Game Day- Win…?

SensChirp March 20, 2014 565
Game Day- Win…?

At this point in their season, the Ottawa Senators don’t have much to play for other than pride.

The loss to the Rangers on Tuesday all but eliminated any chance they have at the playoffs but that doesn’t mean they should mail it in the rest of the way.  The players in that locker room need to show management and fans that they do care and that they are better than what we have seen so far this season. That starts tonight at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa is coming off a 5-3 win last night in Toronto. The loss suddenly has people in Toronto keeping a close eye at the teams behind them while for Tampa, the win further solidified their spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Vezina favourite Ben Bishop was the goalie last night and will start again tonight in Ottawa.

Paul MacLean spoke to the media after the morning skate and indicated there would be no changes to the line up. That means Patrick Wiercioch watches another game from the press box. I understand that it’s a little tricky to find room for Wiercioch right now but MacLean has to find a way to get him into some games down the stretch.  Here’s how the Senators are expected to line up for this one.

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

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Ceci
Cowen-Gryba

Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal with Andrew Hammond, who was called up from Binghamton this morning, as his back up. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30 PM.

  • thirstytraveller

    Those lines work great in NHL14.

    • Sens613

      Yes, they do with Anderson in nets.

  • FBP

    Contest!?

  • http://www.joeboughner.ca joeboughner

    I enjoy contests and also winning things!

  • Lorien

    Contest what?!

  • Corey Trevor

    Let’s go Sens! Here’s hoping Lehner gets his poop together.
    What’s going to happen this summer to the D? We all agree the Sens need another Top4, but its crowded enough on the Depth Chart (or depth shart) – Wiercioch, Gryba, Phillips, Claesson, Borowieki, Wideman… seems like a lot of players to fill out the last pairing.

    • Sandy

      Do you actually think Melnyk will pony up the money for an experienced top 4 D? Or that a decent top 4 D will want to come to Ottawa?

      • Corey Trevor

        Think? No. Wet dream about it? You bet ‘cha!

        Sploosh…

  • Jai_l

    Hopefully that goal against NYR will see Ryan return to form… Been a rough go for him in ’14

  • No Look Drop Pass

    Go Sens!

  • Matt

    Lines work I think the Neil-Greening-Smith line should be our 4th line and they need to get Wiercioch in sooner then later. We have lost 4 straight why not put him in it can’t hurt us. Go Sens Go!

  • Dr Sens

    Speaking of contests… Chirp did you ever decide on any prizes or anything for the winner of the pool? I was riding shotgun for half the season but saw myself fall to 4th in 2014. Coming back with a vengeance now though

  • C_Flat

    Contest?

    • SensChirp

      Stay tuned!

  • Yaro

    Maybe Lehner finally gets released somehow

    • my2sens

      Something needs to be released!

      • Doc

        Damn you Enchiladas!!!

        • MethotToMyMadness

          My work bathroom smells like a 3 day old taco. Really ruined my lunch.

          • Doc

            Unfortunately, tacos don’t get better with age.

  • luckan20

    Bishop versus Lehner

  • Brett Stoner

    Never say never, Go Sens Go!

  • SensChirp

    CONTEST ALERT!

    Thanks to the good folks at Broker4Tickets, I have 5 pairs of 300 level tickets for tonight’s game. Because of the short notice, I’m going to make this one as simple as can be. All you have to do is email me at senschirp@hotmail.com with a reason (or reasons) why I should give you the tickets.

    I’ll pick my five favourite responses and let you know once the tickets have all been given out. Good luck!

    • my2sens

      Done and done.

      Thanks as always!

    • SensChirp

      Ah frig. This was a bad idea haha. I want to give everyone tickets!

      • my2sens

        HA HA HA!!!

        Simple solution. Give them to me to hand out :-)

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Hopefully you get a chance to read them all. Fingers crossed!!!

      • my2sens

        Well, to help him out, mine is short and sweet!!

    • No Look Drop Pass

      Done and Done!

    • Dr Sens

      Speaking of contests… Chirp did you ever decide on any prizes or anything for the winner of the pool?

  • Dr Sens

    I believe that the other 6 foot 8 goalie will in nets tonight. Lindback Vs The Lehner

    • SensChirp

      Nope. Bishop.

      • EK65

        And Lehner is 6’5″.. no where near 6’8″.

  • my2sens

    Glad Stammer got his hatty outta the way last night….

  • my2sens

    Did everyone disappear to write Chirp an e-mail confessing their love for him!? Quiet all of a sudden….

  • aegiszx

    If Lehner’s past few games are any indication, he should let in 5 or 6 tonight. Poor guy, cant catch a break.

    • FBP

      I`m confident he`ll turn it around. Young goalies always go through a few rough patches.

      • aegiszx

        All season the only thing we kept chanting was “RELEASE THE LEHNER!!!”… Oh he’s been released alright but damn, if I were him I’d want to go back into my cage until next season!

    • my2sens

      What worries me is that everyone said Lehner won’t get any confidence and strong showings with a game here and there… now he has played 3 in a row and well…

      • Sens613

        Looks like he’s getting better? Even tough; he’s letting in a league record in the past five games(exaggeration, maybe).

    • xN1Cx

      True. Hard to see him playing the way he is right now. When he was on last year he looked so confident in the net.

      Right now he is looking so slow and sloppy in there. My gf asked if it was the same guy as last year!

    • Sandy

      He definitely needs to spend some time with his Dad this offseason getting his game back..

  • MethotToMyMadness

    If Lehner is going to get pumped and motivated for a win, playing against Bishop should do the trick. He needs to prove not only for himself, but also for Management that they made the right choice.

    • aegiszx

      IIRC, Lehner was in net for the first TBL game (a loss) and Andy was in net for the second loss?

  • Miguel

    prediction… meaningless game Tampa a good team in the playoff running, Ottawa coming off a very important game and shit the bed… should be a Tampa bay blowout win… right.
    well if the season still holds true
    then Ottawa wins 4-2

  • SensChirp

    Contest will close at 2:00 PM. Details below if anyone else plans on entering. Good luck everyone!

  • Dirk-Diggler

    I can feel a Sens win tonight…. Let’s hope for a 5-4 OT win! Our playoff hopes don’t rely on us catching the Lightning so I hope they get a point to further distance themselves from the Leafs!

    • Sandy

      I have a feeling of dread going into tonight. Going to the game… hope I’m wrong..

  • SensChirp

    Currently reviewing contest entries. Winners will be notified shortly. Stay tuned!

    • MethotToMyMadness

      I emailed early only to confirm after that I sent it to myself, not you. I’ve forwarded just moments ago. Hope it still counts.

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        Lol

        Oops

      • my2sens

        Now that should win!

    • my2sens

      It’s like trade day.. the suspense, the hitting F5 even though it will update on own….

  • my2sens

    I would like to someone, anyone, get a hat trick tonight. For the Sens that is.

  • SensChirp

    The five winners have been notified via email.

    That was far more difficult than I was thinking it would be! In the end I picked my two favourites and used the ol’ trusty random number generator for the last three winners. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to enter and congratulations to the lucky winners!

    • my2sens

      Grrr…. Gonna have to start reading Silver 7…. lol

      • SensChirp

        Ha. I was secretly hoping you would win because I knew you would give me the most grief if you didn’t win :)

        • my2sens

          HA HA HA HA!! And in that you shall be correct!

    • No Look Drop Pass

      *wonders if work server is blocking the incoming email*

      • my2sens

        Nope just Chirp! LOL

        • Brian

          there is still a chance it could come through though right?

    • Doc

      It’s ok, Chirp. Now I know that my love is not mutual…

      Sorry…I’ve got a bit of dust in my eye.

      • my2sens

        Damn dust eh? Doc… you and me, I’ve been thinking. We may need to grab a pint some night… LOL

        • Doc

          I’m a cheap date, too!

    • MethotToMyMadness

      Refresh, nothing. Refresh nothing. Must be a gmail outage ;)

      • my2sens

        Here’s the most entertaining 3 posters on this site and not one of us!?

        Were the Habs refs in on this!?

        • SensChirp

          It was the number generator!!

          • my2sens

            Was it too loud Chirp?

          • Doc

            Always blaming the inanimate objects, hey Chirp.

            For shame sir.

          • Miguel

            I should have been there tonight b/c we need ultra postive fans, who will stick to their team come hell or hight water!
            I would bringing my son :-)

    • SensChirp

      I’ve only heard back from one winner so far.

      • http://www.joeboughner.ca joeboughner
        • my2sens

          No he’s saying he’s heard from 1 person.

      • FBP

        Will you re-draw/pick if it takes too long?

        • SensChirp

          I will. One of the winners wasn’t able to attend so a new name was drawn and that person has been notified. Still waiting to hear back from one more person.

          Giving stuff away is a lot of work.

          • No Look Drop Pass

            So i didnt even win the re-draw???

          • my2sens

            You rock!

          • Doc

            I think you replied to the wrong person, because I haven’t received anything yet.

            Very strange…

          • MethotToMyMadness

            Are we all still in the running then? Come on, please. I can spam your email all day if you like?

          • SensChirp

            I have heard back from all the winners. Thanks for playing along. I suspect there will be more giveaways down the stretch. Both on the ice and off! Hiohhhhh

  • FBP

    $8.44 tickets on Stubhub for the losers.

    • Colin

      Losers?

      • FBP

        People who didn’t win.

        • Colin

          :-) Doh!

    • Doc

      That’s MR. Loser to you, sir.

  • my2sens

    All right, that was a fun five minutes (I know that’s what she said), but back to business.

    I do hope tonight we can go on a 5 game winning streak to scare a few teams in front…

  • Andrews theory

    last time i played goalie i was 11 with that said, i tell my mens league goalie what he’s doing wrong all the time lol…

    to me, Lehner is making himself small in the net which is a hell of a feat for a big man and a clear indicator that his confidence is lacking.

    Anybody know if the sens did the father son trip this year? I never heard boo about it and if there is anyway of getting Lehners papa on the bus for a few days, I’m guessing that’d straighten out the ship.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Thanks chirp! I guess my boycott was short lived hahaha

    I had to call my 4 yr old daughter and politic with her to have a nap!

  • FBP

    Happy spring everyone. Hopefully it’ll stop snowing in time for Bluesfest and the REDBLACKS opener.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    I may not have won the contest but I am still going today… And, my admin assistant just gave me a pastry… And, the guy who founded the Westboro Baptist Church died! So, it’s a good day so far… Let’s hope that continues all day/night.

    • Andrews theory

      im not really sure how to take that post

      • SensChirp

        I’m not sure how to take this one.

      • Doc

        Suck it, Phelps!

      • xN1Cx

        I like it! I just got a free cupcake as well. Joy!

        Oh…and go sens go ~

        • FBP

          If someone doesn’t deliver me a pastry soon I’m going to feel left out.

      • boom

        I had to resort to google…

        The Westboro Baptist Church is best known for picketing the funerals of American soldiers and gay teens killed in hate crimes

        • Doc

          Google a little more and you’ll see how they are the epitome of human filth.

          • boom

            I wasn’t being glib, I just wasn’t aware, sorry.
            Now that I know, I agree with you.

          • Doc

            Oh I know! Didn’t mean it that way.

            I just can’t stand those waste of oxygen.

  • Lorenzo72

    Hammond should be the starter. Nothing against Lehner, he is just not in good mood since the Montreal game.

  • FBP

    Is it wrong to tell my wife I won, but really buy tickets? It’d be much easier to convince her to go to a game on a weeknight if I won them.

    • my2sens

      Don’t see anything wrong at all.

    • Doc

      Well played.

      *slow clap*

    • SensChirp

      At the prices they are going for, this is completely reasonable.

    • Miguel

      just do what I do and tell her your going to the strip joint!

    • FBP

      Feels wrong. Slippery slope.

      • Miguel

        thats just the pole.. oh you meant the lie… sorry

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Hahaha I thought about this too

    • No Look Drop Pass

      I am actually wondering the same thing. Chirp, can you just email me saying I won some tickets so I can forward it to her? Great deals to be had on tickets right now.

    • Zelle

      Just tell her, and if she doesn’t want to go bring me!

      ..it was worth a shot.

      • FBP

        Decided on no game tonight unfortunately.

        Did anyone take you up on your free ticket offer a few weeks back?

        • Zelle

          Nah I just went by myself. The ending of that game was worth seeing it live xD

    • boom

      “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” – Sir Walter Scott

      I bet he wasn’t married.

    • Miguel

      wait a minute… my wife just told me she won ticket… that lieing bitch!

  • boom

    TSN.CA AHL PLAYER RANKINGS

    2- Mike Hoffman (virtually tied for #1)
    5- DaCosta
    17- Claesson
    21- Schneider
    I know somew of you thinl the AHL is irrelevant, I disagree.

    • Hax

      AHL is far from irrelevant but there is such a thing a player who’s “built for the AHL” as well as players that don’t fully realize their potential until they make the NHL.

      I think DaCosta is likely closer to a Denis Hamel type who looks amazing in the AHL but won’t amount to much in the NHL. Not saying he’ll never make it but it’s not like he’ll be a star IMO.

      Hoffman, Claesson and Schneider on the other hand look like they could be stars at some point with lots of work.

      Never bad to be ranked high, just need to realize it won’t guarantee success at the next level.

      • Jacques

        DaCosta was our best forward till we inexplicably never brought him back after the Olymoics! He’s an NHL player this kid. He was so much stronger on the puck this year! This franchise doesn’t know how to evaluate its talent.

    • Miguel

      that is impressive to me, heck for his age to be ranked #5 SDC will be in the NHL either here or somewhere else

      • Corey Trevor

        I don’t know why, but for some reason SDC reminds me of Vermette, which isn’t exactly a compliment… I don’t quite think he has the skill to be a 2C and isn’t big enough to be a 3C/4C. I guess this would make him a top-notch AHL 1C. I really enjoyed watching him this year though, and hope he can find a place. The reality is that we’ve got too many of those bubble players at C and D positions (Pageau, SDC, Grant, JOB / Weircioch, Gryba, Phillips, Cowen, Claesson, Wideman)

        • Jacques

          DaCosta has much better hands than Vermette, vermette is a pretty good player. Vermette would’ve helped the Sens this year!

    • Jacques

      People think the Sens are going to sign all sorts of free agents, the future of this franchise is in the AHL! And maybe one or two big trades(Spezz and Ryan).

  • SensGod

    So Pmac want to play a puck moving game…..and we pressbox a puck moving dman?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Don’t ask questions… Apparently there is logic to it… Even tho the guys on the team say there is no logic either.

      Not that they always make sense either

      • Jacques

        Spock did the Vulcan mind meld on McLean and found him to be completely illogical!

    • Miguel

      great point,
      and he says best players play, and we still have Cowen and Phillips in the lineup… confusing

    • Simple Jack

      The problem is all of our dmen think they are puck moving D.

      They dont have a scoring record to back up their crazy ideas of leaving the proper position of a defencemen. Only EK should be mobile.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    So it looks like I have to watch the game from home, all by myself, while my pregnant wife sleeps. Mmmm… I guess that’s not a bad thing. ;)

  • SensChirp

    All contest winners have been notified and heard from. Thanks for entering. I expect we’ll be doing more contests down the stretch so keep an eye out.

    • my2sens

      Again, thanks for the contests Chirp!

      • Sens613

        Don’t forget to bring doc.

        • Doc

          Yeah!

    • puckoff

      Thanks for the great place to post! Are you the owner of the blog?

  • Spoons

    Speaking of contests, That `duckhunt`contest you had a few years ago was loads of fun!

    • SensChirp

      Tried to do another one this off season but couldn’t get a prize lined up in time. Maybe we’ll get one together this year!

      • kim_80

        Since this season is somewhat shorter then the last one, chances are you will get a prize lined up in time Chirp ;)

  • Dr Sens

    any idea on prize for winning the fantasy league chirp? even though only like 8 of us are trying.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Upset I missed out on that this year.. Think I finished second past time I was in

    • FBP

      You don’t need to worry about it. I’m going to win anyway!

      • Dr Sens

        I picked him up in another pool and left him on the bench last game… probs going to cost me dearly. not to mention having both lehner and anderson as my goalies…

  • Nicholas Rawlins

    Anyone ever notice The Sens miss the playoffs the following year of a Pittsburgh defeat?

    • Miguel

      great point… lets beat the bastards next time!

      • Nicholas Rawlins

        That would be nice haha, just kind of crazy that all 3 times since 96 happened to be after losing to those guys. I’m calling curse.

        • Miguel

          curse of the penquino!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Looking forward to see what fight this team has left down the stretch. Would like PW next to EG and JC up with CC. What the hell, let the kids play and lets see what we have. Only have 4 points left to loose so not likely the team makes it, obviously! Sens win tonight 4-2

    • FistsofNeil25

      PW in and CP out? I wish. Unfortunately we get to see two more years of Phillips playing ahead of the young guys.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Just wishful thinking

  • Corey Trevor

    Man, I can’t wait for the summer where people post the old ‘quantity for quality’ trade suggestions… like SDC, Grant, Gryba, Phillips and a 2nd for Malklin.

    Seriously, can we just kidnap Malklin and convince him he’s always played for Ottawa? Maybe punch-out Crysby while we’re at it?

    • sben

      I don’t know why you “can’t wait” for the summer because of that. I would dread this comment section because of that.

      • Corey Trevor

        I love it, though at the same time it kills a small piece of me… like puns, beer or smoking crack. It’s the same reason i ‘read’ Ekland’s ‘blog’ – which most times contains just the headline and “more to come” or, at its best, a list of 4 teams that couldn’t be further from the hunt on a UFA-to-be/FA. Pure jokes

    • CUP 2014-15

      Nutty proposal. Malkin would cost Turris, CC, JC and a top prospect. I would like the team to change our group up front by letting Milo and Hemsky walk then deal Spezz and Ryan to Philly for Giroux and Simmons then make a move for Stewart in Buff. Does not solve our problem on the backend yet but the team gets more ballsy up front to start. Still need one or two more forwards and a top 4 D.

      • Jacques

        I would sign Hemsky and make that Philly trade in a second!

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

        • CUP 2014-15

          Darn and I thought it was a done deal, LOL. Would be a nice start. Where do you think we need to add, Philly? Sell a big part of the farm now. JC, EG and Condra to EDMT for Perron.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Spezz+Ryan for Giroux+Simmonds is an equally nutty proposal.

        • CUP 2014-15

          throw in what with it?

          • FistsofNeil25

            It’s just something that would never happen. That’s a massive blockbuster. I can’t see Philly ever trading Giroux though. He’s one of the premiere players in the game just entering his prime.

          • CUP 2014-15

            I know, this is a long shot but Ryan is no bum either and if we needed to add, fine. Giroux has that wonderful 8mill + forever and it’s not like Philly hangs onto players long. Richards. Carter. A man can dream.

          • FistsofNeil25

            I think if we’re looking to trade Ryan this summer we could get quite a bidding war going between the Metropolitan division teams. Philly, NYR, NJ and Pitts could all be very interested.

            I really like Ryan and I think he’s a good player but i feel like his value has gone down a bit this season. I honestly think the chances of us re-signing him are very very low and that we should cash out on him this summer. The closer we get to the trade deadline next season the lower his value is going to get.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Could not agree more and with Ryan being a somewhat of a local lad that the Flyers have been after as long as we have. My first thought as a target was Philly but you are right about a bidding war.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Philly has a boatload of players I would be interested in. Voracek, Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Couturier.

          • Jacques

            I agree!

          • Jacques

            I agree Cup, and Giroux is a local guy who spends his summers in Ottawa!

          • FistsofNeil25

            Fellas, Giroux is untouchable. I know Holmgren is a nut job and traded Richards and Carter but Giroux is their captain and an elite player entering his prime.

          • Jacques

            You never know that franchise is effed up also!

          • puckoff

            There was a rumour posted on TSN that the Sens almost had Courtier for Bishop.

            Mendez said it was a fact and Philly did a trade for another centre because of it. But then Philly backed out at the last minute.

            source: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=438255

          • Jacques

            Couturier would be a nice piece in a Ryan trade.

          • puckoff

            But why trade Ryan before the trade deadline? His value will be at the most then, and the Sens would know by then if he would resign

          • FistsofNeil25

            Why would his value be the highest at the deadline when a team can get a full season of him? Vanek got a 2nd round pick and an average prospect at the deadline. I don’t think his value would be highest then.

          • puckoff

            It seems usually teams overpay at the trade deadline for the playoff run.

            Why get rid of Ryan before the season starts? Maybe the Sens have some Bingo players make the club and the 5 players who missed most of last season are fully recovered and up to game speed

        • Jacques

          I like it! Hell I might trade Spezz and Ryan just for Giroux!

  • Simple Jack

    I’d give hammond the start, lehner hasn’t proven anything in his last 5 starts. a determined rookie may be the hot hand, and send lehner the message he must try to win.

  • Simple Jack

    Losses like the last few can make players think of playing elsewhere instead being embarrassed. wake up guys, coach, lehner. you think guys like hemsky (who i still think we overpaid for) walk after the season of losing.

  • Kumar

    Needs to win 12 games in regulation and can afford to lose one in OT. Interesting situations.

  • Cicero

    PW46 will get plenty of ice-time when (dont throw vegetables at me!) we are mathematically eliminated. Expect Ryan, Karlsson, and Neil to take a little time as well. I suspect they’re each playing hurt, perhaps a little more bruised-up than others.

    Let’s see Lehner have a ‘charcter game’ tonight and lead the team to a solid 60-minute effort.

  • FistsofNeil25

    The writing is on the wall for Wiercioch. Maclean doesn’t trust him anymore and with Methot-Cowen-Phillips on the left side there isn’t room for Patty in the line-up. I find the way he’s been treated kind of odd considering how well he played for this team last season.

    Even when Cowen looked like the worst defenseman in the NHL earlier this year, Wiercioch couldn’t get himself into the line-up. Someone will take him off our hands this summer as he’s a good bottom pairing puck-mover.

    • SenaTHOR

      They do play their favourites.

    • CUP 2014-15

      Never know man, sure looks that way. I would love to see them offer sheet Gudbrannson or Schultz in Edmt. I think both are righties. Maybe they then move EG keep Patty and play CP sparingly on the left. Again, wishful thinking I guess.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Gudbranson would be a sick pick-up. Dale Tallon was on TSN1200 the other day though talking about how Gudbranson won’t be going anywhere and will likely be their future captain. Any offer sheet sent his way would be matched. I also don’t think it’s Murrays style to offer sheet a player.

        Justin Shultz would just ass another defensive liability to this team. No thanks.

    • Simple Jack

      weircroitch is just too weak right now, the guy is a bean pole, soft and has lots of body to fill in, if he was the thickness of gryba he could be one of our best d men, until then, its easier to put on weight and build mass from the press box.

      • FistsofNeil25

        Even so, he’s no worse defensively than some of the shit we’ve seen this season. Now that the season is over they should at least try to find a way to get this guy some games.

    • Jacques

      Then we’re seriously fooked cuz Phillips and Cowen suck big time!

      • FistsofNeil25

        Phillips is awful but Cowen still has a lot of potential. He’s too young to give up on yet. Terrible season aside, I still think he’s going to be a pretty good player.

        • Jacques

          I’ll respect your opinion but he can’t skate well enough in my opinion! Hope you’re right!

          • FistsofNeil25

            I’m willing to give him more time. It’s hard to bounce back quickly after hip surgery.

          • puckoff

            I think he is right. Cowen played very well before the injury. Seasoned veterans struggle for a long time when they just miss training camp.

            Cowen was injured almost all of last season and then rehabbed himself while a training camp holdout

  • SenaTHOR

    Now that Phillips is signed he is a tradable asset. Does he have a NMC in his contract.

  • FistsofNeil25

    There are so many off-season scenarios that I’ve been dreaming up in the last couple days. Unfortunately, with our current ownership and Murray and Maclean’s loyalty to certain players, the organization will likely move along with the status-quo and we’ll see more or less the same product hit the ice next season.

    • Simple Jack

      i dont think we can keep that much talent in bingo, we have to move out some current roster players for picks or pucks.

      • FistsofNeil25

        What’s the rush? Let guys like Claesson and Puempel have another dominant season in the AHL instead of bringing them up here next season, unless they are too good to demote by the end of training camp.

  • Zelle

    I was wearing my heritage Senators hockey hat today, as usual, and I got asked why I was living in the past. I stared blankly and he pointed to my hat. :(

    I excitedly said “There’s still a 1.2% chance left!!” Go Sens!

    • Simple Jack

      dumb, your supposed to kick them in the nuts so they can choke like the leafs.

      • Zelle

        That’s difficult when they are behind a glass window/desk :(

    • puckoff

      Nice!

  • Jacques

    Back for another game, just have to watch, it’s like a car accident you don’t want to see it but you still take a peek out of curiosity! What will we get tonight????

    • FistsofNeil25

      Why do we torture ourselves like this? I’ll likely watch the entire game no matter how it goes down. It could be 8-0 Tampa and I’d still watch until the final buzzer.

      • Jacques

        Let’s buckle up!

    • puckoff

      Hopefully another good game from Hoffman and Zbad. Cowen has been playing better lately. Remember he missed most f last season and all of training camp this year.

      I think Cowen will be a beast for the Sens next year. Remember how good he was before the injury?

  • CUP 2014-15

    Well the last time I saw T. Johnson was the WJC. great player and better story

  • aegiszx

    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    LOL.

  • karlssens

    looooooool

  • karlssens

    laugh it off boys

  • karlssens

    Everyone ready for the one timer?

    • aegiszx

      IF we can limit Stamkos to only 3 goals, itll be a successful night!!!

  • Zelle

    Edit – found one..!

    They just needed to let Stamkos feel like it’d be easy to score. Now he’s in their trap. It’s all good.

    • CUP 2014-15

      the Gods are merciful to you

    • Cicero
    • puckoff

      It’s on Sportsnet

      • Cicero

        Some of us don’t have tellys :)

        • Zelle

          I haven’t had cable in a decade. I buy Gamecenter but of course almost every Sens game is blacked out.

        • puckoff

          Oo, sorry. I didn’t know

  • karlssens

    Time to go 13-1!!

  • Zelle

    Oooh that was a good setup, good possession, good pass, good shot… Bishop just forgot to get out of the way.

  • Zelle

    Clarkie!!!!

  • puckoff

    Whoohoo Clarkie!

  • FistsofNeil25

    I would hate to see where this team would be this season without Turris and MacArthur. They’ve been our two best, most complete players this season from start to finish.

    • puckoff

      Zbad has been very good too

  • Zelle

    I knew I loved Turris for a reason!

  • Cicero

    CMAC!!!!!

  • H POTTER

    Fakin right

  • H POTTER

    He’s my vote for next year captain

  • Cicero

    MVP! MVP! MVP!!!

  • Zelle

    Tweet from Ottawa Senators: With that goal, Clarke ties his career high in goals at 21. Atta boy, Grizz!

  • karlssens

    Lehner is garbage now

    • Zelle

      That wasn’t on Lehner.

      • karlssens

        He let out the rebound.

        • puckoff

          He’s only 22 and he has played less than 55 NHL games in 4 years. He has all the physical tools, he just has to develop the mental tools

          • karlssens

            I don’t disagree, but right now he sucks.

          • puckoff

            One of his main problems right now might be that he doesn’t trust the Sens defence. Remember the Wings game?

            Wings were left wide open to the side of the net. Lehner starts to cheat to cover and was scored on 2-3 times while cheating.

            Everybody blamed Lehener, but it was the defences lack of coverage that caused the goals

          • FistsofNeil25

            That was Cowen’s worst game of the season. He was directly responsible for 4 or 5 goals against.

          • puckoff

            Yep, he was horrible for many games.I think he will turn the corner tho. Let him have a full off season of working out and a full training camp

            I think missing alllmost all of last season, then rehabbing himself while on training camp holdout really hurt him

          • FistsofNeil25

            Agree 100%

          • puckoff

            Actually you can almost say that about other Sens. Karlsson even said his ankle didn’t feel right at the beginning of the year.

            Spezza said he was surprised that it took him 20 games to get his timing back after missing almost all of last season.

            Add in Milan and Anderson, and you have 5 key Sens who missed almost all of last season and looked like they had trouble adjusting this year. That’s 25% of the Sens and 5 of the most key Sens

          • Mr Black

            Hey Puckoff, I moved over here too!

            Since Cowen was benched for a few games he’s been much better. Sens still need another veteran defenceman though as the D is way too young. Maybe make a pitch for someone from Vancouver if they have a firesale or maybe sign a local UFA like Dan Boyle. Either way they need one more experienced dman and then slide Phillips into a 6/7 role.

        • LeafsSux

          That will be one of a hundred tonight..

        • Zelle

          Just as much a defender’s responsibility to clear it. Rebounds happen. Why was the Tampa guy alone there to bank in rebounds?

    • FistsofNeil25

      All young goalies struggle at times, especially when they play behind terrible defensive teams like Ottawa. I still believe he’s going to be great some day.

  • H POTTER

    Only player IMO that’s a 200 ft player 99% of the games

  • CUP 2014-15

    Man oh man

  • karlssens

    Get him out of there..

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man Lehner never knows where this puck is and Karlsson is left to fend off two Tampa forwards in front of our net. Same old story every goddamn night. Phillips, you are junk bud.

  • H POTTER

    Man Lehner sucks big time…got 0 confidence..but where da heck is Phillips in there…didn’t MacLean get the memo to sit him out until further notice ??!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Suspect refereeing. A no call on that stick penalty holding Mika’s stick, and the super soft penalty call for “holding” on Milo

  • karlssens

    I also vote MacArthur captain when spezz inevitably gets traded.

  • aegiszx

    Trade Elliot, goes onto become a pillar in the Blues dressing room and probably going to have a deep playoff run. Trade Bishop, goes onto to probably win the fucking Vezina. My guess is we trade Lehner next and he goes onto lift the god damn Cup.

    I feel sorry for any goalie that has to come into this city, the life span is 2 years max with this fickle fanbase…

    • Millennium

      To play devils advocate, what does that say about our organization and how it handles goalies?

      • aegiszx

        Very true Millennium. Just last year Murray was praising his team that this organization is no longer a ‘goalie graveyard’.

        That assertion was short-lived.

  • Aaron 2.0

    It looks like Phillips has regressed even since signing his contract. How on earth is he suppose to play for 2 more years?

    • FistsofNeil25

      Worst. Signing. Ever.

      • puckoff

        It should never have happened. Does he have a NTC? it doesn’t matter now though, no team would take him

        • FistsofNeil25

          We’re stuck with him. I don’t care if he’s a leader on the team or a pillar in the community. He just sucks at hockey and that’s what matters the most. I can’t believe we re-signed him to save face after letting Alfie go.

          • SENSsmile

            To “save face.” You just hit the Neil on the head, Fist :-)

      • xiorcal

        Daigle, DiPietro, Redden, Gomez

        • puckoff

          Yashin with the Isles, Al Montya with the Isles..

    • karlssens

      I could be having the best day, then remember we resigned him, and immediately cry.

  • FistsofNeil25

    King Karl.

  • Zelle

    And they are back! Karlssons shot seemed pissed.

  • Millennium

    Along with Ceci, Hoffman has been a pleasant (if not unexpected) surprise this season. Seems to really know how to play.

    • sprucesens

      best part is, they are actually using both these players like they are supposed to. Giving hoffman at least one decent offensive player and some PP time. Good to see

  • aegiszx

    Lost in this mess of a season was the early calls for Phillips to be named Captain and letting him retire a Senator, then passing the C onto Spezza afterwards…

  • FistsofNeil25

    That’s embellishment at its finest!

  • karlssens

    Well fuck boys, at least this is entertaining!

    • puckoff

      Tru dat! cheers :)

  • xiorcal

    They will call Turris for diving

  • Zelle

    If Turris got hurt I would hunt down whoever hurt him and stab him in the face.

  • FistsofNeil25

    This game is getting ridiculous.

    • Zelle

      I’m convinced it’s going to escalate to a line brawl.

      • xiorcal

        if Melnyk want’s to make money he could set a boxing match between the coach and some ref

  • Michenator

    I’m gonna be honest. It’s kinda nice watching hockey where I am not terribly stressed the entire time. GO SENS GO. All I want is to be excited for next season. Let’s end this season looking GOOD!

    • Michenator

      Also, I really like Gryba. Really curious to see what’ll happen in the off season with him and Weirrcoch

  • Zelle

    Love Ryan. Always sacrificing to make the right play. He’s intercepted, poked, blocked so many passes in this game alone.

    • puckoff

      To tell you the truth, I didn’t realize how physical a player Ryan was before he joined the Sens

      • Zelle

        Me either, in fact I didn’t really know what kind of player he was because I don’t pay much attention to the West. But while on the Sens I’ve noticed he never cowers away from a player or the puck and I love it.

        • puckoff

          Yep. Hopefully the Sens can sign him. He is exactly the type of player you want in the playoffs

  • FistsofNeil25

    Great back check by Zibanejad on Stamkos.

    • karlssens

      Very Nice!

  • H POTTER

    Bobby did a nice feed across to a D’ coming down from the point..only thing is he didn’t realize it was grandpa #4 coming down..not enough gas to get the pass OR comeback in the play..smh

  • karlssens

    MacArthur-Turris-Ryan
    Hemsky-Zibanejad-Hoffman
    Michalek-Lazar-Stone
    Neil-Smith-Greening

    Karlsson-yandle
    Methot-Ceci
    Cowen-Claesson
    Phillips

    Weircioch
    Condra

    Lehner
    FA

    Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re 2014/2015 Division champs!

    • Jonny

      I like it, if were gunning for McDavid!

  • Cicero

    Boys are pesky tonight.

  • Devan

    anybody have a stream? Just got kicked off the TV

  • karlssens

    Gotta trade Andy, Spezza, Condra, Gryba, Weircioch if we can at the draft/ offseason for whatever we can!

    • Millennium

      If the last few games has shown us anything, it’s that we can’t really expect Lehner to carry starting duties just yet. Give him a season split 50/50 with Andy next year. Let him play, but don’t hang him out to dry.

      • karlssens

        Now man be the only time we can fetch a decent return for Andy.

        • Millennium

          Forget return, he can walk for nothing if another year helps get Lehner set up for the future. You saw what guys were going for this month; not that much.

      • puckoff

        The team defence has to be better in front of him. No goalie would look good with all the giveaways in front of the net every game

        • Millennium

          Oh sure, our D is terrible I agree. But let Lehner run in that situation and you’ll destroy him.

          • puckoff

            Yep, good points.

    • H POTTER

      I would give Spezza another chance with now Hemsky. Michalek has to go

      • karlssens

        I’d keep him as a veteran presence on the third line, can still play.

        • puckoff

          He is very good defensively. Plays well on the PK and PP. He was snakebitten around the net this year. He had many chances but they just didn’t go.

          I’m torn on him loul. Not sure which way I think I would want it

    • dropteeth

      Brutal

  • karlssens

    Wonder if maybe Edmonton would take Wiercioch + for Eberle. Kind of lost in the shuffle over there. Awesome 50-60 pt guy.

    • FistsofNeil25

      say what?

    • puckoff

      Not a chance! Eberle is a proven clutch player. Maybe Ceci or Zbad with Wein….

      • karlssens

        the “+” was going to be big haha.. just not sure who would get it done.

        • Millennium

          For Edmonton to not hang up the phone in laughter, its going to be a piece so big that it’s not worth doing. They’re not THAT dumb.

          • xiorcal

            I wonder if the first call every Gm does when looking for a trade is to long island?

          • puckoff

            I think we all miss Mike Millbury loul. But Garth Snow is creating the same rep for himself

          • xiorcal

            Cowen for Tavares ?

          • puckoff

            In a hearbeat loul. We would even throw in Phillips! they wouldn’t even have to ask, the Sens would just add him! :)

          • Jonny

            DONE! Even with a torn MCL!

        • puckoff

          :)

  • H POTTER

    Lehner needs to shut the door all the way to the end of this game !

  • H POTTER

    Karlsson, good things happen when you hit the net!!??

  • Zelle

    Cowen needs to stay at home. Almost a full season and he still tries to get into the play.

    • puckoff

      Actually, Cowen is very underrated offensively. Watch him. He goes hard to the net and he is hard to stop. Off the top of my head, I think he had 48 points in 58 games in his last year of junior

      • Zelle

        But I thought the whole point of Cowen was for him to stay at home defensively and to use his size?

        In fact he just lose his guy again. :(

        • puckoff

          I don’t think the Sens want to rein him in. They want him to be physical of course.

          Watch for him on offense, you will see what I mean. He has pretty good instincts.

          • Zelle

            We’re going to have to agree to disagree on that.

          • puckoff

            Even though he is having a bad year this year, he still shows it sometimes. Before his injury, he was showing it much more often

          • Zelle

            I am in the camp that I dislike Cowen this season. I think he looks loss the majority of the time. But I also don’t want him traded because I’m patient. I’m willing to wait because trading him just because of this season, when SO many other things have gone wrong, would be a mistake, imo.

          • puckoff

            , Cowen is much better than Chara was at the same age. When Chara was 22, he played 65 games for the Islanders. He had 11 points and was a – 27

            The next season, Chara was 23. He played 82 games and had 9 points. He was still a -27.

            source: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=28487

            Cowen at 22 played 7 NHL games because of an injury. He had 1 point and was a +1.

            Cowen at 23 missed all of training camp after missing most of last season.

            Currently he has played 62 games, has 14 points and he is a – 2

            Btw, Cowen has improved. He was a -5, 2 weeks ago

            source: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=98865

          • Zelle

            That hit! That’s what I want from Cowen.

          • puckoff

            I haven’t checked lately, but after the Wings game he was 11th in the NHL for hits

          • Zelle

            There are hits, and then there are hits like that.

      • Jonny

        Ya vs kids who are 5-6 inches smaller than him. This is the NHL man.

        • puckoff

          I think he will turn out to be very good in a few years. He has the potential and the size

          The injury and the training camp holdout really hurt his development

  • Kumar

    I will move Wiercioch, Lehner, Condra, while let go MIchalek, if not signed for less than $4M.

  • karlssens

    Cowennnnn

    • xiorcal

      Just one of the four traffic cones that was on the ice for that play.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Man I can’t wait for TSN broadcasts next year so I don’t have to listen to Denis.

    • Jonny

      LOL tell me about it, he is absolutely clueless. We are very close to having the worst play by play in the entire NHL, all due to Potvin.

      • SENSsmile

        …and Dean Brown.

    • SensFanInMTL

      God Potvin’s a tool. Did you hear him trying to let all the people at home know what Filppula’s nickname was? He kept repeating himself until he finally stated his nickname was “Filthy Mits. Because his name is Filppula, that’s where they got Filthy Mitts from!”

      Horrible.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Ooooo boy Cowen.

    • Jonny

      I actually feel bad for Cowen…Its that bad.

  • H POTTER

    What is Ceci doing!!???????

    • puckoff

      I’m going to make a prediction. It’s something I rarely do. 2 of the Sens top 4 dmen were out almost all of last year, Karlsson and Cowen. They will be much better next year.

      But I also predict that the Sens will have 1 of the best mobile defences in the NHL in 2 years. Cowen, Ceci, Karlsson and Wein are all under 24

      • xiorcal

        I hope your right. At this point in the season i don’t care if they give Cowen 30 minutes of ice per game if it’s giving us a better player next year. They should let big rig rest a bit and put Wiercioch in the lineup. Prepare for next year.

        • puckoff

          Yep, good point. I never agreed with sitting 2 young 24 year dmen a night and letting Phillips play. the young guys need playing time to develop

          • Zelle

            Agree with this soooo much. Wiech needs in for Phillips now and again.

          • puckoff

            Tru dat

      • FistsofNeil25

        The names Cowen and Wiercioch don’t belong in the same sentence as the word mobile.

        • puckoff

          Check out my post below comparing Chara and Cowen

  • Millennium

    Ryan’s not having a good night.

    Of all the players not playing to expectation, I’m most disappointed about him. He tries so hard, and he deserves it, but he just can’t seem to make it happen right now.

    • H POTTER

      He’s been a non factor since the Olympic diss

      • xiorcal

        Chirp was implying that he is playing with an injury i think

  • SensFanInMTL

    Holy crap did you guys see Filppula waltz around Cowen, then Cowen backchecked and attempted to poke Filpula, but the puck was already in the net?

    • puckoff

      But there were also 3 other Sens watching loul. cowen wasn’t the only 1

      • SensFanInMTL

        He’s the whipping boy this year. Plus even if he’s not the only one, he almost always is one of the ones. Dee duu.

        • puckoff

          Yep, tru dat. He is not having a good year. But there were 3 other Sens that could have done something loul.

          Remember the Isles giving up on Chara? Want to know something? Cowen is much better than Chara was at the same age. Even with his injury and training camp holdout.

          And I can prove it. :)

  • xiorcal

    That was a bad case of holding the stick

  • SensFanInMTL

    You know something fellas? If the team does well next year because it’s almost not likely that we not make the playoffs consecutive years, no one will even point the finger at Cowen if he still shits the bed. I say whether we are in the playoffs next year or not, we still try to package Cowen. He held out, and he flat out sucks. Plus if we don’t make it next year, all the more reason to package him. He’s not worthy for Darnell Nurse or a Dougie Hamilton. So you guys figure out a decent D we can get in return.

    • Richard Gough

      Jamie Oleksiak D

      • SensFanInMTL

        He’s decent. Speaking of that draft year, what about Joe Morrow?

        • Richard Gough

          He could work too

    • puckoff

      Do you know that Chara was at the same age as Cowen when the Isles gave up on him?

      And Cowen is a much better player than Chara was at the same age.

      I can prove it btw

    • Richard Gough

      Jamie Oleksiak D

    • puckoff

      Check out my post below. I did some research comparing Cowen and Chara at the same age.

      There is no comparison. Cowen is much better. Do you think the Isles haven’t regretted giving up on Chara for over a decade?

  • karlssens

    OMG…

  • H POTTER

    Ouch

  • BFR

    HEMMER!!!

  • Zelle

    ooooomg!!! wowowow

  • xiorcal

    Hemsky is magic

  • LeafsSux

    Holy CRAP!!!!!!

  • FistsofNeil25

    Oh. My God. Pay that man Murray. That was fiiiiiilthy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michenator

    that was unREAL!

  • H POTTER

    Double ouch !!

  • Cicero

    I SWALLOWED MY GUM.

  • H POTTER

    Why in earth are they playing EK with Phillips ??!!

  • Cicero

    The Oilers paid for half that dispy-doodle highlight reel goal!

  • xiorcal

    Not a lot of reason to buy a ticket lattely but Hemsky, Spezza and Karlsson are so much fun to watch when they have some space to work with the puck. Plus on the other end looking Cowen in our zone is not worse than paying to see a Sandler movie.

    • SENSsmile

      You can get a Sandler movie for $1.50 at a Walmart video box. Looking at Cowen costs about that much per minute at the Satire Centre.

  • H POTTER

    This game for pesky written all over it

  • luckan20

    Speechless …….super Hemsky. BM get him locked. There you have got a top 6.

    • Cicero

      Word.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Let’s not get too much on his bandwagon. It’s not a guarantee he will be able to put 82 games next year or if he even resigns. But holy fuck that was mental.

    Stuntman Stu: “SENATORS GOAL, of the year! Scored by # 83, ALES… HEMSKY!”

    Fans at SBP: “HEMSKY! HEMSKY! HEMSKY!”

    • Michenator

      Loved hearing that!!

  • mr.slapshot
  • Brock

    ottawa realtors all throwing their cards over the glass after that hemsky goal

    — Chet Sellers (@chet_sellers)

  • Cicero

    much pesk

    so talent

    very young

  • Zelle

    Jeez that Sportsnet guy is a huge Debbie Downer against the Sens. How can you make that goal replay so depressing?

    • H POTTER

      He’s a leaf fan this moron kyprios

  • sben

    Question: Why do the sens only start playing well after their playoff chances are slashed? I don’t understand…

    • karlssens

      no pressre

    • H POTTER

      Don’t jump the gun…it’s only one game. doesn’t mean jack…I’d you see a 3-4 game winning streak, now we can talk. other than that that’s just their regular inconsistencies at play…first let’s see if they win this in the third and then, next game…

  • H POTTER

    Can’t wait for our OWN TSN feed

    • SensFanInMTL

      lol and imagine it’s Dean & Denis lmao

  • Cicero

    Kyprios = Greek, (kip-RI-os) [n]. An ancient Greek minor demigod who vocalized utterances directly from his own rectum. Was slayed with a logical oral argument delivered by a mentally handicapped six year-old mortal.

    • puckoff

      Loul!

    • sben

      Is that a joke?

    • Zelle

      I dare you to put that on Wikipedia lol

      • Cicero

        ghahahahah

  • puckoff

    , Cowen is much better than Chara was at the same age. When Chara was 22, he played 65 games for the Islanders. He had 11 points and was a – 27

    The next season, Chara was 23. He played 82 games and had 9 points. He was still a -27.

    source: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=28487

    Cowen at 22 played 7 NHL games because of an injury. He had 1 point and was a +1.

    Cowen at 23 missed all of training camp after missing most of last season.

    Currently he has played 62 games, has 14 points and he is a – 2

    Btw, Cowen has improved. He was a -5, 2 weeks ago

    source: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=98865

    • MoeDozer

      im not saying you are wrong on those stats, ive been a cowen supporter since day 1. but comparing him to a beast like chara isnt fair. you also need to take into account the talent these guys were surrounded with. I can barely name a single player from the islanders back then. their best dman was Kenny Jonsson,,

      • puckoff

        Tru. I’m not saying Cowen is a beast now. But I’m saying he has a good chance of being a beast in the future.

        And look at the way the Sens have played this year. His stats are still better than Chara’s and the Sens have been horrible this year

        Add
        in the fact that he is a year behind Chara’s development. what if the
        Sens trade him and he turns out to be a Chara light? They could be
        regretting it for 15 years like the Isles

        • xiorcal

          seeing how they still manage that team i don’t think they can feel regret or shame.

          • puckoff

            Well, Milbury isn’t the GM anymore loul. Maybe the Chara trade had something to do with it.

            I just don’t see the need to trade Cowen right now. He is coming off a injury that made him miss allmost a full season and he missed training camp

            Why the rush to trade him. why not give him another year? He is young and has upside. He is not like Phillips

            He could always be traded at trade deadline or next season

          • xiorcal

            I’m on the same corner as your are puck. But i would have prefer to see him start the year in the ahl after the holdout and the injury. I really dont like the way he was handle this year. Too much time on the first pairing when he was clearly struggling.

          • puckoff

            Yep, that might have helped. I’m not sure if his contract would allow it. Do you know?

            He would never clear waivers.

        • Jacques

          Did Bobby Butler turn into Brett Hull?

          • xiorcal

            The funny thing is that some people may not know who Brett Hull is depending of the average user age on senschirp lol

          • puckoff

            Loul!

          • puckoff

            Nope. but I would guess that many NHL GMs would line up for a 23 year dman with Cowens size and upside.

            He may not work out, But what if you give up on him and he does work out? You could spend the next 15 years looking for another dman with his potential

            What’s the difference between trading him this summer and next summer? It seems to me that it’s a gamble that the Sens don’t have to take

    • Jacques

      Pffffffffff , he isn’t trending in the right direction.

  • xiorcal

    They should dye shawn mckenzie hair the color of is father.

  • Jacques

    Kypreos is a moron! Sign Hemsky now!

  • Jacques

    McKenzie looks like a Jay Leno impersonator!

  • Jacques

    Condra on that line is drek! He stifles 93 and 68!

  • H POTTER

    Another great chance and miss the net!

  • karlssens

    Fuck offff Lehner

  • H POTTER

    Oh my god Lehner why…why…why??!!!

  • Jacques

    OMG Brewer beats him…….

  • Brock

    First goal of the season. What a suprise…

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Lehner sucks.

    • SensFanInMTL

      Oh hey Jay.

  • xiorcal

    there is no such think as an unlikely goal scorer against the sens

    • Jacques

      Haha

  • SensFanInMTL

    Is he still the future?

    Let’s have patience before he gets traded to Phoenix and pulls a Bishop.

    • sprucesens

      bishop was good while he was on our team too

  • H POTTER

    Fakkkkk…this is game over..

    • Brock

      No, it’s not.

      • H POTTER

        Really hope so though

        • Zelle

          Why? It’s a good game…

    • xiorcal

      depend they can still come back. The problem is how many are they going to give.

  • Colin

    So, another player gets his first goal of the year against the Sens. Can’t imagine how many times I have heard that this year.

    • Zelle

      The worst was when multiple players got their first goal in one game. I think it was against Philly.

  • Michenator

    The guy’s 22 and seasons like this will strengthen him?! :S… but that is the upside to keeping Lehner over Bishop he has 5 more years to develop! Everyone just enjoy the rest of the seasons games for what they are.

  • SensFanInMTL

    We only have one game to lose this season. If we lose on Saturday, we’re as good as mathematically out of contention.

  • Jacques

    Gryba just missed killing that guy!

    • xiorcal

      same date last year this guy was our worst D.

      Did he improved or is it the rest of the team making him look good

      • Jacques

        He’s the perfect 6th D-man. Can move well, he hits, great on the PK. Just a solid dude!

        • Michenator

          I really love Gryba, he’s what Phillips was and should be.

  • H POTTER

    Sit tour slow asss down Phillips

  • Jacques

    OMG Phillips out there bumbling again.

    • Michenator

      Everyone’s got him under such a microscope right now hahaha.

      • Jacques

        You don’t need a microscope, it’s right there to see! Lol

        • xiorcal

          People are always spending to much time looking at there D

          • Brock

            I see what you did there.

  • FistsofNeil25

    What are we going to have to do to get Phillips off this team. He’s honestly borderline NHL level at this point. Freakin’ awful.

    • SENSsmile

      Yup, two more years of that. Christ almighty!

  • karlssens

    Phillips is soooooooooooooooooo bad

  • aegiszx

    Not gonna lie, watching Phillips just standing in the corner there made me hope that maybe Lehner just turns around and throw his stick at him…

    • Jacques

      The reverse Vokoun(Ballard), where the goalie hammers the D-Man! Would be helpful for sure!

  • MoeDozer

    i rather bring back filatov to play D over phillips. unbelievable how his regression is exponentially getting worse. ECHL standard now.

    • Jacques

      He wouldn’t make Bingo I agree!

    • sben

      I wouldn’t say ECHL but yeah. He is really bad. Mentoring stuff is crap. Most of the sens players should be mentoring him on how to make plays and be defense. Heck I would prefer Cowen over him.

  • karlssens

    Gotta be 6th or 7th guy next year.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Zack Smith you are an idiot.

  • Jacques

    Neil and Smith are knuckleheads!

    • Mark

      Callahan is now laughing at you Smith.

      • Jacques

        No kidding

  • Mark

    Selfish penalty by Smith.

  • H POTTER

    Bad penalty…just not smart

  • sben

    If you go down the comments all the way to the beginning of the game you will see how bipolar this fanbase is during a game.

    • Jacques

      Dude we’re all on meds having to watch this crap all year!

      • xiorcal

        Add to that the fact that we are all seeing conspiracy everywhere (thank you Yost)

        • Zelle

          Did a Leafs fan pay you to say that?!

          • xiorcal

            Nop just reading Yost any other day.

          • Zelle

            I was trying to be funny, seeing a conspiracy in your post.. I failed.. :(

          • xiorcal

            It’s ok i get it now. Just too tired to see it before lol. not sure if zelle is a girl nick but if it is: Clever girl

          • Zelle

            Haha I am. And I will graciously accept the pity kudos ;D

          • xiorcal

            It’s the name of a character from one of my favorite writer.

  • karlssens

    Lehner lets everything in

    • LeafsSux

      One good thing about the last two is there were no rebounds… lol

      • Jacques

        Haha!

    • xiorcal

      he made some nice saves tonight but he is clearly not in a good spot right now.

  • Jacques

    Cowen not fast enough to get that puck in the corner

  • H POTTER

    Bravo Smith bravo Lehner bravo Gryba bravo Cowen bravo 2013-2014

  • Colin

    Good job Smith. Way to go Lehner. So, the old excuse for Lehner’s record was that the Sens didn’t score enough goals for him. What’s the new excuse?

    • Zelle

      Still not enough goals! We clearly need 6 tonight and we only have three. :)

      • Colin

        Touche!

  • Zelle

    Last two goals Lehner has to have. Bad penalty by Smith which resulted in absolutely nothing but a goal against. Still 7mins, we’ve seen bigger come backs.

    • zBernatchez

      Dumb dumb PIM right there….that’s why we don’t make playoff players are to concerned about the refs calls then playing the game and let their emotions take over

  • FistsofNeil25

    I actually feel awful for Lehner. His confidence is shot and the defense doesn’t give him any help. He looks so bad right now.

    • SENSsmile

      We can thank the “coach of the year” for that.

  • SensFanInMTL

    Couldn’t buy a win.

    • Loyd

      Couldn’t afford to even if we could!

  • Jacques

    Condra has no clue where to go in the offensive zone

    • SensFanInMTL

      Poor guy. He’ll be put in the AHL before waivers start at the 2014-2015 season.

      • Jacques

        We can only hope!

  • aegiszx

    Lehner is so lucky this team can score or else he’d be much more exposed. Seriously, has he let in 5 goals for 5 games in a row now? This is ridiculous.

    • SENSsmile

      Come on, let’s give Lehner a little bit of slack. He’s what, 22? How was Carey Price at that age? Lehner is going to be great… if and when he has a decent team playing in front of him. Let’s hope that team is Ottawa, before he gets traded away.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Honestly the mood I am is different then others when I have watched the Sens this year. It is a different mood mixture of frustration and dissapointment.Only feel this way watching this team play team defense.

  • ATFIELD

    13 Gaa in less than 2 games at HOME

    • xiorcal

      game is not over yet.

      • ATFIELD

        I know

  • H POTTER

    You would think ott was the team that played last night… such a dysfunctional team…when the forwards are going the d’s are bad. when the d’s’ are going the goalie is bad, when the whole team is going, the coach is bad…

  • karlssens

    Ducks will get a top 5 pick lol.. lost that trade.

  • Mark

    Bobby Ryan is such a non factor every night. If he is playing through an injury then maybe they should sit him as the playoffs are unlikely.

    If this is how he plays, and he isn’t injured, we move on. He is actually slower than Heatley.

    • xiorcal

      good thing he was not coming in cold

      • Mark

        Haha. I always laugh when I think of that tweet.

  • SensFanInMTL

    I wanna make a bet that Anaheim with whichever 1st rounder out of the 2, select Josh Ho-Sang. Don’t know why. Just a hunch.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    We need to sign Hemsky. Hopefully Murray does it to make up for this season..

  • aegiszx

    This team wouldnt even make it out of the first round of the OHL playoffs.

  • karlssens

    Turris has been quiet lately

  • zBernatchez

    You guys sound like old ladies in here lol. Let’s face it our d needs to mature to be successful in this league…

    • SensFanInMTL

      It’s a monumental collapse dude. Lehner is caving. Cowen is slipping, and often. Condra & Greening are AHL’ers 4life. P-Mac has gone senile. Melnyk has changed religions. Ryan is hurt. Turris has been quiet after a hot start. My mood is even worse than an old lady my man. This is shit.

    • Aaron 2.0

      For the love of God, we don’t want Phillips to do any more “maturing”! Lol.

  • ATFIELD

    R we gonna fucking ever win again this season?

    • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

      Once, yes. More than once, questionable.

  • karlssens

    the ottawa karlssons

  • ATFIELD

    OK TY EK

  • Colin

    hahahaha! MacLean is a fucking genius!

    • xiorcal

      Everything was going is way last year. Its fun to see a gamble go is way this year.

  • Zelle

    Two shots Bishop just had no idea were coming by King Karl!

  • ATFIELD

    HIT the NET every year Dean Brown misses the net like WTF

  • aegiszx

    You know if this was the Bell Centre, that whistle would still be in its wrapper… Too loud and all you know?

  • Colin

    PMac: Get the puck to EK and everyone else go to the net!

  • ATFIELD

    Well EK GO get 20

  • xiorcal

    not adding time?

  • ATFIELD

    LOL

  • xiorcal

    4 goal score per game and not a single point in last 2

    • ATFIELD

      Just Wow EH!

      • xiorcal

        They are probably real happy that grocery store no longer carry paper bag lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    Love the fight the guys showed tonight. They battled to the end. If it weren’t for some lousy goaltending and defensive miscues by Cowen and Phillips we would have won that game.

    • SENSsmile

      If Jack-Ass Award winner better managed his players’ time overall, we would have won a lot more games this year.

  • Zelle

    Doh, honestly thought they were going to tie it up. Too many penalties again, but a lot of things that were fun to cheer for tonight. At least they played like they cared!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    DEFENSE but still at least we know our offence is on fire

    • ATFIELD

      Fuck offense with no defense

      • CUP 2014-15

        Junior B goaltending

        • ATFIELD

          yes goaltending is defense 2!

      • Michenator

        I thought the best defence was a good offence… wait, is that right? Or is it best offence is a good defence. Oh ya.

  • Cicero

    Much better effort and execution tonight. Fun to watch, for the most part!

  • SensFanInMTL

    Not gonna play the blame game. But let’s get rid of the 2 guys in suits behind Mac. And get Mac Mike Babcock.

  • MacK

    Is Smith our best faceoff guy? I can’t comprehend why he was on the ice with 8.2sec to go when we have FAR more offensive players on the bench.

    • ATFIELD

      dude when we lost in 7 to NY smith was out there in the last min. and I wondered the same.

      • MacK

        dude, thanks for bringing back such painful memories…ouch!

      • CUP 2014-15

        LOL, I remember thinking the same thing and in the last few seconds, he has a puck fly by him, his stick is tied up but a skilled guy twists his skate and were tied up. No kicking motion.

    • Zelle

      He’s one of the best the Sens have. He also is good at keeping the other faceoff guy off the puck.

  • Pugnacious Serf

    Game Day- Wine…?

  • ATFIELD

    Time for some Poker Stars I guess.

    • ATFIELD

      See you at the felt!

  • FistsofNeil25

    No body can tell me that Chris Phillips is better at hockey than Patty Wierchioch. There’s just no way.

    • xiorcal

      i’m telling you.

    • MacK

      I’ve been lumping them together lately. Patty hasn’t been good offensively, which he is supposed to be and Phillips defensively…. *crickets*

      • CUP 2014-15

        Ya and I think it was Fist that nailed it earlier, he cant play on the right so he has to replace Cowen or CP and your right, I will go with watching him and CC if need be. He did look good in his last three with Gryba before exile.

    • xiorcal

      the way they use Patty is making me think of jimmy last year. His he still part of the organisation?

  • Big-D

    @ Hax

    And you want to sign Lehner to a multi-year deal @ $4M per year!

    Are u nuts!!!!

    • Jacques

      Yeah , don’t get that one , the guy is RFA. No need to back up the Brinks truck for Lehner.

  • MacK

    This year has been such a shame! It has come at such a bad time…I have the feeling we are going to dump a bunch of players that have struggled this year and then next year they will break out of their slump and we’ll be kicking ourselves. I say, stick through it and next year will be better.

    • xiorcal

      I dont think there are going to dumb much. This team need some work but it’s not that bad. Lehner need some confidence back and Andy number where too good last year so we are seeing karma do is job. The D needs the more work and the forwards need to commit more when in our zone.

      • MacK

        Totally agree…What has baffled me more than anything else is MacLean’s decision making on the bench. It’s just so strange that the whole organization is in a slump…not just a few players. Minus Hemsky, Turris, Karlsson, and MacArthur.

        • SENSsmile

          I think MacLean deserves the Jack-Ass Award for this season. In my mind, he’s one of the main reasons for this year’s total mess. Here are a few examples of his mind-boggling job as a coach:

          - destroying Lehner’s confidence when the kid was riding on a three-game winning streak;
          - making Cowen play 20 minutes a game when it was obvious to anyone that the kid was in way over his head for various reasons this year;
          - breaking up the only line that was successful this year: Turris-MacArthur and Ryan;
          - insulting Methot when he told the media that the player had a little “bobo” and then benched him for two games;
          - insisting on giving top minutes to third-and-fourth line plumbers such as Greening, Condra and Smith;
          - reducing Zibanejad’s ice time just when it appeared that the kid was emerging as a very good player;
          - allowing Karlsson to stay on the ice for up to two-and-a-half minute shifts;
          - putting Phillips on the ice for twice as long as he should be, since it’s pretty obvious that the guy is way past his prime;
          - not knowing how to prepare his team for afternoon games;
          - not being able to correct the same silly defensive flaws that have been going on, over and over and over all year;
          - not doing anything about Spezza’s obvious lack of leadership,
          - not knowing when to use his time-outs or when to pull his goalies.

          Anyone care to add to this list? There’s a lot more that doesn’t pop up to mind right now…

  • SlickRick

    CHIRP! I said it last game…stop putting the word ‘WIN’ in your gameday post. It’s been 5 in a row now! ENOUGH

    • CUP 2014-15

      LOL…….

    • Dr Sens

      No joke. Please stop. Use the word Pride, Luck, Perskyness, Pure Pesk, Need some Pesk, Pesk it up. Just stop with the W word

      • IAmThePaulrus

        heck we should change the name to the Ottawa Peskies

        • MacK

          mascot?

          • laffin681021

            a fly. very annoying.

          • Dr Sens

            red black and white mosquito wearing a spartan helmet

    • PraiseAlfie11

      I see the humour in the titles.

  • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

    Thanks for the tickets Chirp

    I said I would have a positive review for you even if it was 8-0

    HEMSKY HOLY SHIT GOAL OF THE YEAR!!!!!!

  • FistsofNeil25

    The good news: Detroit, Columbus and New Jersey all gained ground on Toronto tonight. The bad news is Alfie’s still killing it with 2 goals and an assist, including the overtime game winner

    • Jacques

      I’m happy for Alfie, he knew with giggles back not back checking this team was doomed!

  • laffin681021

    is it next season yet?

  • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

    I guess everyone can all offically stop the #ReleaseTheLehner tweets. If he needs to be released, it’s released into the wild and off this team!

    • laffin681021

      Relax. It’s not only him that isn’t playing at the expected level.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Lehner wasn’t sharp…All the time… But man oh man our defensive zone coverage would leave any goalie guessing and with no clue who to cover or where to look.

    • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

      I still have faith in him but it’s painful right now….His confidence is being is being shot. The defence is the biggest problem but he’s also got to claim some responsibility

  • Jacques

    Alfie what a leader, there’s a guy who plays a 200 ft game! He’s got Detroit on his back! Just like he led our young guys last year! If you can bring it on one half of the sheet you have to bring it on the other half! A real farce watching some guys, till that changes we’ll be lousy!

    • Colin

      Too bad he walked away when the going got tough. There’s a real captain for you.

      • FistsofNeil25

        nah

      • Jason

        I dunno what this bullshit is with my downvotes not showing up but I downvoted you.

        • PraiseAlfie11

          Disqus removed downvoting a few weeks ago.

  • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

    Alfredsson – 2 Goals tonight // Conacher – 2 Goals tonight….Errr…..

    • jimmyjohnson

      Karlsson 2 goals tonight.

      No game star though.

      • KingKarlsson84 – RSU is pathet

        Michalek got credit for the 2nd one….Karlsson only had one goal

  • Jason

    I said it after the game Tuesday and I’ll say it again. Let Hammond make his first NHL start next game if Anderson can’t play and sit Phillips out and let Weiroch play and develop.
    I’m getting tired with Paul MacLean as coach too, maybe he’s not as good as we all thought. He doesn’t seem to be able to motivate or change how his players play the game. His stupid comments after the game like “oh well, it’s groundhog day again”…fuck, do something about it! That’s your job! So frustrating.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      They are professional athletes they should not need the coach to motivate them