Game Day- Sens, Habs at the CTC

SensChirp January 16, 2014 414
Game Day- Sens, Habs at the CTC

It’s amazing how fast this season has turned around for the Senators and how much more pleasant the mood has become around this hockey team.  The Ottawa Senators will look to continue the positive vibes against a team that is quickly becoming their biggest rival- the Montreal Canadiens.

After building an undeniable hatred for each other during the first round of last year’s playoffs, the Sens and Habs are meeting for the third time this year. They met back on January 4th at the Bell Centre in Montreal with Clarke MacArthur scoring the overtime winner. The Senators have now taken six of their last seven games against the Canadiens.

The Habs are considered a lock in the race for a playoff spot but they have sputtered a bit lately and allowed the Senators to close the gap a little bit. Montreal has a seven point edge which could be narrowed to just five points with a regulation win tonight. Great opportunity for the Sens to gain some ground on the Division leaders.

Yesterday, the Senators returned Jean Gabriel Pageau to Binghamton of the American Hockey League. That means the injured Chris Neil is ready to return to the Ottawa line up. He takes Matt Kassian’s spot in the line up. MacLean will make one change to the defence as Gryba draws in for Wiercioch. Here’s how the Coach lined them up at the morning skate.

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

Cowen-Karlsson
Methot-Gryba
Phillips-Ceci

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

The Daily Chirp- The deals have started in Edmonton and they are as puzzling as ever. Yesterday they dealt goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Preds for a fourth liner in Matt Hendricks and then moments later, acquired Ben Scrivens from the Kings in exchange for a 3rd round pick. MacTavish is expected to be busy at this year’s deadline and we know that he spoke to the Senators at length earlier this season. If the Senators are set on adding some veteran scoring at the deadline this season, Ales Hemsky makes a whole lot of sense. The two teams talked about Hemsky earlier in the year but the asking price was too high. Not necessarily part of a Hemsky deal but the Oilers did show some interest in Colin Greening.

  • Lorenzo72

    I just wanna hear the Avicii song non-stop tonight. :)
    Go Sens!

    • Tooks

      U might want to reconsider that 100 years of sucking, they have the NHL league high 24 Stanley Cups in those 100 years. You might wanna go with the last 15 years :)

      • s3nsfan

        Id go with 21, they haven’t won the cup since ’93 vs the Kings

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    The more I think about it the more I don’t want Hemsky

    • Lorenzo72

      I don’t know Hemsky. Is he better than Greening? What is his advantage?

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        He definitely is more skilled than greening. Injury prone to the max tho.

        I actually like greening in a bottom six role a tonne

      • Simple Jack

        Greening is tougher, faster and can make big hits and fight.

        Hemsky is skilled but made of glass.

        Greening is younger and has the ability to be a better player

        Advantage:greening.
        Do not make that kind of trade

      • Hax

        Can’t really compare the two as they are vastly different styles. If you look at tonight’s lines and add in Hemsky who comes out? Condra maybe? Or would MacLean rather have Condra and then drop out Stone? There is more to winning than just scoring and several people have pointed out that scoring is not really a problem this season – so not sure Hemsky fills any real need other than the perception that Spezza needs a sniper on his wing – which I’m not sure he does.

      • karlsson65

        I’d like give Greening one more Playoff audition before deciding he is no longer in the plans. He was one of our best forwards last season vs. Pit. You need big, fast, gritty guys in the playoffs and they often discover a scoring touch they didn’t have before.

    • Killadi Sen

      Hemskey is just another mediocre third line player and we have ton of those guys we don’t need any more of them. He only has 7 goals this season. Greening has 4 goals but Greening plays 13 mins on average where as hemskey plays 17 mins. But Greening is arguably our best defensive forward and he is like top 5 in hits (I’m aware that he is no Dustin Brown)in the league but Hemskey can’t do any of that.

      I would prefer the Sens try to find a top level sniper to play with Spezza, we certainly don’t need any more mediocre players.

      • Lucretia

        Greening has 152 hits to date.

  • Sharmarke

    Optimal line up. Looking forward to a tough game against the rangers on saturday, this is one as an automatica win. Ill watch the game anyway to see gallagher get bitch slapped back and forth by our big guys.

  • sens23

    i didnt read the last topics comment section, but has there been any news on whether mark stone was moved to a regular call up? i am just wondering because wouldnt he of had to be sent down once neil returned

    • Hax

      I don’t think they used an emergency recall for him. We still had one forward scratched the last few games (Kassian/Pageau).

      • sens23

        when he was originally recalled i read that he was recalled under emergency call up status. that was when spezza and neil were both out. maybe once spezza returned they made the switch and it didnt make the news not that it should it isnt really breaking news

        • s3nsfan

          I read somewhere, sorry source escapes me, changing him from an emergence to regular call up is a simple filing of a few papers nothing serious

    • Zelle

      Having Stone in the lineup seems to be the first time this season Spezza has actually ‘clicked’ with someone. I think they noticed that and opted to keep Stone.

  • Pasky

    This is the best line up I’ve seen this year! If we really want to try and make a run for it this year, then I think we need to ship out Greening and a prospect/pick for more of a scorer to play on Spezza’s wing, if not Hemsky then whoever else is on the market. I’d rather not have Gryba in our top 4 also but considering we’re working on a budget there probably isn’t room to add a top 4 D and a scoring winger for Spezza.

    • sens23

      dont worry gryba will not be in the top 4 long term
      cowen-karlsson
      methot-ceci

  • Simple Jack

    We should pass on both camelari and hemsky. They just dont fit into our rebuild plan, i hate rentals we have always regretted the trade afterwords.

    Cant wait to play montreal, always entertaining, go sens!

    • spezzerman

      The rebuild is over

  • NickofTime

    Winning cures everything in sports today. My guess is that Kassian plays in place of Condra today specifically if Montreal dresses Parros. If history shows us anything it’s that BM usually likes to add at the deadline & not subtract from his NHL roster. He aso said he would trade a young player(s) for a veteran scorer & Greening isn’t what I would call a young player. I don’t get why you & a number of others want Greening off this team, they need more of guys like him & less guys like Pageau. Personally, I think it will be a package of guys involved in a trade such as Hoffman, Puempel, Pageau, SDC, JOB, Petersson, Prince & maybe Condra.

    To Winnipeg: (Hoffman or Puempel) + (SDC or Pageau) + (Prince or Petersson) + (Gryba or Wideman) + (Condra or JOB) + (Brassard or Dreidger) + 2014 2nd rd pick
    To Ottawa: Andrew Ladd LW & Dustin Byfuglien RD

    • s3nsfan

      I hope this is sarcasm, 6 players and a draft pick for Andrew ladd & Byfuglien, SERIOUSLY?

    • Maxwell Smart

      the OLLLLLLDDDDD box of spare parts for a top level player that every other team in the league would want offer.

      Fourth time I’ve mocked one this morning

  • Hax

    A bit surprised to see Ceci back with Phillips. I’d probably have him with Methot in pairing 2 and keep Phillips and Gryba on the third pairing.

    But Mac knows what he’s doing.

    • spezzerman

      Gryba has played his best with Methot so I can see it from that sense. Ceci seems more capable in insulating Phillips than Gryba also..

      • Hax

        Good point (by Sharmarke too).

        Looking forward to all the panic and rumors tomorrow when Methot’s ice time is down.

        • Tooks

          It is kinda weird when you think about it, this guy was a shoe-in for our top 4, now he’s 3rd pairing and losing minutes to CP4 & Cowen?!?!

          Methot must not be liking this one bit.

          • s3nsfan

            Or he’s a professional athlete and realizes that they’re giving cowen more ice time to increase his confidence,

            Of course that’s only mho and i know nothing

      • runningbear1974

        That’s kinda funny… Ceci capable of “insulating” Phillips… Meaning Ceci is capable of covering Philips bad decisions… I agree fully, Ceci and Methot are probably our two best to cover other people’s mistakes…
        Phillips, Wiercioch, Gryba, Cowen, Corvo are not good enough (yet) to cover for other people… Phillips and Corvo will never be that good… Gryba and Wiercioch probably both will turn out to be excellent players, expecially with Maclean as the coach…

    • Sharmarke

      Gryba only looks good with Methot. GGryba and Phillips together would be disastrous. Ceci on the other hand looks good with anyone.

      • spezzerman

        Ya! What he said! Sorry, I missed this before posting my exact same comment

        • Hax

          Technically you posted yours 1 minute before Sharmarke.

          • spezzerman

            Damn dyslexia

    • Simple Jack

      I see what u did there.

      If we give u a thumbs up, then ceci and methot / philips gryba are the pairing. I want to thumbs down because methot gryba and philips ceci are better pairings.

      But if i thumbs down then your saying the coach has no idea what he’s doing.

      Trickery watson.

  • Pasky

    I found this trade that kind of intrigued me a little bit:

    Edmonton: Jared Cowen, Mark Stone
    Ottawa: Hemsky, 2014 1st

    Ottawa would probably need to add to this, but considering that’s 99% chance a Top 3 Draft pick and we have no first rounder this year, would you be willing to trade Cowen Stone + for Ekblad and Hemsky rental?

    • Hax

      No I would not. We’re not desperate for a first rounder this year (weak draft) and Cowen will be fine. We’re also not desperate for scoring or a rental for this season.

    • thepez

      NO!!!!! Why would you want to trade Cowen who is still 3 to 4 years from his prime and is already in your top 4????? It still amazes me that people want to get rid of young stud D-men for a chance to get a draft pick that may not work out.

      • Tooks

        Because Cowen is terrible maybe? No signs of becoming any better. Defensive defenceman who cant even play defence, cant skate, has hands of stone, passing is atrocious, panics and way too many giveaways, has had 2 major surgeries, all of that in 3 years.

        Signs are not good for Cowen.

        Look at it this way, would you like to have another bigger Ceci’esq player instead of Cowen. I think the answer is pretty simple.

        • thepez

          Bet you said the same when guys like Redden, Phillips and EK65 struggled when they were in their early 20′s.

          • Tooks

            Phillips yes, Redden and EK65 nope. Without Phillips we still would have done very well, but without Redden or EK65 we would lose more than win.

        • Sandy

          And he is a plus 2.. one of only 9 players on the active roster that is a plus player…
          Defensemen take time to develop.. BTW he is not in the lineup to score goals… he’s a defensive defenseman… Teams do need that in their lineup…

    • Tooks

      Hands down yes. But EDM would not do this.

      • thepez

        Sorry Tooks but you are nuts in agreeing to this. Ask Montreal about Ryan McDonagh and see how they made out when they traded their 1st rounder of 2007, 12th overall. A panic move by a panic win now GM. Trading young studs especially d-men is suicide for franchises

        • Tooks

          Umm McDonagh is 6″1 212, very good skater and poised with the puck. Cowen is nowhere near that.
          MTL traded the pick even before he played an NHL game, dumb move yes, Cowen comparible, LMAO, NO!

    • Chris Thomas

      Edmonton would do this deal in a second. Only a moron would think this is a good deal for the Sens. Hemsky should fetch no more than a 3rd round pick on his own – anything more is overpaying. Cowen and Stone are more valuable than a top pick this year. Besides, if the price is reasonable, I’d rather see Matt Moulson on Spezza’s wing than Hemsky.

      • Pasky

        It wouldn’t be that one sided. If you would do a Hemsky for Stone swap, who wins that one? Edmonton. And Cowen for a top 3 pick is something I would at least consider doing…

        • Tooks

          Exactly, only a fool would think this deal is better for EDM.

          Ekblad WILL be much better than Cowen, Hemsky for Stone, EDM loses alot of production.

          Sens would come out ontop in this deal.

          • Sensnation

            Like a fool who follows hockey instead of one who takes 24 hrs to realize the only trade that’s happened in the league in forever took place? Ya those uninformed fools!

          • Tooks

            Well if I was a basement dweller like you I might have caught it. Only saw it this morning. Sorry if I dont watch TV for a living,

          • Doc

            Oh the irony!

          • Pugnacious Serf

            You have no idea what your babbling about, as per usual Tokes. For such a know it all isn’t it about time you got your own hockey blog?

          • Roar…

            Says the guy with 1387 comments… and more comments on every thread than any other person. Pot, meet kettle.

        • peetypuck

          If you could get Hemsky for a 3rd round pick why would you want to trade Cowen and Stone away too? In a couple of years they might be worth a whole lot more. Buy low sell high.

    • Sensnation

      Terrible! Why do people always want to give away prospects that are well into their development for ones that may never make the team or won’t be useful for a couple years?

      Also Ekblad is likely going 1st or 2nd, so unless it’s a guarantee for that pick your “wishful” scenario is not even going to happen.

  • Tooks

    Wow didnt know this happened…

    Edmonton Oilers get:
    F Matt Hendricks
    G Ben Scrivens

    LA Kings get:
    Edmonton’s third-round draft pick

    Nashville gets:
    G Devan Dubnyk

  • thepez

    I watched 24CH last night and you could see the hate in Therrien’s eyes and in his voice regarding the Sens during that January 4th game. Coach Mac is still under his skin.
    Mark me down for a Hemsky for 3rd rounder trade to Ottawa. Hemsky in the short term could really solidify the top 9. If the Sens were willing to give up a 3rd rounder for Filitov then I see it as a plus for Hemsky.
    Greening may not be a flashy player but he is exactly what every team needs on the third line. Makes a bit too much but is still a useful player

    • Hax

      I’d agree except the Oilers are looking for more. And even if they get realistic in what they want for him, some team will likely offer a 2nd and I think that’s too much (barely) – especially when we don’t have a first this year. Weak draft or not, I’d rather not wait until pick 75 for our first draft pick.

      • thepez

        Then if the case is that they want more, PASS and procede to the next option. Whatever the option is, the phone is slammed shut if the names of EK65, Cowen, Z-Bad, Lazar, Turris, Ryan, MacArthur, Lehner, Smith and Ceci are mentioned.

        • sprucesens

          I don’t think i’d include smith on that list. I think you are the first to ever do so

          • thepez

            Smith kills penalties, wins faceoffs and can be played if required on any of the 4 lines at any position. I try to look at the quality of player and not just stats. Back in the day Guy Charbonneau was the same type of player for the Habs. Stats were low but did all the dirty work enabling his team to win. Those guys are always a valuable asset

          • Zelle

            The picture accompanying this article is all you need to look at to appreciate Smith.

          • sprucesens

            not saying he doesn’t serve a role and do it decently, he just is miles away from untouchable, like the rest should be. And we all know he shouldn’t be in the top 6. If that’s the best we can put in our top 6, the goals will dissipate in a hurry. Luckily that’s not the case. Either way, the rest is very agreeable, just thought it was weird you included smith in the untouchables, as I believe you are the first on this site, maybe even any site, to call him untouchable.

          • Jacques

            Dude, sorry but Carbonneau and Smith shouldn’t be mentioned in the Same sentence! Carbonneau>>>>>>Smith.

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I think the Ryan trade demonstrated that we have absolutely no idea who is on Murrays hang the phone up list

    • Pasky

      Greening was useful last year but I think now he’s just a poor man’s MacArthur, and we don’t really need two of those players

      • Tooks

        Poor man’s MacArthur, hell I would take that anyday. Greening aint even a poor man’s Greening…

        • Sandy

          Tooks… do you like ANY player on the Sens.. You seem to trash most of them…

    • Sandy

      Good.. McLean is in ‘his head’ so to speak. Maybe keep Therrien off his game..

  • Sensnation

    I see the crazies are out today. “Trade everyone for picks!” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am not waiting another 3 years to start having a playoff team just because you guys doubt 1 or 2 of our prospects who have only played like 100 games. Picks are not better than current players, if they were those teams would not be willing to make the trade.

    This team needs a tweak at most, aside from that let the kids play!

    • Tooks

      To which they arent, hence why the trade wont go down, EDM WONT trade a top 3 pick for Cowen, LOL. Unless its for a legit top 4 D and Cowen aint a legit top 4 D.

      • Sensnation

        Sens would never do the deal and it’s just sad you think you know anything.

        • Tooks

          Have you looked in the mirror today…you should.

          • Senatollah

            WTF? Really? thats all you got? Really?

          • Tooks

            Huh?

            Do you really think EDM would gives us their top 3 pick for Jared Cowen…lol.

            What more do you want, its pretty self explanatory.

      • thepez

        OK we get it, you don’t like Cowen. But to say that he is not a legit top 4 shows that your dislike for him clouds reality. The KID is good and will only get better.

        • Sandy

          I don’t think he likes any of the Sens players..

      • Doc

        *sigh*

  • Ghost of Moose Vasko

    So much FORWARDS talk.
    I still think that improving the DEFENSE is the problem that needs to be solved.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I agree, the way we are now we essentially have 3 scoring lines. Although realistically I don’t think our defense needs as much now with the emergence of Ceci.

      • Zelle

        With Smith back on the fourth line we arguably have four scoring lines.

        • Kohlmanator

          I like Smith, but that made me laugh.

    • Hax

      I would agree. Though I think the cost would be really high to add a D-man that’s worth adding. Not saying we don’t do it if we can, just harder to come up with realistic trades there. While any moron with a keyboard can propose a forward trade.

    • runningbear1974

      Yes, defense is the problem, but the solution is easy enough… Get the guys that make bad decisions to stop making bad decisions… If making bad decisions because young and learning, then teach them, if making bad decisions because old and won’t learn, then get rid of them…

  • Tooks

    E. Kane placed on IR…

    • Guest

      Most of us have access to ten, hockey news, cvc, sports net, well you get the picture… Just need to be heard don’t you little fella, is the misses that hard on you?

    • Pugnacious Serf

      Most of us have access to TSN, Sportsnet, cbc sports, the hockey news, well, you get the picture. Guess you really need to be heard. Hey, we’re all here for you.

  • Eugenius

    I have very little interest in Hemsky, mostly because I wouldn’t want to trade very much to get him…and there seems to be a few teams interested. And if we trade Cowen, we need a Dman in return. Byfuglien looks good in red…..

    • WaitingSince92

      Trade Cowen?

      Huh?

      Why would we even consider that?

  • Cicero

    News from the future for you trademongers ;-)

    [Reuters/Ottawa. April 5, 2014] Now just one win away from a season series sweep. the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in regulation time last night and have overtaken the Habs to secure 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. After struggling through the first half of the 2013-14 NHL regular season, the Jekyl-and-Hyde Sens have gelled into one of the league’s top teams, tallying an impressive 29-4-4 record since the Christmas break.

    Coach Paul Maclean praised his team’s commitment to discipline and defence, but singled-out Colin Greening and Jared Cowen, a couple of players who were, earlier this season, targets for fan frustration: “No doubt last night’s result was what can happen when you stick to a game plan and work hard for the full sixty minutes. But there are a couple of guys who have earned stars in my book for their effort in overcoming adversity — 14 and 2. They’ve worked hard to improve and make a difference, and they have.”

    The Ottawa Senators refused to make any big moves from their roster either before the Olympics or prior to the March trade deadline, and their steadfast loyalty to a young, talent-rich team built from the draft has paid off in spades. As of today, the playoff-bound Sens trail the Division-leading Boston Bruins by 2 points and the conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins by 5 points.

    -30-

    • Tooks

      Well done, thats a nice fictional story :)

      IF we go 29-4-4 I will buy you a new Sens Jersey #IQ with Wizard as the name plate.

      • WaitingSince92

        I’d imagine there’ll be some hat-eating too.

        29-4-4, I now have a new definition for optimist (but DAMN, would that be amazing!)

      • Cicero

        Thank you! Large, please. I’ll pay shipping.

  • Ghost of Moose Vasko

    Binghamton Senators 2nd quarter grades can be seen here
    http://senshot.com/2014/01/16/binghamton-senators-2nd-quarter-grades/

    One man’s opinion but still an interesting read

    “Claesson – should have a call-up” – HMMMMMMMM

    • SensChirp

      The play of Claesson could really force the Senators hand sometime soon or in the offseason anyway.

      Next season they have these six on one ways….

      Karlsson
      Wiercioch
      Cowen
      Methot
      Ceci
      Borowiecki

      And then three free agents…

      Phillips (UFA)

      Corvo (UFA)

      Gryba (RFA)

      And then Claesson pushing for a spot. Always assumed Phillips was a lock to resign, and I think they should keep him, but it’s getting awfully crowded back there.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        One of weircioch, Gryba, Boro has to be moved by next year… Possibly two if we decide to keep Phillips

        • runningbear1974

          It would really suck to lose Gryba, Boro, or Wiercioch to keep Phillips… Those 3 players with Maclean as coach could end up better than Phillips ever was…

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            Agree 100%

          • Hax

            Key words being “could end up”. I know plenty of people think one or more of those guys are better now, but IMO we need Phillips now more than we need those three in the future. Assuming we get fair value in any trade of course.

          • runningbear1974

            Tough call for me… I feel he’s slow physically, and mentally… He tries to be the lead on defensive pairings rather than supporting what other people are doing… In my opinion, Ceci is covering his ass, a lot more often, than Phillips is covering Ceci’s ass… And, being a veteran, I’d expect it to be the other way around…

          • bluebuyyoo

            Funny that Phillips has somehow fooled Sens management for so long that they have kept him around for over 1,100 games.

          • runningbear1974

            Phillips was always better than some of our other defense… Now, you can’t necessarily say that… Maybe, some people still think he’s awesome… I really like him as a human being, I support him, and his restaurant… And his beer…

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            I’ve actually never been a fan of his and have been pleasantly surprised by his game this year… He is no longer a top four, but as a bottom pairing he is great

          • bluebuyyoo

            I agree that he is not the player that he used to be. I do believe that he is still a very serviceable NHL Dman as long as he is used in the proper situations (i.e. bottom pairing). Saying that 3 young players could be better than Phillips ever was is a stretch. Consider that half of NHL players play 1000 games.

            http://www.quanthockey.com/Distributions/CareerLengthGP.php

          • Sensnation

            Gryba and Wiercioch may one day be better, would definitely give you that, but Boro never. I know most people don’t like Phillips style but for all the mistakes he makes, he has several key defensive stops, blocks or hits that made the difference on the play as well.

      • Hax

        Technically Ceci is on a 2-way ELC, but it seems clear that he’ll be one of the 7 in Ottawa so a bit of a moot point. I’d love to see Karlsson, Cowen, Methot, Ceci and Phillips all back. That leaves one spot plus a 7th D with at least 4 guys in that mix if you include Claesson.

        Tough decisions indeed.

  • Godless_Lawyer

    I wonder if Hemsky’s the target because of Murray’s repeatedly stated preference for someone with a physical element to their game. The Jets’ Devin Setoguchi seems to fit the bill much more (and also fits with Murray’s penchant for trying to ‘buy low’ on players who may be considered reclaimation projects). Though the Jets probably won’t start making moves until their new coach settles in, Setoguchi’s pending UFA status means he’ll almost certainly be moved by the deadline.
    Setoguchi has been plagued by inconsistency, though, and given the Senators struggles to find that themselves this season he may be less of a fit. Ditto for Calgary’s Lee Stempniak.

  • Zelle

    “The Edmonton Oilers have sent forward Ales Hemsky back to Edmonton to have his injured ankle evaluated.”

    “Hemsky is in the first half of a two-year, $10 million contract.”

    Yeah I hope they pass on Hemsky.

    • sprucesens

      is that a really old article or something? he’s in a contract year right now, as in UFA at season’s end…

      that must have been last year?

      • sprucesens

        the ankle part is right, but the timing part must be wrong

        • Zelle

          Yeah just read that the timing on the contract is wrong. Silly tsn. Thanks for the check!

    • Sensnation

      Right on cue Hemsky gets injured again! Sens need to avoid him at all costs!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Going to the game tonight. Broker4tickets offers amazing deals. Got a free pair to the nashville game! Hoping for a huge game from the sens. GO SENS GO.

  • Pugnacious Serf

    No Hemsky, thanks, it will be Bondra all over again, but with out the scoring and playing cause he is made of glass(And he’s injured as of Tuesday). Not to mention, he’s won NOTHING in the NHL. Yeah, sounds like the kind of veteran leadership we need for a playoff run. Too many focusing on points instead of preventing them.

    • Alcatraz

      veteran leadership for a playoff run is sooooo overstated

      I would think a player who has won NOTHING would be more of an asset since he would be hungrier. But thats just my “newage” mentality against the old adage that blood sweat and tears wins cups

      • Sensnation

        The only thing Hemsky is hungry for is a payday!

    • sprucesens

      if the price is a 3rd, i’d say we make the deal. we have enough great prospects right now, ready to come into the nhl. A 3rd might not ever make it. If it can give us a chance to sign a guy like hemsky on the cheap, and make a line of spezza hemsky and stone, that would look like a pretty solid 2a 2b line, whatever you want to call it.
      I think his play style would complement spezza, because they both tend to make the same types of plays. They both twirl a lot and can dangle with the best of them. Hemsky’s biggest knock aside from injuries, is passing too much, after dangling every player on the opposing team. Then the play goes the other way. I think Pmac can get him going with our motto, of always play the game forward.
      I still prefer we target cammalerri, if anyone, but I think the cost would be higher. Could be a good rental to get us into the playoffs and cause quite the stir. I bet we hold off till we lose a game or 2 for any trades though

  • Miguel

    So in comes Gryba the Habsbuster, and out goes PW46
    Can anyone explain to me how Phillips is better than Gryba?
    would anyone else like to see a lineup with both PW46 and Gryba?
    Karlsson Cowen
    Methot Ceci
    PW46 Gryba,
    This to me brings out our top 6 D with both puck movers and physical threats,
    Big game tonight, almost playoff like feel with both teams wanting these two crucial points.
    Lets hope the habs bring their playoff game vs our Sens… they folded like those cheap lawnchairs the last time they were tested :-)
    GSG!!! Sens win 4-2

    • Laurence Babchyuk

      I was very happy when Phillips was out for a couple of games. But he’s a vet
      so he gets to play even if he’s awefull. The last game vs Minnesota was a great game by him after he got hurt. Definition of nightmare is spezza and Phillips at the same time on the ice.

      Sens need a big pesky presence tonight ! Go sens Go !
      There’s not a team I hate more the the Habs

    • Hax

      Karlsson (280) Cowen (134)
      Methot (364) Ceci (15)
      Wiercioch (80) Gryba (55)

      Phillips (1,117)

      So Phillips has played more games than all the other guys combined (928). You’ve already got Ceci in there with only 15 games (though he is playing well) so I’m guessing MacLean doesn’t want two rookies on his last pairing – therefore Phillips plays.

      Experience isn’t everything of course, but if people are going to keep asking why Phillips is playing that’s going to be the answer more often than not.

      • Sensnation

        Agreed, Hax, and people are overestimating how bad he’s been. He’s a mostly dependable and very experienced dman, and good for the group to have in the bottom pairing.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I agree w/ you in theory, Miguel. Phillips is no better (but no worse either, IMO) than our other bottom pairing defensemen that are in and out of the lineup (at this point in his career). But I think his history with the organization means he’s earned his playing time for this year (until his current contract is up). If we were to have him back, I think the organization could say that we’ll bring you back as a role-model for the younger D, with the understanding that you will have a reduced role, and won’t play every game. He could either accept it, or look elsewhere for a job that comes w/ more ice-time. As much as i’d like to see those D you listed get a game every now and then (while Phillips sits the occasional game), I don’t think you scratch a player who has given so much to the team, and is at the very end of his contract (it just doesn’t seem very graceful).

  • Richard Gough

    What is Murray pushes to land Setoguchi ? I know that he hasn’t played as good as he should but if you line him up with Spezza maybe he will find his grove again when he was with San Jose (Low risk high reward)

    Setoguchi / Spezza /Stone

    • Sensnation

      Setoguchi though not as skilled as a Hemsky type, would definitely be more reliable. At the end of the day it all depends on price, but I’m not sure Setoguchi would be a fit for Spezza, maybe with Zibanejad though. A more offensive version of Greening would be ideal imo.

      • Richard Gough

        A 3rd should be enough since that is what the Jets paid for him

        • Sensnation

          At the price of a 3rd I’d try just about anyone being mentioned as trade bait. It’s a decent price for a rental.

  • lbernier

    I would rather get Ryan Smyth from Edmonton he is a role player and he stands infront of the net, Amazing tipper. That is what we need to play with Spezza. He would be cheap and I think he would be motivated to play for Ottawa!

    • Hax

      Not sure we need a tipper as much as we need a defenseman. I hope any forwards that we might acquire are either dirt cheap or are guys that figure prominently into our plans for the next few seasons.

      • lbernier

        It is the net presence. You need someone that can stand in front of the net and wont get knocked around. Chris Neil is the only one on the team that can basically do that is seems. Conacher does it too but he just too small to dominate at that aspect of the game.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Eklund is hilarious… His last 3 part post

    THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

    • SensChirp

      Which post?

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        About who is available

  • MrSkullhead

    Hey guys,

    I haven’t posted in a while, hoping any of you out there with twitter would help me out.

    I’m a filmmaker and am trying to get Jay Baruchel’s attention. His agent is being a hell of a gate keeper. Found out he is a huge Habs fan and so, I took this last ditch effort and was wondering if anyone here from the Sens Army would help me by retweeting my tweet.

    https://twitter.com/DoubleNeg/status/423935893162844160

    Chirp, if this violates some rule, feel free to delete it.

    • SensChirp

      Just retweeted. Good luck!

  • WaitingSince92

    Kinda surprised to see Hemsky lovers… he’s not what we need, and he’ll cost more than he’s worth – let some other team overpay for him.

    For lack of a better, more descriptive word, he’s a total pussy. We don’t need someone who won’t go into corners…

    Setoguchi isn’t even an upgrade for us, given the way he’s playing. I’ll pass on both, thanks.

    • Richard Gough

      I think Setoguchi would be a upgrade if you would pair him up with Spezza on the 2nd or 3 rd line with Stone

  • SensChirp

    Score predictions and goal scorers for the Senators. GO!

    • Sensturion

      4-3 sens in regulation. Ryan, Greening, Zibby and Karlsson.

    • LeafsSux

      3-2 Sens in OT Mac,Ryan(2)

    • Aaron 2.0

      4-2 Sens. Karlsson and Spezza get on the board w/ 1 each. Greening and Turris score too. Anderson is a beast.

  • Righteous Smoke

    Piere LeBrun’s new blog indicates that Paul Statsny and/or Ryan O’reily could be on the block, and that they are looking for defense. I would take any of those 2 players over Hemsky any day, haha.

    • SensChirp

      Well of course. But the asking price would be significantly higher.

  • SensFanInMTL

    If Murray obtains Hemsky, I feel as if we’re just settling crap for the sake of making a trade. I don’t think he is the same as he once was and totally agree that he is skilled, but made of friggin glass. How about Condra for Hemsky? Da Costa?

    Beat the shit outta the Habs tonight boys please!! It fuckin boils my blood each time our arena gets fuckin taken over.

  • QSenFan

    What a horrible start…..

  • luckan20

    Price is in his zone.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Tuned in late missed the Habs goal but my oh my the Sens are buzzing. Should have 4 goals already

  • QSenFan

    Sens are outplaying habs for the most part but our D coverage is making me nervous

  • xiorcal

    Was the ref not suppose to stop the play when montreal got the puck in the neutral zone for one of there player injured. Did not like to see them get a chance at our end and see the play being stop when the sens got the puck back.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Sens are dominating every aspect of this game. We’re a better team than the Habs.

    If we keep this up, the goals will come! The puck as no choice but to go in.

  • QSenFan

    FFS

  • Richard Gough

    1-800- rent-a-goalie I think so

    • SensChirp

      Kind of a good shot there Richard.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Are the refs reffing the game, or just watching? Hi stick to Bob.

  • Michenator

    refs are asleep.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lehner had a shutout two nights ago and Mac sits him.

    • SensChirp

      Was a no brainer. Don’t start. Lehner made about three saves in that game. You go to your number one in a big game against a divisional opponent.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Still keep Anderson in?

        • SensChirp

          Good time for a mercy pull

          • xiorcal

            Surprise Pmac did not call for a timeout to calm down the team

          • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

            .400 SV %…..hardly a mercy pull

            Its a you are playing like shit pull

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Our “Number 1″

        • SensChirp

          No?

  • QSenFan

    Those two goals are not Anderson’s fault

  • bluebuyyoo

    The 3rd is not Andy’s fault, but his night should be over.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    RELEASE DA LEHNER

  • SensFanInMTL

    I don’t enjoy this moment right now.

    • Cicero

      Just wait 5 minutes XD

  • Jacques

    The turnovers r back!

  • Andrews theory

    Pull Andy…it’s not often you are the better team and down by 3 after 10 minutes

  • Andrews theory

    THere we go!

  • Zelle

    3 goals on 5 shots that’s just depressing

  • QSenFan

    Alright!!!

  • Jacques

    Finally a slap pass that works!

  • Richard Gough

    What are the chances of Grant Fur too come out of retirement ?

    • SensFanInMTL

      Fur, lol!

      • SensFanInMTL

        Fuhr fur da wien!

    • xiorcal

      About the same as you typing a comment showing some intelligence.

      • Richard Gough

        Fuck you lol

  • xiorcal

    Just need 34 more shot and we tie the score at this rate.

  • Andrews theory

    With the exception of 5 shots ottawa has been far and away the better team so far

    • QSenFan

      not defensively

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    2 saves on 5 shots .400

    Don’t even think Edmonton would be happy with those numbers

  • Jacques

    Just keep hitting these twits, it’ll pay off!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    CLARKE.

  • Jacques

    All right!

  • Andrews theory

    Ya baby!

    Now that is Pesky

  • SensFanInMTL

    SUCE LA! SUCE LA!!!!!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Fuck Yeah! Au lait!

  • QSenFan

    fuck ya!!!!!!!

  • Jacques

    Nice pass Spezz!

    • SensFanInMTL

      Va tant! T’es tout le temps le seule qui l’envoy chier!

      • Jacques

        Y joue mal en Christ en temps normal! I can admit when he makes a good play. But his line was the only one getting bottled up by the Smurfs.

  • Zelle

    Yes one goal game again. Hopefully they come out just as strong in the second, minus the defensive fumbles.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Karlsson has taken over. Gotta keep it up.

  • Cicero

    We gots a game.

  • luckan20

    Simply an amazing dish by Spezza. Big relief after coughing three goals.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This team never quits.

  • SensFanInMTL

    On the Hemsky acquisition. Firstly, no lol. Second, the only logical move to obtain him would be straight up for Michalek. Czech for Czech, ailing health for ailing health, contracts expiring at the end of the year, diminished points in a season for another one. Just my opinion of course.

    • Jacques

      Michalek has looked fine in the last 10-15 games!

  • Cicero

    What confidence and discipline. A few years back, arguably with more firepower, the Sens would get into a similar hole, and the panic would set in and they’d never recover. This team has such determination and confidence wow. They just keep on doing what is working and know the goals will come. Good stuff. No need to pull Andy.

  • SenaTHOR

    Ceci needs to move the puck by passing. God he slows down the speed in the neutral zone.

  • Cicero

    19-7 in shots and 17-9 in hits. Keep it up!

  • FistsofNeil25

    That pass by Spezza on Karlsson’s goal is one that very few players in the world can make. If Spezza can ever reach 100% health again this could be a very dangerous team.

    That first period performance by the boys was dominant. Stupid ass Habs fans chanting Ole Ole Ole in OUR house with 45 minutes left in the game was a bad idea. Hopefully those clowns go home disappointed tonight.

  • LeafsSux

    Can we stop all the Hemsky talk. Geesh

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    How is it that Conacher is the guy told to sit in front of the net with Zibby and Michalek on the ice?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Although, for someone so small he stood in there damn well

    • bluebuyyoo

      Because he will stand there and stir up shit and often draw a penalty

    • Cicero

      Because he’s a weeble.

      • bluebuyyoo

        Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down

  • SensFanInMTL

    Dedicated to, now I’m killing you
    Controlling, faster
    Obey your master
    Your life burns faster

  • bluebuyyoo

    4th line is bowling for smurfs!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Karlsson is dominating right now. It’s not even funny, The whole team has!!!

  • LeafsSux

    Price is a god damn machine..

    • bluebuyyoo

      Well, he can knock that shit off right now and save it for the Olympics! ;-)

  • QSenFan

    Absolutely amazing play by sens holy shit!!!

  • luckan20

    Price is the difference so far.

  • Andrews theory

    Biggest difference for the Sens since November is their transition game and very few blue line turnovers.

    Thank you Ceci

    • bluebuyyoo

      They are also taking fewer penalties. Lines are flowing.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This is very stressful.

  • Andrews theory

    Shit ya, order my Karlsson jersey…looks to be back to 100%.

    How much better can he actually get?

  • Jordan Cunning

    Man one thing ottawa has alot of during this streak is chemistry i really like the turris and zibby line spezza still just needs one more winger stone can get it done why not give pumple or prince a chance?

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    No high stick on Spezz???

  • sben

    I feel so awful right now. No I’m not a canadiens fan. NHL gamecenter live lagged for about 5 minutes and during those five minutes the sens scored both their goals. Great game though. Only a matter of time before the sens score.

  • Andrews theory

    Hello Team Canada!

  • LeafsSux

    Is this really friggin happening?! WTF

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Price is playing out of this world but the Sens need to put one home.

    It’s coming guys! It’s coming..

  • QSenFan

    Well, at least we know team canada will be in good hands with Price holy cow

  • FistsofNeil25

    I have never ever ever seen Price play THIS well. Ever!!

  • FistsofNeil25

    BOBBY JUST RIP IT!!!!!!

  • xiorcal

    WHOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    BOB SNIPE.

  • LeafsSux

    YES!!!!!

  • Andrews theory

    Oh just shoot it harder… Blocker side

  • Cicero

    Oh my this is fun!!

  • bluebuyyoo

    7-16-6 looks like they are going to score on every possession.

  • Michenator

    GO FOR THE THROAT SENS!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This game is incredible.

    4 unanswered goals.

    Third period is going to be HUGE.

  • xiorcal

    Woke up my son twice in the last five minutes lol

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      LOL. Anybody else screaming at the TV like us with excitement?

    • SensChirp

      Haha my poor daughter is having a hard time staying asleep tonight.

  • Andrews theory

    Man I which I was at that game!

  • QSenFan

    What an insane game man, I just lost my voice lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man I love this team.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    This is the reason why I love the Ottawa Senators.

    They are so entertaining to watch.

    I love these guys.

    • Jacques

      Man what a difference I watched that leafs -buffalo game last night and it looked like it was in slow motion!

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        lol

  • LeafsSux

    I hope they keep this shit up on Saturday as im making the trip back across the border with my brother who is a Ranger fan! What a game tonight!!

  • bluebuyyoo

    No rispeck. We score three goals and they still want to beat us. No rispeck.

  • Cicero

    Shots 38-17 Hits 38-20. Who’s your daddy?!?

  • FistsofNeil25

    No disrespect to Spezza, but can we all just agree that Turris is this team’s number one center? Just a fantastic all-round player. The best is yet to come for him. David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick? Bahahahaa!!!

    • Jacques

      Man what a steal that was, this kid is dynamite!

  • luckan20

    MacArthur – Turris – Ryan line has scored 50 goals.
    17 + 14 + 19 = 50

  • luckan20

    3rd period….game is on. Reduce ice time of Kassian, Phillips and even Cowen. All three bloody slow.

    • xiorcal

      Cowen 2A +3 and 5 hit in 16 minutes .

      • luckan20

        stats are good but I am talking about. Did you see how they were buzzing in the last 2 minutes when the 4 line and Cowen was on ice.

        • xiorcal

          If we want him to grow as a player its important to give him a chance to play big shift. And he is a lot better lately.

          • luckan20

            Agree he has been great lately, but overall Paul needs to manage players ice time. May be short shifts will help many guys. The intensity of this game is way high.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I understand his numbers but he is still wonky in his own end.

        • Jacques

          No kidding!

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I have to agree with this.

      Mac needs to manage his players the best he can in the third.

    • Jacques

      Cowen bumbles the puck going back , often, scares the hell out of me!

    • FistsofNeil25

      I think Cowen has had a good game, but his numbers are a product of being paired with Karlsson. Karlsson is putting on a show tonight. He looks like the player he was before Matt Cooke sliced his achilles.

      During the first intermission during that Ottawa/Pittsburgh game that Karlsson got injured in, the TSN panel said that Karlsson was the best player in the world at that point in time. That’s what he looks like tonight..the best player on the planet.

      Now I’m not seeing he is the best player in the world, but he’s playing like it tonight. He’s making Subban look like an average NHL defenseman in comparison.

      • Jacques

        Underneath Karl’s jersey , I think I saw a big S!

  • Jacques

    Awesome game so far! What can you say about TUrris now, not a number one center? And Zibby he’s a number 2, he blows me away. Listen Spezz if he can keep his game going forward I’m fine with where we’re playing him. But don’t tell me you have concerns about TUrris and Zibby!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Man it should be 9 to 3 for us right now. How good has this team played in the second half? I must’ve seen a dozen short drop passes to each other and most of them have clicked and generated scoring chances. It’s absolutely a thrill to be watching them play so well. Let’s push for playoff spot boys. Feels so good.

    • Jacques

      The earth is tilting after every period it seems! Send the smurfs fans home reeling please boys!

    • luckan20

      Agree. Damn! Price some unbelievable saves. He basically robbed twice Ryan and Stone. Also, a good stop on Zibanejaad.

      • SensFanInMTL

        Yes Price is definitely making a case for himself in Sochi. That is until we popped him 3 goals in that frame!

  • luckan20

    Folks, please don’t take me wrong. I like Cowen game so far, but the issue is Habs will counter with speed. We can’t afford to have slow skaters on ice during crucial face-offs in our circle. Cody Ceci is amazing with simple but intelligent plays. Karlsson has been a beast tonight on both ends. Methot and Gryba has been good too.

    • Jacques

      Ceci just keeps making the right play all the time, so impressed!

  • Cicero

    We don’t have a top line. We have a 1A, 1B, and 1C line, and a great second line :)

  • Deadly

    Play-off intensity .
    Unbelievable game.

  • LeafsSux

    Wings,Panthers and Devils all losing right now..

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen scares the living %#@ out of me.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I hope Maclean told the boys during the intermission to keep their foot on the gas. Lets rub these scabs out of the building tonight!

  • H POTTER

    @da game guys and stone is really good. Strong

  • xiorcal

    Ceci is playing so calmly. Not feeling like a rookie with just a couple of game under is belt at all.

  • H POTTER

    Stone is a really good complement on Spezza line. He back checks hard

  • Andrews theory

    How has Mtl not taken 10 penalties so far ?

    • xiorcal

      because they are playing the Senators.

      • bluebuyyoo

        Considering the refs are Peel and La Rue, it is more surprising that they have not given the Sens 10 penalties.

        • jasonontheoldsenschirp

          The Sens haven’t been taking many penalties of late, because Chris Neil’s been out.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Very true

  • Cicero

    Many MTL fans at CTC. I am hearing “GO SNABS GO.”

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Ceci is going to be amazing.

    • SenaTHOR

      When he learns it’s a team game

  • H POTTER

    We cannot loose this game we ate owning da freaking habs

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Spezz has the puck strung on a string tonight this guy is playing good.

  • LeafsSux

    Wings lose!

  • xiorcal

    Not sure what methot did count as a hit.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen.

  • FistsofNeil25

    FUCK YOU JARED COWEN.

  • Andrews theory

    Suprise

  • SensFanInMTL

    Spezza found Stone again from the neutral zone. Stone has like 30 shots at least. As much as Spezza is a top 6 player on any team, keeping him on the 3rd isn’t harming anyone. This just gives us 3 legit mothafuckin scoring lines. Plus I’m sure Spetz is playing longer than a 3rd line player. Every single player is giving his all tonight. Excellent team effort. I can’t put them over enough. Just pure joy to watch.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Uggg Cowen

  • mr.slapshot

    Bench this guy now.

  • xiorcal

    Thats just bad luck

  • Andrews theory

    You are the weakest link

  • xiorcal

    number 74 is down

  • Zelle

    When the game is on the line you just can’t count on Cowen…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    We need Chris Phillips to score.

    • xiorcal

      and Kassian to fight

  • FistsofNeil25

    Since the Desharnais goal Stone has had a really strong game. We need to find a better winger for that left wing spot with Spezza and Stone. Greening is junk.

  • Jacques

    The Habs are full of horse bleep!

  • Andrews theory

    H potter , you jinxed it

  • SensFanInMTL

    After the break, TSN will announce that Cowen has been traded to Edmonton for Darnell Nurse. He is headed to the dressing room as Murray has gotten off the phone 9:57 pm EST.

    • xiorcal

      We do have depth in the back but its way to early to drop Cowen unless you get some great value for him. I don’t want to see a reverse Chara (really not as fun as a reverse cowgirl).

      • SensFanInMTL

        Of course! I just like busting balls (no homo) man.

      • Jacques

        Don’t worry he’s no Chara!

    • Phoenix

      I’d love to see that swap as it helps both teams but it wont happen.

  • QSenFan

    Not Cowan’s fault that the puck landed on his skate but he was responsible for covering player 14. Needs work on his coverage

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’m sure Gionta will be crying in Therrien’s arms after that one.

  • Cicero

    Sens have to go all out for it, at home, against a division rival.

  • FistsofNeil25

    I don’t think Phillips tries to make tape-to-tape passes anymore. I think he just tries to throw it in a teammate’s general direction.

  • Zelle

    If this goes to SO Sens will probably lose… :(

    • bluebuyyoo

      So will not be needed. Zib will end this early!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Well deserved point for the two teams. They put on a show tonight. Great hockey.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      I’m not a Habs lover. But Carey Price was fantastic tonight.

    • xiorcal

      Caret price deserve a point not the habs

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        If only it worked that way

  • Richard Gough

    OT again ? Thanks Cowan!!!!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Price steals it

  • FistsofNeil25

    Subban acting like he just scored the Stanley Cup winning goal. What a fucking idiot.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    I’m not even mad. The Sens played their hearts out tonight, being down by three goals. Points in 7 straight.

  • Andrews theory

    Poor Karlsson he has no fuckin partner

    4 on 4 he takes himself out of the play completely twice

  • Richard Gough

    THANK CAWON lol

  • Zelle

    Fuck come on…

  • QSenFan

    Whatever

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Glad Subban is on Team Canada….and Price for that matter

  • Andrews theory

    PS, Lehner wins that game

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Ya he would have.

      • Jacques

        Ok let’s ride Lehner a bit,

  • Jacques

    Subban what a jackwhiz! Anderson c’mon that was weak.

    • FistsofNeil25

      Very weak..

      • bluebuyyoo

        Considering what the guy at the other end of the ice did all night long, that was a fucking gift.

  • Jacques

    Why do you start OT with Cowen on the ice. Should be Methot and Karl and Phillips with Ceci. That’s it Gryba and Cowen glued to the bench!

    • SENSible

      Agree 100%

    • SENSsmile

      Agreed… especially after Cowen so royally screwed up on the tying goal. WT…EFF???

  • sprucesens

    i don’t know how the hell anderson wasn’t pulled after 2 goals. The team played amazing, and ran into a hot goal tender no doubt, but you can’t have a 55 minute domination, and for the 5 mins its in your end, the goals are coming on every shot…

    Anyways, hell of an effort by the rest of the team. And it wasn’t his fault on all the goals, i more than see that. even the cowen one wasn’t much either of them could do. O well, at least the team is playing great

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    K…it is official I am 10000% down with Cowens Shtick

    After a million flukes it is no longer a fluke….it is just someone that is fucking useless

    • mr.slapshot

      Exactly, no clue what he’s doing. Enough with the “maturing” talk, you only need to look at Ceci to see what a future pro looks like.

      • Jacques

        Claessen played with the Swedish national team and he could move the puck up!

  • SENSible

    Anderson lost that game, a Pee Wee goalie would have stopped that last shot.

  • Shibal

    As I thought – with the arrival of Jason Spezza, Zibanejad’s ice time has significantly decreased; Smith and Greening have been getting way more ice time than him ever since Spezza came back.

    Don’t understand why he (Mac) never trusts Zibanejad, while Cody Ceci gets all the trust in the world. The sole reason why I would rather have Zibanejad on the wing, is that he will get more ice time playing top 6. As long as there is Spezza, Turris, and Smith on this team Zibanejad will never get the ice time he deserves to get playing center.

    • Jacques

      Zibby brings more than Spezza. Wake up MAC!

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Why the f**k is Cowen out there
    And totaly weak Anderson
    One of the best games we have played destroyed by Cowen in 5 minutes
    He needs to sit and bring Classen up for a look

  • Cicero

    Big kudos to the Sens for creating chances and their physical play when most teams (including past Sens teams) would have given up after going down 0-3 so early. The Habs came back with just enough umph in the third to gain momentum in a wild back-and-forth period. Give Cowan a break: the result of him letting Plecanic escape the zone was punishment enough. The kick-in happens to every defenceman and never at a good time. Price stole the game.

  • QSenFan

    Cowan needs to sit a few games. Let him work on his D coverage and puck handling.

  • luckan20

    Like I said after the end of 2nd period certain players ice time should be controlled. I did mention Phiilips, Kassian and Cowen.

    Paul MacLean is simply coaching badly. I am not sure as a coach what he is seeing on ice. Speed kills. We already have 3 slow skaters in the backend with Phillips, Gryba and Cowen.

    WTF MacLean Cowen had more ice time than any Ottawa players including Karlsson.

    • Zelle

      There must be something we don’t know. There is no reason to be playing Cowen so much.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Cowen is taking too much blame. It was an unlucky own goal and if it didn’t happen we wouldn’t be talking about him. I know he’s probably playing more than he should, but that’s because he’s paired with Karl who’s anchoring him.

    In the ideal world, he would be on the bottom pair, because in my opinion he is a bottom pairing defenceman.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      In an ideal world he could be someone elses bottom pairing D

    • bluebuyyoo

      He actually led the team with over 25 minutes. Come on coach. Get Methot back with Karlsson.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        Ya I’d really love to see Marc back with Karl. He’s as steady as they come. I mean I don’t HATE Cowen, I just think Mac’s playing him in situations out of his league.

        Because honestly, he’s a 12-14 minute defenceman who can compete with the other teams third and fourth lines and throw his body around. That’s his ceiling.

        • sprucesens

          i’m not a huge fan of cowen, nor his ice time, however, i still wouldn’t change anything, as that was a dominant game by ottawa. If price was his usual self and not the only hab playing tonight, it would have been 8-3. We keep getting points, and in the end thats all that matters. Shit luck to have it go in off his skate, but other than the play in the other end to cause the break, that goal wasn’t either his nor anderson’s fault

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Exactly right. The Sens should be commended. We ran into a hot goalie.

            How many time’s have we seen Andy single handedly steal a game for us on his own? It happens in the NHL.

            It was a good game. We play like this against the Rangers and we will win.

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      What did Cowen do to deserve more ice time than Karlsson
      He needs to sit for a couple games and realize he is useless to us unless he starts being a physical stay at home defencemen

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        That’s not his fault. It’s Mac’s.

  • sprucesens

    .78% save percent today. .. that’s all that needs to be said. Not that all the goals were saveable, but that just doesn’t cut it

    • Michenator

      Anderson didn’t have to make any saves until he HAD to make saves. I feel bad for him, can’t really blame him for any of them except the OT one. You hope he stops some of the other goals though.

  • Shibal

    As I’ve always said, Maclean sticks with who he loves. His inexplicable love for Cowen, Smith, Greening, Michalek, allows those guys to play alot.

    Next time Chirp – when you post the lineup, make sure you have Zibanejad as the fourth line center, because Smith will always be Mac’s third line center as long as he is on this team.

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Great game by the sens, bad game by Phillips Again ! Price stole it and spezza needs to go away to let zbad play more

    • bluebuyyoo

      Oh, FFS! You are looking to blame Phillips and Spezza for that loss. Absolutely un-fucking-believable!

      • sprucesens

        i certainly don’t think either of those players played bad, however it would be nice to see zbad more. He looks great every time he has the puck on a rush. Just would like to see the smith line less. Condra is just a complete non factor in hockey games. Another dominant game by the sens, and he was no where to be found all night, even when his line was generating.

    • luckan20

      I hope we all are watching the same game.

      • SuperSENS

        I don’t think he saw the same game the rest of us did.

    • Michenator

      upvoted because I do LOVE Zbad!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Guys we need to look at the positives. I know we didn’t get the two points, but at the same we were down by three goals and made it a game. We have points in [how many?] consecutive games which is important. Nothing to be ashamed about.

    • Zelle

      What I hate the most are the Habs fans.

      • jasonontheoldsenschirp

        I understand but don’t let them get to you. The Habs really aren’t that great, and it will show in the end. Trust me.

        • Zelle

          Yeah they showed it tonight, except for Price, and Habs fans come out of the woodworks to smalk talk. I was just having a bad night and this made it horrible. ._.

          • jasonontheoldsenschirp

            Keep your head up! The Wings lost in reg. and we keep picking up points. That’s the most important thing imo

    • Deadly

      Actually dominated for most of the game.similar to the Wild game.

    • sprucesens

      yes, being down 3-0 and having one of the best dominant games this year. Had price not played out of this world, it would have looked like game 3 all over again. we played a great game. Their goalie was stellar. Ours was sub AHL today.

  • SuperSENS

    What the heck is up with Subban’s goal celebration? He’s acting like he just won the Stanley Cup for the Canadiens or a gold medal for Team Canada at the Olympics. Absolutely ridiculous, he’s a total joke. That kind of showboating will come back to bite him in the ass someday and costing his team; mark my words.

    As a Canadian, I can only hope that Mike Babcock can find a way to keep that kid’s ego in check during the Olympics.

    • luckan20

      It shows his immaturity. Don Cherry won’t saying anything about the goal celebration, but if any European player does, then he will call it classless.
      Don Cherry = Hypocrite
      Glen Healy = Biggest Clown
      Subban = immature punk

    • sprucesens

      meh, let him look ridiculous when the entire world is watching. Makes the habs look stupid. Not worried about him being born in the same country as us. The rest of the players will be shaking their heads if he does something like that, unless its a golden goal

    • Zelle

      He’s a tool. And some people dare say we hate him cause we’re racist. He hasn’t matured at all.

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    I actually feel kinda bad for Subban
    Showing the whole word you are a douchebag cant be easy

    • SuperSENS

      Hahaha, thanks for the laugh :)

  • FistsofNeil25

    I don’t think it’s quite fair to put the blame on Cowen. I’m not saying that 4th goal wasn’t his fault, but there were mistakes made on all of Montreal’s goals and at the end of the day Anderson couldn’t even come close to matching Price’s performance.

    The first MTL goal was Karlsson’s fault. The second was the responsibility of the penalty killers running around instead of staying in position. The third was on Stone for blowing his assignment on Desharnais. The fourth was all on Cowen.

    Shit happens guys. The Sens played an amazing game tonight. I’m proud of the way they dominated the Habs. Any other night that would have been a decisive victory for Ottawa, but Price was on top of his game.

    • SuckitPhaneuf

      And if Cowen covers his man in overtime or blocks a shot maybe we win

  • luckan20

    Now we are chasing 3 teams in the play-off hunt. Also, there are teams below us heating up.

    Come Saturday we need to some how win or get at least a point; we need Habs to beat the Leafs.

    • SENSsmile

      As much as I hate to say it, Habs can never beat the Leafs. Watch Price have a off night, or some crap like that…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    And let’s not forget that we were down by three goals in the first period. The game could have ended horribly. How many teams come back from a three goal deficit to make it a game.

    Hard fought point. And the Wings loss is welcomed.

    • sprucesens

      not just come back, but out right dominate the rest of the game.

  • QSenFan

    So, if the sens are going to make the playoffs, do they get a forward or a D? With what we’ve seen tonight I’m tilting towards a solid Dman who has speed.

    • FistsofNeil25

      A left winger for Spezza and Stone and a top 4 dman to play with Ceci or Karlsson.

      MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
      ?????-Spezza-Stone
      Conacher-Zbad-Michalek
      Condra-Smith-Neil

      Cowen-Karlsson
      Methot-Gryba
      ?????-Ceci
      Phillips

      I think Greening is the weakest link in the forward group. I can’t figure out for the life of me why he gets so much ice time. Spezza and Stone could use a speedy winger on their left wing to open up a bit of ice for them. I really like Stone and I think he should be here to stay.

      Karlsson is the only one who can cover up for Cowen’s weaknesses. I think it’s way too early to give up on Cowen unless we’re trading him in a package for an impact player. Methot-Gryba can be a really good shutdown tandem and Ceci is a gem. It would be nice to find a good partner for him. Sorry, but I don’t have any love left for Phillips. I don’t see how he is any better than Gryba and Wiercioch.

      • Laurence Babchyuk

        Yeah, same goes here. Phillips is a liability to this team since volchenkov left

    • SenaTHOR

      If they do they need to find a 3 for 1 deal.

      • CUP 2014-15

        wonder what it would take to get Zack Bogosian ?
        PW, Cowen, Peumple and a pick ?

  • SlickRick

    Sucks to lose to the Habs and watch Subban celebrate but also happy to see the Sens playing more like the team we thought had at the start of the season….remember the beginning of the season? that sucked!
    BTW Cowen’s hip is still bothering him (insider, 3rd hand info)

    • SENSsmile

      That’s the first time I’ve heard that Cowen is still hurt. If this is the case, then why the frick is he still playing so many minutes? He screwed up the game tonight, no question about it.

  • Luc Wolfe

    Well it was a good game and an awesome effort, MTL takes two points in the regular season, playoffs is a hard game, I still think Ottawa can reach the habs in the Standings. with that being said I can’t wait for Saturday vs the Rangers.

    • Luc Wolfe

      I’ll take the habs in any round in the playoffs even if with Price in Net. Good effort from Stone! Now bring on the Rangers!

  • sprucesens

    best thing is, its another game that we dominated. I’m liking seeing that more often than not

  • Deadly

    As well as Price played, Macs goal was weak and Ryan’s goal was from a bit of a sharp angle.

    • Michenator

      Ryans shot was perfect. Macs was definitely kinda soft.

  • QSenFan

    I think the next three weeks before the olympic break will make or break us:

    NYR
    TBL
    WSH
    CAR
    CLB
    TBL
    TOR
    PIT
    STL
    BUF
    BOS

    • sben

      I think we can do well enough to get past the playoff bubble especially when compared to detroit who plays LA STL and CHI in the next 3 games.

      • Deadly

        But,but ,but,Tooks said Babcock would be able to coach the wings through this tough schedule.

    • Luc Wolfe

      sure like every other teams, If Ottawa plays like tonight i’m not to worried.

      Note on the Boston game, Chara will not play since he’ll be in Sochi for the open ceremony since he’s the flag barrier.

    • Michenator

      If we keep playing as well as we have, there is no reason why we can’t win 2/3rds of these games.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Man…I am not dissapointed with that game at all. Woulda been nice to get the 2 point we deserved but 1 is better then 0. Great game from the boys. down 3-0? I was shocked. being at the game wow! We are looking great as a team!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Wow, I am shocked at the negativity tonight. I am as pissed as anyone loosing to these shits and king ass himself scoring the winner is the worst. Him pulling on the crest like they just won the cup, what an ass.
    That being said we dominated that game. They had no answer for Ottawa’s balanced attack. Price stole them a game if any fans know what that’s like it should be us with all the damn games our Goaltenders stole for us last year. Shit happens. They looked great tonight and no team plays a perfect game.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Great game tonight, other than the result. We keep the points streak going, & that’s the important thing (keep getting something out of games). We badly outplayed the habs. The differences were (a) special teams & (b) Anderson outplayed by Price. That’s not a knock against Anderson. All goal-tenders have off nights. He made all the easy stops, but really couldn’t give us any big saves tonight (He finally had a big save on the Cowen fiasco, but then …). Loved the offense tonight. Karlsson looked great (after the 1st PP). Top 3 lines all looked dangerous. Spezza & Stone are really developing some chemistry. Stone is a really, really smart player.

    And, one last thing. Subban is such a vaginal douche. He shouldn’t be too excited about that win. His team was badly outplayed. Subban hangs onto the puck so long, you have to think the world’s best will really expose that at the Olympics. I wasn’t impressed with his game at all. He finally did something good, and there’s your game-winner. But come on guy, your team was horrible tonight. Relax.

  • Guess Who

    Pukey Subban just got a target on his back for the next meeting thanks to that classless celebration. He’s got a real inferiority complex when it comes the Sens.

    • Eugenius

      Many thanks to Cowen not only for the tying goal, but also for letting Subban walk right in on the winner. I’m sorry, but the rebuild isn’t over if he’s counted on to play these types of minutes. Girardi would be a massive upgrade

  • Tom P

    Wow. What a game that was by our Sens, it seems not to long ago I posted after the Colorado game about how close we were and how a couple posts changed the outcome of the game, now look where we are. If Carey Price would like to keep up that play heading into Sochi.. go for it, by all means, just wow what a goaltending performance that was.
    You have to feel for Cowen after that game, has 2 A’s on the night playing steady throughout the game and just couldn’t catch a break. You would have to think where that game would of been if that Macarthur goal hadn’t went off his skate, completely different game but none the less, after this game much like the Colorado one, felt like a win as another huge effort was displayed by our guys. This team is a force right now and will make the playoffs if this play continues on !
    Lastly, Chirp… I saw the twitter battles you were getting into about the P.K celebration and support that it was ridiculous but expected in a sense. P.K is a character and generally embarrasses himself by his antics after goals, looked funny how Pacorietty seemed like he wanted no part of him as he jumped onto him haha. Don’t worry about it man, we’ll be laughing when we’re in the post season and are getting further then their expected first round exit.
    Night Sens Fans, Stay Positive !

  • Jason

    Well Anderson’s hot streak is officially over. Lehner should get the next start after his shutout last game. Anderson really let in some weak goals but can’t blame him completely his defense wasn’t good.
    Cowen….like I keep saying I don’t think we should get rid of him because he will evetually get better. Unfortunately he sucks dick right now and he really needs to have his minutes reduced drastically. He made 3 mistakes in the play that led to the tying goal
    First, after Karlsson passed him the puck he should have realized he was the last man back and fired the puck deep. Instead he made a cross ice “pass” (or whatever it was) to Gionta.
    Second, Plekanec skated right by him up the middle of the ice and he didn’t react at all. Like hey, maybe I should cover this guy wide open behind me because i’m the last guy back on defense.
    Third, knock the puck into your own net for the goal after Anderson actually made a decent save that game.
    Really impressed with Conacher’s play lately. Kassian too.

  • Mat

    Reading lots of negativity towards Cowen. Besides the one unfortunate mistake, he played well and has turned it around since the awful beginning of the year. Hey, I’m just as mad as everyone for the loss but if you’re looking for a scapegoat, look no further than Anderson. 3 goals on 5 shots, 2 of those at the very start of the game is unacceptable. Even though he’s also picked it up in the last little stretch, most of this season’s failures can be attributed to his shitty-ass starts. Looking forward to having him as #2. Good on the team though for fighting back against a hot goaltender. Montreal’s play was an embarrassment. Didn’t deserve to win.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    I am still pissed about Cowen, but looking back over the game, it was one of his stronger efforts of the season. I suspect had that goal not gone in off of his foot everyone(myself included) would have a drastically different opinion

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Sens didn’t get the win in OT, but they put up a great effort and took a point. Not wanting to blame Anderson, but 3 goals on 4 shots, isn’t the type of start you want to make. I think the Team did great to rally around him though finishing the 1st period only down 1. Beyond that Anderson stood tall when he needed too and officially saved every shot he faced from the opposition, it’s just too bad the last goal against him was from our own team. The tying goal off Cowen was unfortunate and once that happened, I just had this feeling the game wasn’t going to end in our favour. I hope the Sens put up the same effort against a very improved NYR team this weekend.
    Listening to the news, I heard Baseball is now introducing a coaches challenge. I think this is coming to Hockey, they cannot sit by and watch all the sports start using this and not see it as a benefit. I predict by 2015, it’s introduced.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I agree on the Greening for Hemsky deal not being a good idea for Ottawa. While Hemsky was considered one of the more under-rated wingers in the league a few years back (07-08, 08-09) that was before Edmonton went into it’s massive drafting rebuild and basically rendered him expendable. Hemsky can skate, has slick hands and has a nose for the net, but he’s declined a lot in the last few years production wise and he’s become even more frail.
    I like Greening because he does hit, he does get in the rougher areas and he’s shown signs of life when put in any situation, including the top line and in the playoffs. Ottawa tends to breed these kind of guys who can play everywhere. They eventually ship them off in a deal, only to see them shine elsewhere. I think I’d rather see Greening being serviceable here, than swapping for Hemsky who may only get 5-10 more points then him, and has a much higher rate of being injured.
    This year hasn’t been the best start for Greening and Hemsky’s 24 points are looking better than Greening’s 10, but just look at last years stats, Hemsky played 38 games, 9 G’s, 11 A’s for 20 points. Greening played 47 games, 8 G’s, 11 A’s for 19 points. The year before, Hemsky played 69 games, 10 G’s, 26 A’s for 36 points and a -13. Greening played all 82 games, 17 G’s, 20 A’s for 32 points and a -4.