Top 5 Plays at SBP 2011-12

I thought I would put together a quick rundown of the top plays/events that happened at Scotiabank Place over this past NHL season.  While some of these are complete no-brainers, feel free to let me know whether you agree or disagree with the list. 

5. The Scotiabank Place crowd.  I’ve been covering the Senators over the past 3 seasons and this was the first time I really got to see what  Ottawa Senators’ fans can do when they put their mind to it.  Known for sitting on their hands, the Sens faithful tried to rid themselves of that reputation this season, using every major event to prove they are an appreciative and interactive crowd.  Two such examples being the Alfredsson love-in during All-Star Weekend & Game 4 of the Ranger series, where the crowd stood on their feet cheering for an entire TV timeout. 

4. Nick Foligno’s goal vs Capitals – This goal is what GM Bryan Murray wants to see a lot more of from Nick Foligno.  Foligno displayed tremendous speed, skill & patience on this tally and brought the SBP crowd to its feet. 

3a. Neil’s hit on Boychuk – This was definitely one of the hits of the year.  The impact and speed at which it occurred was jaw-dropping.  Unfortunately, Boychuk would sustain a concussion on the play, but would return to the Bruins after missing a few games. 

3b. Kyle Turris’ OT winner in Game 4 – Slipped my mind initially for some reason, but this goal had to be put on this list.  Biggest goal of the post-season and the building absolutely erupted when it happened.  Will never forget seeing the coaching staff screaming and pumping their fists when the train horn blared.

2. Phillips’ Scores Twice in 1000th game –  Couldn’t have written the script any better.  The most amazing thing is that his success on the power-play that night got him some PP time throughout the remainder of the year.  For a defensive defenceman, it was a pretty impressive feat.

1. Alfredsson scores No. 400 in Overtime – Daniel Alfredsson could do no wrong this season and this was just another example.  After rallying back from a 3 goal deficit in the first period, the captain capped the night off by sending the SBP crowd home in a frenzy.  The fact that it was his 400th NHL goal kept the celebration going just that much longer.

Honourable Mention: 2 goals in 30 seconds to beat CBJ, Nick Foligno with 4 seconds left against FLA.

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