Game Day- Sens Continue Playoff Push vs. Nashville

SensChirp March 10, 2014 349
Game Day- Sens Continue Playoff Push vs. Nashville

On the heels of an important win against the Winnipeg Jets, the Ottawa Senators return to the friendly confines of the Canadian Tire Centre hoping to keep pace in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Ottawa got a bit of a favour from the New York Rangers yesterday afternoon as they blanked the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 to prevent Detroit from extending their lead in the standings. But with so many other teams in the hunt for the final couple spots, Ottawa has to make sure they keep racking up points. After tonight, the Senators don’t play again until Saturday night so these two points are crucial if they want to keep pace.  Plenty of scoreboard watching tonight too with other important games including Pittsburgh vs. Washington, Phoenix vs. Tampa Bay, Columbus vs. Dallas and Toronto vs. Anaheim.

Tonight’s opposition- the Nashville Predators, roll into Ottawa having lost their last four games, scoring just three goals along the way. Playoffs were far-fetched for the Preds to begin with but this recent losing streak has all but sealed their fate. They come into tonight’s game trailing the Dallas Stars by ten points for the final spot in the West.

Clarke MacArthur will miss a second straight game for the Senators. He skated briefly before the morning skate but did not join the main group. The injury isn’t believed to be that serious though and he’s likely to return in time for Saturday’s game. With MacArthur out, Matt Kassian will play a second straight game. Patrick Wiercioch is a healthy scratch on defence.

Here’s how the Senators are expected to line up for this one

Hoffman-Turris-Ryan
Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
Greening-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Zibanejad-Condra

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Cowen-Gryba

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Well Sens fans, with the Win in Winnipeg, the Sens sit 4 points shy of the last Wild Card spot. This is the same position they were in after losing to both Edmonton and Calgary, so nothing has really changed, outside of the mood of the team.

    It’s amazing what a 5 goal and near 50 save performance will do to a club. In retrospect, 2 of 4 in the West is a pretty good outcome for Eastern teams this year. While we all would have loved to see 4 wins, It’s time to move on and get ready for what’s coming.

    The next few games will be a true test, Preds, Habs, Avalanche, Rangers, Lightning and the list goes on. Even with the Preds and Habs on losing streaks, there really are no easy games anymore. I just hope having to play against some of the top tier teams down the stretch brings forth a better Senators squad on the ice. We always seem to play better against better competetion, so lets hope that trend continues.

    Been watching the standings. Most of the top 6 have continued to roll, in the last 10. But seeing a team like Tampa take the slide they have, and Philly climbing the ladder up, you get the feeling that anything can still happen.

    • Millennium

      Technically that’s not true. Our point differential hasn’t changed, but our competitions has. This isn’t a race to catch whoever’s in 8th so much as it is a race to beat Columbus (and others) past them. The losses in Alberta means that the impact of a competitors win is much bigger on our odds. Every loss takes control of the standings away from our team and puts it on the out-of-town scoreboard.

      Our chances to make the playoffs now depend very much on Columbus and others losing a LOT of games. If we had won 2 games out West, that number would be smaller.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I am attending the game tonight hoping that this wont be the last game I attend ( I hope the next game is a game in the playoffs). I am expecting a slow start from the boys. They should all play their hearts out considering they have 4 days off I am sure they dont want to wait 4 days to get another W if they lose tonight so lets hope they show up and get the 2 pts! I am 3-1-1 when I attend games so lets hope they keep my streak going. GO SENS GO

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      2-1-1

  • CC

    I’m expecting a battle tonight against the Preds. We’ve got size on 3 of 4 lines which should match up nicely. A bit worried about scoring as Rinne held Pitts to 3 , Blues to 2 and Blue Jackets to 1. Then again, they’ve really struggled to find the back of the net. should be a good game.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      The reason for that, Pekka Rinne is back. I’d love to have him in the Senators system.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    So it’s Underwoods birthday today… I’m hoping Mikey doesn’t score for her tonight but, he probably will… All former Sens players come back to haunt us.

    • Andrews theory

      hopefully he’s too tired from scoring last night ;-)

    • MethotToMyMadness

      It may be Underwoods Birthday today, but Bobby Ryan’s Birthday is March 17th, that’s Saint Patrick’s Day. That’s good enough for 2 goals, too many beers and a hell of a good night. ;)

      Also, yesterday was Greening and Phillip’s Birthday. So that trumps Underwood as well.

      • Sandy

        And Paul McLean’s birthday as well… yesterday.

    • Simple Jack

      He’s always going to score on her birthday,

      He going to do it all night long.

  • Andrews theory

    game plan from here on in should be easy for PMAC, we are going to win or lose with our best players…
    choose a
    1st line (19 minutes a night)
    2nd line (18 minutes a night)
    3rd line (15 minutes a night)
    4th line (8 minutes a night)
    play them accordingly.
    In the event of confusion, Neil, Smith and Greening should not be above 8 minutes a night.

    • illdistrict

      It’s interesting, the game against the Jets, PMAC started off by rolling first 4 lines. Doing so can really wear down the opposing team. Especially with the deadline trade, Preds are using Colton Sisson’s for 4th line center – ZBJ clearly has the advantage.

      You’re right though, Milo-Spez-Hem and Ryan-Turris-Hoff should see ample playing time. These are clearly you’re number 1 and number 2. PLAY THEM!

      • Andrews theory

        I think if you can legitimately roll 4 lines, its a huge advantage down the stretch but as we’ve witnessed this year, our team isn’t as deep as we thought…

    • Sandy

      Smith, Neil & Greening are supposed to be the checking line… That’s probably why their toi is up..

  • Andrews theory

    ever wonder why we win more often than not with Kassian in the lineup?
    4th line has limited minutes giving the skill lines more time to create…

    • illdistrict

      Sad to see that ZBJ only played 07:51 against the Jets.

      • Dirk-Diggler

        As Roger Clemens would say… This is a season to mis-remember

  • SuperSENS

    I found this rather amusing :)

    http://isglennhealyfiredyet.com/

    • Andrews theory

      thank you

    • Simple Jack

      Waste of my data usage…

      • SuperSENS

        :P

  • Hannibal

    Word is that he is being aggressively coveted by TSN to endow and enlighten us with his unbiased analysis for their upcoming Sens package. Can this gross sense of humour be any more repulsive???

  • aegiszx

    With how stacked the Western teams are, there should be some pretty routine wins…
    Phoenix > Lightning
    Stars > Jackets
    Ducks > Leafs

    Really should be no surprises tonight… We just have to do our part.

    • Dirk-Diggler

      let’s hope!!!!

    • Andrews theory

      when your top offensive threat is Vermette, i dont know how routine winning is…

      • illdistrict

        Looking at their lineup i think most lines are contributing. 8 players with 34 points or more. We’ve got 5.

        • aegiszx

          Yeah I think the Yotes are a club that have long formed their identity… and thats what makes them so successful. Really consistent now, and barely stray from their suffocating system.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I think we’re really under-estimating the CBJ. I don’t see the Stars as a favorite in that one. Maybe even under normal circumstances. It looks like McElhinney will start for Columbus. Hopefully the Stars can exploit that.

      • aegiszx

        I dont think anyone is underestimating the Jackets, I just think the Stars are booming right now. That duo of Seguin/Benn is crazy good. The Jackets are definitely the Sens of last year, over performing with a red hot Vezina goalie.

        • illdistrict

          TT isn’t a Vezina runner up. Kari L being out may hurt their chances. It’s a test for the 39 year old to see if he can keep them in the running!..

        • Aaron 2.0

          Fair enough – When Seguin and Benn are clicking it’s just fun to watch! I probably still hold CBJ in higher regards than most. They continue to improve as a team. And, last year they actually just missed the playoffs by zero points (due to losing the tie-breaker against Min). Add that they did that in a much tougher conference
          (and with no out-of-conference games). Their record seems par for the course in the East, IMO.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          Red hot two years in a row. It took him a little long this year to get on track, but it seems like he’s picked himself up now. What a steal from Philly. Almost as good as Bishop from Ottawa. Ouch!

  • aegiszx

    Also somewhat related… Got a chance to grab the Hawks/Sabres game last night in Buffalo! Really nice arena surprisingly (first time there) and fans (Buffalo itself is still pretty… dead)… and Conacher is still a little pesky runt. I liked him on the Sens, and I can see him developing into a Marchand type of player. Annoying as hell wow the guy was chirpin the Hawks bench all night. Hopefully he doesnt turn into a Sens killer or Neiler will have to clean his clock LOL

    Have no idea what Timmy is going to do with that club but last night they looked like they played hard. Seems like theyve really bought into Ted Nolan’s system. That and the fact that the Hawks didnt feel like playing as per Enroth (“Chicago stopped playing after the first period”).

  • MB

    If Spezza’s line picks up right where they left off expect all 4 lines to really dominate the game.

  • Simple Jack

    Its nice to have scoring on multiple lines, if the spezza line can prove to be a number 1 line than the turris line will be much more effective vs 2nd lines in the league.

    Lets hope we can get rollin’

    Go Sens!

  • Doc

    Alright, Fisher as the team’s #1 center is hilarious.

    They have a hard time scoring they said….lol.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    I’m startimg to look at it in baseball terms (given the moneyball being played these days around here).

    We are 2.5 games behind the last wildcard spot. The extra .5 is because we would lose the tiebreaker. So, we need to pick up 2 additional wins and a loser point over the next 18 games.

    Sounds so simple, but we’ve been 1-5 points out of a playoff spot for months now.

    • Sensnation

      Doesn’t matter when the points are made up, as long as they are in the end. Still hoping this Sens team has a run in them. Nothing better than going into the playoffs on a hot streak!

  • iKarly65

    Random question… why is SensChirp owned by The Score Media?

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Ha…someone discovered whois :)

      • iKarly65

        No, I knew about it. I was looking to see the connection between SensChirp and Broker4Tickets since he plugs B4T too much. I find them expensive relative to StubHub, so I was wondering what motivation there was to promote a more expensive alternative? They probably know each other.

        So if SensChirp is anonymous then who is this Benjie guy that works for The Score mentioned as the owner/registrant of the domain?

        • SensChirp

          The plugs for B4T are for a few reasons.

          First off, I know them and they are great guys. Second, they provide me with awesome prizes to give out to readers like the four pairs of tickets we gave away today and third, they send tickets to me once and awhile.

          When SensChirp started it was part of a blog network that was picked up by Score Media. You’ll recall I used to do live blogs over there a few years back. They originally registered the domain which has long since be transferred to me.

          Hope that clears everything up.

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Mystery solved…now on to how they get the caramel in the caramilk bar :)

  • Miguel

    ok so it really is crunch time, every time we have an impressive win this year, we seem to come back and shit the bed.
    we cannot afford that trend anymore. this is another must win, and b/c of their lousy start, this will be on of many more.
    lets hope Spezza Hemsky continue their dominance, and deliver us another win,
    GSG!!!

    • boom

      Wouldn’t it be nice if the top 2 lines played so well tonight that there was some thought required around where to slot MacArthur in when he returns?

      • Miguel

        certainly a very nice problem to have!
        Stone/SDC-Zibby-MacAurther could have a nice ring to it… No?

        • boom

          What, and take out Greening? (end sarcasm font)

          • Miguel

            you know me to well! really could not hurt sitting out Greening for a few games. He is not providing very much at all right now.

        • nikeb613

          Wow that’d be an awesome line…

    • Kohlmanator

      A new pizza line would be nice.

      • Richard Gough

        With extra mushroom

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Spezza needs to show up, I really like Hemsky with him. Now let’s win a few in a row and let’s have some consistency ! gsG

  • Conor_smythe

    Wellllllllll, I wasn’t going to go to the game.. but the stock market was nice to me today………SO I GOT BOX SEATS!!!!!

    any investors in here?

    $ MYEC <— your ticket to early retirement

    goo Sens

    • Andrews theory

      thanks for that…
      any thoughts on where you see this topping out?

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Keep your eye on it and play the dump. Never play the pump :)

        • Conor_smythe

          if you’re waiting for a dump on this one, you’re gonna end up dumping in your trousers

          just my opinion

          • PraiseAlfie11

            Having lost tens of thousands of dollars on stocks like this in the late 90s, early 2000s, all I can say is I wish you luck and don’t be greedy. Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.

      • Conor_smythe

        thats the kind of question that could take me all night to answer.. and I still wouldn’t ever answer it

        there really is no “topping out” on this one… EVERY SINGLE company with electronic money transactions would benefit from using myec patent

        once you understand the patent you realize this company is gold.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    How come no one has said this is a must win

    So George Stephacantspellhislastname is going to be the host of HNIC, was Glen Healey’s knees to sore to get the job or was CBC trying to annoy even more viewers and go for the record

    • Richard Gough

      Fucking Glene Healy lol lol so funny

  • my2sens

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/friv/playoff_prob.cgi

    Has Sens at a 20.7% chance of making the playoffs…

    Islanders, Panthers, Sabres, Flames and Oilers out…

    Does anyone know if this is correct? Or is this guess work?

    • Captain Nitpicker

      predicting the future is ALWAYS guess work

  • CC

    anyone able to get the VLC stream working? I can see the games but whenever i click it -just hops from 400kbps to 800kbps 1200kbps ect..

  • CC

    ..

  • Devan

    apologies if this as been already asked, but does anybody have a god stream for the game tonight? GF has the tv for the batchelor (vomits in mouth a bit while typing this)

  • Mike

    Not this again come on Maclean seriously starting Greening Smith and Neil again when will he learn what’s wrong with him fire him already!!!!

    • xiorcal

      Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

      Albert Einstein / Sheldon Cooper

  • xiorcal

    Andy is not having fun with the puck lately.

  • Mike

    That’s not good hopefully Andy is okay

  • Mike

    Stupid penalty after penalty with this team they cannot stay disciplined

  • xiorcal

    How can you explain the shot differential in this period and vs that team ?

    • Mike

      The sens are horrible defensively and can’t get the puck out of their end

  • Richard Gough

    God dam Webber had a bullet of a shot

  • luckan20

    Sloppy first period so far Spezza. Geez! he is so lethargic in his back checking.

    • xiorcal

      At least he as one of our 3 shots on goal

  • Mike

    Wow Rinne just robbed Karlsson this is going to be a long night

  • bluebuyyoo

    …and Rinne can just puck off with that stuff. What a save!

  • Mike

    The Sens are likely going to have to look for rebounds or screens to even have a chance to score on Rinne

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    So in a game the Sens have to win they are being outshot, outworked, and ouplayed by a lesser team

    Same crap different day

    Playing more neil and greening should turn this around

    • Mike

      Lol well if this keeps going on it will be lucky if Maclean keeps his job

  • CUP 2014-15

    Still no CC so look for Karl to get 30+ min for sure and D combos are going all over the place.

  • karlssens

    I’m at the game, and p macs infatuation with playing the bottom two lines is rediculous.. Can’t play that smith line!

    • Mike

      I don’t know he should know by now if you want to win the best players play

  • Richard Gough

    Not looking good in the 1st
    Playing like school girls again

  • karlssens

    I’m at the point where I hate greening.. He literally had less offensive ability than Neil, and yet isn’t as physical.. I’d rather Dzyzinsky (sp).

    • Greg

      Greening always looks like he’s at a public skate. Just floating around out there.

  • Mike

    This has to stop either Smith and Greening get traded or Maclean gets fired one or the other this is why this team can’t win hockey games

  • karlssens

    Honestly,
    Spezza has been our best player over the last 3 games or so.. Turris and Ryan better be hurt because they look abysmal.

  • Sensnation

    What wheels!

    • Richard Gough

      Would like to see him and Lazar play together

      • Sensnation

        Feels like a long way down the road right now, but definitely sounds like a good mix

        • Richard Gough

          I don’t think it going to be that long

  • luckan20

    Poor Zibanejaad sandwiched between two guys who can’t make a play.

  • karlssens

    It’s sad when our owner is so poor that we have to play kassian…

  • Michenator

    I feel like the Neil/Smith/Greening line gets a lot of flack. Yes they don’t score but they are incredible on the fore-check. Maybe it’s the best defence is a good offence debate? Stay in the opposition zone more means we’re out of our own zone more? I don’t know… Just trying to figure it out.

    • Cicero

      Flackers gonna flack lol

  • Sensnation

    Could Karlsson please cover his man in front of the net! He is driving me mad this season!

  • Mike

    Well this games over good luck scoring on Rinne

    • Sensnation

      Our 3rd period desperation act is going to be hard to pull off now for sure

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Make sure you turn out the lights and lock the door on your way out

    See you next year boys

  • karlssens

    This is pathetic

  • karlssens

    On pace for 19 shots

  • bluebuyyoo

    Ya right! Cool hamsters really make me want to buy a KIA. LOL!

  • Michenator

    Both those goals were nobodies fault. Maybe Michalek could block the shot on the first one… but really nothing Andy could do that’s for sure.

  • LeafsSux

    Its getting harder and harder to watch this team.. I fell asleep twice so far.. Geesh

    • xiorcal

      its almost like a game between the sens vs the sabres or devils during the Jacques Martin era.

  • Richard Gough

    Very shitty news out of Dallas hope Peverly is all right

    • Michenator

      Terrifying…

    • aegiszx

      Yeah that’s messed up… Hope hes going to be ok.

      • Richard Gough

        He has been rushed too the hospital

        • Cicero

          Just announced Peverley is conscious, is taken to hospital.

    • Cicero

      From the March 6th Dallas Morning News:

      “Rich Peverley missed the entire preseason and the first
      game of the season with an irregular heartbeat, and that same issue kept
      him out of Tuesday’s game in Columbus. Peverley was feeling strange
      after Monday’s game and was unable to fly.

      “He missed that game, but was back in the lineup Thursday and played on the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn.”

      This is very scary indeed. The game has been on hold and benches emptied for 20 min.

      • Richard Gough

        Why in the world would the team doctors let him play !!!!

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    On pace for 19 shots in a must win game

    Someone needs to lose their job

  • karlssens

    Melynk needs to lose ownership

  • Richard Gough

    The game in Dallas had been suspended on tell feather notice

  • mr.slapshot

    Boy this hockey team sure does suck.

  • Andrews theory

    I love Karlsson and all but when it’s a 3 on 1 in your end, you better haul ass back…

    • Sensnation

      he scores and creates offensive chances, why should he play d …

      • aegiszx

        Damn right, that’s Cowen’s job!

  • Jacques

    Pffffffffffffft!

  • karlssens

    Nice assist by Methot, good offense shown there.

  • karlssens

    Nashville: 3 goals in last 4 games. Play Ottawa, score 3 in less than 40 min. Yup, we’re that team!

    • Michenator

      3 in less than 15 minutes…

  • Andrews theory

    If we end up having given away the first overall pick, I’m gonna lose my shit!

  • Jacques

    I guess the captain decided one game was enough leadership! Hemsky overheard telling Michalek man our centerman Floats!

    • Jacques

      Cue the reply from the PIP!

    • Disqus Downvote

      and Jacques is back to shit all over the Sens as they lose. Where were you when they were winning?

      and what is happening with JacquesSquawk?

      • mr.slapshot

        Winning?

        • Disqus Downvote

          prior to the last game he was shitting all over the team. They won and he was not heard from. He only comes out to troll when the team is losing.

          • mr.slapshot

            That explains why he has 1700 comments then.

          • Disqus Downvote

            Yup. Been a banner year for the trolls.

  • luckan20

    Leaderless team. Coaching is bad. He is misusing the wrong guys in face-offs during defensive/offensive zone circles.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Spezz, Turris, Hemsky, Ryan, where the hell is the offense, now we have to try to open it up and the D will get shit all over. This forward group looks like a joke right now

  • Cicero

    Peverley is conscious and taken to the hospital. This is the only footage available at the moment of the scare on the bench https://mediacru.sh/GGiDA66VC4sZ.

    • Richard Gough

      Well that is good new

  • karlssens

    Blow it up! Rebuild part 2 lol…

  • karlssens

    Even when they won last game, none of
    Us were convinced.. Pavelec effect. This team blows this season, bottom line. Shitty year to trade away the first.

    • Richard Gough

      You can’t blame BM for that who would ever thought this team would be playing like shit ,If any blame is to be handed out it”a Spezza team

      • xiorcal

        The guy with 50 points (second in the team) playing without top line quality players?

        • Sensnation

          Stop trying to find 1 scapegoat, or even 3 guys. If this team misses the playoffs it’s on EVERYONE! Growth season though, it’ll be fine.

    • sprucesens

      yeah, but not the greatest draft after the top 5-7 guys either. we expected to be higher than that, and still can

  • LeafsSux

    We are stuck with this team for many years to come im afraid… :/

    • Sensnation

      I disagree, this team actually has a chance to have huge turnover over the next year and a half!

      • LeafsSux

        We will see.. Im holding you to that! lol

  • ATFIELD

    I hope to hear a lot of BOOS from CTC , with this pathetic effort.

  • mr.slapshot

    At least the Carp dump will get a break from the thundersticks.

  • runningbear1974

    Losing Ceci hurts bad… Now we’re seeing lots of Phillips and Cowen…

    • CUP 2014-15

      EK and MM on for all 3

      • Colin

        Hey! Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good lynching.

        • CUP 2014-15

          drives me nuts, this has been a total no show by every forward we look to create offense. Same guys get blamed for everything.

          • Colin

            If they lose it’s because of Cowen, Phillips and Spezza. If they win, it’s despite Cowen, Phillips and Spezza.

          • runningbear1974

            Ok, great effort by Cowen…

          • Colin

            Went to the net and got rewarded.

    • sprucesens

      as a plus though, cowen has looked much better than previously

  • karlssens

    Pisses me off as a fan and a student to save for a month to be able to come to a game here, and they don’t bother showing up. I’m fine with a 3-0 loss, but man at least but in some effort Christ.

  • QSenFan

    I pitty the fans that pay $$ to watch this shit show

  • Sensnation

    Rinne’s never seen Hoffman before. I feel a natural hat trick to tie it up ;)

  • H POTTER

    I don’t get this…never will…this constant INCONSISTENCIES With this freaking team…I’m so fed up

    • H POTTER

      With the season on the line now for the past couple of games even so now today, I’ve never seen Karlsson so disinterested…if this doesn’t smell like the team not wanting to play for MacLean then I don’t what this means

  • xiorcal

    First game after road trip are rarely good for the home team

  • Colin

    Time to clean out the cat’s litter box. Likely won’t be as stinky as this game.

  • xiorcal

    Maybe they got use of starting the game at 9pm eastern during the trip.

  • chief

    This team is absolutely horrible

  • Richard Gough

    Anderson you bitch go home

    • Michenator

      You’re an idiot.

    • Colin

      Kidding, right?

      • Richard Gough

        Maybe or maybe not sick of this heartless team

        • Colin

          In the WInnipeg highlight comment section, you were complaining about people dragging others down in the comment section.

          A stupid, idiotic, brainless comment like this will get you everything you deserve.

  • mr.slapshot

    Anderson just wants out of this stink fest.

  • Sensturion

    Season over.

  • Michenator

    Can’t wait for Michalek to be gone… he has been worse than useless this game, he has been harmful.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    ANNNNNND I am further glad I didn’t waste money on this, or tickets for next year….kinda funny since I cancelled I have received three offers. I told them…spend money and fucking play the players that should play and I will be back.

    • Phil.

      And I am sure the sale/customer service person you talked to took your concerns straight to the top.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Nope…I have no delusions of grandeur….but I am not going to lie about why when I am asked.

        • Phil.

          Fair enough.

        • BFR

          Just curious, were the offers better or worse than the STH deadline (tixs only)?

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Essentially identical…I basically left it at, “I will call don’t bother calling me nothing will make me buy at this point”

            (Already spent the money elsewhere for next season)

          • Sensnation

            Sorry to see this season having you so down. I promise you the future will be worth it, but I can understand the frustration.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            What is funny is I was SO pumped for this season(and wasn’t one of the people convinced that we would run away with the East)….and the for lack of a better words idiotic decisions made have driven me completely nuts….I honestly just get annoyed/frustrated…would be nuts to continue spending money to just shorten my life lol

          • BFR

            That’s not bad, essentially extending the STH deadline. I bit on their advertising somewhat and renewed, hoping for better next year.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Robin takes over and take the team on a 14 game win streak….Wow these pain killers are outstanding, I don’t feel a thing.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      On a slightly more realistic note….maybe just maybe this will allow them to see he is ready and move Anderson

      • CUP 2014-15

        why not let the kid run with it now

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          They should have let the kids run with it last year and this year

          • Sensnation

            After they tie him up this summer they’ll let him run wild next year. Sucks when business enters the equation, but if he’s our franchise goalie it makes sense.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    This is the most unwatchable team we’ve had in so many years… There is literally nothing worth paying for… Heck, I am a season ticket holder and I am embarrassed to take my friends

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I have had tickets since the bloody civic center(given some of the years were my dads) next year I won’t have tickets

      • Dirk-Diggler

        I already paid in full for next season…

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          :(

  • Andrews theory

    Lol

    During the commentary, he says “I don’t want to say it but, they aren’t making the playoffs…

    Correct

  • Andrews theory

    The team checked out half way through that oilers game when they couldn’t put the game away.

    They’ve been progressively worse

  • Sensnation

    WOOOHOOO!!!

    Still time

  • Colin

    Cowen!!

    • xiorcal

      2 in 2

    • Sensnation

      Hell Yeah!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Good on him….now get another 14 this year and I may forget the rest of the year.

  • ATFIELD

    false hope eh karlssens

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Anyone else watching Bachelor?

    But hey, it’s 3-1, I guess we got a chance…

    • mr.slapshot

      that juan pablo is a real piece of work

  • Sensnation

    HELL YEAH!!!

  • Dirk-Diggler

    3-2…. wow

  • Sensnation

    Turn those frowns upside down!

  • ATFIELD

    good for Methot after the nite he’s had

  • H POTTER

    I love you captain

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Hemsky and Spezza tho…..

    • Sensnation

      Finally someone that can see the game in the same way!

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    This is sorta reminding me of the Winnipeg game….we really didn’t play well…but somehow won.

  • xiorcal

    After Lehner last game it would be fun for him to come in a 3-0 game and get out with the win.

  • xiorcal

    According to espn boxscore andy is still in the net

    • Phil.

      nhl.com too. He’s made 3 saves in 54 min…

  • xiorcal

    Boarding

  • xiorcal

    Puck as no love for Ryan lately

  • Andrews theory

    Hey fucko shorten the bench…

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      DO what?!?! that would involve logic

      • xiorcal

        2 lines spezz and turris . put zibby on the left of spezza and leave #9 on the bench until he remembers to pass to the red players not the white.

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Or take out his own players

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    So does Lehner get the start next game?!?!

    I have my doubts

  • Sensnation

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • xiorcal

    Richard Gough karlssens • 29 minutes ago
    You can’t blame BM for that who would ever thought this team would be playing like shit ,If any blame is to be handed out it”a Spezza team

    Had to bring it back sorry Richard

    • Richard Gough

      Hey that’s cool I spoke too soon
      But I stand by my comment this team has played like shit for the most part of this season.

      • xiorcal

        Spezza is probably as angry with the way the team as played this year than we are.

        • Richard Gough

          I sure hope so ,let”s just hope he and this team can take something away from this season to build from for next season. But I got a feeling that Spezza will not be around next season.

  • Cicero

    F U NAYSAYERS

  • Dirk-Diggler

    That just happened!

  • Andrews theory

    The Captain…

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    woooooo

  • Michenator

    SPEZ HAS BECOME CLUTCH!!! AHHHHHH!!!

  • H POTTER

    Captain oh captain I love thee

  • chief

    OK ok this team is not so horrible

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    HEMSKY THO.

    • Sensnation

      Very much allowing Spezza to become more of the scorer, such chemistry so far!

  • Brock

    Just ordered my Hemsky jersey.

  • xiorcal

    Run the clock please run the clock

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    OMG RYAN IS ON THE ICE IN THE LAST MINUTE!!

    • CUP 2014-15

      and it’s not because we iced the puck

    • H POTTER

      I guess MacLean has been reading our blog

  • Sensnation

    Wow, what a 3rd period!

  • xiorcal

    I told you after a week in the west they only start playing after 9pm now

  • Andrews theory

    So if your going to go, maybe just show up part way through the game…

  • A-Train

    Nice to have what I’ve always suspected be confirmed. Karlsson is better than weber.

  • xiorcal

    Lehner !!!!!!

    • Sensnation

      I sure hope he gets next game

      • xiorcal

        Andy in the first Lehner in the 2nd and 3rd

    • Colin

      Not tonight Fisher

  • H POTTER

    Lehnnnnnnnnnnner

  • mr.slapshot

    get outta here Fisher

  • xiorcal

    Fun thing about ot is you can see spezz and hemsky alone without #9

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Michalek is gone….especially with the emergence of chemistry between Hemsky and Spezza…Hell I would honestly try Greening on that line and tell him to literally just sit at the crease….when the puck leaves hall ass and play D

      • sprucesens

        no to greening

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Ideally we find someone better…but you need that tough(ok so not greening lol), strong guy who won’t get pushed away and can just smash the loose pucks in.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Youtes win in SO

  • Dirk-Diggler

    Phillips just won a foot race

    • CUP 2014-15

      That’s his best distance

  • Brock

    That would have been dirty.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      FILTHY

  • Cicero

    I love it when we drink the Jekyl and Hyde potions in the right order!

    • Cicero

      Delete post. lol

    • sben

      it is really funny. I would clinically diagnose all the fans of every team in every sport with bipolar.

  • H POTTER

    Fakk you phillips..fakkk you

  • Andrews theory

    2 more fucking years….

    CP4

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Chris Phillips……..

  • aegiszx

    2. More. Years.

  • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

    WAY TO GO PHILLIPS! NICE PINCH!!!

  • Michenator

    Well it’s a point but FREAKING good job boys coming back and even getting that!

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Glad you said boys…that leaves the Geriatric philips out of the group

      • Michenator

        Ahh what ever, Phillips had a pretty solid game. Got stuck in a really tough place, not like he would have won a foot race back anyways…

      • sben

        more like beratric from the level of play we’re getting from him.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    GREAT SIGNING

  • chief

    Wow for real phillips

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Chris Phillips sucks man

  • Senators Pundit

    I can’t believe Murray resigned that bum. He is completely useless.

  • Sensnation

    Taking the point and saying we still have a shot! Enjoyed the last 20+ mins.

  • Cicero

    Can’t put that on Phillips. He was hung out to dry. GG….we got a well-earned point.

    • Andrews theory

      He should never have been on the ice…

      • CC

        agree.. I even though to myself, I hope Spezza doesn’t put it back to Phillips.

  • SensFanInMTL

    That’s your 2 year extension for you. Complete with limited or full no trade clause and turnover. Thank you Murray.

    • sben

      nothing he could do at this point. Alfie was a vet and he left and if phillips left all of ottawa would uproar.

      • SensFanInMTL

        No.

        • sben

          you know what? Reconsidering I think you’re right.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    2 more years of Chris Phillips!

    • sben

      don’t remind me.

  • Colin

    Phillips is one story, but Lehner has to stop that. Shootouts have been his achilles heel

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Give me a break

      • Colin

        Nope.

        • xiorcal

          He did stop it. The goal is on the rebound

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          Then you have no bloody idea what you are talking about….obviously never played goalie in anything….he did make the save

          • Colin

            Lol! Go buy some tickets for next year, superfan!

          • Colin

            What a stupid reply. Sorry Tcharger. That was completely uncalled for. We are all fans of the same team and passion runs deep.

    • Sensnation

      Where was the back check? Can’t put that on Lehner at all!

    • Michenator

      He did stop it. Then it got poked in… tough break but it’s a point!

    • Andrews theory

      Shootouts are one player at a time lol…

    • sprucesens

      yeah, lehner stopped a shootout-esque breakaway. shootout, would have been a save. but the 2nd guy that also had a clear cut break, got the rebound. Had phillips made the smart play 2 seconds before he was checked by 2 guys, leading to the break, by dumping it in deep to the forwards, we might be celebrating an excellent comeback with 2 points instead of 1

    • sben

      no goalie would have stopped that be it lehner rinne bishop anderson you name it. YOu cannot expect a goalie to stop a 2 on 0. The blame should be completely on phillips. If you’ve been in the NHL for however many years he’s been you should not be making those mistakes anymore. Veteran player or not he should have been traded at the deadline for future consids for all I’m concerned.

  • H POTTER

    We were so close..i wonder if Spezza punches him in da face in the locker room..fakiing duch bag de marde

  • karlssens

    Phillips. 2 more.

  • Andrews theory

    Murray should look at extending Hemsky tomorrow.

    • Sensnation

      Let’s see if he can stay healthy all year, but it’s looking like a worthwhile investment.

    • sprucesens

      i’m sure there will be contract talks, but they shouldn’t jump the gun. they want him playing hockey first.

      • sprucesens

        as in, let the guy play and get adjusted, i’m sure murray will be keen to sign him, as he has been a target for years. hopefully he wants to resign.

  • Michenator

    Everyone needs to relax a sec on the Phillips front. He played solid and has since his re-signing. He got stuck, shit happens. Too bad Lehner couldn’t bail him out. We got a point that we barely deserve so let’s take it, enjoy the 5 days off and hope we come back with some serious fire, cause we’re gonna need it.

    • Sens-fan-in-mtl

      Lehner did bail him out, he stopped the breakaway shot, someone has to take the second guy that put in the rebound.

      how many shots is he supposed to stop before getting help?

      but yes, it was great to get the point.

      looks grim, but is going something like 11-6 (with 2 OT losses) to get 24 points that unreasonable?

  • runningbear1974

    They made a shit game into something fun…

    • SensFanInMTL

      unfortunately, we don’t have time for fun anymore and need all the points we can get. That foot speed though.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Wow though. If there’s anything positive, it’s the chemistry between the two 1st rounders from 2001 on the same line. Hemsky’s got 6 PTS in his 3 games with us already!

    • sprucesens

      more importantly, he’s making it look like spezza actually wants to play. I think they need to change up the lines a bit though.

      Hemsky-Spezza-Ryan
      MacA-Turris-Hoffman
      Puempel-Zibby-Stone
      Greening-Smith-Neil.
      Condra
      And next year, upgrade both condra and greening. Hopefully stone can step into the 3RW, and puempel 3LW. Condra and greening will be fighting for 4th line duties, if still on the team. This assumes michalek is gone. If not, then likely puempel still in the minors..

      • sprucesens

        this is thoughts for next year, by the way, not this year.

        • SensFanInMTL

          Lazar from what I am reading as well is going to fight for a spot. I keep invisioning the 2 as a more massive version of Gallagher & Galchenyuk!

          • sprucesens

            yeah, he’s gonna be great, i just don’t think they’ll rush him in next year. gonna try to go to a few oil kings games and watch him this year

      • sben

        not puempel. Better players to bring up IMO.

        • sprucesens

          who would you prefer as a winger? prince, SDC, are the other top forwards, not counting lazar.

          • sben

            Lazar, possibly Schnieder Stone. Hope puempel is a late bloomer bc he hasn’t really been lighting it up down in Bingo.

          • sprucesens

            doubt we rush lazar, but i’d love him on the team too. schnieder would be the replacement for greening or condra, which i’m ok with. And i had stone in the lineup on the other side. Puempel also current leading goal scorer on Bsens, from what I understand to be 3rd line minutes

          • SensFanInMTL

            He’s second in goals behind Hoffman.

          • sben

            Just checked stats and you guys are right. But he is minus 11 whereas Cole Schnieder is plus nine and played against harder opposition seeing as he is on the first line and has 6 more points than pumpel in 4 fewer games. Puempel is on the third or second line and I think Schnieder should be given a chance before puempel. Puempel’s play seems a little above average but others should be given a chance. I think Lazar should be put in BIngo next year and if he lights it up like zibby did this year he should get put in the line up.

          • sprucesens

            yeah, i wouldn’t be against schnieder, but that would hopefully be in place of condra or greening, not michalek. We need a pure scorer in that spot.

          • Shibal

            That’s exactly what Puempel is; He has scored for binghamton no matter who he was lined up with this season, he also has like 10-11 powerplay goals.

          • sprucesens

            yeah, thats why i said i prefer puempel in that spot. i wouldn’t mind a schneider-smith-neil 4th though

          • Shibal

            Also Stone and Puempel have amazing chemistry. It would be amazing to have a line up of Puempel,Zib, and Stone.

        • Shibal

          What are you talking about! Puempel already has 22 goals this year as a rookie, and is currently leading binghamton in goals scored.

  • Michenator

    Also! Saturday we get MacArthur back and hopefully rekindle the chemistry of that line.

  • karlssens

    Spezza has impressed me so much this last little bit. But why can’t the boys play like that every period?!

    Also, screw Phillips.

  • karlssens

    By the way. Cowen played fantastic tonight.. Just thought id mention.

    • sben

      I watched the last 5 mins or so. I was gonna watch the third but I saw the score at the end of the 2nd but I decided not to after seeing the score

    • Michenator

      He really did. Some risk with reward for sure though….

    • sprucesens

      yeah, i mentioned that earlier too. far better than we are accustomed to. Maybe being benched lit a fire under his ass.

    • PraiseAlfie11

      And it’s about time. Maybe Neil pounded some sense into him.

  • karlssens

    Hemsky: 4 years 18 mill. Sign him up!

    • sben

      I hope that would happen but I have a feeling melnyk and other teams may be in the way. I would really like it if that happens. Maybe we can use michaleks salary to pay for hemsky.

      • sprucesens

        could do the same deal. 4.3 per, except keep it even pay, not ramping up, makes trading very hard later if needed. Michalek perfect example

      • karlssens

        Or maybe missing the playoffs will wake Melynk up.. This could be a blessing in disguise. We can probably resign Michalek for like 3.5 mill.

  • senskarlsson57

    Hey boys…made a new twitter account to lighten things up after games like this. Toss me a follow @sensofhumour1

    • sprucesens

      nice handle

      • senskarlsson57

        Not sure if that’s sarcasm, but I’ll take it as a compliment. Thanks!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    What a game to be at. Great comeback by the boys and we got a point in which I thought we lost after being down 3-0. On to the next one. a little bit of faith!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    What a game too attend. After being down 3-0 I wont lie I was planning to leave at the 7 minute mark but what a come back by the boys to steal a point and prove me wrong. Phillips…but anyways lets keep racking up points HUGE game agaisnt Mtl then a 5 game homestand which will define our season. GO SENS GO

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      false sorry. I mixed up homestand maybe a bit too many beers. but anyways plenty of homegames to come. We need POINTS

  • FistsofNeil25

    The Good: Jason Spezza and Hemsky are unreal together. They took over that third period. It was nice to see the boys put up such a great fight in the third period to force the game to overtime.

    The Bad: Why the hell can’t the team perform from the opening puck drop the same way they did in the third period? Too many times this season we’ve watched out team sleep walk through large portions of the game without showing any life at all. Tonight was another one of those nights. Truly a pathetic effort through the first 40 minutes of that game.

    The Ugly: Chris Phillips. Jaerd Cowen. Eric Gryba. These three big boys can’t keep up with the pace in today’s NHL. They get walked around on a nightly basis. They can’t complete breakout passes to save their lives. They continuously bobbled the puck in the defensive zone shift after shift. They make a habit of taking themselves out of position to finish their check.

    We won’t become a better team with all three of these guys in the line-up. It just doesn’t work. The Sens spend way too much time in their own zone because these three guys can’t win a race to a lose puck, they can’t clear the zone, and the can’t move the puck up to our forwards. It’s a recipe for disaster and not a formula for success. I sure hope Bryan Murray has a plan to fix this. One of them has to go to make room for another defenseman that can skate and move the puck.

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      Well the answer is easy to answer. Look at the captain, he started to play in the third period and was amazin in the third. Why doesn’t he play with energy all the time ? Well that’s Spezza for you ! Can be amazing or can be lazy. It’s cause of him they came back though.

      And well…. Phillips just plain sucks. That was a big point and in OT I was just saying oh no… Phillips is on the ice…. Please don’t give him the puck !!! Then he got it, instead of passing it in the corner he tried to deke like karlsson would. He lose it then can’t come back on the backcheck…game over

      • Disqus Downvote

        We get it. You hate the guy that led the charge in the 3rd period. He sucks so bad. 6 points in 2 games. He should be ashamed.

        • Laurence Babchyuk

          Spezza was amazing in the third period. It’s ok if people like spezza, just saying get use to like a team that isn’t consistent with him in the lineup. If he played more like he did in the third ( with energy ) then this club would be pesky.

          Spezza and Hemsky are great together and it’s great to see Hemsky skate hard on the backchecking.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    The whole Phillips extension still really bothers me. I mean, why did
    they have to sign him at the trade deadline? I was indifferent whether
    to trade him or keep him. Now obviously a 2nd rd pick could have helped
    us because we don’t have our 1st but at the same time this season was
    not in the tank at that point and our blue line is thin as it is this
    year so subtracting him could have made it even worse. But, what the
    Sens should have done is let Phillips go to free agency. They should
    have done what they did with Neil, say go see what offers are out there
    and give him a 1 year deal to stay with the team. If he took a better
    deal elsewhere then wish him good luck, if he accepts the 1 year deal
    with Ottawa then that’s fine too.

    This won’t happen but, the best thing that could happen is Phillips
    retires and the Sens have the cap hit on their books for two seasons
    inflating Melnyk’s perceived budget.

    But seriously. Phillips sucks!

  • WolfInSheepsClothes

    Couple of things here….

    We played with 5 defenceman for the ENTIRE game. You’re wondering why Phillips was out there in O/T? What choice did they have? Karlsson was already being double shifted, Methot just came off, Cowen before him. You’d prefer Gryba go out there…? smh. The Phillips hate is ridiculous… He was solid ALL game.

    We really didn’t play a bad game through the first 2 periods – the shot differential was mostly due to being on the PK against Weber (beast) and having a “sleepy” start. We truly just got caught with a couple of really bad bounces (really, REALLY fortunate bounces for them – the 2 deflections in that were going to miss the net altogether and the flip pass that caught Methot).

    Spezza/Hemsky are fantastic together. Can’t wait for TheGrizz to get back. Perhaps Mac tries Hoff with 19/83? Give them some real speed on that line?

    Hoff-Spezza-Hemsky
    Grizz-Turris-Ryan
    Michalek-Zib-Condra
    Greening-Smith-Neil

    If we go 12-5 we might squeak in to the playoffs (MAYBE). That’s a “win 2, lose 1″ deal.
    That would give us 92pts.

  • NO65*

    Who else is tired to see Kassian play. Can’t skate, stick handle, shoot the puck, get passes, win battles around the board, play defense and he rarely fight. Don’t tell me they can’t bring Pageau back. If I’m not wrong, they are allowed to additional roster after the trade deadline. Pmac is weird to follow this season.

  • SensChirp

    Believe some of you may still be having issues with new posts not
    displaying on home page. Tech guy tells me that a clearing of the
    browser cache and a hard reset (F5 not just refresh) should do the
    trick. Let me know if that doesn’t work.