Game Day- Sens, Rangers at MSG

SensChirp April 5, 2014 218
Game Day- Sens, Rangers at MSG

After another crushing loss on home ice last night, the Ottawa Senators stumble into Madison Square Garden for a Saturday night match up against the New York Rangers.

In the Big Apple, the Rangers are getting ready for another crack at the post season while in Ottawa, the Senators are left with just five games left on the schedule and then a whole summer to talk about what went wrong.  Ottawa still isn’t quite mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but the losses to the Islanders and Canadiens certainly doesn’t look like a team that is expecting any miracles.

It has been an exhausting season for the Senators and it shows on the faces of the players, the coaches and management.  It has been just as tough on the fans.  After making strong progress in the first two years of the rebuild, the Sens have taken a significant step back this season and are suddenly facing what could be one of the most important summers in the history of the franchise.  But before they can turn their attention towards what is certainly to be an action packed off season,  they have five games left to take care of.

No changes expected to the Ottawa line up ahead of this one.  MacLean suggested that forward Colin Greening may take the warm up tonight but is not expected to play until next week.  Ales Hemsky left last night’s game early but is expected to play.  Here’s how the Senators are going to line up for this one.

Michalek-Spezza-Hemsky
MacArthur-Turris-Stone
Smith-Zibanejad-Neil
Hoffman-Pageau-Condra

Methot-Karlsson
Phillips-Gryba
Wiercioch-Ceci

Robin Lehner gets the start in the Ottawa goal. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM

  • Sensturion

    I’m suprised Macarthur is ok to go considering the hit he took last night.

  • Roar…

    Alec Martinez + Dwight King. I wonder how we would feel if that’s the sort of return Ottawa could muster for Spezza. Two guys with excellent underlying numbers and a lot of nice tools. They certainly play a possession game. One fills out the 2nd pairing on defense, the other likely slots in on the 3rd line alongside Smith and makes that line much much better.

    • Sensturion

      And who replaces Spezza in the top 6? Ottawa doesn’t need more 3rd and 4th liners.

      • BeJamin

        Ryan, Turris, MacArthur, Zibanejad, Stone, and maybe Hemsky. Other options include Hoffman/puempel and prince. Ottawa has lots of guys who can do that job.

        • Sandy

          Other than maybe Turris… no other one is a #1 centre..

          • Jacques

            Neither is Spezza anymore Sandy. Zibby can be 2nd fiddle to TUrris!

          • Disqus Downvote

            ZipZapJacques!
            ZipZapJacques!

      • Roar…

        Arguably Zibanejad does. The rest you fill with the prospects/players who we believe have bright futures. King could probably play top 6 LW. He’s done it quite a bit for the Kings this year. HIs underlying numbers are impressive. He’s 6’4, 230 pounds, good hockey sense, great wheels, and drives possession – which is how hockey games are won. Watch a few Kings games and keep an eye out for him. It’s not like we’re getting back a younger 30g/30a player for Spezza. We’d be looking to bring back 2 parts that stabilize the group. A top 6 LW & a top 4 D, both aged 23-30 somewhere in that range. That’s what I’d expect anyway.

  • Dirk-Diggler

    We got this! right???? :P

  • Deadly

    Anyone watching?

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      Of course. GO SENS GO

      • Deadly

        Like a train wreck.Hard not to watch but looking for the positives on the team. Stone and Hoffman need to get some points.

        • xiorcal

          good stretch bad strech it still our team :-)

  • Sandy

    Tampa losing again.. Have these teams now figured out Ben Bishop?

  • karlssens

    Weircioch needs to hit the gym lol he looks so frail. Spezza too.

  • Cicero

    Redemption! GSG!!

  • Cicero

    Robbin’ Robin showed up tonight!

  • Sensturion

    Spezza, Michalek and Hemsky are flying tonight

  • Sandy

    Fucking Leafs scored…

  • Zelle

    As much as Andy can steal games, and as much as Robin struggled this season, I think I would like to see Robin as Sens’ number one next season, and trade Anderson to get a veteran backup goaltender.

    • Sandy

      The more games Robin played when Andy was injured, the better he got. He spent too much time on the bench… Should he have still been in Bingo?

      • xiorcal

        not much left to learn in bingo for him

        • Sandy

          He would have been playing a ton… rather than warming the bench.

          • xiorcal

            i know but he need to play more game against nhl players not ahl level players

      • Zelle

        Agreed entirely. Not just that but I love the fight in him. The dedication to winning. The hatred in losing. He’s a winner, and he has talent, I have a lot of confidence in him to get the job done once he’s number one. I have to agree with xiorcal though that Bingo was over for him.

  • Cicero

    STONE!!

    • Daybreak Maidenhead

      STONED

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Atta be stoner

    • xiorcal

      stoner = red light

  • Andrews theory

    Stone – keeper!

  • Cicero

    What a great play by CMac!

  • Andrews theory

    It’s amazing how frequently ottawa gets scored on or pressured immediately following a goal

    • xiorcal

      thats almost every team andrews the 10 second following a goal are always critical in this sport.

      • Andrews theory

        I don’t think there is another team in the league that is even close this year…

  • Sandy

    As bad and disappointing as this season has been.. Turris – McArthur and their linemate have been a pleasure to watch.
    Score a goal.. take an f-ing penalty.. Why.. all the time..

  • Deadly

    The ref five feet from the play..no call. Centre ice ref calls it.

  • xiorcal

    every time stone score visine is making a 100$ donation to the sens foundation ;-P

  • karlssens

    There is no doubt in my mind that in a few years time Stone will be a 30 goal scorer. Reminds me soo much of Heater.

    • Andrews theory

      Funny how he can dominate scoring goals at the world juniors yet people still questioned whether he could get to the next level….

      Never a doubt in my mind

      • whammer44

        They questioned his ability to skate at an nhl level but seems most teams didn’t account for his character and work effort. His skating is much improved from when he got drafted

    • Sandy

      More mobile than Heater. Will go to the front of the net.. Heatley sat in the slot.

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    I just laughed on what just happened to Phillips

  • karlssens

    Phillips you suck ass

  • karlssens

    Zibby!!

  • LeafsSux

    ZBAD!!!

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Mika Zibanejad is such a damn good hockey player.

  • whammer44

    I hate to beat a dead horse but…Phillips…really?

  • Deadly

    Zbad and Stone .these are the positives we are looking for.

    • Zelle

      Karlsson’s tendon actually healing, T-Mac chemistry, Bobby trade, Ceci’s incredible transition to the big club, Wier making his mark even if it’s late in the season, these are all positives from this season.

      • Sandy

        Karlsson looks to be struggling on that leg though. Too many minutes…. Olympics… tight schedule.. no time to really rest..

        • Zelle

          True he looks tired at this point, late in the season, but a good off season, good training, he’ll be stronger and better next season I have no doubt. I mean how many people were afraid of never being able to see him skate in with the puck from one end of the rink to the other again, including him.

          • Sandy

            That’s true… He can train this off-season instead of more re-habbing… Let’s hope Ryan is fully healed by June so he can train and not re-hab in the summer…

          • Zelle

            Can’t wait until Bobby is fully healed. Love this guy. Really hope he signs.

          • xiorcal

            i want to see ryan-spezz-hemsky together.

  • Sandy

    Odd stat just came up on the CBC feed. The Ottawa Senators lead the NHL with 79 first period goals. Unreal.. considering how many games they have blown..

    • Deadly

      You can only blow them if you are leading.

  • LeafsSux

    Stone then ZBAD.. Hoffman will be next followed by Pagau ;)

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    The rookies looking good Zibby Stone and Lehner!

  • Zelle

    Why didn’t Smith shoot.. bad judgment call.

  • jasonontheoldsenschirp

    Good grief Smithy. Yawning cage and the guy goes for a skate.

    • Zelle

      Looking for an easy wrap around probably, but I agree, not sure why he didn’t just shoot. Henrik was completely out of his crease.

  • Sandy

    Good period.. Good game so far by Lehner… Maybe the guys can just ‘play’

  • Zelle

    lol Ottawa game, coach’s corner, first words out of his mouth “Now when I coached the Boston Bruins…” then shows some Leafs clip.

    • Sandy

      That’s why I don’t watch Don Cherry or any intermission. I really dislike Leafs TV.
      I wouldn’t even have the sound on during the game.. if Dean Brown wasn’t doing the game..

      • Colin

        Didn’t mention the Sens once. Ragged on Phaneuf & PK though.

  • Jacques

    Zibby 16 goals playing 4th line minutes this year, imagine if he had the Captains minutes……plus playing a reliable back check game mmmmm.

    • Sensturion

      Anyone want to start a petition to get this idiot banned?

      • Deadly

        Count me in.

        • Sensturion

          I’d rather listen to Tooks. At least he changes up his trolling.

          • Jacques

            Go sign everybody to a one year contract hockey genius!

      • Aaron 2.0

        No comment on the captain part of the comment. But, he isn’t wrong. What if this guy had been given top 6 minutes, and not been forced to start in the AHL (presumably due to budgetary concerns)? His numbers would probably be pretty good.

        • Sensturion

          Oh, I agree Zibby should be getting top 6 minutes, but at the expense of Spezza? His argument that Zibby would be more reliable defensively than Spezza is flawed as Zibby, playing 4th line minutes, barely 10 minutes a game, is -16.

          • Roar…

            If SensChirp is certain they’re moving Spezza, you can bet it’s largely because they’re comfortable with Turris-Zibanejad as the 1-2 for the future.

          • FistsofNeil25

            plus Spezza’s injury history. Don’t think Murray wants to commit big money and term to a guy with no back.

          • Aaron 2.0

            Yeah, it’s a great point (his own +/- rating). Somehow, I have a hard time squaring it, because he always seems to be doing the responsible things defensively (to me). I wonder if it might be a product of the lines he’s played on this year. I agree though. He should get more minutes, but not at the expense of Spezza. I’d like to see him get some time on the wing, at least in some games, to find him more minutes.

    • Zelle

      Nothing against Zbad I think he’s great, but in Spezza’s position he’d also be playing against top forward lines and top defensive pairings. No saying he’d be as effective, goal scoring wise.

    • SensChirp

      Just stop

      • Mark

        Seriously…..

    • Disqus Downvote

      ZipZapJacques!

    • xiorcal

      turris was not putting crazy number with number 1 center time on ice last year.

      • Roar…

        That would be the adjustment period. Most teams match up vs. Turris line as Ottawa’s #1 this season. Not all teams, but a lot. Especially when Ryan was still clicking.

        • Zelle

          Still a fallible argument to say that replace Spezza with Zbad and bam instant 30 goal scorer this season. Has much potential though. I know it’s tough to see right now, but future is bright IMO.

          • Roar…

            I think Zibanejad can score 30. I think it’s likely he does so sooner rather than later. He has 30g/30a 200 foot center written all over him. Even if he’s a 20g/30a 50 point 2C that’s not really that bad a problem to have. Still works with Turris as #1C.

          • Jacques

            Have to transition him into that spot eventually, he sure looks good though!

          • Zelle

            I believe so as well, but like Turris who has 25 this season, last season he struggled. In the game against the Islanders Zbad couldnt finish as the #1 center. I think it would have been the same all season. I’m just saying having Zbad as the #1 or #2 center wouldn’t have saved this season.

          • Aaron 2.0

            I’m not saying it’s going to happen or I want it to happen, but I think it would be more like Turris replaces Spezza, and Zibanejad replaces Turris. I know it’s a , very, very subtle difference. But, I don’t think we’re asking Zibanejad to step into a 1 C role. The whole debate is funny though, becasue we have no idea what would actually come back for Spezza, or if he wants to stay here! Those two pieces of information (that we fans obviously don’t know) would probably drastically change how we all look at this.

  • karlssens

    Smith is showing great heart lately

  • Zelle

    Zbad, Smith, and Turris? odd

  • karlssens

    Get Hoffman some good linemates! Move him up with spezza!

    • xiorcal

      not related but it’s the first time i take time to give a good look at you user picture. Thumbs up there lol

      • karlssens

        Haha thanks! I’m very ANTI Habs and extremely ANTI pk haha

        • xiorcal

          I used to hate them and they got rid of most of the players i dislike in their organisation (koivu,kovalev,laraque, lapierre…). For a while they where a team i just did not care about. But with suban, gallagher prust they are back to a team I have no respect for and enjoy seeing losing.

          • Zelle

            I actually don’t mind Gallagher. Fiesty for such a small guy. Works his ass off. Good hands. He’s a bit of a rat but that’s part of his job. PK is whiny, full of excuses, hits to injure, only fights smaller players, etc…

        • Zelle

          PK is a tool. No respect for him whatsoever.

  • Andrews theory

    Amazing how much better the smith line looks when you swap greening for Zbad

  • Zelle

    The guy was just backing up in the crease…

    This is the third time we have had the official beside the crease saying one thing, then after a huddle, it magically changes.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Are we ever going to see a goaltender interference call go our way?

    • Zelle

      We do. But after the official near the net calls it our way, they huddle, and the decision magically changes. Third time in this last month that has happened.

    • James0079

      Are we ever going to see the Sens not give up a lead????

  • xiorcal

    I know it’s Lenher but my eyes are telling me hasek is in our crease. Did not remember Lenher playing this style of goaltending.

    • Moudy Mahfouz

      loving his confidence in his saves.

  • Sandy

    So… I guess that lousy Captain got a goal.. right Jacques?

    • SuperSENS

      He’s going by ‘WindsofChange’ now. I guess he realized people had caught on to the fact that his comments were mostly absurd, with little to no basis in reality. :P

  • karlssens

    Our offense is so good

    • FistsofNeil25

      Because they sacrifice defense to be good offensively.

  • Boohoohoo

    Are we facing lots of shots tonight?

    • Sandy

      Outshot 26-19..

      • James0079

        That’s actually not bad considering the usual difference lol

  • karlssens

    Jesus

  • James0079

    It’s almost similar to last night. Detroit outshooting Montreal 10-1 so far in the second but Montreal scores on their 1 shot. Last night, they had like what? 7 goals on 20 shots and we pretty much outplayed by Ottawa but still won. Mostly because Ottawa gave them the game (just like last time a few weeks ago).

    • Sandy

      Until the playoffs start.. when they can’t wheel around like in the regular season…

  • Zipzap2

    How come Michalek still plays for this team dammit!

    • Mat

      Budget?

    • FistsofNeil25

      He has 4 games left here bud just relax.

    • Mat

      No ones in the market for a winger with wonky knees?

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      I’m sure you can tolerate him and Spezza A few more games

  • Mat

    The ice looks really bad. Or it could be us..

    • Colin

      During the pre-game, CBC said MSG averages 4 events per day. It’s amazing they even have ice.

    • Sandy

      They had sometype of basketball game there this afternoon. About 2 hrs before game time before they cleared the ice of the boards.. It’s always bad there.

  • James0079

    Winnipeg leading 3-2 :) lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    How many games do you have to play in a season to lose “rookie” status. It would be cool to see if Stone can go for rookie of the year next season. He’s siiick

    • Sandy

      Isn’t it 25 games in the season prior? Not sure.

    • Zelle

      “Rookie Qualifications

      To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25
      NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in
      each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age
      (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.”

      Source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26377

      • FistsofNeil25

        so Stone is currently sitting at 19 NHL games, 4 last year and 15 this year.

        • Zelle

          From the wording I would say that in three preceding years; A, B, and C, where C would be this season, as long as he hasn’t played more than 6 games in A, or more than 6 games in B, and hasn’t played more than 25 games in C, he will be considered a rookie. So according to your stats for Stone I would say he will be considered a rookie next season if they keep him in the NHL.

          • FistsofNeil25

            Sounds about right. Cool.

  • Mat

    Lots of hurry-scurry, kerfuffle and williwaw out there..

  • Zelle

    Is it just me or did Methot raise his arms in confusion at Karlsson when EK carried the puck being chased by a Ranger instead of making a behind the net pass?

    • Sensturion

      I thought he was trying to “interfere” with the Ranger player

      • Zelle

        Oh maybe, just seemed like a strange gesture.

  • Sandy

    IF NJ hangs on to win.. and Toronto loses in regulation.. NJ is tied with Tor in points but has played less games.. So Toronto falls down a spot…

  • FistsofNeil25

    It seems as though Evander Kane’s time in Winnipeg must be coming close to an end. He’s had a bad season but that’s a pretty bold move to healthy scratch the kid.

    • Deadly

      Did something come up in the news about a potential problem recently ?

    • Deadly

      Just googled it..pending legal problems reported this week

      • FistsofNeil25

        Yeah he’s being sued for an alleged assault or something eh?

  • Zelle

    Hemsky is a very good puck battler. Sens need more of those guys for puck battle wins.

  • Zelle

    Pageau pinning a guy twice his size on the forecheck! :D

  • Sandy

    Winnipeg outshooting Toronto 32-18… Wow,,

    • FistsofNeil25

      The only difference between Ottawa and Toronto this year has been Bernier.

    • LeafsSux

      And beating them 4-2!

      • Sandy

        Delicious…

        • FistsofNeil25

          If we’re going to be miserable then they better be too!

  • FistsofNeil25

    I’m really liking Stone with Mac and Turrie. I like him every bit as much as Bobby on that line to be honest.

    Maybe find a left winger for Mika and Bobby next season…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    4-2 winnipeg

  • Colin

    Lehner looking quite comfortable tonight. Great positioning makes it look easy.

    • Zelle

      Sens collapsing around him though. The guys need to build off his confidence.

  • Colin

    No shit! I guess the refs finally realized that they had not penalized Ottawa for a while.

    • Sandy

      Both penalties for Gryba… Hmmm.. no penalties for the Rangers..

      • James0079

        Yeah, I noticed the same thing. The Sens must have pissed off the league somehow because I don’t see how they can always take sooo many more penalties then they get powerplays?

  • James0079

    Detroit now 3-3 with Montreal lol :) Montreal pulled an Ottawa lol

  • FistsofNeil25

    Karl’s starting to develop a bit of an edge lately. I’m lovin’ it!

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    Karlsson backing up his goalie. Respect

  • Zelle

    Karlsson is getting really pissed off at all the goalie interference.

    • Aaron 2.0

      I’m happy to see him react like that, but if he doesn’t give the puck away there’s no issue in front of our own net.

  • Aaron 2.0

    Karlsson and Spezza both playing brutal defensive hockey tonight. Karlsson is especially irritating as he’s not usually bad like this front of his own net. I don’t know what’s going on with him over the past few games, but I don’t like it.

  • FistsofNeil25

    Lehner’s been pretty good tonight. Can’t fault him on either goal and he’s bailed the boys out on several occasions. He looks far more composed and confident than the Lehner we’ve seen lately.

    Much better than the other goalie who quit on the team last night.

  • James0079

    Hmmmm Ottawa hasn’t had a powerplay tonight either. BIG Surprise!!!!!

  • James0079

    Damn, Montreal just scored lol

  • Zelle

    Please don’t let there be a Rangers PP in the last two minutes…

    • James0079

      lol there will be. Sorry to be so negative tonight but it’s been that kind of a season lol

      • Sandy

        Agreed..

      • Zelle

        Since Smith went to the penalty box I wish he would have given Brassard a good beating for all his BS on Lehner tonight.

        • James0079

          Would it kill the league to give Ottawa a PP?

    • Colin

      Can’t be. No call on Neil’s hit.

      Two Rangers charged Neil and the Staal jumped him. Th

      Now that’s what Neil is paid to do!

      • FistsofNeil25

        Sick hit… there should be a powerplay for Ottawa here for NY instigating.

    • Aaron 2.0

      Should go our way. No penalty on the hit. NYR react to it. Let’s see what happens.

      • Zelle

        It did! Neil giving Sens a PP instead of a PK. I could get used to this.

        • Aaron 2.0

          Hit was a tad late. He was lucky to not get called. But when they didn’t call the hit, I can’t see how we don’t get a PP. But, in today’s NHL, it’s impossible to predict reffing (lol).

      • Sandy

        Surprised?

  • Colin

    Let the bells ring! Ottawa PP

  • FistsofNeil25

    It would be nice to see some more player movement on this powerplay. Just brutal.

    • Sandy

      Cameron doesn’t know what he is doing.

      • sell the team Eugene

        Cameron is Melnyk’s boyfriend

    • Zelle

      PP was bad last season and it’s worst this season, despite a much stronger offensive presence this year. Don’t even know how that is possible.

  • Aaron 2.0

    We’re talking about dorsal fins now. Beluga whales also don’t have dorsal fins…

  • Moudy Mahfouz

    nice win. run with lehner

    • Sandy

      Exactly.. I’m sure it’s even more sweet when he won against Lundqvist..
      Nice win after that disaster last night.. and they were back to back..
      Laffs lost.. NJ won.. Leafs now behind NJ with 3 games left..

  • Zelle

    Nice win, well deserved for Lehner he did a great job.

  • James0079

    Too Bad Detroit couldn’t complete the comeback but at least Toronto lost :)

  • FistsofNeil25

    With that game, I hope Lehner has earned himself the remainder of the starts this season. Maybe give Andy one of the back-to-backs against Pitt or Toronto.

    Andy`s performace last night was a joke. He quit on the team while Lehner battled for a full 60 minutes tonight. Give Robin the net!

    • Zelle

      And did you see Andy laughing and joking around on the bench tonight? I wouldn’t be smiling the night after a performance like that.

    • Aaron 2.0

      That’s a little harsh. Poor old Anderson had a rough game from the start, and the coaches left him in there for the entire thing, whether we agree or disagree with that decision (it’s already been thoroughly discussed with split opinion). I’m not going to hold 1 embarrassing performance against him. The few games before that loss, Anderson was playing pretty good hockey. I’d like to see Lehner get a few more starts though!

      • FistsofNeil25

        lol i know i know it`s a little harsh. It was frustrating to watch him last night. He was struggling but he didn’t even try to battle. When Lehner is having a bad game he at least fights until the end.

        • Aaron 2.0

          I’ll admit that he’s frustrated me at times too when things aren’t going well for Anderson. He just seems to get too emotional during games (when things start going bad), and sort of just loses control of the situation, IMO. I have more patience for Lehner because he’s so young. And, let’s face it, Lehner is just so damn like-able!

          • Zelle

            And he really does look like Ragnar Lothbrok which is a huge plus!

    • aegiszx

      Didn’t we already give Robin the net and he dropped 6 losses in a row? Man, he’s lucky he won tonight, because after our mini-tank last week, I really did not want to see him again until next September.

      • Sandy

        Having Robin sitting on the bench for most of the season didn’t help.
        He was good the latter part when he played when Andy was out. He needs to play..

      • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

        What a ridiculous comment

    • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

      Don’t worry hopefully he is approaching the end of his stay here too

  • Zelle

    Woah Chirp where did you hear that Henrik dislocated his shoulder?

    • Sandy

      That hurts the Rangers in the playoffs… big time..

      • FistsofNeil25

        He didn’t actually dislocate his shoulder..

        • Zelle

          Ooh I see.. dammit. Fooled. -_-

      • sprucesens

        yeah, i think it was just him saying how great of a save it was

  • Windsofchange

    Interesting Yost article, the stats are worth the look see! Here’s a bit of the article.

    That’s where I think Zibanejad really stands out. To me, and I’ve said this before, it seems as if he’s following the Kyle Turris development curve. He’s blowing through bottom-six competition, and at some point (like, uh, this summer), the team’s going to have to come to grips with the fact that he’s too good to keep giving limited minutes to, especially at evens.

    He’ll then draw tougher competition, and take a bit of time adjusting to that, just like Kyle Turris did. Remember, we had this exact discussion two years ago with Turris, and how the underlying numbers were very suggestive of future output. Fast forward back to today, and no one is surprised with his scoring and performance on Ottawa’s easily most-productive line.

    Back to Zibanejad. I went ahead and looked at regular forwards who generated, on averag, eight shots or more per sixty-minutes of even-strength play and won the Corsi% battle decisively, at or above 53%. The list of forwards, as you’d expect, is impressive.

    • Disqus Downvote

      Hey Jacques! Can a leopard Windsofchange his spots?

      • Windsofchange

        Never stink off!

    • TookieIs100PercentRight

      Great point news, keep up the good comments. Love seeing that around here.
      TOOKS100%OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sprucesens

    one thing i’ve hated about our defence is the way they set up when a player has the puck behind the net. We park a D with his skate tight on the post. Sure it stops the wrap around attempt, but both players are now essentially pylons, facing the wrong direction. They only have their eyes on one player, while the rest swoop in and get open for an easy shot on net. 1 man on with pressure, while lehner and the other D take care of the stuff in front of the net. Not sure if its the D choosing to do that, or if they are coached to do that. Either way, not a fan

    • Conor_smythe

      yesyesyesyes

      they are choosing to do it, no way any coach would ever teach that.. basically giving teams a free pass behind our net… which is double bad because boston, pittsburgh, philly, NYR, and a few others have tons of set plays behind our net… and we never catch on

      Karlsson is the worst for this… he looks like a deer in headlights when the other team is behind our net

  • FistsofNeil25

    At least it looks like the Leafs are officially toast! CBC is heart-broken. Don Cherry saying it’s a very sad day hahaha

    • Sandy

      He really said that? What did Glenn Healey say?

      • FistsofNeil25

        Healy hasn’t been on but I’m sure he was drowning in his own tears. Ron and Don are just doing their usual post-game segment.

      • Mat

        Glenn Healey punched an old lady in the mouth and drove over a squirrel. Just to mellow out.

  • Sandy

    As bad as this season has been.. the Sens are 8 pts behind Detroit… that’s a 4 win difference.
    Doesn’t sound so bad when you put it that way..
    Take the Alberta team losses on that road trip.. and the meltdown in Mtl.. and the Sens are 2 pts back…

    • FistsofNeil25

      But we’ve been one of the healthiest teams in the league while they have been one of the most injured. Their injuries this year were as bad as what we went through last season. Difference was the had to do it over an 82 game season.

      They’re going to be a real threat in the playoffs now that Datsyuk is back and Zetterberg eventually.

      • Sandy

        Maybe… but they have been winning regardless of the injuries. I was just pointing out .. the Sens really bad season was only 4 wins less than the 1st wild card spot..

        • FistsofNeil25

          I know. I’m just bitter lol

        • Tcharger – Ryan-For-51

          And we found ways to win last year… What’s your point?

    • sell the team Eugene

      10 less AFTERNOON games would have resulted in at least 4 more wins

    • sell the team Eugene

      replacing Gonchar with someone comparable would have resulted in 4 more wins

    • Sicilian

      For me, it was all those games we were ahead 2 or 3 goals and then collapsed to give up the two points. There were at least 2 games against Toronto, 2 games against Mtl, etc, etc

  • Sensturion

    The most satisfying thing about the annual Leafs collapse is that following their 8-game losing streak they won a couple games and started planning the parade again hahahaha

  • Zelle

    PM giving some great props to Zbad, Stone, and especially Lehner.

    • SENSsmile

      Well deserved!

  • Zelle

    Watching some clips of the 2011-2012 series against the Rangers and man do I ever miss Silfverberg all of a sudden.

  • Mat

    Last night is what I’ve wanted to see from this team since October. A feisty team that won’t back down. Even Karlsson was getting in the mix. For me, MacArthur is the bright side of this otherwise crap season. Followed closely by Stone. What that guy does with his stick on both sides of the play is unbelievable.

  • Andrews theory

    Sens win Leafs lose

    All is right in the world again