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A Fragile Team

from Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admits that a big part of his team’s struggles this season are a result of his team’s inability to overcome adversity and show mental toughness.

“We’re very fragile,” Alfredsson said on Friday afternoon. “When we get a goal against us, we get away from our game plan. We don’t follow through and trust. It’s individual mistakes and when we make them, we can’t overcome them.”

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Hartsburg Calls-Out Top Players

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Craig Hartsburg accused his best players of costing the Senators the game last night.

At this rate, it won’t be long before they cost him his job.

Following a 6-4 loss to the Bruins, Hartsburg took direct aim at his top players after the Senators fought back from a two-goal deficit only to find a way to lose ... again.

The Senators limped home with just three of a possible 16 points on their eight-game road trip (1-6-1) after captain Daniel Alfredsson handed the puck to Boston centre David Krejci to allow a decisive go-ahead goal midway through the third period. Then, four mintues later, Jason Spezza was knocked off the puck by Chuck Kobasew, who set up Marc Savard with what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

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One Of The Better Fights Of The Year

Chris Neil vs. Shawn Thornton last night…

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Reading Between The Lines

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Though I’m not a professional mind reader, I’ve taken Melnyk’s actual statement and added what I believe he is really thinking (in brackets).

A Statement from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

“Contrary to what is being reported today by the (evil) media, I have made no decisions with respect to any personnel changes within the Senators organization (though Pat Quinn and I did buy ‘best friends forever’ bracelets today, and he has moved into my guest house).  Winning remains our #1 priority (though if we lost the next 41, Tavares would be mine!  All mine!  Haha…evil laugh…Hahahaha!) and there is a collective focus by our management (get me some freakin’ players!), our coaching staff (get more out of my freakin’ players!) and our players (I’ll bring back Emery if you guys don’t smarten up!) to deliver this to our fans.

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The Quinn To Ottawa Rumors

from John Kreiser and John McGourty of NHL.com,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on Wednesday denied media reports that he’s made any decisions on the future of coach Craig Hartsburg and General Manager Bryan Murray.

“Contrary to what is being reported today by the media, I have made no decisions with respect to any personnel changes within the Senators organization,” Melnyk said in a statement released by the team. “Winning remains our No. 1 priority, and there is a collective focus by our management, our coaching staff and our players to deliver this to our fans.”

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TSN also has a story up regarding these rumors.

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Ruutu Suspended for 2 Games

From the NHL:

Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #586 against the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League announced today.

The “incident” being, of course, this one.

 

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The Biting Debate

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Replays clearly showed Peters yelling, “he [bleeping] bit me” and the action was frozen on the arena’s HD board as Ruutu sank his teeth on to Peters’ thumb and ripped off the glove.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” said a stunned Peters, whose broken skin was bandaged but not stitched afterward. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations, too. I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened for real. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident he did bite me….

Facing several different media inquiries, Ruutu repeatedly proclaimed his innocence against the overwhelming video evidence.

“I didn’t bite him,” Ruutu said. “He had his glove in my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”

more and if you missed the video from last night, here it is.

added 10:11am, ESPN zoomed in on the bite, watch below…

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Bite Night

Jarkko Ruutu bites the right hand of Andrew Peters tonight.

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No Changes Needed In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson is standing by his men.

The Senators captain said yesterday that GM Bryan Murray doesn’t need to make changes, despite the team being 12th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference….

“I think we’ve shown lately that we’re playing really hard. I feel (change) is not the way to go. It’s up to us to find a way to win games. We play pretty good, but then we find ways to lose instead of finding ways to win.

“It can be the power play one day, the penalty kill another or if we need a big save one day, it’s just not happening for us. Obviously, the easy thing is to make changes and hope for something that’s going to work. We tried that last year. It didn’t go much better. It’s up to us to make it work.”

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Eyes On Fisher

from Just Jared,

Carrie Underwood may have her eyes set on a hot new boy — Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher.

The 25-year-old American Idol alum was spotted with her hair tied back at the “Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs” hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday (January 3). Carrie’s 28-year-old Canuck cutie played with his fellow Senators but unfortunately lost out to the Leafs 3-1.

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