Spezza Scores Shootout Winner- Highlights

SensChirp December 9, 2013 74
Spezza Scores Shootout Winner- Highlights

 

  • hq8

    i think i have come across something that explains why Jim O’Brien is completely out of favor with the sens brass:

    https://twitter.com/HAMRofjustice

    this guy definitely went loopy.

    • Hax

      That account started as a joke in the first place. They eventually let JOB in on it and apparently he took it over for real, but it’s likely it’s still somewhat “shared” with guys posting joke tweets.

  • Colin

    Real highlights baby! Love it! Andy’s reaction at the end said it all.

    • xN1Cx

      NO MORE LOWLIGHTS!

  • Zachpraisetheswedes

    Team was finall skating, hitting, shooting and making timely saves

  • Zachpraisetheswedes

    I’m very excited to see what BM does with the cap floor going up to 55million.

    He’s gonna have to either keep Phillips and Michalek signed to the same cap hits or get new expensive players. Should be a fun offseason

    • jasonontheoldsenschirp

      But I thought Euge has no money. It’ll be nice to get Milo off the books, though.

      • SensChirp

        Ha. Whether he has money or not, he is required to meet that cap floor. Time to spend Eugene!

  • Phoenix

    Might as well spend now and get this team some resources to get us back into the playoff hunt.

  • T K

    Nice win and solid game from Andy. Keep ‘em comin’ boys!

    • xN1Cx

      Couple key saves but still looked like Brian Elliot from a few seasons ago out there. Hoping for a big statement game tonight!

    • Tooks

      Solid? He gave up yet another 4 goals in which 3 of em were soft. Sorry but without the offensive outburst we lose that game hands down because of Andy. We dont usually have many offensive outbursts, Andy has to play better, no question.

      • T K

        Wrong. Flat out wrong. Every goal against was a pinball. Bouncing or deflected or both. Andy stopped every thing that was reasonably stopped and more.

        • hq8

          to be fair, he did not really do a good job on the timmonen goal. much like the goal gardiner scored on him saturday.

          he did react positively to that blunder from there on though. i thought he would be really fragile and would definitely let the next chance in, but he made two solid saves after that – one against voracek in close and the other against Giroux when Andy was definitely out fishing somewhere else. was surprisingly good in the shootout too – helps that Giroux completely fumbled his attempt.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Give the guy a break. He came up big when he had to. Especially at the end of the 3rd and in the shoot-out. Something that he had not done for some time.

          • Tooks

            Oh I agree he came up big when it mattered BUT if not for our offense, this is yet another brutal loss by Andy. Just keep in mind our offense wont explode like that every game. Its rare, even.

          • bluebuyyoo

            Our offense is just fine. it just can’t compensate each game for the shitty defensive play and crap goaltending that we have seen so far. The Senators are 3rd in GF in the eastern conference, It’s the GA (14th) that’s been the problem.

          • hq8

            yeesh. they both go hand in hand. need the goals from our top 6, need the defense from our D and need the saves from Andy and Lehner. NEED IT ALL NOW AND FOR THE NEXT 82 GAMES AND ONWARDS.

          • CUP 2014-15

            Agreed but the forwards are also responsible for the shot clock, the team D has been lacking. I am not giving the D a break here, but it can’t all be laid on their shoulders either. Nice to see an Ottawa D step up to make a hit at the blueline and disrupt the entry, thank-you Cowen, let’s see more aggressive play from the D with better D zone coverage from our forward group.

        • Tooks

          1st goal, short side, terrible, why was he leaving his post? Bad positioning.
          2nd goal, PP so I’ll give him that, despite him being already on his knee’s before Voracek even shoots it.
          3rd goal, weak shot that Andy cant pick up.
          4th goal, another weak shot that Andy cant pick up.

          • T K

            I’ve figured it out. Tookie, while yours intersects significantly with ours, you do not actually exists in the same plane of reality.

            I hope that your field of study is M-brane quantum physics. It’s your only hope of merging your universe with ours. Without it, you will simply continue to pointlessly argue minutiae that only makes any sense in your universe.

            In my reality, all of the above descriptions that you provided are inaccurate because they ignore the bounces and redirections that ACTUALLY occurred.

      • Jacques

        4 goals a game lets keep putting him in there -Lehner time!

  • CUP 2014-15

    Big win, sloppy at times but good signs. Spezz with Ryan and CMac, amazing what two top line wingers will do for a centre. Team played with a burr under the saddle as they say. Lots of grit. PW has been a target for me for some time but he played great on the PP. Still needs to stop rushing things in his own end 5 on 5 but he looked better, this may also explain why Cowen looked better as well. Man ZBad is going to be special.
    Along way to go to get back into this race but it’s now a 6 game win streak we need not 7 and Buff for two can do a ton for this team. Here’s hoping that all the crazy moves Mac has been making turns out to be some magical fisherman thing to confuse everyone so we don’t know whats going on and then bang, these lads come out flying every shift, running the same line combos and create chemistry. Lets not have a f#@king let down tonight or that win last night will mean nothing. GO SENS GO. lets make it two in a row…

  • xN1Cx

    Side note: I was listening to the NHL Network on XM this morning and apparently it is now confirmed that the cap will be rising to 71 Million next year. I’m very nervous to think about our team still having the Melnyk cuffs on at that point. Going to be very tough to stay competitive as well as retain players at that price point.

    • Hax

      Our “internal cap” will be at least $61M then. And, if you believe the party line, we’re getting close to a point where we’ll spend what we need to spend. The team should be better next year and the entire rebuild was targeting 2014/15 at the earliest to “make a run”.

      Plus, if you go on capgeek and try to get us up to $71M it’s actually hard to do without getting crazy. Most of our core is already signed to reasonable deals. The year after can be a bit crazier of course as so many guys are UFAs so they’ll need to be resigned and/or replaced. But again, the official party line is that they’ll spend when the time is right … so I guess we can hope that’s true.

      • Tooks

        Yep we will be handing out silly contracts (Like MM9′s and Greening’s, Cowen’s) just to stay afloat. Cant wait to see who we overpay this time.

  • Hax

    Next season (assuming nothing changes dramatically) I expect we’ll still be a “half way” team – i.e. half way between the floor and the cap. But then when we’ve got a bunch of guys to resign and our team should hopefully be entering the “window” we’ll spend closer to the cap for a while. Melnyk’s plan (well, Murray’s plan that Melnyk signed off on) appears to be something like this:

    When chances are slim to win a cup, spend minimally, build the team around younger players, sort out “what you have”, mix in a few veterans only.
    When some of these younger players come into their own, sign them to smart contracts but don’t cheap out (Karlsson).
    When we have a legitimate “window” where we’re in the mix for a cup, spend what needs to be spent to get the most out of our opportunity. This still probably leans toward trade deadline “rentals” and signing veterans to short contracts. Not likely going to see any Clarkson-type contracts (which is good).
    When the window closes, trade off older players with value and start the rebuild/retool over again.

    While I’d love to have an owner with money to burn and spend to the cap every year, this plan might actually be smarter. We should never find ourselves saddled with a bunch of bad contracts that handcuff us or lead to wasting cap space on buyouts etc.

    • Tooks

      Hax, always like the positive spin but why would we be any better next year, we were supposed to be way better this year and look. Until we lose Cowen, Phillips, Condra, Greening, MM9, Conacher, Anderson, we wont be any better and like you said, assuming nothing major gets done, what makes you think we will be entering a window? or even be a playoff team.

      Everyone jumped on the season the Sens had last year and expected it to be better this year, you cant just keep saying, “well they’ll get better”.

      Something needs to be done on DEF.
      Something needs to be done in the bottom 6.
      Something needs to be done for the top line wing.
      Also Lehner needs to be #1 going forward.
      4 major area’s need fixing, until we fix ALL of em, we wont be any better than what we are now.

      • spezzerman

        you’re assuming these guys are all playing the best they possibly can, which I don’t think they are. I think Phillips is toast, MM9 and Conacher arent really showing improvements, but you can most certainly say Cowen, Condra and Greening are all playing way better than they were at their lowest points this year.

        you need to learn patience.

        • Tooks

          Well yes they are playing better (22,14,2), they couldnt have played any worse but its still not where it should be. They just dont have the skill level to be playing in the NHL regularly,

          We need to replace them with better players, to which we have the means to do. Its just a call away.

          • spezzerman

            You have some vision there tookie

          • Jacques

            I agree 22 and 14 are brutal – can’t wait for the flame to be passed on to some of our Bingo guys instead.

      • Senatollah

        Everyone jumped on the season the Sens had last year and expected it to be better this year, you cant just keep saying, “well they’ll get better”.

        You’re talking about a team that barely made the playoffs. had it been a full season based on how they finished might not have made the playoffs at all. Expectations were only compounded because the Sens matched up great against the Habs. This is still a rebuild year.

      • Jacques

        Bottom six we have the answers in our own system – just have to rid ourselves of a few guys on the NHL roster first.

    • 4thStringGoalie

      Melnyk is also getting a shit load of money from Rogers, so he has to put some of it back into payroll…. that is why the cap is going up. The players should get 50% of the revenue so the budget has to go up next year.

  • Hax

    Last night was definitely another example of how this season has gone – except that we managed to get 2 points instead of 0 or 1.

    None of the goals on Andy were soft – each one had some sort of excuse built in (screened, tipped, lucky bounce etc) but at the same time he would make most of those saves last year. And if we’re really going to contend at all he’ll need to again more often than not.

    Same goes for the rest of the team really. Mistakes were made for sure but it seemed every one led to the worst case scenario in terms of bad luck magnifying them. Same reasoning here though – we simply can’t make the mistakes in the first place. It’s fine to say “tough luck kid” but at some point you have to simply stop making those mistakes. Then you don’t have to worry about whether or not the other team will get a bit lucky on top of the mistake.

    Structure is slowly getting better though and the younger players are slowly (some VERY slowly) learning.

    The only true travesty would be if these young guys don’t learn from these mistakes in the long run or if we trade a guy away and he matures elsewhere. We need to be able to look back at the first half of this season a few years from now and say “Our young players matured a lot that year.”

    • hq8

      i think the main two areas where they need to still get much much better:
      1. support down low – the D is still getting attacked and outnumbered at times by the opposition. the Simmonds goal on the deflection yesterday came from an absolutely nothing play. infact, Greening had negated a two-on-one on a very solid backcheck on the zone entry for that play. but they couldnt win the ensuing puck battle down low and a nothing shot got deflected in. they need better support down-low. Turris, Ryan and Smith do a pretty good job of supporting down low, the rest of the guys need to learn.
      2. when they have the time and space, they are still making bonehead decisions or are suffering complete indecision with the first pass. not moving feet has a lot to do with it which then results in forced plays which never work.

  • Tim

    Moments of absolute brilliance from Andy. Three huge saves stole the game, despite some weak goals earlier.

    For anyone here that goes to the games, for next home game vs the Sabres, I suggest a big Andy chant at 19:41 of the first period. Show him he’s the same awesome goalie he was last year and we got his back – just like we got The Lehners back.

    Remember his first game as a Senator, when we welcomed him with a HUGE cheer, he stood on his head all year after that. He can do it again!

    • Tooks

      Sorry, its all about THE LEHNER, Andy aint part of the future.

      • Doc

        Either way it’s a win-win for us.

  • CaMo

    Why is nobody complaining about Milan Michalek. The guy is -15 and well behind our other top 6 forwards in points and performance in my opinion. He’s been completely useless , if we’re going to trade anyone I think it has to be Milan.

    • Senatollah

      AGREED!

    • spezzerman

      I don’t think you are paying close enough attention. And, what’s the market for a useless player these days when every team is in a cap crunch?

      • CaMo

        I couldn’t be paying much more attention, I watch every game. He’s over rated and he’s a healthy ‘proven’ top 6 guy. Even though he hasnt been playing well I think his stock is as high as it’s going to be. It’s just a matter of time before he gets injured anyways. Heater has more goals than him for the love of god.

        • spezzerman

          I just mean I hear a lot of criticism, and he deserves every ounce of it.

    • 4thStringGoalie

      It really does amaze me how little criticism he gets compared to say Eric Condra.

      • sprucesens

        its a general consensus that michalek won’t be back unless its at maybe 2 million. No one is going to argue that michalek is overpaid and under producing. We all agree on it, so there isn’t much to talk about. Condra on the other hand, people think the guy should be on the team at all costs, even if it includes holding back players like stone, Hoffman, prince, pageau, puempel, grant and on and on. Hence the debate about condra

    • Mark

      Nobody is going to take on his salary. I agree, he has been terrible and playing like a third liner, but, he is the highest paid Sen this year and no one is going to take him off our hands. Let him play out the year and don’t renew the contract.

      • Tooks

        At the deadline a team only takes 1/4 of his remaining salary, so not too bad if a team is desperate for help on the wing.

        • Mark

          True. Even at a quarter of the salary there may be a chance that there are no takers. Either way, I am sure we won’t be resigning him.

    • Hax

      He’s been brutal over all and clearly not the same player he used to be. But A) he therefore has little value in a trade and B) he’s slowly showing signs of playing better.

      Besides, PLENTY of people are complaining about every single player – including Michalek.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      I think people are tired of complaining about 9MM. Everyone knows he should be traded, but you just can’t trade someone that nobody wants. If only he’d spark and start showing a little more effort.

    • Rebel Held Suburb

      No Knees Michalek is untradable.
      His NHL career is done.
      He’s just hanging on for those last few pay cheques.

    • RUSH RLZ

      Michalek has shown flashes of brilliance. Those that know him know he works his ass off conditioning and takes his game very seriously. I sucks he has been unhealthy and inconsistent. At least he comes off the books next year, which might be nice if we had an owner willing to spend… Cap room is the last of our concerns… *sobs hysterically*.

      Maybe he will turn it around this year. He was playing like a MADMAN for a couple of games in the middle of last year before he got re-re-injured.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Outside of Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur has been a breath of fresh air this year. He didn’t start out as strong, but he’s found his stride and is showing the same abilities he did in Toronto when he was first acquired. He has a real nose for the net and his drive to make the right plays reminds me a lot of Alfie. In a sense, he has become just that, our Alfie replacement.

    I only say this because many on here were trying to compare who we lost to who we gained before the season started. From a point production side, I figured CMac would at least match Alfie, but I didn’t expect he’d play with the same calmness and hockey sense Alfie does. Keep it up MacArthur and you will have a longer future with the Sens.

    • MethotToMyMadness

      I should also add he’s only 28. For some reason, I feel like he’s been around a lot longer than he has.

    • H POTTER

      Man this is so true. You can really see his hockey sense all over the game. He has a great shot. Makes good passes plays 200ft game ( how many time have we seen him back check and brake plays or take out the man out of play) and one thing I really liked from him is he shows that he cares about winning and he wants the whole team to play with that same feeling and edge to their game. I forget what game it was but they lost a bad one and he was clearly showing frustration but a good and kind of leader being upset and wanting to see his teammates wake up and follow his lead…definitely part of the leaders core group and I hope he does get a letter on his jersey to complement Spezza which I believe is still trying to get going as a true captain

  • hq8

    corey pronman predicts sens to miss playoffs……
    sens in 12th 2 pts out of 8th……lol the east is hilarious.
    5 pts out of 7th, 6 out of 6th (TOR) and 7 out of 5th (TB).
    so, its simple: sens have to outrun TB and TOR over the next stretch of atleast 15 games to remain in the fight.
    two wins against the slugs has to happen. Reg/OT/SO win doesnt matter, but they have to have to have to put the slugs out in the back to back. there is simply no other option.
    after that another two really tough games against LAK and STL. they got to OT against LAK last time, they have to do better this time. WIN it. LA is missing Quick too I think, so have to pounce. STL is going to be a hard beast to settle, but I think outside of goaltending, the sens can put together the effort.
    after that NJD and FLA. they have to beat both. NJD because they are neck and neck in the race.
    its still possible, but they have to go on a run now. now or never.

    • Tooks

      Sens are not 2pts out of 8th, well they are but your looking at it wrong, its not just finish top 8 and your in…

      Right now the 7th and 8th spot are held by TB(36) & TOR(35), we have 29.

  • MethotToMyMadness

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the new format for making the playoffs based on wins in your own conference. The way I heard it from someone, which may be incorrect, is the top 3 team in each Division will make the playoffs, regardless of the points they’ve accumulated. Then the Wildcard is used to determine the final 2 two teams from the East and the West to make up 8 on both sides.

    If that’s the case, Ottawa will have a very hard time sitting 6th in the Atlantic with teams like Boston, Montreal and Detroit ahead of them for this 3 spots. We are 8 points back and the old rule of thumb is double digits come January, it’s almost impossible.

    We’d need to play for the Wildcard if we want to make it I think. Being 6/7 points out isn’t impossible if we can get on a run of sorts and those teams ahead of us continue to fall. But we need to start winning games, especially against those teams just above us.

    • Tooks

      Where have you been? Yes there is a new format and its great! No way we finish in the top 3 of our Div, so we only have that 7th & 8th spot to battle for and that is against everybody in the East Conf, not just our Div. Gonna be hard to get that 7th and 8th spot. Many teams ahead of us and we have to beat them and keep winning in order to have a chance. We have not been successfull at that recently.

      We have to beat the Sabres…

      • my2sens

        And winning in OT/shootouts against East teams now hurts us more… conceding the extra point to someone who could push us out.

  • Floridasensfan

    No question we need to go on a run to make playoffs, lots of games left to play.
    We have the offensive punch to do it, Anderson gets back to form like the last of the third and away we go.

    Enjoyed the game, glad I am not the coach, Spezza was not in my top three to put out for the shoot out, Spezza closing the door, with Anderson.

    Another win tonight book it

  • Aaron 2.0

    I hope you don’t mind me saying on your blog Chirp – Fans interested in advanced stats, Yost has a chart on HB today showing the team is trending in the right direction.

    I missed most of the game last night, so I can’t comment on it too much, but I hope they start Lehner. Back-to-back against Buffalo is the perfect situation to play him, regardless of how people think Anderson played last night (seems to be a hot topic for discussion with a few dissenting opinions).

    • SensChirp

      No problem at all. Yost does good work. Except for his refusal to accept that Craig Anderson made a couple big saves late in last night’s game :)

      • hq8

        you guys had a semi-spat going there and he almost became Tookie.

      • H POTTER

        Gotta be real stubborn to not admit Anderson made 3 huge saves! On Voracek with the glove (that was a sure goal) the redirect in front of the net save with his right pad then throwing himself on the ice to stop Giroux (open net). I personally do not like him this year and would rather we see Lehner more and more but i get that we need to showcase Anderson and that’s clear. Still I hope pmac doesn’t do the same mistake and put in the same goalie on a back-to-back like he did last time for Anderson and the next week with Lehner. I think now is a good time to alternate and create that great level of competition between the two goalies and hopefully get a nice winning streak to help us climb in the standings
        Go Sens-A Go

    • my2sens

      Yost… he has hatred for Andy, holy shit!!

      To say Anderson sucked ass last night…. yes he let in the 4th goal which was softish, but the others were results of horrible bounces.

      He certainly isn’t at the level he was last year, but thought he played well – especially in last 10 minutes.

      So Yost can keep his graphs…

      SC knows his shit… and makes awesome tables even the Amish can’t compete with!

    • Tooks

      Ya should go with Lehner, Andy might give Buffalo some life early if they pop in 2 quick ones which is a bothersome trend for Andy.

  • Kopitarin05

    Big shootout winner for the Spezz, the captain needed that one. Good to see the star players putting up the points they should be. Wouldn’t mind seeing Karlsson get a chance in a shootout soon

  • my2sens

    Quick question – does anyone else notice the ice quality at the CTC seems to be off this year? Pucks are bouncing everywhere and it’s hard for players to settle them down.

    GO SENS GO!!!

  • Kielbasa

    Really happy to see this team play with some piss and vinegar in their game last night. Spezza’s reaction with the shootout win was perfect. The monkey finally came off his back.

    Let’s hope the fire in their game last night continues into tonight’s game.

  • CUP 2014-15

    Save a kids career, Trade or Wave Gryba already. 25 year old with less then 50 games can not play one game a week. Go Sens Go

  • RUSH RLZ

    Twitter chatter today. Phillips doesn’t want to retire, wants to start talking contract extension with the team… I’ve always loved Big Rig but he’s been one of the weakest links on the team this year, should probably be the 7th even at this point… Not sure how the hell he expects much of an extension, but knowing the team, after the Alfie fiasco they will foolishly throw another two years at this guy…