Game Day- Sens Host Bruins at CTC

SensChirp November 15, 2013 138
Game Day- Sens Host Bruins at CTC

When the final buzzer sounded on Tuesday night, it mercifully ended what was undoubtedly the worst game of the season for the Ottawa Senators.  After reeling off three straight wins and picking up at least a point in five straight, the Sens were flat on home ice, falling to the lowly Flyers by a 5-0 final.

The Senators now look to put that effort in their rear-view with a bounce back performance against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.  The Boston Bruins currently sit second in the East, have won four straight games and are coming off an overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.  Safe to say the Senators will need to be at their best against the big, bad Bruins.

The Senators have had the benefit of a couple solid days of practice, in which Head Coach Paul MacLean placed a particular emphasis on breaking out of their own end more efficiently.  This has definitely been an issue for the Sens through the first 18 games so we’ll see if the practice time makes a difference.  Clean breakouts will be extremely important against the hard forechecking Bruins.

Over the past couple seasons, these two teams have played some extremely physical, and always close hockey games.  A match up between these two teams always reminds of this hit, which to this day is the hardest hit I’ve ever seen in person.  Worried that Boychuk wouldn’t get up but in the end, he actually got up before Neil did.

MacLean will make a couple changes to his lineup with Chris Phillips healthy and ready to return.  Phillips draws in and Corvo comes out.  Wiercioch will be back in the pressbox while Eric Gryba returns to the blueline.  No changes to the forward group.  Condra was on the ice for practice yesterday but it sounds like he’ll wait till Sunday to make his return.

Michalek-Spezza-Conacher
MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
Greening-Smith-Neil
Kassian-Grant-Zibanejad

Methot-Karlsson
Cowen-Gryba
Borowiecki-Phillips

Craig Anderson gets the start in the Ottawa goal while the Bruins are expected to counter with Tuukka Rask. After a couple months of fretting over the attendance in the early going, Team President Cyril Leeder spoke to the media and said the organization isn’t really worried about the crowds at the Canadian Tire Centre.  The good news is tonight is expected to be the first sell out of the season at the CTC.  Should make for a great atmosphere.

Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM with the game available on Sportsnet and on the radio at TSN 1200.

  • Doc

    Looking forward to a few cold ones while watching the game tonight.

    Get’em boys! Make a statement tonight.

    • Tooks

      Same here at $11 a pop…

      • Doc

        Hehe, have a good game. Should be a good atmosphere.

  • PraiseAlfie11

    Nothing to do with this game, but has anyone checked out prices for the detroit game? $57 for standing room? $117 for coke zero zone?

    • Tooks

      ALFIE! ALFIE! ALFIE!

      • PraiseAlfie11

        Making it so only “rich” fans can attend the tribute is crap. It’s a dirty move by what i thought was a classy organization and one that really pisses me off.

    • Heisenberg

      my friend in detroit went to the wings-sens game in 100 level for 20 bucks…..

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      LOoks like the tickets are selling. I recommend people don’t go if they want prices to come down. If only 15,000-16,000 show for Detroit (Guaranteeing a sellout by the way…) then they’ll need to lower prices to meet actual demand.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    I’m hoping for a big, dirty and goal filled affair. Sens and Bruins have both been scoring goals, and with Thomas no longer causing havoc for the Sens, Ottawa has a great chance to light the lamp. Rask has been great, actually spectacular on many nights, but he hasn’t dominated the Sens to the same degree.

    Gryba needs to get nasty, follow Borowiecki’s footsteps. If he does, that gives us at least 1 D on each pairing who can hammer out some good hits and make it hard on the forwards in the defensive end.

    Looking forward to the action, can’t wait till 7:30pm. Cheers

    • Doc

      Agreed on Gryba. If I had his size, I’d be laying people out left and right. Cowen should get back his nasty edge, and stop pinching to lay a big hit (which turns into a turnover).

      Looking forward to Boro doing his usual thing!

      • Tooks

        Easier said than done, he’s trying but his footspeed is too slow to catch anyone, they just elude him, same for Cowen. So they are forced to pinch to get the hit, which creates 2vs1′s…

        • MethotToMyMadness

          There is one thing that Cowen has done a lot this season, which bugs me to no end. He doesn’t rush forward for pucks he CAN win in one on one situations. For example, Sens enter the zone and EK rips a slap shot wide which rings around the boards (happens often). The opposition forwards advance on that puck momentum and start to exit their zone. There is usually a good space before the opposition are fully in control of the puck, and Cowen usually has a shorter distance to cover and COULD intercept. But he elects to stop in his tracks and reverse backward, losing his own momentum, forcing him to pinch. Instead he could take those few steps forward, getting an equal chance at the puck and creaming the opposition, much like Neil ala Boychuk. It takes awhile to master it, but I wish he’d do it.

  • Tooks

    Same here at $11 a pop!

  • Tooks

    PW46 is getting some rough treatment, Cowen is the one that should sit, PW46 has been playing decent. Dont get it, need guys that can move the puck, Cowen and Gryba are pylons…

    • RUSH RLZ

      I agree. *sigh*

    • Aaron 2.0

      Yeah, it’s really baffled me too. I thought there were a lot of games where Weircioch didn’t deserve to be benched. But, he really struggled against PHI. If there was any game where he deserved the press box it may have been after that game. Overall, I agree though. I don’t get the special treatment for Cowen. My only guess is the coach is giving him more time to work things out on the account of his injury last season.

      • laffin681021

        It’s actually quite annoying IMO. Even though both defenseman aren’t playing the way they are capable of, I’d rather have PW46 in the line-up over Cowen at this point. Hell, I’d rathar have Corvo in over Cowen right now.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Yeah, I agree. It was made even worse watching Cowen get paired w/ Karlsson over the past few games. Cowen was quite the anchor there. Here’s hoping he starts to get better. I worry that the current environment surrounding this team (i.e. not meeting expectations) will make it even tougher for a struggling sophomore to turn it around too.

      • Jacques

        Hope we’re showcasing Cowen. jk

    • Sensnation

      Tooks do you remember what real Pylon Ds looked like even 5-10 years ago?

      Cowen is much better with the puck than people give him credit for and has the potential to still become that TWD. Defencemen take forever to grow into their own. Here is a list of D taken in the top 20 same year as Cowen, lots of guys still trying to find their place in the NHL if even. Leddy and OEL have been the most consistent so far but none have dealt with injuries like Cowen:

      2. Victor Hedman
      6. OEL
      11. Ryan Ellis

      12. Calvin De Haan
      14. Dimitry Kulikov
      16. Nick Leddy
      17. David Rundblad

      • boom

        I have always been a Cowen supporter, but his play this year now has me firmly on the fence.

        That’s a good post – puts his progress/lack of in the proper light.

        Thanks.

      • Tooks

        Yes clearly Cowen aint in that top echelon of D’s as you point out. Kulikov is actually playing quite well considering the team he has.

    • Mike Bauer

      Probably because Maclean let that Jack Adams go right to his head. Starting Andy again after a pitiful game vs Philly and a struggling season miffs me…

      Anderson needs to find his game, but thats why you have practice. Team needs to find wins, thats why you have a hot Lehner and he should be playing,…

  • Jacques

    The more I look at our forwards the more I see a definite lack of firepower. Thank god Karlsson brings us some punch by contantly pushing the pace. We need a third line so the Smith line can be the 4th where it belongs! Trade Bryan trade.

    • The Apostle

      I understand the feeling especially when our bottom 6 isn’t producing but we are in the top 10 for goals scored per game which points to something that I think we all already know – the goalscoring travails of our bottom 6 are not the biggest reason that this team is losing games.

      • Sensnation

        Completely agree Apostle. Comes down to individual and team D!

        • Jacques

          What you have to understand is that when you have the puck you aren’t defending and our bottom 6 and the spezza line don’t possess the puck very much. so essentially it’s 9 out of 12 forwards. Funny how the same D who finished 2nd in goals against last year sucks so much this year. It’s quite a bit of both if you ask me. When did we get smoked last year. When Spezza came back in the playoffs and was injured, that’s when!

      • Jacques

        Karlsson is generating most of it – how many goals do Our bottom 6 have?? Tell me? Curious?

        • bishbosh

          Not very many. But I’d try and fix the blueline first.

        • The Apostle

          I agree that our bottom 6 is an issue, but I don’t think their goal production is the biggest problem or the thing that needs fixing first. I also agree there is a correlation between possession and a poor/good defensive record but, again I think a more pressing need is the defensive side of things.

          I think we can improve our defence without scoring more goals, if that makes sense. The biggest differences from last year to this are our goalies not being super human so far. The shot totals we are seeing this year are roughly the same (higher now of course), and the poor breakout from our own zone. Neither of those issues are really related to the goal production of our bottom 6.

  • T K

    Cyril said that tonight would be the 2nd sellout of the season.

    • FBP

      Should be a great crowd/game!

  • Ted Nolan is my hero

    Off topic – but perfect timing for Ted’s return – a double header versus the Leafaroos

    I’ll be checking out the “other” game during commercial breaks of the Ottawa broadcast

  • T K

    As I said a couple of days ago, Sens need to get MEAN tonight.

    • Ted Nolan is my hero

      ….. and that’s why Gryba and Kassian are playing ?

      • T K

        That’s probably a fair assumption

  • Aaron 2.0

    It looks like Krejci is a game-time decision tonight. If can’t go that will be a huge break. It would probably force some line juggling that could work it’s way through the full lineup.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      It seems to me that when Ottawa plays Boston, Krejci is often a game-time decision. I mean, it’s A LOT because I see this announced often. And he almost always end up playing, if I recall. Is this just a Boston tactic I may have missed? Does making that statement cause Ottawa to re-consider who they are starting?

      • Sandy

        Krejci did get banged up in the Columbus game last night.

        There is no reason to risk him for this game tonight…

  • MethotToMyMadness

    So Chicago picks up Versteeg, who IMO is a very underrated impact 2nd and 3rd line player. How in gods name do they managed to snag him, give up basically nothing AND get Florida to pay a good portion of that salary? Florida had to be offloading him, which is strange cause nobody caught wind of it? Chicago must have been the only team interested and just offered crap. If Ottawa had the chance, they should have went for him, he’s be a much better player in Ottawa’s bottom 6 than some of the guys we have, and he could even get on a line with Spezza no and again.

    Speaking of trades. After Dallas romped Calgary, and Seguin and Benn had a field day collecting points, I have to look back at Boston and wonder about the moves they make? How many Teams could draft guys like Thornton, Kessel and Seguin in the 1st round, and still fair as well as they have and continue to be a force? Each of these guys have, or are, turning out to be stars on their respective teams. It just blows my mind because normally a 1st, 2nd or even 5th overall drafted player is somewhat untouchable. Maybe they’ve figured out something many Team’s haven’t?

    • FBP

      McKenzie reported everyone playing for Florida (aside from a named five players) was available.

    • sens23

      i dont know if you dont follow the panthers but versteeg was healthy scratched a couple games ago and he wasnt too happy about it and made that public so it was only a matter of time before he was traded

      as for ottawa going after him even if the sens made the same offer cash wise and the panthers kept the same amount of salary on versteeg it still would of resulted in the sens cap going up by 700K so money in wouldnt of matched money out and Melnyk wouldnt of went for it

      • Sandy

        According to Pierre McGuire.. Versteeg was used on the first line in Florida.. and he is not a first line player. He will probably be on the 3rd line in Chicago where he is better suited…

        Forget trades. Sens need a top 6 winger and top 4 D… it would take a lot to get any of them.. and it would probably blow the budget.

    • Sensnation

      I agree with the point, just remember that Kessel turned into Seguin, turned into Eriksson. The Joe Thornton trade was definitely in it’s own world though!

      I believe the Bruins have a very specific type of character they want in their players, characteristics neither Kessel nor Seguin have, and thus they are more than willing to trade elite players who don’t match their vision well before they reach their full potential and thus while their stock is still very high.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      I guess I just didn’t see the McKenzie updates, been a little pre-occupied these days. But Versteeg being a healthy scratch, and fussing, not cool. He did just return from an injury being out for some time, so it’s only natural he’s going to take time to get back into the groove. Either way, still a little shocked.

      As for trading, If Ottawa did make a move, and Florida paid a portion, a Greening type player going the other way would level things out somewhat.

  • Sensnation

    When Gryba’s playing within his abilities and staying in position that Cowen-Gryba line can be something fierce. Here’s hoping the boys are coming to play hard tonight, gonna be a tough one, but I have confidence they can and will bounce back, especially Andy!

    GO SENS GO!!!

    • Millennium

      I am labeling that pair as the “Shoulda Coulda Woulda Isn’t” pair. Should be a shutdown pair, could be a good pairing down the road, Would have liked to see either player play remotely close to their potential, Isn’t any of those things right now.

      • Sensnation

        It’s funny but sad, just give them time!

  • Terry

    I don’t understand Zibanejad on the 4th. Makes no sense to me.

    • JBL11

      Wouldn’t mind seeing what Zibanejad and Conacher could do on Spezza’s wings at some point. Apparently Z & C like playing together (they’re buddies), and they’ve created offense together in the past. Agreed though, Z really shouldn’t be on the 4th line.

  • Terry

    And I love watching that Chris Neil hit.

  • Hax

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Grant’s played well and all but I’d much rather see him sent down, Smith center the fourth line and Zibanejad given wingers like Hoffman (called up), Conacher, Michalek or Greening to see if they can form one of those over-achieving lines.

    But in PMac I still trust.

    • Tooks

      Tired of seeing In PMac we trust…I think the players are starting to lose a bit of that trust aswell. Zibanejad on the 4th? Michalek back on 1st?

      Coach PMac doesnt want to break up his 1 line, you cant win in the league with 1 line.

      • sens23

        dont think i have agreed with one of your posts yet. but this is the first. for a coach who mixed and matched to create lines that worked with far less talent last year he is sure being stubborn with his lines and systems this year when clearly they arent clicking like they should be

  • xN1Cx

    I agree on the Zibby comments – he is absolutely being wasted down there.

    I hope that we can do another quantity for quality trade soon, I mentioned this morning in the Greening post that the Jackets are growing tired of Gaborik. Any insight on a fit here or any potential for it at all? Likely not in the stars, or the wallet book eh Euge?

    PS – having an afternoon coffee break and stumbled on this little number http://pucksage.com/?p=738 – not very relevant now but still made me laugh.

    Everyone enjoy their weekend and Go Sens! I hope to get more drunk than Denis P. tonight!

    • Tooks

      Would love to have Gabby, he’s a pure goal scorer like Ryan, he would get his goals here, but his price tag is way out of range for us. Would have to move tons of salary and I doubt CBJ would want to take some in return.

      • xN1Cx

        Yeah that’s what I was thinking as well. He’s pretty quick and could complement Spezz and Mich pretty well. Although Mich would need to be on the way out if we were to acquire him.

        Nice pipe dream though – did Nick Foligno and Mich ever show chemistry???
        :)

        • FBP

          I read a tweet this morning stating watchful pundits are comparing Gaborik’s skating to that of Heatley’s at the same age. Meaning that he’s regressing, violently.

          • Jacques

            Gaborik is finished!

          • spezzerman

            Gaborik is out for 6 weeks

  • Sandy

    I don’t usually question McLean.. but it’s totally the wrong decision to put in Anderson tonight. The last 2 wins against Boston (in their arena) was by Lehner. He has better stats against the Bruins.. therefore he starts Andy — who has not really been Andy this year…
    Would Zibby on the 4th line with Grant.. be as bad if they brought up Hoffman and put him on the line in place of Kassian? I think that line would be pretty good.
    For the life of me.. I can’t figure out why, when Condra went down, they didn’t bring up someone who can actually play hockey… I guess the team is over-budget and can’t afford to bring up anyone from Bingo…
    The Sens have lost to the Bruins on home ice every game for the last 4 years… that’s a sorry, sorry stat.
    Hoping the team that played in Detroit shows up tonight.. Then they have a chance.

    They can’t afford to throw away divisional points.. especially with Mtl, Tor & Det playing winnable games tonight..

    • spezzerman

      Robin Lehner answered your question for you.

  • Tooks

    I can see the Boston room now salivating on this:

    Cowen-Gryba
    Borowiecki-Phillips

    I’m guessing Paille, Campbell, Kelly will have a great game vs thos epairings.

    • Sandy

      Boston has a very good 4th line.. Here’s hoping Kassian doesn’t get a lot of playing time tonight.. he would be a liability against them..

      • Tooks

        Kassian hasnt been a liability when he’s played, he’s playing pretty decent for 5 minutes. But yeah vs a good 4 line team like Boston I would play him only sparringly. We got last change so need to use that to our advantage!

  • Sandy

    Apparently Cyril Leeder said in an interview.. that although attendance is down.. revenues are up…

  • MikeS

    I really dont care if they win or lose tonight, I just want to see them play well

  • Sandy

    They were excellent against the Wings on the road.. and were excellent for about 2 periods against the Hawks.

    We have seen, limited, how good these guys can be… I can’t understand why they ‘lost’ their game play… they can be so much better..

    • sprucesens

      i really hope it is a “lost” game play like you say, and not the norm. Which is what it has been so far this year. Unfortunately going to a friends house tonight who I haven’t seen much for a year or so, so I likely won’t be watching the game. But GO SENS GO

  • Tom P

    For what it’s worth, Eklund is saying Ottawa has interest in Trevor Daley from Dallas. I know the guy is not really a credible source but I could entertain the idea of bringing a veteran guy in like Daley. Cap hit isn’t that bad either at 3.3.
    Let’s Go Murray, Pumped for the game tonight, going to be the first one of the season for me!

    • PraiseAlfie11

      Has eklund ever made a right call?

      • 110101010101110101111111000001

        He’s usually dead on with the Philly stuff

  • Sandy

    Don’t forget Nov 20th… hatefest x2 — Heatley & Cooke with the Wild..
    Should be a good boo–fest.

  • SensChirp

    Dreger mentioned on Sportscentre that the word on the street is that Bryan Murray is shopping for a top six forward to play with Spezza. Feels like defence is the bigger need right now but maybe they can do both.
    Will be tough considering it has to be done within the internal budget.

    • Mr Hockey

      YEAH! GO SENS!

    • Millennium

      I can only imagine what money would go out the door to get that player. Lots of options, but which move gets us equal or better value for the dollars we are sending out? Certainly not guys like Michalek and Greening who wouldn’t net nearly enough in return. Not Cowen (although there’s no way he is being moved), not Zibby (same as Cowen), not even Conacher right now.

      Basically, with everyone’s value so low, the team will have to give up more than they probably should to get a top 6 wing right now. Which makes it a tough decision to make.

    • Mat

      We need both. But I have faith that our D can be solved by organizing ourselves and ironing the kinks. We have good player back there. They are just not working well. I don’t think that Conacher or Greening are the solution on L1. And Michalek… well, he’s not worth 2 shits. Spezza needs top end talent. If he goes, the team goes.

    • Andersonfan41

      If Murray is actually looking for a top six forward Wayne Simmonds fits the bill!

  • Mr Hockey

    BIG WIN FOR THE SENS TONGIHT 4-2!

    Zibanejad will find time with Spezza. Zibby 1g 1a, Spezza 2g 1a

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    When will Mac give Spezz a chance to gain some confidence. This guy’s played with just about every winger on the team besides Kassian.

    Good grief, LEAVE him with two players and LET THEM PLAY.

    • Jacques

      Spezza is terrible, c’mon he doesn’t skate hard out there. watch him go back to the Bench at the end of his shift. Does Mac have to hold our captain’s hand? Tired of hearing all the aplogists for him!

  • bluebuyyoo

    Here we go again. Giving slumping players a goal and rookies their first goal.

  • MikeS

    WEll here we go again…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Wow what a move by Marchand. Nice goal. Smithy and Greening looking like statues.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Tell me why Robin Lehner isn’t playing again?

  • Jacques

    That whole line of Smith,Neil and Greening all blow chunks! Great tying up your man on that face off Jason. Any streams for the Bingo game???

  • Aaron 2.0

    Cowen just doesn’t have a clue anymore …

  • Millennium

    I’d say trade Cowen, but he isn’t even worth a late-round pick with play like this…

  • Kielbasa

    Another great start. Maybe next year we’ll get a good second round draft pick.

    No fun always watching this team trying to play catch up.

    Pathetic effort again tonight.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Finally some sort of push-back, with 2 minutes to go in the 1st…

  • Aaron 2.0

    Big goal there. This team needs to feel like they have a chance.

  • MikeS

    WTF phillips on pp again, he he just kills any chances out there

  • MikeS

    This game has really opened up

  • 110101010101110101111111000001

    Honk if you’re being sued by Rob Ford

    • crazyman

      beep beep!!

  • MikeS

    I thought the nhl was supposed to be protecting the goalies. Both goalies have been run now

  • Peluso

    Greening AND Neil worked really hard, and got our team back in the game. I want all you people who shit on those guys to recognize that fact. Not saying they have been All-Stars so far this season, but there they were, forechecking like animals, and it resulted in a great goal to get the good guys back in the game.

    As for Cowen, when you were his age you were sniffing buts, and puking in bushes by 10:30pm. He’s still getting over a considerable injury. You trade him, and you regret it in a massive, massive way.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Boston isn’t playing particularly well… Sens should take advantage

  • Aaron 2.0

    Better 2nd. Although, the 1st was fairly horrendous, sooo…. A lot of missed shots in that period. Zibenejad deserves much, much more ice time.

  • MikeS

    YAYAYAYAYAyayayaya

  • MikeS

    That was a sickkkkkk pass

  • MikeS

    #pesky!

  • Peluso

    HOLY COW-en

  • MikeS

    spezza has been really good tonight

    • SensChirp

      Both ends of the rink too

      • MikeS

        Ya, havnt seen him play like this since the game vs detroit. He has been vs chara all night as well

    • Aaron 2.0

      He really came alive after the 1st. The whole team looks like the old one all of a sudden. Really good puck possession right now! Everybody doing their job on D.

  • MikeS

    BOBBYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Sensnation

    Cowen this, Spezza that … GO SENS GO!!!

  • Millennium

    God I love everything about Bobby Ryan

  • Heisenberg

    bobby fucking ryan u fcking motherfucken beauty

    fuck !

  • karlssens

    When spezza is skating hard, he is undoubtably the best center on this team still.. And that’s saying something because Turris has been unreal.

  • MikeS

    This is the team we all expected this year. Hope they keep making us proud

  • Heisenberg

    more alfie chants lol

    • SensChirp

      That was a Bobby chant!

      • Heisenberg

        really? haha alright i thought i heard alfie

  • karlssens

    Ryan with confidence is an unbelievable player. He’s flying too!

  • Tooks

    After that Cowen goal I had to get my 5th $11 beer…Well done Cowen…well done…*slow clap*

  • MikeS

    so um, is that reviewable by the league? elbow to the face

    • Tooks

      Of course the league will review, blatant elbow to face. Now back to my beer!

  • Millennium

    That is some bullshit. Ryan gets elbowed in the face and leaves the game. No call.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Iginla call was bullsh*t. But, how is there no penalty on Ryan. Makeup call. I hope Ryan is okay. We need him!

  • Tooks

    Bobby Ryan is a fucking stud!! Silfverberg who?!?!?!

    • SensChirp

      No kiddin’. Hope he’s ok after that shot to the head.

      • MikeS

        The weird thing is, I thought he was favouring his knee when he got up. I want to see a replay

        • Tooks

          Yeah looked like he was having leg issues, not head? weird.

  • Doc

    Statement. Made.

  • Tooks

    Holy fuck Hendricks lost 40lbs in 6 weeks to fight GSP!! LOL

  • 65kwhissell19

    oh boy good win against the bruins. hope ryan is ok really scary moment. cowen,boro,neil,smith,spezza hell of a game

  • 65kwhissell19

    my buddy called me and was telling me after the game got pretty crazy. 3 fights broke out out side ctc at the parking lot. he had to restrain a man cuz he was trying to beat up a women up at ctc. says its boston fans are going a little crazy down there

    • SensChirp

      Yikes. That’s terrible

      • 65kwhissell19

        ya he said it was getting pretty crazy

  • Mexican Baby Jesus

    Pageau with 11 points in 6 games now down in Bingo. Guess the NHL experience helps

  • Andersonfan41

    Great game was there! Hopfully Anderson can build off this win tonight and hopfully Bobby Ryan is okay.
    Just wondering does anybody think that the Senators would trade with the Sabres?
    Also should Murray maybe look at bringing in Steve Ott?

  • Laurence Babchyuk

    Not a spezza fan at all, it pains me to see him wear the “C” since he’s the laziest player on this club. But tonight I was very impressed by his performance, I mean he played very smart hockey, he skated hard and he broke a few plays with his back check. Now that is what a real captain should look like !! The team followed him and wow that was a great game from the second period to the end.

    Question is…. Will he keep this up ? I sure hope so ! If he does he will have made me eat my words.

    Go sens Go
    1st star: spezza
    2nd star: Anderson
    3rd star : Ryan

  • thepez

    Great night to be a real Sens Fan!.. For all those who hate on Spezza, Anderson etc…hope you all eat a big bowl of crow. Let’s see there are 29 teams that would line up for a number one centre like the Spez. We have him and for the past 10 years we have had to listen to all the haters. Do you people really know anything about the game? No you don’t. When Captain Spezza is holding the Stanley Cup over his arms in the next couple of years, all you guys who have hated him for all this time, can join the parade!

  • Ted Nolan is my hero

    Ted Nolan – 3 and Leafaroos – 1

  • Millennium

    “To me, it’s reviewable by the League,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “Bobby left the game and didn’t come back, and at this point, there is an injury there. … How severe it is, I don’t know. I won’t know until [Saturday], but all the ones that you see around the League in the first 20 games, it certainly seems like that one could be reviewed as well, but that’s not my job. I’ve got lots of other video to watch [Saturday].”