in seeing Da Costa playing on the wing with Spezza and Zibanejad. Or when Stone returns have Zibanejad move back to centre. I have a feeling it would look pretty good.

    • sprucesens

      love the profile pic

      • EHMatt

        Thank you. It’s the back of my 3rd jersey.

  • Zelle

    National Post has an article about frustrated Habs with the refereeing during the Jets game.

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/02/02/winnipeg-jets-edge-montreal-canadiens-on-michael-froliks-winner/

    • Simple Jack

      its good to see gallager get a reputation.

  • Simple Jack

    just came across this and i dont understand these stats or why they are considered hockey stats. http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=1325

    • Hax

      Click on “glossary”. Happy reading.

    • Sensnation

      Great stat page! Interesting one I noticed:

      Goals for per 20 – .759
      Goals against per 20 – .713

      Both are improvements on 2 seasons ago (last time he played most of a season), and the kicker is that equates to a goals for percentage at 5 on 5 of 0.516. This means he’s on the ice when we score more than he is on the ice when we are scored against. It’s quite an improvement on his 0.453 from 2 seasons ago, which meant the opposite.

      The big thing you have to look for with Cowen is overall improvement, and it’s there.

      • Jacques

        He’s playing with Karlsson our best defenceman! Karlsson would be a plus d-man if he wasn’t with Cowen. Many ways to look at this.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man even 2 days later. I still have that Kadri hit at the back of my mind and thinking that was our 2 points not the effing Leafs. Such a game changer and obviously a missed call. I hope the boys have moved on from it and bring their A game tonight, I sure have not. I expect a close one tonight. We need 5 out of 8 points this week and I will be more then satisfied and will def help me get over that STUPID KADRI HIT. I have a quiz tonight, hope I dont write FUCK KADRI for one of the answers haha. Anyways Anderson brings him A game tonight. Bobby scores and sens win 4-3.

    • Bob

      I hear ya.. I saw a guy wearing a Kadri jersey yesterday, after i beat him up, he said.. I deserved that.. :) (just kidding btw)

  • Simple Jack

    sorry for venting,

    as for tonights game i would’ve put lehner in net. he deserves to play more games than he does.

    i believe the last time we got beat by the leafs we went out on a roll beating the pens and boston, we’ll need another one of those weeks.

    its good to see our rivals having a tough schedule tonight as well.

    go sens!

    • Aaron 2.0

      With back-to-back games, as long as Lehner starts against STL, I have no qualms. It’s probably best to give each guy a start in these situations. If MacLean goes back with Anderson tomorrow night, i’ll be raising an eyebrow.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Would love to see the Sens play the Pens like they did the night we earned a 5-0 win. Getting a win tonight, would help push this teams confidence level through the roof and help us against St. Louis tomorrow. They will need to muster up everything they got, but I think they can do it.

    Still happy the Sens didn’t make a trade for Parenteau, especially if it was costing us a younger player. He’s one of those guys that is spotty in overall production, which when you break it all down, isn’t much worse than Michalek right now. So if that trade would have happened, I wouldn’t have been upset if Michalek went the other way. Almost the same cap hit till 2015-16. PA is 1 year older, with better knee’s.

    On Cowen, while he started out very rough this season, his time with EK hasn’t really showed he can handle the minutes and he’s building confidence. I still wonder if that was done to showcase him, or truly make a statement to him that the Team believes in him. Either way it’s a win really.

  • Sandy

    This next stretch of games is going to be very tough.
    I want the team back that played against the Habs. Fast and all over the competition.. It seems to have disappeared somewhat.
    I’m also on the side of not dealing good young players for a rental player. This team is not a Cup contender this season… so why bother?

    The Sens D for the most part, is young and inexperienced. But once they are developed it’s going to be a very good defense.. Time and patience which very few fans have.
    Hoping for a win tonight..

  • Sandy

    Off topic.. but what a game by the B-Sens on Saturday 7-1 over Portland with a total of 224 PIM’s. Maybe they should have played against the Leafs… LOL

    • Jacques

      They wouldn’t have done any worst. Lawson probably our best goalie right now!

    • MoeDozer

      if its not hoffman next in line, you gotta think prince has made a real strong case for him self lately with a recent hatrick and a 4assist game saturday. just as stone started to look like he may be an NHLer (admittedly ive never been a fan of his and continue to doubt his skating…)

      • Jacques

        Prince would bring more than Conacher I think.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We need a win.

    I hope Paul is desperate tonight in how he coaches the team. We need 2 points.

    • Simple Jack

      i would like to see the coach call a time out if there’s a momentum swing against us leading to multiple goals against, also it woudn’t hurt to switch goalies if we get off to a rough start or if theres any indcation that andy’s not playing his “a” game. you wont hurt a goalies confidence pulling him, it may hurt him more if he’s going to let in 4 or more goals.

  • T K

    Crosby likes to fall down while trying to mount Sens players

  • T K

    Regardless of the sofa based critics, Andy was the only legitimate choice to start in net tonight.

    • Cicero

      RECREASE THE ANDERSON!!

      • T K

        Exactly. Now it’s up to him to put his money where his mouth was.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Isn’t it a coin-flip? Back-to-back games. Lehner will get one, no? I’m not sure who’s the more difficult opponent, PIT or STL. I guess PIT has the scarier scoring threats. But, STL just doesn’t stop coming at you when they’re going.

      • Sandy

        Anderson was in net when the Sens beat Pitts 5-0. So I assume that’s why it was this game Andy starts. Lehner gets tomorrow?

        • Aaron 2.0

          Fair enough. I think maybe giving him the net after not a great game, and his post-game comments, is a good way to go, and as you mentioned his success against these guys last time. I’d be shocked if it’s not Lehner tomorrow.

      • T K

        Andy’s gotta prove his leadership and back up his statements with a strong performance. If he does well tonight, it legitimizes his demands that the others step up. If he flops, he’s gotta eat his words. Either way, only Andy could start tonight.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Fair point. What happens if he plays bad (so far so good)?

          • T K

            If that happens, he’ll need to keep his mouth shut when the media is around

          • Aaron 2.0

            Lol. If it’s about needing to prove your leadership on one side, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything to lose on the other side. I suspect you’re right though. Anderson is MacLean’s guy, and our guy this year. So, it has to be him at # 1. I think it’s probably an important game in the eyes of his team-mates too. He threw some of them under the bus, so he needs to have them tonight.

          • T K

            It’s bigger than that. If he has to eat crow, he’ll lose the team’s backing

          • Aaron 2.0

            I agree.

  • Cicero

    CORY!!! Oh man the puck drifted right by him with an open net. Helps to have a view from above…

  • Sandy

    Missed the first part of the game.. Is Greening injured, Chirp?

    • SensChirp

      Nope, sorry. That was Pyatt that went to the locker room after trying to hit Greening.

      • Sandy

        Thanks..

  • Sandy

    How about when you shoot the puck.. you hit the net.. Practice that more..

  • Millennium

    SDC rolling!

  • Sandy

    Do you think that Vancouver & Colorado will do the Sens a favour tonight?
    And as I right this DaCosta scores..

  • T K

    Lovely goal

  • Aaron 2.0

    Wow! ’nuff said.

  • bluebuyyoo

    Sens score and then get sent to the box. That will teach them to score.

  • Cicero

    SDC has got some skill eh?

  • Lorien

    What do you mean that was a penalty. Malkin got up, didn’t Kadri teach us anything?

    Loving how much Crysby needs his bottle tonight.

    • bluebuyyoo

      The only thing that you can truly count on in a NHL game is the inconsistency of the referees.

  • SensFanInMTL

    It was only a matter of time that Da Costa’s game would translate into something sweet. Nice fuckin hands on that goal for sure.

  • Sandy

    So we get a penalty for touching Malkin and Kadri gets nothing for trying to injure Ceci? I guess it depends on who is hit and who does the hitting. Malkin is a star.. Ceci is just a rookie..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    My God that is a dive if I’ve ever seen one.

  • SensFanInMTL

    “Senators penalty, number 15 Zack Smith, 2 minutes for a routine hockey check on Russian Crosby counterpart.”

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Like how do they call something like that? And the hit on the weekend wasn’t? I can’t believe this. Soft

      • Sandy

        No… it’s who hit Ceci (Leafs player) and who was hit tonight (Malkin).

        Same old NHL garbage…

      • SensFanInMTL

        This last week has been ridiculous. Everyone included Shanahan’s mother turns a blind eye on a vicious hit on Ceci. No reviews, no comments, no questions, no answers. Smith fuckin knocks Russian Crosby down as a simple, hockey hit and draws a penalty.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Ottawa Senators vs. The NHL

  • Tcharger

    GREAT SAVE ON ANOTHER SLOW MOVING PUCK!

    • bluebuyyoo

      Calm down. Deflection on a PP. It’s early yet.

      • Tcharger

        ridiculously slow moving puck…don’t care if there is a deflection, it was a very high in the zone deflection, plenty of time to react.

  • Michenator

    my man!

  • MoeDozer

    as this game goes by i start to remember why in fact i hate the pens more than any team yes even more than the leafs (well..maybe thats an exaggeration). they flop everytime they are touched and bettman’s favorite superstar gets away with 100s of slashes a game

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Seems like I am missing a pretty good game so far…Stupid class. I love these updates in this comment section though

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    SOFT CALL ON GRYBA MY LORD.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Neal slashed Cowen twice

  • SensFanInMTL

    I might be exaggerating or in over me head but, I honestly think someone or many people are in on folding this team. There’s just no explanation to all of the bad luck our team has been experiencing since its inception. I still don’t understand how there was no review or any discussion over the Ceci hit. And apparently you cannot body check in hockey anymore as Smith drew a penalty on a hockey hit on Malkin. This is just disgraceful.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika plays excellent defensive hockey

    • Eugenius

      Noticed Ryan playing with him and Spezz and Milo with Mac and Turris. Mika’s defensive play makes that possible.

    • Conor_smythe

      Karlsson, on the other hand…

    • esk

      lol is that why is -10? EDIT: great potential though

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We should still be up 1-0 I’m not buyin that Smithy penalty it was soft BS. Good grief.

  • Jordan Cunning

    what i find stupid is every one saying neil or philips would be better captains then spezza for one there still assistants and probably not do anything differently then what there doing because there now the captain second i don’t think anyone thinks they would be better captains they just want to be the captain alferdsson was and no one on the senators will be like alferdsson captain wise honestly spezza is our best captain option and people need to get off his back

  • Aaron 2.0

    Good first period, against a very good team. Lucky to catch them without Letang. Stay out of the box boys, there guys can make you pay.

    • Sandy

      Do you actually think the refs will keep the Sens out of the box?

  • karlssens

    How much longer are we going to make excuses for spezza? One decent game, 3 bad ones. He looks like he’s got cement legs out there man

    • Aaron 2.0

      I get the criticisms of his overall game, and his skating since coming back from injury, but he played a really good period there.

      • Michenator

        I felt like he was 50/50.

        • Aaron 2.0

          That line is playing against pretty good competition, and he still stood out for me. They probably won’t dominate tonight, but they were getting their fair share of chances. And, no brutal defensive errors. I think Zibanejad really calms down that trio, defensively.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Sorry. I guess I must have missed all of his mistakes that period. Or, is it because he has not scored tonight?

      • karlssens

        It’s his skating.. Three times they hemmed his line in our zone..

        • Jacques

          He gets hemmed in all night and then when he stands there if it isn’t within arms reach he won’t budge.

          • Aaron 2.0

            In fairness, what line(s) were Spezza et al. hemmed in against, and did they give up any gratuitous scoring chances?

          • bluebuyyoo

            Doesn’t matter Aaron. Just the fact that he gets any ice time at all pisses off the squeaky wheels.

      • Jacques

        Watch out you upset the Spezza apologists Karlssens.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Hey Jacques. Sens play a game and you shit on Spezza! Predictable, boring and out of touch.

          • Jacques

            Is it boohoo your name. I like our young players time to move 19, I’m a fan like you but I want better for this team.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Completely agree about wanting better. Benching Spezza or trading him just to get rid of him does not make this team better.

          • Eugenius

            Jason Spezza doesn’t have an even strength goal since 24 November. That is a span of 27 games.

          • bluebuyyoo

            I am not disputing that. This year he has definitely been in a slump. Given his previous performance and his potential, I feel that he should be given a chance to get back into form.

          • Eugenius

            Tough call. Does he improve with age? Or does he continue to regress. Would hate to pay him 7mil/yr if he’s going in the wrong direction.

          • bluebuyyoo

            7M is out of the question. He is still signed through 2014/15 and will have to earn a new contract the old fashioned way. Work.

          • Millennium

            Personally, my vote for keeping him revolves entirely around the cost of his next contract. If he is gonna demand $7M+ to match what he can find on UFA, I don’t support that much money unless his production rebounds in a huge huge way.

          • Jacques

            Move him, he’s our Brad Richards!

    • Jacques

      Brutal, 24 would be a nice third line center, let’s get something for him now.

      • Jacques

        I mean trade Spezza and let DaCosta play!

    • SensFanInMTL

      At this point, we’ve asked for call ups, we’ve received multiple line combinations and have had a roller coaster of a year. I blame the NHL.

    • Conor_smythe

      Ya!

      ..and dont even get me started on karlsson!

      • Jacques

        Poor Karlsson is dragging around 230lbs on the ice can’t play his game with number 2 with him.

  • FistsofNeil25

    So many ridiculously soft plays by Spezz in that period it wasn’t even funny. Overall it was a pretty good period by the Sens. Great goal by Da Costa. Zibanejad worked his ass off every shift. Turris has to at least hit the net on that 2-on-1.

  • Jacques

    Funny how we can kill the first part of the penalty with Gryba and Methot but when we trot out Karlsson and Cowen(can you move that little midget from in front of the net), we get scored on. Cowen was standing off to the side and let that pip squeak stand there:brutal.

    Love how people always throw out DaCosta and Gryba’s names in trade proposals, they’re two of our better players. WHO evaluates the talent makes me wonder. DA COSTA can really play , give him some ice, he. Should be our third line center full time!

    • Aaron 2.0

      He’s making a case to stick around with his last few games played, that’s for sure. He looks stronger this year, I think.

  • Cicero

    Guess who has 3 hits (most), one blocked shot, and is +1?

    • Aaron 2.0

      Who is it??? Lol, jk. I’m guessing it’s Cowen.

      • Jacques

        OMG proves stats are for the blind, he sucks big time!

    • Conor_smythe

      Not karlsson

      +1 is a dead giveaway

  • T K

    A season ticket renewal gift I got a couple of years ago was an autographed DaCosta puck. It’s finally looking as if it might actually be worth something someday.

  • Cicero

    Great idea! Gryba and Karlsson switching jerseys!

  • Aaron 2.0

    I know he’s a D, and it’s not his thing, but the misses on breakaways are really starting to grate on me.

    • Eugenius

      Almost as frustrating as how awful we are on 2-on-1′s

      • Aaron 2.0

        Lol. Big stop on a break-away the other way. Sigh of relief.

  • sben

    why is turris playing with conacher and condra

    • Jacques

      Condra time to find someone better!

  • karlssens

    I see greening is back to his old self haha

  • karlssens

    Da Costa looks great

  • Tcharger

    DaCosta is having a great game again…he is starting to grow on me.

    • Jacques

      When u watch Bingo he’s all over the place.

  • sben

    did the penguins announcer just say da castro?

  • Michenator

    Zibby’s back-check is incredible this game.

  • T K

    What I’d like to know is how the hell Gryba got himself in a position for a break away. Gryba?

    • Michenator

      out of the box.

      • T K

        Ah, that makes sense

  • FistsofNeil25

    I am absolutely loving SDC24 tonight. Those are words I never thought I would say.

  • luckan20

    DaCosta line is playing good hockey. Costa creating many chances.

  • Eugenius

    I crave a goal by Bobby

    • karlssens

      I crave Krispy Kreme

      • Eugenius

        fuck…now I want both….

    • sben

      I crave a goal by spezza 5-5

      • Eugenius

        lol…dream on

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I like how the Sens have been playing for the most part. The midget line’s been good, but as for Spezz’s, maybe they should try dumping the puck in and chasing; simplify their game. Too many times they’ve lost possession at the offensive blue line.

    Mika and SDC standing out.

    • Millennium

      Gaining the zone has been a problem for Spezza this year. His neutral zone play is potentially his biggest problem right now.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Milo hasn’t been great too. The best at it on that line is Mika by far.

        • FistsofNeil25

          Mika’s been on an island with those two plugs tonight.

          • Eugenius

            Mika plays better with Conacher

    • Tcharger

      That is ALWAYS what happens with his line….I have come up with about 10 different excuses depending on the season/time/weather etc.

    • Michenator

      Spezza and Michalek will both fall apart if they throw a check.

    • Jacques

      Spezz chase mmmmm not sure bout dat!

  • luckan20

    Spezza line needs to keep it simple.

    • karlssens

      Trick to the spezza line is simple, replace spezza with SDC

  • Devan

    Anybody have a stream?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Just got kicked off the TV for the frkn Batchelor ughhh

  • FistsofNeil25

    Spezza has been so much better lately, but he’s having a terrible game tonight. He looks afraid of the middle of the ice. He’s not moving his feet as well and he’s making tons of soft plays. So frustrating. Does he not realize how bad we need a win tonight?

  • karlssens

    Amazing play Cowen!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Refs missed a clear offside on this PP, too. Slowed it down on PVR Crosby was miles offside can’t believe linesman missed it.

  • T K

    Thanks for the consistent and even handed officiating, Ref.

  • FistsofNeil25

    **exhales**

  • luckan20

    Cowen coughed the puck. Gryba saved us a goal. Goodness it was not Cowen. The guy can’t skate.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Has Michalek served his time with us by now?

  • karlssens

    Insert minor trade here*

    • Jacques

      It would help!

  • Aaron 2.0

    The last few minutes really looked like is was 1st against 12th. I think we’re going to need our 3rd and 4th lines to really contribute tonight. The first 2 lines are just over-matched.

    • Jacques

      They don’t give DaCosta any ice. Smith is burnt after the fight stop matching him against Crosby we’re gonna get killed!

  • Jacques

    Cowen is a human f-up reel! Ryan must be thankful he’s back on his line! Poor Zibby, would be more effective in his center position. C’mon Murray , Claessen instead of Cowen at least he can skate!

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’ve seen three separate occasions tonight where Malkin was holding a Sens players’ stick. Not a single call.

    • SensFanInMTL

      From what’s been happening to our team as of late, that doesn’t surprise you now does it?

    • Jacques

      I heard he even holds Crosby’s stick once and awhile!

  • T K

    Nice hard shot from Zbad.

  • Cicero

    Darn good game so far.

  • Millennium

    Not nearly enough traffic in front of the net.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lovin’ the midget line.

  • Aaron 2.0

    DaCosta easily the best player tonight for the good guys.

    • Jacques

      Played 6 minutes, poor guy!

  • SensFanInMTL

    For what it’s worth playing against the best player and his team, the score is rather comfortably tamed.

  • Cicero

    Great couple of periods. Really happy with the 200′ effort and especially neutral zone coverage tonight. Andy’s seeing everything and all lines are contributing against a mroe focused Pens team this time around.

  • FistsofNeil25

    We’re incredibly lucky to be still tied at 1 after that period. Andy has stepped up big time so far. That Conacher-Da Costa-Condra line has been by far the Sens best in this game.

    Unfortunately just like Saturday night in T.O. our stars have been invisible. Spezza, Ryan, Karlsson?? Where are you guys?

    • Cicero

      Being covered like glue by the top team in the Conference?

      • Eugenius

        That can’t be a good enough excuse if this team intends on being a contender in the next year or two.

        • Jacques

          Peskiness eludes us when we don’t play the right people more!

      • FistsofNeil25

        It doesn’t matter man. If we’re going to be a playoff team our best players have to be our best almost every night.

  • Millennium

    If SDC is the real deal, can we finally trade Greening??

    • Jacques

      Greening and Condra can join him!

      • Jacques

        I think we have big bodies in Bingo who can kill penalties and at least be physical!

        • FistsofNeil25

          Like who?

          • Jacques

            Grant, Schneider, Dziurzynski, like all 3 over Condra! This team is getting small up front and wimpy. Condra if he could bury one once and awhile but he doesn’t hit or hit thenet. Plays die on his stick, a few times tonight!

          • FistsofNeil25

            Grantsure but Schneider isn’t big or physical. He’s a good two way player but you can’t say he’s better than Condra or Greening when he hasn’t played one shift in the NHL. That’s a huge stretch man. Dziurzynski is brutal bud. You’re reaching a bit my man lol

          • Jacques

            Schneider can finish for god’s sake! Dziurzynski never looked bad cept for the KO!

          • FistsofNeil25

            He never looked good either. Just because Schneider can finish in the AHL doesn’t mean it will translate to the big leagues. Condra and Greening were pretty decent finishers in the AHL too.

            My point is we’re not going to be a better team by replacing Greening and Condra with guys like you mentioned.

          • Jacques

            Schneider almost point per game in minors Condra wasn’t doing that,

      • Millennium

        For his salary and his defensive play and possession stats, Condra is worth keeping on your 4th line. Just not to score any goals. Greening is redundant and ineffective.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Condra would be missed more than people know, I think. Really good 4th line player.

          • Jacques

            Barely 4th line.

          • Millennium

            More valuable than a Kassian or a Neil. Condra is a possession machine. There’s a reason they tried to use him to get Spezza going. Condra’s game is about always having control of the puck for our team.

          • Jacques

            In that context I agree, although Neil finishes better lol.

  • Senator-Stanley

    The Habs traded player #61 today

    • Jacques

      I know damn, no more suicide passes!

    • CUP 2014-15

      lol

  • karlssens

    I like
    Condra. He is fair value for his salary.. Greening needs to leave

    • Jacques

      Do you resign Condra or finally let some of the Bingo guys play?

  • FistsofNeil25

    14-15-25 are brutal in the defensive zone right now. They’re chasing the play too much tonight.

    • Jacques

      Smith is tired a big fight zaps ya!

  • Jacques

    DaCosta pp please!

  • Jacques

    Spezza great back check on MALKIN.

  • Jacques

    The refs blow big time!

  • FistsofNeil25

    WHAT A DIVE!

  • T K

    Of course, Adams holding the stick doesn’t matter…

  • karlssens

    That was a solid pp boys

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    LOL KYLE TURRIS ISN’T THAT STRONG. GOODNESS GRACIOUS THAT’S SOFT.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Our power-plays have only served the other team over the past few games. Just simplify it guys. F*ck.

  • Jacques

    Cowen carrying the puck, scary.

    • Sensnation

      He didn’t give up though, he skated right back and got it defensively. All you can ask out of anyone who makes a mistake.

  • FistsofNeil25

    It’s amazing the bullshit this Shittsburgh team gets away with.

    • Jacques

      Refs will get us soon I’ve seen this game before!

  • T K

    93 is the winger for 19. Hockey smarts and speed. Those are the key requirements

  • luckan20

    Tonight Cowen, Spezza and Ryan are playing very poorly. The last rush Spezza was his best so far in this game. Damn! Cowen moving the puck and anytime the guy is going to mess up tonight.

    • Jacques

      Nah u r seeing things(sarcasm of course)!

  • T K

    Hard to believe that Martin Short is getting old. He’s got those turkey neck wrinkles

    • Jacques

      When he gets stung by a bee he puffs up!

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Save of the year!

    • FistsofNeil25

      Disgusting. Can’t believe it.

      • T K

        Karlsson can’t believe it either

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Great save.

  • Jacques

    Pffffff!

    Not a good trade off in the box!

  • Jacques

    Don’t like the four on four matchup!

  • Sensnation

    The chances are definitely there!

  • Jacques

    No penalty there!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Too many penguins on the ice!

  • Sandy

    The NHL is a cheat..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CMON GUYS LETS GOOO

    • Jacques

      Better put out the low risk talented guys , TUrris please and DaCosta!

  • Guest
  • Aaron 2.0

    Okay guys! Keep it simple. Good puck movement. No stupid plays at the line in a 1-1 game against Pit.

  • Sensnation

    Over 50% in the dot so far tonight! Need a key win to get this PP started.

  • T K

    That many players: should be a 5 on 3 for Sens

  • Jacques

    Can we put Karlsson and Ceci on the point, MaCLean blows!

  • xiorcal

    Just came back home. How did they play tonight?

  • Aaron 2.0

    Worse change of all time, and it almost didn’t get called. Just brutal!

  • T K

    Glad to see Sens crashing and banging

  • Jacques

    Gryba nice!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    You gotta give it to our guys though. They’re staying in it against a world class team.

    Andy’s been solid.

    • roon42 .

      Had it not been for the only good save Fleury has ever made the sens would be up one as well.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Agreed, although at the same time the Pens have had their chances too. It’s been a good game.

        • roon42 .

          Yea andy is playing awesome, and he has been since Christmas, it feels so good to have our solid number 1 goaltender back.

    • Aaron 2.0

      2nd was a bit of a gong show, but Andy’s giving us a chance. Got to make sure we get at least get 1 point now. I don’t like talking like that, but that’s the way it is in the NHL these days.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Stealing at least a point tonight would be amazing

  • T K

    It’s coming….

  • FistsofNeil25

    The only infraction Pittsburgh doesn’t get away with is too many men, Slashing, hooking, holding and cross-checking seem to all be fair game against us tonight.

    • T K

      Not to mention the text-book classic interference on Milo in front of the net around 17:00

  • Jacques

    Scary moments!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Andy!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    So I just got home. How the boys looking tonight!! Great to see Anderson having a great game. Lets get this point and the second one! I am calling a ryan game winner

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Where is Maccarthur?

    • Millennium

      MIA, not on the bench

    • Senator-Stanley

      Wondering the same thing. Noticed Conacher playing with Ryan & Turris

    • Roar…

      Noticed this as well. I’m guessing he got hurt. He didn’t have a shift in the last ten minutes of the game. If he’s done we’re probably done.

  • Jacques

    Phew!

  • Sensnation

    1 point in the bag!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Earned the point. The Sens kept themselves in it. That’s how you want it with the Pens at home.

    Good game for them.

  • FistsofNeil25

    This game has been men vs boys. Sens owe this point to Andy. They better go get him the other point now.

    • Andrews theory

      Considering he owes them more than a few games this year, that’s ok

  • SensFanInMTL

    Point’s a point. Give it to us. Now let’s take the other.

    p.s. shootouts drive me nuts and I wish to not have to witness it tonight.

  • Sandy

    Well they had better take it in OT.. If they go to a shootout against the Pens.. it will be a guaranteed loss. Their shooters who are great against Andy.. who in the shootouts leaves a lot to be desired..

    • FistsofNeil25

      Fleury hasn’t allowed a shootout goal against him yet this season.

  • Jacques

    Cowen on ice in OT what a disaster.

    • Jacques

      Play the 4 guys who can skate!

  • T K

    Crosbaby pushes Smith into Andy. Arsehole

  • Jacques

    Can we play our guys who can create offence? 14 and 15???

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Honestly. Ryan is one of our most skilled players and he is not on the ice for Overtime

  • Jacques

    Put Spezza out there lovely , MaCLean is an idiot!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    The Pens are such a good team man. I’m not even mad. Hard earned point the guys did what they could.

  • Senator-Stanley

    Greening with the stupid line change and missed his assignment.

  • Andrews theory

    For fuck sakes Spezza…

    • T K

      No, that was on Greening

    • Jacques

      Exactly. You know send out Ryan and Zibby, Conacher and DaCosta, TUrris and whoever not 19 your biggest defensive liability , thecoaching decisions are terrible. MaCLean starting to think he fluked it last year!

  • T K

    Bad timing for a change….

  • roon42 .

    I like the part where spezza couldn’t get it out and then skated backwards out of our own end.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yeah, well he lost it then …. Didn’t try to repair his mistake

      • peetypuck

        Somebody else was supposed to do that, oh don’t you know?

  • karlssens

    Spezza is a terrible captain.

    • Jordan Cunning

      your a terrible fan

      • karlssens

        You’re *

  • FistsofNeil25

    Spezza soft on the puck as usual as he’s out-musceled by Neal. What else is new.

    • Andrews theory

      Totally unacceptable

  • karlssens

    What kind of a fucking effort is that on the boards???

    • SenaTHOR

      Man it was all Spezza

      • peetypuck

        Spezza has such terrible luck. He’s almost always on the ice when we get scored on. Him or Michalek.

        • SenaTHOR

          Replace luck with lazyness.

    • Jacques

      The usual!

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Hurray for spezzzzaaaa oups…. He did it again

    • peetypuck

      Yeh, Spezza puts an end to the game.

  • sprucesens

    why o why did they play their defensive forwards in OT??? Smith, greening, michalek all starting. Where’s turris, zibby, spezza, macA, ryan, da costa?? No ceci or wiercioch either. wtf maclean

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We were thoroughly outplayed for the majority of the game. A point against the Penguins at home is a good one.

    • sprucesens

      true enough, andy got us a point there

      • Tcharger

        Anderson let in a soft goal to tie the game up(I will admit he was great following that)…but that goal shouldn’t have gone in.

        • sprucesens

          naa, that was a solid deflection. can’t save everything. Something going from top shelf to 5 hole in an instant isn’t something that is always gonna be stopped, especially with the smaller pads this year.

          • Tcharger

            I disagree..but that is fine, I will admit he more than made up for it.

    • karlssens

      Yah let’s just accept that we are the bitch of the league and accept 1 point games

      • Sensnation

        Have you seen Edmonton?

        • Jacques

          Let’s aspire for more!

          • Sensnation

            Always do, but you have to have the patience to get there!

  • Dirk-Diggler

    That one isn’t on Spezza… It was Greening for making a bad change… but regardless. Let’s be happy with the point. We didn’t deserve it

    • Senator-Stanley

      Totally agree with you.

      • Jacques

        Get the puck out with a little effort!

    • FistsofNeil25

      Spezza was the one who was soft along the boards on the puck and then both him and Greening left the defensive zone.

    • Andrews theory

      Once the puck was on his stick 5 feet from the blue line, yes it is absolutely his fault…that has to come out

  • Aaron 2.0

    Well, hard to figure out how you’re ever suppose to get any offensive chance with who MacLean sends out. Sure, it’s nice to have defensive minded player on for the penguins best. But, they have too many. They can just keep cycling them. I’ve been less than impressed with MacLean’s use of players over the last couple games. Great game by Anderson. Boys fought hard tonight against a better team. Good job securing the point!

  • SensFanInMTL

    That was either a great play by the Pens or a very shitty play by our guys.

  • FistsofNeil25

    If that game just taught me anything it’s that the Sens are no where close to becoming contenders in this league. Not even close. We were taken to school in every aspect of the game tonight. Kudos to Andy for earning us a point.

    Bryan Murray has a lot of work to do if he and Melnyk think this team can legitimately take a run at the cup any time soon.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      I will give this comment a bunch of and fistsofneil and disagree. At the end of the day we were in the game and are 1-0-1 agaisnt the best team in the Eastern Conference. A point is a point and lets keep picking them up throughout the next few games. I am not saying we can contend throughout the playoffs but as proven in the last couple years. Anything can happen (Sens vs Rangers series and Habs Sens series last year) I believe we can make some noise eventually. Its coming I feel confident.

      • FistsofNeil25

        We’re going to need to add some solid vets to this club if that’s going to happen any time soon. We’re soooo inexperienced and against teams like Pittsburgh it really shows.. We show way too much respect to the oppositions best players. Look at what Kessel and company did to us on saturday night,

        We aren’t a hard enough team to play against.

        • Zelle

          We are not a cup contender but I could see the team making a decent run in two years, providing that management doesn’t make any rush moves/trades.

  • Gordon Ramsli

    O captain! My captain….

    • Gordon Ramsli

      Least we got a point

  • Andrews theory

    Seriously, how does smith get called for boarding and there is nothing on Kadri the other night.., un fucking believable

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I’m STILL mad at that, too.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Turning on the Van-Det game hoping for a ‘Nucks win.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Okay Colorado and Vancouver. Score some goals!

  • SensFanInMTL

    #BelieveInTheShield

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

      Are you saying me you and chirp come down on the ice and power bomb everyone not wearing a sens jersey?

      • SensFanInMTL

        Oui, monsieur.

      • SensFanInMTL

        And everybody else trying to bury our team. Because this is ridiculous.

      • Doc

        I call shotgun on the elbow drops.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    That’s a good point though, I’m just a lil sad that they aren’t pesky… Since spezza came back they are back to 500 ish hockey

    • FistsofNeil25

      Hmmm I wonder why?? Michalek, Zibby and Conacher were all playing their best hockey when #19 was out. Coincidence? Nah.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Yeah cause they had more ice time…. And didn’t got slowed down by our lazy captain. Spezza isn’t playing super bad, but he does take away from this team’s peskyness

  • Roar…

    I’m seriously starting to hate our coach. What’s with the losing fucking mentality? Conacher & Da Costa should have been out over those boards. Instead we troll out Smith & Greening to face Neal & Malkin in 4-on-4. Why the fuck are we playing to try and not lose rather than playing to win. It’s so frustrating to watch. Fucking hate it.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Good news for the Sens is that they sucked me into renewing my season tickets for next year last week when I believed we were going in the right direction. They do it every year when we go on a 5-6 game heater…

  • Sensnation

    Da Costa scores the only goal and only gets 9:07 minutes!

    He’s done well in what little time he gets.

    • Andrews theory

      Great way to stay in the line up. That is of course if you don’t have Kassian on your team..

    • sprucesens

      yeah, i was gonna give him credit. he’s got 3 goals in very limited ice time. I think he is earning his ice time, and then some. Looks good every time he is out there. Lots of pressure in the other end. Hopefully the coach actually starts seeing it. To bad he wasn’t bigger

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

    I wanted a trade in November. .. people called me crazy

    • Sensnation

      There isn’t much of a market in the league in November. Hell the trade market is still only starting to heat up!

  • luckan20

    Costa played well both ends. Our captain coughed the puck in OT, but no back check or putting effort to get the puck.

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

    Tomorrow is a new start

  • luckan20

    Spezza line sucked;
    Turris line below average;
    Costa line was outstanding;
    Smith line was below average;
    Anderson played well;
    Cowen sucked;
    Gryba, Ceci and Wiercioch played better;
    BM don’t rush because this team sucks in specialty team and lately 5 on 5 too.

    • bluebuyyoo

      LOL! Best post tonight summing up our bi-polar, ADD fanbase.

      • Sensnation

        Exactly! Surprised more fans aren’t satisfied with the point. It’s becoming Toronto/Montreal in here after every loss, like they don’t understand the concept that a loss happens in pro sports.

        • sprucesens

          meh, nickofTime has the best comment above. sums up ALL of our problems. Namely karlsson, he needs to be traded. Man he hit the nail on the head.

          /end sarcasm

        • FistsofNeil25

          I’m thrilled with the point but I’m very disappointed in our “best” players tonight. We needed a big game out of some of them and they didn’t deliver…just like Saturday in Toronto.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Bingo! Last 2 games we have seen SDC, Neil & Greening score. Not gonna win very many games if they are the only guys scoring goals.

        • luckan20

          It is not about the point, but the effort. Point doesn’t add character. We don’t have much games to talk about point here and point there. It is all about making a statement after a big loss to the Leafs. We basically didn’t show up tonight and so called 4th line outplayed the rest of over paid lines.

      • luckan20

        When your team’s best players suck, you call me bi-polar. You need a life pal. Are you having any crush on the listed players — dummy. I summed it briefly by stating the lines and how they played, unless you are watching a different game.

        • bluebuyyoo

          Would you have posted the same thing if Karlsson had scored the winner on Fleury? I am disappointed with the loss, but I am pleased with the point and I hope that they play a better game tomorrow.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Via NHL.com:

    Vanek rejects NYI offer, may be traded: report

    Interested or skip?

    • Shibal

      What’s the point when you have Macarthur, Ryan, and possibly Spezza to sign next season.

      • SensFanInMTL

        I believe Vanek is a better upgrade to Michalek who I hope is dealt for at trade’s end.

    • Dirk-Diggler

      Skip… He’s a great player but the Sens unloaded the shelves for Ryan… Need to stick with what we got and get more building blocks. But offer him a deal in the summer at 7.5 for 7 years…

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

      We can try to sign him for spezza…wait forgot we are under melnyk kingdom

    • Sensnation

      He’s going to UFA, so unless it’s a cheap rental price wait until then. I think his skill would benefit any team, especially the Sens.

  • NickofTime

    Ottawa doesn’t need another small soft player with no compete level, we have too many of those guys already, what we need to do is get rid of them. After watching Spezza & Karlsson constantly give the puck away again tonight with those stupid blind passes they just don’t get what a liability they are to the team & how many games they lose because of it. Both are weak on the puck defensively, Spezza fucked up a play to give them the first goal & then he loses a simple little puck battle & it cost us the game.

    I counted ten giveaways by Karlsson alone before I stopped counting, we have to get rid of these two liabilities. They obviously are not getting better or learning from their mistakes they just keep making more of them & Maclean doesn’t seem to be benching them because of it. Speaking of trades BM should ship both of them out of town, I would love to see a Spezza & Karlsson for Legwand & Weber. I’m sick of watching this crap & why can’t anyone on this team not hit Crosby or Kadri, bunch of pussies.

    • Dirk-Diggler

      Over reacting much?

    • sprucesens

      not even sure what to say to that. so i’ll say this.

      NO

    • Tcharger

      Check the end table….think you dropped your soother.

      • Mark

        Lmfao

      • FistsofNeil25

        Aren’t you glad we started Andy tonight Tcharger?

        • Tcharger

          Nope….but he played well.

          • FistsofNeil25

            haha he’s the only reason why we escaped that game with a point and you know it. He redeemed himself tonight for calling out the boys on saturday

    • SensFanInMTL

      Getting rid of Spezza, but more importantly Karlsson? I love everyone because hate is a very powerful thing to have or do. But you are nuts dude.

    • Andrews theory

      You do realize that Karlsson also leads the league in take always right?

      Spezza thing I get, he’s probably the most frustrating player in Sens history but Karlsson spends the game carrying a 230lb weight on his back and arguably tends to try and do to much from time to time.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Spezza hurts everyone, including King Karl

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

    Anyone plays video games here thats not 13 and tries to mock me?

    • SensFanInMTL

      I’m about to head on GTA V. Meilleur jeu j’ai jamais jouer dupuis…. Ever?

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

        xbox ou ps3?

        • SensFanInMTL

          Sony my man.

    • sprucesens

      …ya why

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

        Trying to find a small amount of people to play from time to time

        • sprucesens

          vid games is pretty broad. 360, 1, ps3,ps4, pc….

    • Tcharger

      I am on PSN

      gosensgo1979

  • Floridasensfan

    Not usually on Spezza but after he loses the puck he coasts backwards out of the zone, he was too late coming in after that to save the shot. Spezza cost us that goal.
    Andy really deserved a win.
    Not saying trade everyone or anything but that was no effort by Spezza

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Very well stated.

    • FistsofNeil25

      There was no effort by him at all tonight. He was a soft perimeter player who showed few signs of interest tonight. Where was Bobby too? These two guys are supposed to lead us offensively.

      You can’t win in this league without your best players playing to their potential. There’s a reason why we’re sitting in 11th spot in the east. Hopefully Columbus and Philly lose tonight.

    • Shibal

      Coasting is the biggest problem with Spezza. Once he gets beat in the neutral zone during his backcheck he always just gives up I noticed, hoping the defense will take care of the rest; Huge contrast between his backchecking and Zibanejad’s.

  • Sandy

    When is Detroit going to lose an f’in game…
    Thank you Colorado..
    Now Anaheim and SJ.. Do the Sens a favour please..

  • SenaTHOR

    Not a hater of Cowen but the guy is a pylon. I counted 8 times guys got to the outside. Its just a matter of accelerating backwards with the play.

    • Jacques

      It was bad!

  • SenaTHOR

    PW46 played better tonight in his sheltered minutes.

  • H POTTER

    I don’t get how a half Spezza is worth dressing every night when je clearly is under some kind of lingering issue. He only skates when he has the puck on a rush, tries a play, if the puck goes back to him, he can’t even skate. He stays on the same spot and tries to make another pass. On the so called rush with Jim and Zib, he gets the pass back from Zib and he looked like he’s so surprised. Makes an attempt without even skating, flat footed. I think I only saw him brush ( not hit) someone once the whole game. What can Turris, Zib (if he’s giving the chamce to act as his natural role I’d a top 6 centerman) can’t do that Spezza can. And please people stop it with comparing EK65 with Spezza. Yes he will do do some high risk plays but guess what? He skates faster than the entire team. Spezza doesn’t skate at ALL. We had a good chance of getting 2 pts. I’m still glad we have 1. But it sucks to loose it in that fashion on a lazy play by your 1C. That is not acceptable

    • SenaTHOR

      My wife who knows very little about hockey said is that #19 lazy?

      • H POTTER

        So sad…

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Bingo with spezza ! He is the laziest player in the nhl with Lecavalier. Karlsson is the only D men that can play like that since he has the speed to cover his turn overs. I’m not nervous when king karlsson is in the ice, I’m nervous when spezza is on the ice with Phillips.

      Spezza is taking the spot of better players on this club, it doesn’t fit with. PMac system. When your the only player that doesn’t backcheck ( he never did, well ok he did sometimes but not consistently enough ) you just don’t fit with the team ! And your the captain ! Freaking wake up !!!! And play like you did 2 years ago

  • sprucesens

    I think i will give credit today. Anderson played well enough to give us a chance. Gryba i would say had a very good game. He was on the ice every 2nd shift, and did a good job each time. Liking him more and more. Cowen was slow on a few plays, but generally made the smart play most times. And not many D won’t look slow against pittsburgh. Da Costa is definitely one of our better players during his callup. He’s gaining the offensive zone and keeping it there. Also, 3 goals is pretty good in minimal ice time. Don’t think i’ll rag too much on the negatives, but the big question is why the heck we played defensive forwards in OT. No turris, ryan, zib, conacher, da costa, spezza, macA even though he may be injured… That’s on the coach.

    Thats simply not gonna win you hockey games. Really hope spezza is playing injured, so it makes up for his lack of back checking lately/this year. And i hope it gets fully healed over the olympic break. Maybe he should watch what the top captains in the world do for their team, on the olympic stage, and take some notes.(toews, crosby, tavares and a few more). I’d sooner him put up 30 less points, and be a force in his own end, than be coasting around the blue line waiting for everyone else to get the puck up to him. anyways, hopefully they rebound tomorrow, or this can be a very tough week

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Yes, you are correct about Spezza. If he doesn’t produce he’s gonna hurt the team more then he helps them. They are a 500ish club with him in the lineup, since he’s not a hard backchecker, not good defensively… He needs to put up 100 points to help out.

      I just hate the fact that the solution is sooooooo easy to get this club winning. Get Phillips and Spezza out ! It’s that simple, we will be the pesky sens that everyone like. It happened after Christmas and we had 4 wins in a row ! Not saying that we would be first place but we certainly would be pesky and a better club then a 500 ish club.

      Spezza + Phillips out = 2nd , 3rd round of playoffs

      • bluebuyyoo

        Ok. I am a Spezza fan, but last night was his absolute worst game this season. No excuse for dogging that badly. If he is playing injured, he should be out of the lineup.
        However, saying that he needs to put up 100 points to “help out” is friggin’ ridiculous. So, anything less than 100 points from JS makes him expendable? LOLOL!

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          Well of course I’m exaggerating the point is… He needs to put lots of points to counter his liability.

          He was ok on the third line with grinders he did played well with them but please don’t put him with zbad, zbad is way to fast for him

          • bluebuyyoo

            Having him with Zbad limits the liability. it’s like having EK with Methot or, in the past, Kuba. They make up for EK’s defensive lapses and let him free-wheel.

            That said, JS is beyong a slump. Having playing through whatever is ailing him is not working.

  • Sandy

    So when Stone is healthy — does he stay and DaCosta goes down… Or does DaCosta stay… Or is DaCosta traded?

  • Richard Gough

    Looking like I going have to pull out my Hate Spezza hat

  • Jacques

    Introducing your 2014-15 senators

    MacArthur-TUrris-Ryan
    Hoffman-Zibby-Stone
    Puempel-DaCosta-Lazar
    Kramer-Smith-Pageau
    Schneider

    Methot-Karlsson
    Claessen-Ceci
    Wiorcioch-Gryba
    Boro

    Lehner

    I don’t think that Melnyk cares if he gets two home games in the playoffs to be honest. Sens will finish the real rebuild. Bye bye Spezza, Michalek, Phillips, Neil, Anderson, Greenin,Condra(not resigned),Cowen(can’t skate will be traded as well).

    There you go that should be the master plan. Sens should get a couple of firsts and a couple of seconds and maybe a couple of decent players to add to our pretty good lineup. Don’t be fooled I see something like this happening.

    • Jacques

      All the new money affords the Sens some time to do it right. And you know what the above team would probably still make the playoffs. Pesky will be back in 2014-15.

    • FistsofNeil25

      That looks like another non-playoff team to me. How much longer do you want to see the rebuild last? If we’re going to get rid of all those guys hat you suggest then wouldn’t the goal be to replace them with something better?

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      I don’t like that lineup at all, way to many young players. Honestly, I just want spezza and Phillips out. I’d like to get something for them though, not just picks

    • RUSH RLZ

      Nice line-up! That should be good for 14th or 15th in the East!

    • Doc

      Did you wear a hockey helmet at all times when you were young?

  • Mark

    I keep saying it….where was Bobby Ryan?! This guy is invisible far too often.

  • LeafsSux

    Wow cant cha just feel the love going on here right now.. Oh no the sky is falling.. Geesh

  • sensphan

    I missed the first period of the game yesterday, but from what I saw, it looked like Ottawa was skating harder than normal, finishing a lot more of their checks, and got bailed out by Anderson on numerous occassions. And what a save by Fleury on EK65!
    I’m generally in the Spezza camp, but I would never play him in OT. You could try and insulate him with 3 Shea Webers and he’d still manage to find a way to make the lazy play that’ll ultimately lose them the game. I’m not sure what he was doing on that play, but there was ZERO hustle to get back and cover Neal. Surely, Ottawa can ice an overtime roster with forwards who can hustle, play with some compete level, and not be a complete liability. It’s getting harder and harder to cheer for 19.
    Hopefully the boys aren’t too gassed or bruised for tonight’s game. Should be another difficult test…

  • Doc

    Wow, this place is brutal on game nights.

    I feel for you Chirp.

    • bluebuyyoo

      Xanex (Alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and nausea.

      Hey Chirp! You could use a couple of Xanex sponsor banners on your website. Likely drive your revenue through the roof :-)

      • Doc

        Haha no kidding. Good business model for sure.