Sens Fall on Home Ice-O’Brien/Benoit to Bingo

SensChirp March 16, 2011 0

(UPDATE 8:35 PM)- Old news by now but the Sens demoted Andre Benoit and Jim O’Brien this morning. They also announced that defenceman Matt Carkner is likely done for the season after having knee surgery.

When the Sens sold off a number of players before the NHL trade deadline, I think all fans expected that there were going to be some pretty rough nights.

Last night was one of those nights.

Really not a ton of good to take from last night’s beat down at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins were the better team from start to finish. Ottawa really couldn’t get anything going offensively and struggled to register any sort of chances on Brent Johnson. Couple in a rough night from Craig Anderson and you have the recipe for a blowout.

If I had to take a positive away from this one, it would have to be the play of Chris Neil. He had energy all night and did his best to get his struggling teammates going.

The loss means the Sens hold on to the 29th spot in the NHL. They trail the Avs by just one point but have played two more games. Colorado takes on Vancouver tonight.


Plenty of talk about NCAA free agents and the Sens are looking at two in particular. Paul Thompson out of New Hampshire and Stephane Da Costa from Merrimack College go head to head in the Hockey East semifinals.

Ottawa has a serious interest in both of them. There are a number of teams watching both of those players.

That game goes on Friday night.