Senators Win 3-2 Over Sabres

February 8, 2014

Must win game.  And they did. But boy it wasn’t easy.

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Senators Win 5-4 (SO) Over Blues

February 5, 2014

A night after the team’s compete level was questioned, the Ottawa Senators showed their fan base that they can up their game when needed.

Down 3-1 in the 3rd period, the Sens rallied with 3 goals in a span of 2:35 to take the lead.  While the Blues tied it to force the contest to a shootout, Kyle Turris’ snapshot won it in the 5th round and handed the Blues their first home loss against an Eastern Conference opponent.

Senators Lose 2-1(OT) to Penguins

February 4, 2014

This loss feels worse than it should.

Namely because despite being badly outplayed, outshot and outworked, Craig Anderson kept the Senators in the game.  Anderson made 46 saves, 16 in the second period, to earn Ottawa a point.  He was the only positive in a contest thoroughly dominated by the opposition and was the game’s second star.

The overtime goal was an example of being outworked.  In a battle along the boards, Jason Spezza’s effort came up short as James Neal was able to send the puck to teammate Evgeni Malkin.  The result was a rebound back to Neal, who showed tremendous patience, outwaiting both Anderson and Marc Methot before burying the winner.

Of course, overtime may have never happened if not for Marc-Andre Fleury’s save on Erik Karlsson in the third period.  During a give and go with Clarke MacArthur, Karlsson found himself all alone with an empty net.  In an effort to ensure success, Karlsson shot high – only to be robbed by the glove hand of a sprawling Fleury.  An absolutely incredible save and one that allowed Pittsburgh to get the extra point.

Senators Lose 6-3 to Maple Leafs

February 2, 2014

It may not have been the right call (or non call ) but the Nazem Kadri hit on Cody Ceci was a complete game-changer Saturday night.  Not only did the Maple Leafs rally from a 2-goal deficit on the play, the momentum was shifted in the other direction and what looked like a confident Senators squad, turned into a mistake prone, self-defeated group.  Rather than respond with an aggressive attack, Ottawa seemed to regress and eventually allowed the Maple Leafs (and Phil Kessel) to take complete control of the game.

Plenty of talk that Kadri will be suspended for the play, but the damage has already been done.  A loss of 2 points and another blow to the psyche by their Ontario rivals.

Senators Practice Jan 29

January 29, 2014

The Senators held practice at the Canadian Tire Centre Wednesday afternoon.  Missing from the group were Zack Smith and Chris Phillips.  Mark Stone participated but wore a yellow non-contact jersey.  Here were the lines.

Michalek-Spezza-Conacher

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan

Greening-Zibanejad-Neil

Kassian-Da Costa-Condra

D-pairings – Cowen-Karlsson, Methot-Gryba, Wiercioch-Ceci (Corvo)

Anderson-Lehner

Afterwards, Coach MacLean announced Craig Anderson as his starting goaltender against the Lightning.  Zack Smith just took the day off and will be available to play.  Chris Phillips is doubtful with the minor injury he suffered against the Hurricanes.

Senators Win 3-2 Over Blue Jackets

January 29, 2014

It looked as though disaster was about to strike.  After Stephane Da Costa scored his first 2 goals of the season, the Blue Jackets struck twice on the power-play to even the score at 2 with half a period to go.

But a Nathan Horton tripping call gave Ottawa a late opportunity they did not squander.  Jason Spezza’s second whack at a rebound made its way past Curtis McElhinney and gave the Senators a massive 3-2 win.

Ottawa climbs within 1 of a playoff spot in the jumbled mess that is the Eastern Conference.  They return home to face the Tampa Bay Lighting on Thursday.

Senators Practice Jan 27

January 29, 2014

The Senators held practice at the Canadian Tire Centre on Monday morning prior to leaving for Columbus and their game against the Blue Jackets.  Here were the lines.

Greening-Spezza-Condra

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan

Conacher-Zibanejad-Michalek

Smith-DaCosta-Neil (Kassian extra)

D-pairings – Cowen-Karlsson, Methot-Gryba, Phillips-Ceci, Wiercioch-Corvo.

Anderson-Lehner

Afterwards, Coach MacLean named Craig Anderson as his starting goaltender versus the Blue Jackets.  He also mentioned that Mark Stone skated in the morning and shot some pucks.  While he isn’t ready to practice, MacLean said he is showing signs of improvement.

 

Senators Lose 6-3 to Hurricanes

January 26, 2014

An afternoon game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Even before puckdrop, the Ottawa Senators didn’t stand a chance.

The Senators struggles with afternoon starts this season have been well documented, winning just 1 of their many opportunities.  But Carolina’s dominance of the Senators at home is also a well-known fact.  Including this afternoon’s victory, Carolina is 11-0-1 in its last 12 home games against Ottawa.  Absolutely incredible.

Of course, it didn’t help that Robin Lehner was completely off his game.  Playing for the first time in 5 contests, Lehner was pulled after the second period, behind 5-3.  The Swedish goaltender made just 17 saves on 22 shots and allowed a couple of goals that he certainly would like back.  Ottawa could not afford  a performance like this in such an important matchup.  They now fall behind Carolina (and 4 other teams) in the race for the final playoff spot.

Senators Practice Jan 24

January 24, 2014

The Senators held practice at the PNC Arena in Raleigh Friday afternoon.  After playing a remarkable 34:45 against the Lightning, Erik Karlsson took the session off, as did Cody Ceci.

Here were the lines.

Michalek-Spezza-Zibanejad

MacArthur-Turris-Ryan

Greening-Smith-Neil

Conacher-Da Costa-Condra

D-pairings – Cowen/Gryba, Methot/Corvo, Wiercioch/Phillips

Lehner-Anderson

Afterwards, Coach MacLean revealed that Robin Lehner would start vs the Hurricanes tomorrow afternoon.  After sitting out the past 2 games (minor injury, healthy scratch), Marc Methot returns to the lineup, Patrick Wiercioch will be out.

Senators Lose 4-3 (SO) to Lightning

January 24, 2014

They may have rallied with little time remaining to tie the score but the Ottawa Senators need regulation wins, not shootout losses, if they expect to move into a playoff spot.  Having said that, the Lightning were the better team all night and the fact the Sens came away with a point may have been a victory in itself.