Senators Win Big at CTC- Highlights

SensChirp January 31, 2014 151
Senators Win Big at CTC- Highlights

-Jared Cowen has become a whipping boy of sorts and a lot of it is with good reason. He struggled badly in the first half of the season yet seemed to consistently get more ice time than defenceman playing better hockey than he was. It’s starting to look like MacLean’s patience is paying off though as in my opinion, Jared Cowen has been significantly better over the last ten games or so. He seems to have simplified his game and is playing huge minutes paired with Erik Karlsson.

-Jason friggin’ Spezza. Once again he was one of the best players on the ice. The Captain really seems to be hitting his stride lately and is giving the Senators a legitimate offensive threat beyond their top line. I’ve mentioned previously that it would be nice to see Ryan get a chance with Spezza but I’ve reconsidered on that. I think for MacLean, the key is going to be getting Spezza and Karlsson together on the ice as much as possible. Those two have had some terrific chemistry lately.

-Speaking of the top line, the MacArthur-Turris-Ryan line is pure magic. Was at the game last night and was just blown away by their ability to always find each other on the ice. The goals by Turris and Ryan are obviously great examples but it’s the little passes, breaking out of their zone that are really something. As Ian Mendes pointed out during the post game show last night, they are pretty close to becoming the first line in the league to have all three guys hit the 20 goal mark.

-This game ended a lot closer than it should have. Tampa got the goalie out with about four minutes left on the clock and had the Sens on their heels the rest of the way. Considering the score in the game, you can’t really blame the home side for taking their foot off the gas a little bit. Although by the look on his face late in the game, I’m not so sure Craig Anderson agrees.

-Paul MacLean spoke to the media after the game and aside from some hilarious remarks about the polar vortex, he also indicated that it’s unlikely Chris Phillips will join the team in Toronto this weekend. The defence core has looked quite good with Big Rig out of the line up so I really don’t think they are in any rush to get him back into the line up. Whatever injury he’s dealing with, the team has an opportunity to be super cautious and give him as much time as he needs to get to 100%.

-Playoffs. With last night’s win, the Ottawa Senators are officially in a playoff position. That very idea seemed completely ridiculous about a month ago but this team has stuck with it and battled all the way back. They certainly can’t take their foot off the gas here but it was nice to wake up this morning and see them above that cutoff line.

  • Tcharger

    Posted in the last thread but just saw this

    If we beat Toronto Saturday in regulation we will be only 4 points back!!!

    This is a huge week!

    Some tough games too, but 3 of the 5 games are against teams that are ahead of us…win them in regulation and we gain SO much ground!

    • SensChirp

      They’d be 4 points back with two games in hand too. Huge game

      • Tcharger

        If we manage to win against Tor, Pitts, Bos I don’t even care what happens in the other two games(obviously I would love to go 5-0, but if we get 6 points against teams above us I think we will be sitting amazingly) Obviously another 2 against Buf isn’t impossible either.

        Toronto game, I never know what to expect, it seems one team always dominates the other.

        Pittsburgh is always tough, no matter who you are…that being said, didn’t we beat them 5-0 last time?!!

        Boston, I find we always show up for them so isn’t as scary…and frankly we don’t get pushed around and bullied by anyone this year.

  • sben

    I would say that Cowen had picked it up in the columbus game. He has made some good plays to get the puck out of the zone in both games and has actually used his size. GOod game for him.

  • Buscop

    We have to remember that Cowen had major hip surgery last year and these things take time to heal (remember how everyone dumped on EK66 last year).

    Also keep in mind he missed training camp this year, so he was bound to have a slow start (remember Turris 2 years ago).

    I’m excited to see what this kid can do next year!
    Lastly he just turned 23 years old…

    Cowen is going nowhere.

    • Zelle

      Personally I don’t want anyone to go anywhere, except Corvo. We have a good group, why not see what they can do before making rash moves.

      • Bazza

        That is exactly right.

    • 010101010101111101010101111111

      Cowen’s type of hip injury and subsequent surgery take
      WELL OVER A YEAR to fully recover from.
      He should probably have had a conditioning stint in the AHL back in October
      Especially after he missed most of training camp.

      • Buscop

        That being said, it should be fun to watch Jason Spezza next year, especially with how he’s just been getting better and better.

        • son of a Diefenbaker

          …. annnnnd since he’ll be playing for his next contract

    • Richard Gough

      Fair enough but Cowan chose to miss training camp by holding out for a new contract

      • Sensnation

        Holding out? You mean they just hadn’t agreed to one yet. No one goes to camp without a contract anymore. Interesting how fans are holding this one against him.

        • CrazyFish

          He hadn’t even played 100 games yet and was demanding $3+ mil a season, I think that’s all on Cowan for missing training camp.

          • Sensnation

            It’s normal hockey business, you can blame Murray for trying to play hardball. At the end of the day, I don’t blame either, it’s just how it goes sometimes with high end RFAs.

          • runningbear1974

            I believe Tim Murray was involved…

          • peetypuck

            I heard that he was upset over last year for being sent down to Binghampton. He got hurt immediately and only got paid his AHL wages for the year.

  • Alcatraz

    I’m happy to see Cowen doing better, but I would be much happier if he wasn’t anchored to Karlsson. If they can become a solid pairing thats awesome, but although I’ve put him in every trade rumor, I’ve always hoped Cowen could be a dman that can carry a pairing in the top 4 rather than riding shotgun to someone who can make anyone look good. See Kuba

    • Tcharger

      I am so torn on Cowen…for essentially the reason you said. ..but we have to remember he is only 23, lots of D don’t even break into the league until now or later.

      • A-Train

        It’s also something to keep in mind WRT Ceci. Remember Cowen had such a solid rookie season.

        • Tcharger

          Very true…hadn’t even thought about a potential slump next season from Ceci, I honestly forget that he has only played just over 20 games.

          He is so freaking composed out there it is amazing.

          • A-Train

            Living in Toronto as I unfortunately do I also remember Luke Schenn as a rookie. Praised the same way, but took quite a tumble from his second season on.

            That said…Ceci is awesome.

          • Tcharger

            Poor Luke Schenn

            He was basically praised as the second coming

          • Brad Bernatchez

            That’s leaf land for ya

        • Zelle

          The big difference is that Ceci remains calm in high pressure moments, whereas Cowen seems to become flustered. This was happening last season as well.

    • Tooks

      Well thats just it, Cowen cannot anchor a pairing, they have to put him with EK to cover for his lack of speed and hockey sense.

      I thought PW46 played amazing again last night, yes he did turn it over on the PP but it was already 5-1 so no biggie. He carried the puck well and made something out of nothing sometimes. Cant wait for him to get a permanent role in the top 4.

  • Doc

    Agreed on our Captain. Spezza always gets a lot of grief in these parts, but when he’s on, he’s a game changer. We tend to forget how good of a playmaker he is.

    Feels to good to watch games like these, especially with the horror show that was the beginning of the season.

  • Tooks

    Damn, poor Bishop, hope he’s ok, sucks that he got hurt but it really gave us the advantage in that game. Great home win and have to say the atmosphere was much better than in previous home games, maybe the new TV deal got people excited!

  • Tcharger

    Another nice little tidbit from last night….that home win put us above .500 both at home and on the road now!

  • Cicero

    Highlight reel: 1:41. Karlsson’s spin pass onto the tape of Spezza’s stick is SO SICK! Chirp, you’re absolutely right about their chemistry….perhaps the only thing more remarkable than EK’s pass was that Spezza knew he was going to do it!

    General observation that makes me happy: The way the all lines are playing north-south hockey — esp. on both Ryan and Turris goals last night and also Da Costa’s 1st v. Columbus.

    Full credit to Spezza for adapting his game, reducing high-risk passes, and getting a jump on the play to get behind the defense and around the net.

    Oh man I like the direction this team is heading in!

    • peetypuck

      I actually saw Spezza behind his own net last night.

    • Doc

      Yeah that was stupid good. If that goal went in, it would have been considered one of the top goals of the season without a doubt.

  • Sens613

    Great game last night!

    Remember the the winning streak when Spezza was out with a minor injury and we were ranting on him? Now he’s back to form and in a big way(love-hate relationship), happy days in the capital.

    Here’s hoping for the same success when #4 gets back!

  • boom

    I missed most of the game – my youngest son had his own game (he scored a beauty, so I didn’t mind, but I digress) – how did the 4th line look? I’m only asking because it seems like they have 4 lines playing pretty well, but we need to make room for Stone…

    • runningbear1974

      They looked really good… Generated lots of scoring opportunities… It’s a good 4th line…

  • Hax

    At some point, someone is going to suggest playing Karlsson on Spezza’s wing. Sigh.

    • Tcharger

      Hahahahaha…I was wondering how long until that was mentioned.(although I do think that Karlsson is skilled enough to play just about anywhere lol) don’t think this would be in his/our best interest.

    • Paul MacClone

      Paging Erik Klonesson

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, and Clarke MacArthur all have the same amount of points. These guys are literally on every scoring play together lol.

    Definitely one of the better lines in the NHL

    • Tcharger

      Didn’t Mendes mention that they are likely to be the first line in the NHL to have all three players reach 20 goals?

      • Hax

        Yes, so did Chirp in his post.

        • Tcharger

          Hahaha, and evidently today is one of those days that I didn’t read the whole original post

          Sorry Chirp!

          • SensChirp

            Apology considered but declined.

      • Tooks

        I would argue that Toews Sharp and Hossa are more likely to get it. Toews just needs 1 more goal to hit 20. But being 2nd is a damn good accomplishment!

    • Tcharger

      MacArthur and Turris both sitting at 18, Ryan hit 20 already.

      Love it

  • Hax

    Does anyone want to talk about how Ryan is “lazy” or struggling still?

    LOL I started keeping track of specific plays to refer back to then gave up after I already lost track 10 minutes into the game. Literally every shift last night he was making a nice play in our zone to relieve pressure or a nice play in their zone to create a chance. That line is sick and Ryan is playing just as well as Turris and MacArthur are.

    • Tcharger

      I am sure the normal haters will find something to complain about

      • Hax

        I think people (myself included I’m sure) tend to project “intentions” on players. We don’t have any idea what a player is actually feeling/thinking so some people will interpret body language based on themselves or comparing to other people. People see Bobby looking calm on the ice or the bench and assume he doesn’t care.

        Spezza’s another good example – some people watch him skate and assume he’s not trying. But some people skate that way.

        • Doc

          I think people expected him to be a pure goal scorer, which he is to an extent, but since he’s been with the team he’s been really good at both end of the ice.

          He forehecks, he hits, he scored, and he has very underrated playmaking skills.

          That line is just filthy.

  • Hax

    Great to be officially in a playoff spot but I think this team needs to stay really hungry and aggressive and target Toronto. We should be trying to get into third in our division (and when we do that, target second etc). Let’s not see any sort of let up now.

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      Yes Toronto is a must win.

      As always though, lol.

    • Engin Sezerman

      I bet MacLean and the coaching staff are reminding the players to stay focused and on the task that is on hand.

    • Sensnation

      It’s all about hitting stride at the right time, and despite the impatience of our fan base, we’re hitting stride at the perfect time! Especially for a a core that’s so young.

      • Zelle

        What do you mean impatient? All we ask is that Ottawa wins the cup next year at the latest.
        ;)

    • SENSsmile

      Please, God / refs. / lady luck, let the puck roll for the Sens tomorrow night. There, I’ve said my prayer… hope it helps.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Chirp, I remember after the 2011/2012 season, Yost wrote an article about how dominant Karlsson and Spezza were when they were on the ice together. Karlsson won the Norris that season and Spezza finished 4th in the league in points, and both their names were found on many hockey writer’s ballots for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

    Earlier in the season, both Spezza and Karlsson were struggling to get their games back after such serious injuries. Karlsson was playing significantly more time with 16-7-6 than he was with 19, and for good reason. Now that Spezza’s starting to get his game back, we’re seeing him and Karlsson on the ice together at 5 on 5 much more often, and it’s no surprise that both of them are putting up big numbers.

    Karlsson is back to being one of the best players in the game, and Spezza is starting to show signs that his health is where it needs to be. They’ve always had tremendous chemistry together. If a line centered by Jason Spezza can get going, and the Turris line can continue to dominate, the Sens could turn themselves into an offensive juggernaut in the final 28 games of the season.

    • Zelle

      When you think about it, it makes sense. Spezza is a great goal scorer and Karlsson is a great passer, plus is able to break out of the defensive zone by himself and setup the play. I am loving that Spezza is playing like a Captain should.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I was at the game last night as well Chirp. That Karlsson goal was a thing of beauty. Honestly, the team looked amazing everyone had an amazing game and I hope this momentum will carry on in to the Toronto game. All i gotta say is GO SENS GO and Bobby Ryan. He will score in the remaining of the games

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    And to add to my recent comment, after the game last night a random drunken Leafs fan came up to me and my buddies and started saying how Leafs are higher in the standings and then he goes on to say “Kessler” is better then Ryan(numerous times). Shows to you how stupid Leafs fan are. I didnt know Kessler played for the Leafs. Hopefully we beat them tomorrow. Made me realize how much I really despise the Leafs

    • Zelle

      Some people are just rude. When I went to the game against the Rangers, as we were leaving we came up to a pack of guys (in their late 20s at least) chanting for the Rangers and then they saw some kids in Sens gear and started to taunt them. These kids were like 5 or 6.

  • runningbear1974

    I think we have our defense of the future…

    Karlsson Cowen
    Ceci Wiercioch
    Gryba Methot

    Those are good pairings… They’re young… They’ll get better…

    • Hannibal

      While I do agree that these pairings will bode very well for the team in addition to what is being developed by Richardson in Binghampton, rumblings out of Florida suggests that Gudbranson is falling out of favour. Make it happen Murray, bring Erik home! Just imagine a Cowen and Gudbranson duo as our shut down pair!!

      • RUSH RLZ

        Yeah if we could keep Methot and add that kid…. wow!

        • Hax

          Plus he’s a righty. So sub him in for Gryba.

          Cowen Karlsson
          Methot Gudbranson
          Wiercioch Ceci
          Phillips

      • peetypuck

        Another 3rd pick overall. Bryan Murrays specialty, rehabilitating underperforming future stars. Erik, it’s time to come home.

    • s3nsfan

      As they have been playing much better lately I have to do a little dance to Bryan Murray. What team wouldn’t want that 6 D man. Wow i get a little smirk thinking about those 6 trees for the next many years to come. Those 6 will in the future not right now, if / when they live up to their potential could insulate any goalie. Add to that Lehner coming into his own, then looking at the forwards, this team has the fantastic potential to be an amazing team for many many years!!! I just hope Murray gets to celebrate his Stanley cup before he retires.

  • Richard Gough

    Dam it ! Sounds like I have to take my Spezza Hater hat off for the time being.

  • Alcatraz

    So I’m pretty certain a Greening for Hemsky swap will be happening soon. It just seems to make sense. Edmonton loves the make believe grinders, they need to fre eup some room in their top 6. I’d put this at 5/2 odds right now
    16-7-6
    93-19-83
    Top 6 looks nice

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      How certain? I wouldnt be opposed or really excited for that however I am not a Greening fan.

      • Alcatraz

        I have no real inside knowledge, just stuff I’ve seena nd heard over the year. The way Edmonton is ballooning again, and how frequent Hemsky name comes up Its obvious he wont last year there.
        Add to Melnyk saying for the right rental etc. If a trade were to happen thats the one I think happens
        We may have to throw in a dman though

    • FistsofNeil25

      Hemsky would be sick. I know a ton of people have a bad feeling about Hemsky but they shouldn’t worry too much. My only fear with him is his injury history but other than that I think he’s a pretty damn good player. I think his game would elevate if he were to be given a fresh start out of that hell hole in Edmonton.

      Despite his plus/minus, he’s actually a pretty good two way player and has tons of skill. He’s a good possession driving winger and he has really good play making abilities. The one knock on Hemsky is that he doesn’t shoot the puck enough.

      The biggest reason that I’m pro Hemsky is because he wouldn’t be an expensive addition compared to most of the alternatives.

      If Murray looks to add a forward to the roster prior to the deadline, I would hope it’s someone who can actually skate. Moulson may be a better goal scorer than Hemsky but he can’t skate worth shit and the Sens need to improve on their team speed.

    • son of a Diefenbaker

      Edmonton doesn’t want to pick up Greening’s future salary.
      They’re far more interested in Zach Smith.

      • Doc

        Never gonna happen.

        Smith hits, fights, is great in the faceoff and can score a few goals too. Plus he’s one of Maclean’s favourite.

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Injuries worry me, but he is a hell of a player when he is playing

      • Alcatraz

        He will produce and contribute more with his injury history than Greening and his perfect health

        • Sensnation

          He’s more of a defensive liability and Greening in a bottom 6 role is not that bad. Especially come playoff time, I think Greening’s skills will be more valuable.

          I’m not against trading Greening, but not wiling to touch that injury history, personally. Maybe if he was closer to a ppg player, not at half a point.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Another day and another great outing from the Turris line. The captain is slowly getting his game back. MM and EG a combined +7 and over 20 min. of ice time. Our version of the smurf line looked like a very good fourth line. The lads can’t take their foot off the gas, ever… finish games off properly. Every game we can go on about EK and his super human abilities. Big game and must win number 16 in a row coming up tomorrow. Hope big Ben is O.K. What is it with everyone who runs into EG, gets hurt, Fillpula didn’t look to good after that contact, hope for him it’s not a knee.
    It’s Friday, the sun is shinning, beer in the fridge, Sens back above the cut line and the battle of Ontario on deck for tomorrow followed by the Super Bowl on Sunday then the Pens and Blues. Going to be a fun five days. I will be happy with four points in the next three. GO SENS GO.

    • runningbear1974

      Methot Gryba is deadly pairing…

      • CUP 2014-15

        Will be interesting to see who tries coming down the middle against them next. Crosby gets nailed by MM, next one to try was Skinner and he gets drilled by EG. They just look like they have played together for years. They trade off players in the D zone with no hesitation. Looking like the making of a very good shut down pair.

        • Zelle

          I really hope Crosby tries the middle again against Methot. I watched that hit over and over and over again. How awesome will it be if Kadri tries going down the middle tomorrow?

          • CUP 2014-15

            I don’t know if there is anyone in the league I would rather see get crushed then him. Good offence but he reminds me of PK. like it’s all about them. Those are two guys that should have taken up tennis or some other individual sport

          • Zelle

            Agreed! He’s going to go flying. I can’t wait!

            I used to like the guy because of his skill, but his cheap shots, elbows, and running the goalie habits got on my nerves quick. He’s also very full of himself for having accomplished next to nothing at the NHL level, compared to a much more down to Earth guy like Toews let’s say.

        • sprucesens

          yup, I’ve felt that way about gryba for 2 years now. While not the absolute best puck handler, he plays a simple game. pass quick, take the man on a 2 on 1, let the goalie take the shooter. And when you go to the boards, hit the guy. And he does all this. And when he hits, he hits hard. We don’t want to lose this guy. Every once in a while he bobbles the puck, but so does karlsson. So let’s keep giving him his shot. I hope he isn’t the one traded, as he just keeps chugging along and hitting hard. Love it

          • Doc

            Although I agree he’s been playing good lately, he still has a lot of work to do. He’s rough and still a project, but when he simplifies his game like you mentioned, he can be effective.

    • FuzzFace

      Woh woh hold on a second. “A combined +7″. Don’t do that. it’s weird. And it’s horse shit. But you’re right, the guys looked great last night.

      • CUP 2014-15

        MM +4, EG +3 4+3

        • FuzzFace

          Doesn’t work like that. Sens scored 5 goals last night. Not 7.

          • CUP 2014-15

            LOL

          • Hax

            People do that with points too. It means what it means. But yes it can be misleading. The Turris line combined for 5 points but was only in on two goals.

  • things that make me go hmmmmm

    Erik Condra has scored more goals than David Clarkson so far this season.

    • Alcatraz

      Im pretty certain Clarkson wil have forfeitted more money from suspensions than Condra will make all season lol

    • s3nsfan

      …and Clark Frickin MacArthur? That was a good choice, that Clarkson signing for 5.25 / season vs. letting MacArthurs’ 3.25. leave.

      • CUP 2014-15

        Lets not forget T.O. used their two salary cap buy-outs so unless they find someone to take his contract they will have him and DP under contract for the next six years to a tune of 12.5 mil. UGGGGGGLY.

      • Doc

        Ha! I remember when a lot of people questioned that signing. I absolutely loved it as he was TO’s best possession forward and he’s doing the same with us.

        The guys is so underrated it’s crazy.

  • peetypuck

    I don’t know about anyone else but I thought the Sportsnet panel outdid themselves as ignorant boors after the 1st period last night. All they did was talk about Nazem Kadri during the intermission. Some kind of sick revenge for signing the regional broadcast contract with TSN?

    • SENSsmile

      Very good observation, peety. I was pretty pissed off too. May SportsNet go straight to hell!

      • peetypuck

        Is it any wonder that most Sens fans can’t stand the Leafs?

        • sprucesens

          is it any wonder most HOCKEY fans can’t stand the leafs…..?

  • runningbear1974

    In Melnyk’s defense… He’s persistent… He didn’t give up on Heatley battle, nor did he give up on the Cooke incident…
    I think we can believe that if he sees an injustice he will follow it through…

    Don’t hear too many compliments for Melnyk…

    • FBP

      Persistence isn’t necessarily a complimentary trait. Depends how it’s used. Like strength. Or lasers shooting out of your eyes.

      • sprucesens

        lasers shooting out of your eyes, is ALWAYS awesome

  • s3nsfan

    I am going to recycle an email. Sent this into Lloydy and Yorkie in the box.

    Just wanted to put this out there. I believe that if St. Louis & Nashville win along with a regulation win by the Caps the Sens still maintain the playoff spot over the caps because of games played vs points. It’s only January but any advantage this part of the year is a bonus.

    Sens have been playing much better hockey, just finding their groove after all the talent was brought back into the lineup. Liking the look of this team and with the tv deal coming through this summer should be a very productive positive off season with the sens signing core players.

    This team continues to improve and will only be better for years to come.

    Looking forward to a relevant battle of Ontario game. Nothing beats it.

    Go Sens Go!!!!

    The other bob from gatineau (formerly Aylmer)

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

    The next game is kind of huge for Ottawa, 4 Points game where if you win in reg, you have 4 points behind the leafs but with 2 game in hand, then you face and st-louis and pittsburgh, 2 points off of this back to back nights is quite acceptable. I just want toronto and montreal to melt a little bit more

  • Tony

    I must agree that the Sens have been playing better hockey as of late… and I’m actually starting to feel glad that we have not done anything drastic in the trade department, and am starting to buy into this “let our team build from within” concept… I think that if we’re still in the playoff picture all we need are a couple of “cheap” vetern rentals and we should be competitive.
    “Sometimes the best trades, are the ones that never happen”

  • over at the Yostenstein place

    “Another funny thing: the one line that didn’t really get on the scoreboard was arguably the most dominant, all things considered. I thought the trio of Cory Conacher, Stephane Da Costa, and Erik Condra were nightmarish for Tampa Bay’s bottom-six. That line hummed to the tune of 70% despite the team leading throughout the game, and of course, conceded zero of the three goals against.”

    • Alcatraz

      The thing that I think most people forget or dont realize is that Corsi isn’t strictly an offensive stat. Yes it means shots towards the net, but the minute you have a line with 70% corsi, it emans they are never spending time in their defensive zone which is great. When you can have your 3rd and 4th line pushing posession, it means you can have your skilled guys play more free, since we can roll lines etc

      Yost pushes Corsi alot, and to his credit he doesn’t always try and prove corsi=best, its if Spezza line has 65% corsi, then that means Spezza is spending less time in Defensive zone which is good.

      Anyways my 2 cents, whihc now gets rounded down to on the house

      • Doc

        70% is absolutely ridiculous and considered ‘elite’. Corsi is a very good stat that indicate how well a player or line plays. People usually only look at the scoreboard and think someone isn’t producing because they don’t score points, and in turn want them to be traded (laughable).

        This is a clear indication of how there is a completely other level to hockey than just points. It’s not the end all be all, but does offer another look at what’s happening on the ice. Love it.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          I’m not big on understanding everything that goes into corsi %’s, but I will admit I used it awhile ago in a hockey pool that required you to pick players for stats beyond just points. It included shots, game winning goals, OT goals as well as hits, +/- and I have to admit, I did extremely well choosing my players, based on who has been at the top of the list.

          • Doc

            It’s complicated, but pretty interesting stuff. Still not an advanced stats wizard but I’m seeing myself more and more interested in that field.

            Paints a bigger picture, that’s for sure.

    • Rick of the Universe

      I listened to the TB radio broadcast last night.
      SDC seemed to be getting a lot of praise from their radio people.
      Seems it was justified ?

      • Doc

        He’s been playing better than most expected, that’s for sure.

        Hopefully he can get his value up so we can package him in a trade.

        • MethotToMyMadness

          SDC has really shown he can be a useful player out there. On the Sportsnet broadcast, they were talking about how he has vision for the game, knows where to be, where to put the puck. Potvin went as far as to say, he reminds him of Briere in that regard.

          He’s playing well enough to deserve the spot in the bottom 6 and even get some PP time. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sens are trying to use him as part of a package deal, since he’s only signed till next year. Perfect showcase so far.

          • Doc

            Yep, that’s what I expect too. He always had good hockey IQ, but lacked the size and drive to complement it.

            Now he seems to be playing with more confidence.

        • Jacques

          I wouldn’t trade daCosta, he has serious talent. Let him keep developing,

  • Gordon Ramsli

    Good win last night! Nice to start seeing the positives from all the growing pains we have seen our team endure this season.

    On a side note, Nice to see the comment section so cheerful again!

    GSG

  • Andrews theory

    I’ll admit Cowen has looked better the last few games in that he’s been fairly quiet. Ultimately if you are playing with Karlsson that’s your job, low profile and make as few mistakes as possible.
    Apparently he’s in exceptional physical shape, not every player can log huge ice time night in night out without tiring. so there’s that.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Great game, it was 5-1 Sens when I passed out on the couch. Happy to report I didn’t spill my beer. And when my Wife woke me up, I still had a Cheeto hanging from my lip. Those new cheddar Jalapeno ones will be the death of me. Some things never change!

    I knew the game was won after that Spezza pass to Karlsson, who put it top shelf from an unbelievable angle. The Sens were just rolling after that. Happy to see the guys having fun again, they play so much better that way. And that wasn’t even the best part, Sens FINALLY sit in a playoff spot. Sure, it’ll be short lived, with so many teams in the same point range, but at least they did it. They just need to keep winning.

    • FBP

      I really enjoyed reading the first paragraph vignette of your Thursday evening.

  • Simple Jack

    i hate when teams score shorties on us. the point men need to have wheels on the power play to catch any blocked shots. slow acting dmen will be exposed everytime.

    i dont understand why guys wouldn’t shoot low and just wide (shortside) of the net if all lanes are covered. remember when spezza shot wide and beat the detroit goalie for a wicked goal? a quick rebound off the end boards will catch a goalie off guard everytime.

    Anderson is good at playing the shooter but guys need top cover the back door guys waiting for the empty net tip ins. other goalies are being exposed the same way but those goals can be prevented.

    things are looking up, go sens go

    • FBP

      Was the short hander last night scored on the first unit, with four forwards?

      • Kohlmanator

        If I’m not mistaken, Ryan got burned playing the point…

        • Doc

          Karlsson was riding up and passed to MacArthur, which over-handled the puck a bit and lost it to Johnson who went in and scored.

  • A-Train

    Just thinking about the Leafs and Sens, the Battle of Ontario. Aside from everything else, what a freak of chance that the two teams met FOUR times in so few seasons.

    We JUST had our first ever Habs series and there are other classic teams we’ve never met.

    Anyway…just a Friday afternoon brainwave.

    • Sicilian

      Boston is probably the biggest. We’ve never played them and it is strange that we had only recently played NY or the Habs recently.
      vs. Buffalo (1-3)
      vs. Toronto (0-4)
      vs. Pittsburgh (1-3)
      vs. NJ (2-1)
      vs. Flyers (2-0)
      vs. Habs (1-0)
      vs. Rangers (0-1)
      and there the odd playoff series here and there

    • Mexican Baby Jesus

      This always comes to mind when I think of consecutive playoff match ups…in reference to the Edmonton Oilers:
      1998 Lost Conference Semi-Finals DALLAS STARS 4 games to 1.
      1999 Lost Conference Quarter-Finals DALLAS STARS 4 games to 0.
      2000 Lost Conference Quarter-Finals DALLAS STARS 4 games to 1.
      2001 Lost Conference Quarter-Finals DALLAS STARS 4 games to 2.
      2002 Missed Playoffs
      2003 Lost Conference Quarter-Finals DALLAS STARS 4 games to 2.

      • sprucesens

        haha, yeah, those were years Edmonton was still my fav team, because I live there, and sens my 2nd. Also wasn’t big into hockey that much then. Just played it. Then I realized I don’t have to cheer for a team that I literally don’t like any of the players on it, just because their building is in a city close to me. Then I went with a team I always liked, with players I liked, and haven’t looked back since.

  • Hax

    That pass by Spezza to Karlsson though – wow!

    Also loved Conacher’s game last night. He was involved a fair amount and doing exactly what we want – getting in the goalie’s kitchen.

    • Doc

      And that pass from Karlsson to Spezza (missed goal but oh my) !!!

      Soooooooo glad to have our Karlsson back to form. We tend to forget how lucky we are to see him play every game.

  • Zelle

    Does anyone know what the Blues plan on doing with Jake Allen? I wonder how he and Lehner would look as a tandem.

    • sprucesens

      probably almost as good as bishop lehner, but we chose not to do that

      • Mexican Baby Jesus

        Yeah the ship has sailed for having two inexperienced high potential goalies. Clearly not on Murray’s agenda…he wants the security of a veteran/proven goalie

        • Hax

          And I have to say I agree with Murray. Hoping we can find a reliable vet to back Lehner up after moving Anderson. Sure Bishop looks all-world now and those two could have been a great tandem, but it would have been a big risk. Sample size is really small.

          I’m actually starting to warm to the idea of keeping Anderson and Lehner as a tandem for the long run – assuming they can work out the contracts.

          • Zelle

            I would like that, but after being the starter, would Anderson be ok as a backup?

          • sprucesens

            yeah, honestly, if he’s ok splitting the time with lehner 50 50, then maybe 40 60, 70 30 and so on, i’d rather have anderson on the team than some ufa back up. Just depends on how much he wants the starter role, and the money he is looking for. i wouldn’t doubt we sign to a 2 year deal after this one, with a high paying first year, and less the 2nd, so he can be moved easily, for his sake, if lehner takes over.

          • Zelle

            Good point, I’d love to keep Lehner/Andry duo for as long as possible. I know Andy isn’t the best sometimes but he’s definitely a competitor and with playoff experience.

      • Sensnation

        I think it would be better longterm. Bishop is benefiting a lot from the system in TB this year. He’s a good goalie, but not top 5-10.

    • FistsofNeil25

      I would be careful having high expectations for any goalie that has played behind a Ken Hitchcock system. Look no further than Pascal Leclaire.

  • Mitchell

    if anyone gets the chance check out the stats on the nhl page. players ranking 48, 49 & 50 seems like a line combination in more then one way

  • WaitingSince92

    Every Sens fan knows Bobby Ryan has great moves/hands. Every broadcaster will tell you that he’s underrated as a playmaker because he’s such a great sniper. What I think gets lost in all this is how strong he is.

    Not every star player will take a big hit to make a play. Ryan will not only take a big hit to make a play, but he’ll often keep possession of the puck while doing so. He’s never been super-fast, but his positioning makes it nearly impossible to take the puck away from him. Very close to being a power forward in that sense (he can also dish out some mean hits).

    Ryan has been even better than advertised and I think his skillset will translate very well for us in the playoffs. Can’t say enough good things about him.

    End rant.

    • Andrews theory

      Yep

    • spezzerman

      I 100% agree with everything you said except your categorization of that post as a rant.

  • Reazy

    If we’re going to win a cup in the next 3 years Anderson will be our goalie the guy seems to come up huge in big games. . I have a lot of faith in boh are goalies! I’m so pumped for the tomorrow game against the leafs Go Sens Go !!

    • Jari Beef Kurri

      I have faith in both goalies as well, in big game situations. Anderson has played really well for us in the playoffs. And for Lehner all you have to do is look at what he did with Bingo during their cup run. Both guys are big game players and that is great news, if the whole team can click at the same time when it matters most.

  • spezzerman

    To all those critizing cowen for “holding out”;
    He signed the first non 8 year long deal that was offered.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but NO PLAYER IN HISTORY has signed an 8 year long bridge contract so why should he?
    He did nothing wrong in his negotiation this summer.
    If I’m wrong in any of this let me know.

  • Jacques

    Are the Sens and Kings taking trade?

    • Sharke Macaquethur

      Think all they’re discussing is the loyalty of Matthew Perry as a fan.

      • Jacques

        Could be , lol

    • sprucesens

      if so, i hope toffoli is the target

  • SuckitPhaneuf

    Living in southwestern ontario I have to watch most leaf games
    Get ready for made up leaf power plays, missed leaf penalties, and kadri diving constantly. When they play at home it is beyond obvious the advantages they are given. They always seem to majicaly make it to overtime when losing

  • SensChirp

    Game Day post is up

  • Deadly

    The final word..recently you have talked about big wins..interesting to see “win big” instead. Like it better.

  • NickofTime

    The defence is showing how well they can play without Phillips, this could show BM that maybe he could deal the pending UFA Phillips before the deadline to get some forward help. Would love to see Chris Stewart in a Sens jersey.