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    GOTS – GGroove on the Sens

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    Greg Gallagher

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    GAME REPORT

    Eastern Conference Final, Game 3 (Senators lead series 2-1)

    Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 1

    OTT scorers: Hoffman, Methot, Brassard, Smith, Turris

    PIT scorers: Crosby

    Power play: OTT 0/4, PIT 1/3

    Shots on goal: PIT 29, OTT 26

    Three stars: Anderson (OTT), Ryan (OTT), Phaneuf (OTT)

    Attendance: 18,615

     

    The System™! But with no boring sitting back here, Vice Sports be damned. Did it ever work, on a night that saw the Eastern Conference Final return to the Capital for the first time in 10 years. There were signs it was going to be a long night for the flightless birds, especially on the third goal, which was indicative of how the night would go. Some extended zone time and terrific board work was helped along by Erik Karlsson, who swooped in from the bench on a change to keep the puck in the zone. Boom-boom-pow went the biscuit, from the captain to Clarke MacArthur to Derick Brassard, who should have been checked by (a rusty) Mark Streit. And sharing is caring, as they say – Big Game Brass tried to return the favour to MacArthur on a dangerous 2-on-1 that nearly resulted in goal No. 5 of the period … And when Zack Smith punctuates everything while following a generous bounce off the glass and converting on a nice wraparound, you know it just wasn’t going to go right for the defending champs, who yes, are beaten up – but to lose this way after a solid Game 2 was surprising. They have reason to be worried, with frustration boiling over and Evgeni Malkin getting tossed from the game …

    Goal No. 5 would come late in a rather uneventful second period – Ian Cole and Chad Ruhwedel both just got mixed up after Mike Hoffman’s unexpectedly slid over to Kyle Turris. Neither could un-flat-foot themselves in time to catch Turris. Cole had a frustrating night and looked tired …

    Almost nothing went right for Crosby, especially in the first period – he saw a few red sweaters in his vicinity on most shifts, and was matched up against the Pageau line. Before the barrage started, he even lost his stick at one point. Four minutes into the second, not long after getting a shot blocked by Dion Phaneuf, he headed to the dressing room. He returned, but he looked gassed and defeated on the bench. Still, he was razor-sharp in redirecting Kessel’s low wrister in the third for a power-play marker …

    Poor Trevor Daley, making his first appearance of the series, trying to shake off the rust, but instead taking a silly holding penalty on Brassard …

    And how about 40-year-old wily veteran (and former Sens playoff rental) Matt Cullen, shorthanded with Daley in the box, going stride-for-stride with Karlsson, to create an odd-man rush and feed (37) for perhaps the Pens’ best scoring chance? He could probably play another year or even two. Interestingly, his kids tweeted out the other day that he’s played for each of the final four teams …

    Bobby Ryan made a nice little defensive play midway through the second, angling Nick Bonino off to the side near the Ottawa half-boards, then twisting around him to make the steal. Not the fanciest play Ryan has made this postseason, but it shows how everyone’s bought in … Another example was Clarke MacArthur putting a stick on Cole while the latter was waiting in the slot on a delayed Ottawa penalty call …

    Marc Methot’s pinball goal off Fleury led to some confidence in the second period, as the stay-at-home D pinched into the slot to one-time a nice offering from Ryan Dzingel for a grade-A scoring chance …

     

    FUNNY STUFF: During Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry, who was trying to focus on the monitor in front of him while analyzing the clip, had to interrupt a bunch of rowdy fans nearby chanting “Go Sens Go!” so he could finish. The HNIC desk was in a suite just below the 300-level faithful … and the Don Cherry Suit Rating? Let’s go with a 6.5/10 for the simple checker pattern, that you could probably find at Ikea. However, the circle pattern on the tie was kinda Beetlejuice-y … You’d think that Crosby would be the one being booed after making his first CTC appearance since whacking off part of Methot’s finger, but it was Malkin hearing it. Kudos for the crowd taunting Matt Murray when he stepped in for Fleury, and also later for Phil Kessel … The Red Guys, dressed up with some fine centurion regalia, set up behind the Ottawa bench, while a dude with a healthy beard and some gold and red face paint ran up and down a 100-level aisle looking like the Sens’ equivalent of Toronto’s Dart Guy … The amazing Pete Blackburn GIF'd the heck out of a collision involving Malkin and Daley

    LINE OF THE NIGHT: Ron MacLean, who usually has a zinger at the end of Coach’s Corner, had this to say, about the 65th anniversary of the Tulip Festival: “No. 65 is breeding tulips, on a night when the flower is not good.” A close second was Jim Hughson, aptly calling Mark Stone the “Artful Dodger” for a slick steal at the Pittsburgh blue line and a nice scoring chance. Another zinger: “He and Malkin were better when they were arguing with each other,” said Hughson after a snakebitten Kessel couldn’t do anything with a cross-ice feed on a third-period power play. Of course, it was moments before Crosby tipped in his wrister …

    STAT LINE OF THE NIGHT: Big Game Brass, all over the scoresheet with a goal and an assist, four hits, plus-2 and a tidy 88 percent on his draws. 

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Jonathan Pitre, who's been bravely battling a rare skin disorder, received some good news: his mother's stem cells are beginning to work in his body. He has been an inspiration to the Sens, and no doubt helped play a part in the big W tonight. 

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    alain2009
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    Alex Connell joined the sens 1924 - 1925 season he was the first goalies to record 30 win season (1927 still holding the record today).

     


    Season 1927-1928 he set the nhl record for the longest shutout at 461,29 min by recording 6 consecutive shutout (still holding the record today).

     


    1.91 career goals against average.

     


    All time record among goaltenders of his era.

     


    Inducted into all of fame 1958.

     


    i wonder why his number (31)is not remove

  2. I think sens fans have always known that Mika Zibanjad is ridiculously talented, but at yesterday's superskills competition he proved just how versatile he can be.

    The Ottawa Senators forward is known as a speedy center, whose strengths include stick handling, skating, and generally looking extremely dangerous while on the ice. Headed to Canadian Tire center last night, I expected him to excel in the relay and the shootout, and was thoroughly surprised to see him take the ice for the hardest shot competition. It wasn't that I didn't think he had a hard shot, but rather that I had simply never actually seen him take a slapshot before, as he usually spends most of his time down low. And just imagine what we would have missed if Jason Spezza had not thought to put him in for the competition...

    Because on Zibanejad's first ever attempt at a hardest shot competition, he broke the team record and matched Shea Weber's personal best.

    It's funny really... I never expected anyone on the sens to excel in this competition, but everyone who tried either came close to or broke 100 mph. And now it turns out that Mika Zibanejad has the second hardest shot in the league.

    Upon returning home from the event, I went straight to my computer and did some research on recent NHL skills competition to see how Z-Bad compared to the stars. I knew he could never dream of approaching Zdeno Chara's whopping 108.8 mph, but I was curious to see how close he was to Shea Weber, or to some of the other players known for their slapshots.

    Here is what I found: Zibanejad registered 106 mph. As previously mentioned, the world record is 108.8. The previous record from 2011, however, was 105.9, which he beat. In 2012, Shea Weber registered an all-time personal best with exactly 106 mph, that he has not yet beaten.

    So it appears Mika Zibanejad's slapshot has tied that of the infamous Shea Weber. The guy who put a puck through the net in 2010. The guy who seriously injures just about anyone who gets in the way of his shot. The guy whose greatness we all witnessed in Sochi.

    The craziest part is that Z-Bad is so talented that he doesn't even need to use it to his advantage during games, and I seriously doubt he is going to change much about his game, aside from taking a few more slapshots than he normally would if the opportunity presents itself. Still, it's interesting to know that he is capable of shooting the puck as hard as some of the best in the world.

    I guess Paul McLean now knows who to put on the point during powerplays...

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    Time to look at getting new blood into the Senator. We're taking a beating, maybe a new captain or goalie would be the most prudent way of doing it! The goalie continues to look slim and the captains sits in the bottom left of of the opponents ice, I thought he was a forward, what is that! If we don't make changes now the year is lost!

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    Hey Sen's fan's i am not sure if it is just me or are things just not right.I am speaking about ref's and i believe we made a mistake and should be useing only two ref's and for good reason. First hockey is a game with a lot of emmotions and it goes right down to the refing emmotionly involved.With hurt feelings at times and game changing strange calls being called or only being called one way.I know we all seen this but hard to prove.There was a reason why only two ref's were needed.There are almost as many ref's as player per side.

    I believe part of the problem is to many ref's and one ref expecting the other to make a call and it goes missed and then a call come they do see not often but it happens....lol.All joking aside

    For exsample the call the ref made when Ottawa put the puck in the net against Toronto put the ref blew his whistle because he lost site of the puck.From where he standing he losing site soon as it enters the blue paint and the ref at center should be making this call but do not because now it the job of the line's men.The ref's have to much power and can decide the game before it even starts if they choose to.

    Look at how player are running into ref's or hitting ref's with the puck or running the puck around the board I know there is know room for the ref's to go which also shows to many people on the ice who don't play the game.It just to many ref's and we should maybe start a partition on only two ref's.I watch hockey because i enjoy the game and find myself getting upset because of calls being made by the wrong ref's maybe it just me......lol.

  3. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed watching the team this season through the good and bad times. I have watched the sens and followed them since 2007 and this was one of the most enjoyable-even with the All-Star game! I was hoping that there would be the semifinals but they showed the commentators/sportscasters that they would not end up at the bottom of the conference(that match with the Rangers was a nail-biter!). I hope all the players have a good summer and I hope Alfie plays for one more season. I am still planning on going to more games besides the regular trip I make when the Blackhawks visit Scotiabank Place and if there is no extended lockout or work stoppage, I hope to get a chance to see the guys in action next year.

    I just wanted to make this short instead of the posts I usually make on the forums whenever I criticize the plays that the team makes or other things like that.

    :)

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    it seems to me that this team has been playing for 7th for quite some time. there doesnt appear to be urgency to try and get home ice advantage for the first round of playoffs. now that the pressure is slightly off about who was chasing them before to make it in the first place, the contentment for 7th is disturbing. either way, they play boston whos record against the sens would show that the sens wont make it out of the first round.

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    Grew up in Ottawa, always cheered for the Sens and always will. Live in Sarnia Ontario, everyone in Sarnia is either a Toronto fan or a Detriot fan because we are a boarder town. Love getting into the Toronto vs Ottawa arguments as there is no team I hate more than the leafs. I play beer leauge hockey 3 or 4 times a week and always try to wear Sens colours. Been attending London Knight games and Sarnia Sting games to look at upcoming players such as S. Prince, S. Noesen and M. Puempel all Sens prospects in the OHL. Plymouth Walers S. Nosens has impressed with his grit and playmaking ability, he has the ability to be a top 6 forward for the Sens for a long time.

    Very Excited to see:

    R. Lehner

    M. Stone

    M. Puempel

    S. Noesen

    M. Zibanejad

    J. Silfverberg

    P. Wiercioch

    N. Filatov

    S. Prince

  4. Hey guys!

    I thought I'd go a bit into the future here, and give my 2015-16 lineup predictions.

    Note: I can't really predict FA signings, so bare with me. Here they are:

    Michalek- Spezza- Puempel

    Noeson- Zibanejad- Stone

    Silfverberg- Turris- FA/Trade

    Condra- Smith- Greening

    **Prospects from 2012-2015 draft** as scratches.

    DMEN:

    Karlsson- Cowen

    FA/Trade- Borowiecki

    Wiercioch- Gryba

    Claesson

    GOALIES:

    Lehner

    FA/Trade

  5. Currently the Columbus Blue Jackets sit in last place in the league. This has made me believe that Ottawa could do some potential trading with the team for their first rounder, which would be pretty sweet.

    I believe the sens should trade

    -Nick Foligno

    -2nd Rounder

    for Columbus's

    -1st Rounder

    with this first rounder the sens could gain highly marked prospect Nail Yakupov.

    To also gain more higher draft picks Ottawa should make a sweet deal with the Anaheim ducks.

    -Bobby Butler (hes doing nothing this season)

    -Nikita filatov

    -Second round pick+ 3rd round pick+4th round pick all 2012's

    -Jesse Winchester

    for the anaheims

    -1st round pick

    -Bobby Ryan

    -5th round pick

    with this, ottawa could draft Nail Yakupov's wing man Alex Galchenyuk, those two key prospects made sweet music last year in the OHL. Imagine those two players on one line on the Ottawa Senators, I find it hard not to agree

  6. (Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and has been sharing some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).

    We're facing the Leafs tonight to decide who wins this tournament and it's going to be pretty exciting. I know all about the rivalry between the teams and we're both 2-0 in this tournament, so it's going to be a great game tonight and a battle, for sure. It would be nice to break through with a goal before it's over. I haven't had any luck yet, but maybe I'm saving it all for tonight.

    My routine before a game is pretty basic. I'll get a nice pre-game meal in ... usually I'll have pasta and salad, but it varies. Whatever they have available is what I'm going to have today. After that, I like to take a nap for maybe about an hour and a half. Then I'll get up, maybe get a small snack, then head over to the rink.

    The tournament has been a great experience for me. It's kind of my first experience in an NHL atmosphere and being able to compete with all these players. It's been exciting and a lot of fun. It's pretty cool to wear an NHL jersey, but the job isn't finished. I've got to be here with a mindset and a goal, just put that stuff aside and go out and play my game.

    When it comes to making it at the next level, I know that if I just play my game, I'll be fine. You can get better at anything, so if I just keep working on my game and I go out there and play my style of game, I'll be fine.

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    It's 17 degrees in Ottawa right now. Overcast. Cool breeze. Without any real consideration for what I was doing I rolled out of bed today and pulled on a Senators T-shirt. Hockey season is looming just around the corner, and today it really feels that way. Sitting in this moment, looking to the fast approaching pre-season, and season opener to follow, I had only one real question about the Senators' line-up. Who's skating the blue-line? I decided to take a look at the numbers, and the answer was pretty clear.

    7 > The number of defencemen the Sens will ice to start this season. Why?

    Answer:

    3 > The number of offensively very gifted defencemen we can expect to see on the Senators' blue-line this year in Sergei Gonchar, Erik Karlsson, and David Rundblad

    I'll start with the man with the biggest numbers.

    55 > Sergei Gonchar

    16 > Seasons of NHL experience Gonchar brings to the table. The value this has for the Senators youth on the blue-line, and the entire team, is undeniable.

    9 > Number of seasons with 50+ points. His 27 points in 67 games on a team that failed to produce as a whole last year is hardly a complete wash, if it is a mediocre season by the standard he's set for himself. I think we can expect production, if not at the level his salary suggests we should expect.

    5,500,000 > Gonchar's Salary this coming year. Unfortunately coming off a mediocre season, and at 37 years of age, its not likely anyone will be trading for Gonchar any time soon. The only way the Senators will be getting rid of Sergei in the first half of the season will be if his level of production continues to slip and the senators waive his contract. Gonchar is one defenceman who will start on the Senators blueline.

    65 > Erik Karlsson

    71 > The number of points Karlsson amassed in his first 135 games in the NHL, all of which were played before his 21st birthday, for a team that has seriously under-performed in that category over that span of time.

    1 > Karlsson's player ranking among Ottawa Defencemen heading into the 2011-2012. Arguably his ranking among all players on the team.

    0 > The chances (barring injury or the unpredictable) that Karlsson won't start the 2011-12 season on the Senators' Blue-line.

    20 > The age of David Rundblad.

    50 > The second highest point-total by a defenceman in Swedish Elite League history. Also the number of points scored by the 20 year-old Rundblad last season.

    1 > Speculatively, Rundblad's player ranking among all players not playing in North America last year. Rundblad will be the third highly offensive defenceman dressing for the Senators this October, and has the potential to develop into the best of the three.

    These three will all start for the Senators this October, but can't successfully keep up the defensive responsibilities a NHL defence corps faces. That's why they must dress these four:

    4 > Chris Phillips

    108 > Phillips' +/- rating across his first 12 seasons in a Senators uniform, before the abysmal 2010-2011 season.

    2 > Number of times in the last 7 seasons Phillips hasn't played in 82 games.

    2 > Syllables in the word stalwart, as it is embodied by Chris Phillips' defensive game.

    39 > Matt Carkner

    0 > Matt Carkner's +/- on a team that was an atrocious 60 goals in the red over all, and as a team held a shocking cumulative -288. At 50 games played, he was one of only 2 players with more than 25 games who wasn't in the negative. The other player was Ryan Shannon.

    5 > Carkner's ranking among NHL heavyweights according sportsnickel.com.

    4 > Carkner's ranking among NHL heavyweights according bleacherreport.com. My first number here shows that Carkner can play solid defense in a league where the tough guy is playing a diminishing role and self-control is becoming ever important. The second and third numbers show that at 6'4" and near 240 lbs, Carkner is still an imposing figure on the ice, and adds value with his presence alone. Its hard to imagine Carkner not dressing as one of the Senators proven shut-down guys.

    2 > Jared Cowen

    0 > Number of times in his junior career that Cowen finished with a negative +/-.

    4 > Medals representing team-Canada at the U17, U18, and World Junior Championships.

    1 > Off-season lost to injury, in his draft year. This arguably set back his development by an entire season, especially when considered how important these early year off-seasons are for players; for their physical development and in developing training routines they will carry forward with them into the season and future off-seasons. Cowen is a very large and talented defenceman, who is just now ready to make the transition into the NHL. I would be surprised to see a blue-line without this important piece.

    17 > Filip Kuba

    311 > Points scored in 719 NHL games.

    2 > Years left on his contract at 3.7 million a year.

    0 > Years left with a no-trade clause. Kuba for me is big question mark. I think he's still a very capable 2-way defenceman. This type of defenceman can general be expected to mirror the teams performance in their own. They are enabled or limited by a team's success on the ice. Because Kuba no longer has a no-trade clause, he appears to me to be one of the team's most movable players, but only if the team can perform, giving him an opportunity to contribute and rebuild his value back to that 3,7 million mark. He's a veteran under contract, so he'll start the season with the Senators, but where he'll finish is anybody's guess.

    This is the Ottawa Senators' defence as I see it come October 7th. Our defence should have enough offensive prowess that we can easily ice 7 defencemen with out losing offensive production. Of course there's still training camp to weigh on these considerations; but the way I see it, the numbers speak for themselves.

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    Well it is a rebuild year right. Why not inject more youth into the blueline. '' Out with the old and in with the new"

    I'm talking a trade; F. Kuba+ Brian Lee + another defenceman prospects possibly two for a NHL ready proven young defender. A nice package deal for any team looking for some experience on the blueline and a little somthing to look forward too going into the future of their franchise. So how! Zach Bogosian of the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets would be a perfect fit to the Ottawa Senators linup. Think about it, it clears up cap space to sign Bogosian and makes room for Runblad & Cowen to battle for that extra spot. Or does it make room for both Runblad & Cowen already?

  7. (Left-winger Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes was one of three first-round picks by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He’ll be sharing some thoughts about participating in his first Sens development camp in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).

    When the Senators called my name at the draft, it was something that I don’t think hit me right away. You’re sitting in the stands waiting to be picked. You’re getting pretty anxious and you know the teams that you talked to before the draft. But to go to a Canadian city and stay in Ontario is something I’m pretty ecstatic about. I couldn’t be happier and I think being here will help it hit me. At the same time, it’s still pretty unbelievable and I’m just trying to take it all in.

    After the draft, I went home on Sunday and so many things are running through your mind about what’s coming in the next day in Ottawa when you go there and how it’s going to be. I just got happier and happier thinking about it. I don’t think you can ever get used to it and I don’t think it’ll seem real until I’m actually playing here, but it’s been a lot of fun since draft night and I’m so happy to be a part of Ottawa's team.

    Walking into Scotiabank Place this morning was something pretty special. I came here to visit with the Senators a little bit before the draft and this was definitely on top of my list of places that I wanted to end up. Coming here to development camp and seeing all the guys and stuff like that, it’s a whole new level and so much more exciting.

    You see stuff growing up playing hockey and you always want to be a part of it and sitting in the Senators dressing room this morning … that was definitely pretty crazy. It doesn’t seem real and I think it’s going to take a little more time into workouts and stuff like that until it does. You always want to be a part of it and it seems like a dream just sitting there.

    When you’re sitting in the dressing room as a group, you think about guys that have played here, and you’ve got guys sitting around you that just won the Calder Cup in the American league. They’re all great players and just to be classified as someone good enough to be in that dressing room is definitely an honour and something I’m very happy about.

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    Wow...the season's almost done. My calender says that there's only 2 weeks left. It also says that the Sens have 3 games this week starting with the tail-end of their South Eastern road trip. On Tuesday they'll face Tampa Bay, Thursday they're in "Florida" to face the Panthers and finally they return home to play the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada. Make sure that you catch as many games as you can over the next fortnight, because if you're like me you spend the summer jonesing for the exhibition games to start up.

    Here's how this week is shaping up...

    SENS DAILY

    Every weekday, check out Rob Brodie's latest feature, which will focus on the news of the day.

    MONDAY

    - Sens Daily

    TUESDAY - GAME DAY - Sens @ Lightning

    - Sens Daily

    - Pregame pressers and player scrums

    - Postgame pressers and players scrums

    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery

    WEDNESDAY

    - Sens Daily

    - The Honda Sens Show – Season 2, Episode 26

    THURSDAY - GAME DAY - Sens @ Panthers

    - Sens Daily

    - Pregame pressers and player scrums

    - Postgame pressers and players scrums

    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery

    FRIDAY

    - Sens Daily

    SATURDAY - GAME DAY - Sens vs. Leafs

    - Player profile

    - Gord’s preview

    - Pregame pressers and player scrums

    - Postgame pressers and players scrums

    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery

    - Bell All Access

    BROADCAST SCHEDULE

    Tues, 29 Mar 7:30 PM @ Lightning - SNET

    Thurs, 31 Mar 7:30 PM @ Panthers – SNET

    Apr, 2 Mar 7 PM vs Leafs - CBC

    FANTASY FOCUS

    You can do it, Svatos! You can do it, Svatos! Help each other out: that'll be our mottos! Marek Svatos broke out of his funk in a Sens jersey over the past 4 games tallying 3 goals. He's still probably not the reliable offensive contributor you're looking for as your fantasy team enters the playoffs, but he did replace Bobby Butler on the Sens top line for parts of the last 2 games.

    ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A. Erik Condra has also picked up his game over the past 5, notching 4 points (2+2) over that span. He's beginning to look more consistent on a regular basis so cross your fingers that he can continue to produce offense at the same clip for the rest of this year.

    WEB TIP OF THE WEEK

    We're starting to close in on 100,000 likes on facebook (currently hovering over 86,000) so if you haven't "liked" us yet, now is as good a time as any. It's a great place to get the latest news and videos plus we're known for giving away tickets and swag. Check us out at facebook.com/ottawasenators.

    Until next week,

    Craig Medaglia

    Digital Publisher

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    When I was a teenager playing hockey in Kirkland Lake, there was an incredibly talented defenseman in our league by the name of Dan Daoust. He was small, fast, shifty and gritty - did I say small? Yes, Danny played defense and often led the league in points, but he was certainly not known for his defensive prowess. Sure, he was a great two-way player, but it wasn't until his Junior career began with the Cornwall Royals that someone realized, "Hey ... this guy is too small to play defense ... let's try him at forward." His value skyrocketed and Dan had a long career as a Center for the Leafs.

    Erik Karlsson is a very talented player, but a defenseman? C'mon!

    He is too small. He has all the traits of a great offensive forward. Why not move him up? Clearly, scoring goals is a huge problem for the Sens and we have all seen Erik cough up the puck in the defensive zone. He weighs all of 160 pounds soaking wet, equipment included. Is he going to clear anyone from taking residence in front of the Sens net? No!

    Karlsson leads the team in points. Imagine what he could do playing forward. He's quick and shifty, has great vision and a tremendous shot for a player his size. So the team likes him on the blue line for the power play - great - put him there. Lots of forwards play on the blue line on power plays, including Alfredsson. As a 'natural' defenseman, at least Erik won't be a liability in power play situations.

    It seems like such logical move to me, so it likely won't happen. But I would be willing to bet that I'm not alone in thinking Karlsson's true abilities are being wasted back on the D.

  9. Greetings all, from Scotiabank Place, where the Senators play host the New Jersey Devils tonight. It's the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the two teams... and so far, the Devils have won all the games. In fact, New Jersey has won four straight here in Ottawa, and 9 consecutive games overall.

    Things will look a little different for the Senators, with a full compliment of healthy bodies. Jason Spezza, who scored the game winner in Boston, after missing the previous 20 games with a knee injury, will play his second game in a row... and will line up between Milan Michalek, and Daniel Alfredsson.

    The other lines look like this... Regin between Shannon, and Kovalev, Foligno, Fisher, and Cheechoo will form another line, and Chris Kelly will have Jarko Ruutu and Chris Neil as his wingers.

    Defensively, Anton Volchenkov returns to the Sens lineup, after missing Saturday's game against Boston.

    Congratulations to Brian Elliott on being named the NHL's 1st star of the week. Elliott won all four games he started last week, with a 1.25 gaa along the way. He'll make his fifth consecutive start tonight, and will be looking down the ice at Canadian Olympian Martin Brodeur, who will be appearing in his 49th game of the year. Brodeur is 34-18 and 4 lifetime against Ottawa, and 3 and oh this year.

    Sens are hoping to extend their winning streak to a season high 7 games... and if they do, it will be their first 7 game win streak since October, 2007.

    Tonight's game is on Rogers Sportsnet, and of course, heard all along the OLG Slots and Casino's radio network, with yours truly, and Dave Schreiber.

    I'm Gord Wilson, enjoy the game.

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    Your Ottawa Senators are on a bit of a tear lately and you've got three chances this week to check out games, including two in person. How can you beat a week where the red hot Sens face the best goalie in the league, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions and their biggest rival all in the span of 7 days. With all these pivotal games don't forget to check out Ottawasenators.com for the latest news and exclusive content. Here's what's on tap for this week...


    SENS DAILY
    Every weekday, check out Rob Brodie's latest feature, which will focus on the news of the day.


    MONDAY
    - Sens Daily


    TUESDAY – GAME DAY – Sens vs. Devils
    - Sens Daily
    - Player profile
    - Gord’s preview
    - Pregame pressers and player scrums
    - Postgame pressers and players scrums
    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery
    - Bell All Access


    WEDNESDAY
    - Sens Daily
    - The Honda Sens Show Episode #17


    THURSDAY – Sens @ Penguins
    - Sens Daily
    - Postgame pressers and players scrums
    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery


    FRIDAY
    - Sens Daily


    WEEKEND

    GAME DAY (Saturday @ 2 pm) – Sens @ Canadiens - Hockey Day in Canada
    - Player profile
    - Gord’s preview
    - Pregame pressers and player scrums
    - Postgame pressers and players scrums
    - Postgame highlights and photo gallery
    - Bell All Access



    Become a Sens Insider! As an Insider you’ll receive our weekly e-newsletter, Sens This Week (put together by yours truly), a must-read for every fan that includes feature stories, trivia, photos and more. You’ll also be at the front of the line for exclusive ticket offers and contests. Click here to sign up.

    And as an FYI, if you're coming to the game on Saturday be sure to check out a little winter surprise outside of gate 1. I can't give it away but it's pretty "cool".

    Until next week,


    Craig the Webmaster

  11. They’ve lived the dream through their sons for so many years. Now they’ll get to experience it themselves.

    When the Ottawa Senators’ current road trip takes them to Montreal later this week, 15 of the team’s players will be joined by their fathers for what should be a memorable weekend of hockey – and so much more. The group of dads will attend Saturday’s game at the Bell Centre against the Canadiens, then accompany their sons on the team’s charter flight to Boston to round out the trip with a Monday afternoon game at the TD Garden.

    “It’ll be pretty neat,” said Senators forward Chris Kelly. “I know my dad (Blair) is pretty excited about it. I’m sure all the other dads are, too, so it should be a lot of fun. I try to explain to my dad how well we get treated, especially on the plane and things like that, but to actually show him will be pretty neat.”

    In addition to the games, the dads will attend the pre-game skates in both buildings, have lunch with the players, sit beside their sons on the plane and share a hotel room with them in Montreal and Boston. The contingent will include three fathers flying in from Europe – Hasse Alfredsson and Jonas Karlsson, both from Sweden, and Harri Ruutu, who is arriving from Finland.

    “Every guy (on the team) I talk to thinks it’s a great idea,” said Kelly. “I’ve been here five years, but there are guys who have been here a lot longer than I have, like Fishy (Mike Fisher), Spezz (Jason Spezza) and Alf (Daniel Alfredsson). I think this is the first time they’ve ever had a father’s trip, so I know those guys and their dads have to be really excited about it.”

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    Let me get this straight. We trade a first round draft pick to get Campoli. He comes in here and averages over half a point a game, moves the puck better than any of our other D and then we decide not to play him this year? We don't put him out with our first two linnes regularly yet we expect offensive production? You can't pair a free skating, innovative player with fourth line muckers and expect points. You can't pair him with a free wheeling Swede rookie and expect him to produce while covering for his Swedish partner's learning curve. The Swede should be in the AHL learning his trade instead of learning in the NHL. One must presume he's calling the shots by threatening to leave because his stay wasn't long enough in Binghamton. Campoli needs to be paired with Kuba again so the team benefits from the skills we traded for in the first place. To hear Cory Clouson say on TSN that he's a healthy scratch because "he's slowing down the PP"or "not playing well enough" is laughable.  Bryan Murray needs to talk to Clouson and remind him of how and why he traded for Campoli otherwise they both end up looking stupid. All year long we've waited for Spezza, Kovalev and many others to perform but never have we set them down so once again we're seeing an inconsistent Cory Clouson. He sits the young guys without just cause but cow tails to the non producing veterans. Maybe he should look in the mirror and sit himself down to watch the video clips for too many men on the ice penalties and take responsibilty for that horrible aspect of our game. His credibility is falling quickly and he'll quickly loose the respect of the players for his two tier system for dealing with players. Kovalev, in spite of his hat rick last night is a major disappointment. Montreal benched him but Clouson chooses to turn a blind eye to poor veteran performances. He needs a coffee with Bryan Murray to discuss either using Campoli effectively or moving him out.

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    what are you doing to this team Murray, the team you have on the ice now will not make the play offs AGAIN oh an nice work on the heatley deal we did not see that coming.

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    1. The Sens have made a lot of moves\trades. I was happy they traded Heatley but we could have gotten better players out of this trade. Like Heatley,Kelly and Shubert\Karlsson for Phaneuf,Conroy and Backlund\Nystrom.Or to Boston Heatley and Kovalev for Lucic,Ryder,Wideman,Hunwick and a 1rd pick (2010) . All im saying is we could have gotten a better defensive corps and i think Phillips is becomind less valuble with his huge turn over against Boston that cost us the game who cares if he scored Vs Nashville to tie the game . Imagine these lines.                                   

              1.Lucic-Spezza-Alfie 2.Foligno-Fisher-Ryder 3.Shannon-Kelly-Neil 4.Ruutu-Regin-Donovan

              1.Wideman-Volchenkov 2.Hunwick-Phillips 3.Kuba-Carkner         

               And if you're wondering where i put Picard,Campoli and Karlsson. 

               I put Karlsson in the minors (2 Way contract) and i traded Campoli and Picard For Matt Gilroy

     

               Thanks for reading my Blog !!!!

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    I've been stuck in the West now for longer than I care to remember. I remember when Ottawa got their squad back. I lived there. The town went crazy. That was a long time ago. I've been a fan since the old stripe days. Cup run yeah. Heatly leaves town yeah. Does anybody remember Daigle? Or Norm MacIver who led the team in points as a D-man in their first year? Go on Sens. I never get to see you out here in the west but I can always hope. Luck and luck boys. Also Danny Alf is one o the most underated players in the league. I watched him carry the sad cup run. It's a pity he did not win MVP for that. Tragedy really. Sorry Daniel. Not too bad for a guy who was drafted 271st place or something like that. Hats off to you chum. Go Go 2009-2010 Senators. Also Fish and Foligno come from the same hockey system as me. Playing in Sudbury is tough but it does teach the grind bit. Go boys you got all it takes.

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    hello all! just had my first baby, a boy.

    me and my girlfriend had decieded to name him after our favorite senator, Jason Spezza.

    he was 8lbs 5oz 20 1/2 inches at 4:47 in Yellowknife NWT.

  12. Sens Edged By Bruins


    09/26/09


    The Ottawa Senators ended their pre-season action with the disciplined Boston Bruins squad in a 2-1 loss. Although the early games are designed to allow coaching staffs to prepare and decide upon their regular season rosters, the Bruins seemed to be possibly the best pre-season team. And the Senators were not too far off from a victory over one of the top teams in the NHL this year.


    The Ottawa defense needs extra skating drills to reduce the lack of hustle showed by a few of those players, and it should occur with the defensive coaching staff over the next few days. On one play, Jonathan Cheechoo backchecked right past an Ottawa defenseman (who seemed stuck in the mud) to thwart a possible goal thru his highly skilled (yet usually condemned) skating efforts. Once the team gets a few games under their belts, they should be able to complete plays and make the appropriate passes and moves so that goal scorers like Cheechoo can produce at their optimum.


    The defensemen also seemed to poke at the puck instead of skating to the puck and it is certain some motivational talks will straighten out this problem. Of course, it was only a pre-season game, but bad habits are hard to break.


    All in all, it appears the Stanley Cup will be returning to Canada this year, as the other Canadian teams seem to have a lot going for them but it is believed the Senators top the list.