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Can The Senators Get Physical

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The very banging and battering the Penguins wanted to avoid from the Flyers can serve as an equalizer in this series for the undermanned Senators. They just need to bring it. Schubert, Chris Neil, Martin Lapointe, Cody Bass, Shean Donovan, Mike Commodore and Anton Volchenkov will be key players for Ottawa.

They have to frustrate the skilled Penguins. They have to throw them off their game. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marian Hossa, Petr Sykora and Sergei Gonchar have to be targeted. They cannot be allowed to free-wheel without concern or they will roll right over the Senators.

Crosby’s got a bad RIGHT ankle? How will it stand up to a two-hander? The Senators have to find out.

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Afternoon Line

via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,

Asked what he thought about the Penguins tactics by sitting Sidney Crosby Sunday, Murray stated what I thought.

“I knew what was going on,” said Murray.  “You guys all know they wanted to play Ottawa. That’s fine. That was fairly obvious from the drop of the puck.”

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Redden’s Last Games With The Sens

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Some will say he has already moved on.

But the fact remains that Wade Redden is a key member of the Senators and if he can somehow turn up his game, the 30-year-old defenceman will greatly enhance this team’s chances of a first-round upset while helping himself re-establish appeal to other NHL teams.

Redden, one of the most popular Senators ever, has as few as four games left here. With Redden set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, Ottawa won’t even bother to try to re-sign him

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Keep Your Head Up Alfie

from the CP via Yahoo,

‘But Alfredsson took some of the heat off the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Friday by blaming himself for winding up on the receiving end of a blind-side hit from Bell that will force the him to miss the Senators’ final regular-season game and at least the start of the playoffs should they qualify.

“I think it’s more myself (at fault),” said Alfredsson, who’s out with an unspecified upper-body injury and a knee injury, although he denied he suffered a concussion. “Usually I’m aware of what’s going on around me and I had no idea he was coming.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, mark+bell

Sens Lose Alfredsson and Fisher for “Weeks”

From TSN,

The Ottawa Senators will not have forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher in their lineup for the forseeable future, as head coach and general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Friday that both players have knee injuries and will be out for “weeks.”

Making things worse for Ottawa’s captain is a head injury suffered after a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell on Thursday night, identified by the team as an upper body injury.

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  Tags: daniel+alfreddson, injuries, mike+fisher

The Eastern Race

Three of the four teams listed make the playoffs, which team is left on the golf course?

added 10:30am, As a KK reader pointed out, Carolina should also be on this list, so I have added them to the poll after about 100 votes.

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Morning Line

from Don Brennan at Off the Posts,

The guys on the ice when the Ottawa captain, leader and best player was drilled in the head were Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Anton Volchenkov and Wade Redden. If they weren’t going to try and rip Bell’s cage off and fight him, they should have at least jumped him and tried to give his broken jaw a good rub.

There was ample opportunity for one of the more physical Senators to go after Bell later, but that didn’t happen either.

more and if you missed the video of the hit Bell put on Alfredsson, you can see it in a previous post from last night…

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Senators Win, But Lose Two

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

But if the Senators make the playoffs, they’ll be lucky to have enough healthy bodies. Captain Daniel Alfredsson, who is believed to have a concussion, exited two minutes into the second with the club called an “upper body injury” and centre Mike Fisher left with a leg injury in the first period.

Senators assistant coach Greg Carvel told the club’s pay-per-view broadcast that both injuries were “serious” and that neither player would be in the lineup tonight against the Bruins.

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Watch the hit on Alfredsson by Mark Bell…

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, mike+fisher

Sens Must Prove Their Worth

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

Regardless of what derailed them earlier this season, good teams and good players find a way to get the job done and that simply and obviously hasn’t been happening.

It’s a cliche, but now we will see what these Senators are really made of and, in an excruciating way, if they are somehow able to get it done, if they are finally able to beat the Leafs in a game that matters, if they are able to secure a playoff spot, it may make them all that much stronger this spring. The key word, however, remains may.

It also generally holds true that you are never as good as your highest high (see 15-2) and, the Senators hope, never as bad as your lowest low. Tonight, we find out if the team that has broken a million hearts in springs gone by is merely off to an early start.

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added 7:06am, from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

You could call Ottawa “Twitchy City” at the moment, the call-in shows, the water coolers, the bars and even the parking lots filled with general managers who know the root cause — troublesome second goaltender Ray Emery, lazy defensive play by big-name players such as Dany Heatley, slow defencemen such as Luke Richardson and Wade Redden, bad trades such as the one for Mike Commodore and black tape instead of white on the blade of Daniel Alfredsson’s stick — and claim to know the answers as well.

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‘If Factor’ Approaching Sens

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If Ottawa doesn’t beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night, the defending Eastern Conference champs will be forced to rely on scoreboard watching and mathematics after the Washington Capitals (90) pulled within two points of Ottawa (92) with a 4-1 win over Carolina last night.

Yes, the Boston Bruins (91) and Philadelphia Flyers (91), could both still falter, but they have a game in hand. The possibility exists that the Hurricanes (90) could get overtaken by the Caps for the Southeast title and end up getting knocked out.

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