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Blame The Band

from the Ottawa Sun,

If Dany Heatley doesn’t get 50 goals for the second straight season, it won’t be because of defencemen like Andrei Markov or goaltenders like Martin Brodeur.
Blame The Pussycat Dolls.
The Senators winger won’t decide until this morning if his sore ankle is good enough to allow him to play tonight against the hot Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.
Heatley, who has 46 goals with five games left, caught his toe in some bad ice Tuesday night against the Bruins and twisted his ankle.
The Senators said the ice was soft and in poor condition after the Christina Aguilera/The Pussycat Dolls concert the night before.
When asked if Aguilera is to blame, Heatley replied: “Maybe just The Pussycat Dolls. They were melting the ice, apparently, and it made for bad ice for the game.”

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Heatley Shooting For 50

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dany Heatley would love to complete another 50-goal season.
But he’s not making any guarantees….
To repeat the nifty 50 feat, Heatley will have to go on a goal-a-game pace in the club’s final seven regular-season outings, starting tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Petes Times-Forum.
“It’s going to be tough,” Heatley said yesterday. “I try not to think about it too much. I’ll just try to shoot as often as I can. Usually when I shoot a lot, I score some goals.”

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Crosby On Murray

from the Ottawa Citizen,

“He doesn’t mind talking on the bench, let’s put it that way,” said Crosby. “It’s not the first time (he has said something to me). That’s just the way it is.
“If he wants to say that I’m disrespectful to him, if he feels he wants to do that, that’s fine.
“It’s not right, but if he wants to do that, so be it.
“I didn’t speak to him until he started making gestures.
“But what I was saying was, ‘Why are you looking at me?’ There was absolutely no reason for him to be yelling at me.”

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Bryan Murray Mad Again

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Bryan Murray is steamed at St. Louis Blues president John Davidson.
“I’m really disappointed that a comment was made about me ‘telling the truth.’ First of all, I haven’t seen the goal that everybody is talking about and I don’t think it’s my job ... I don’t referee the games and I don’t make the calls,” said Murray.
“(Davidson) had a video coach, a video goal judge in his own building and I didn’t see the replay up above.
“For him to even imply that I have to agree with anything other than the referee ... if I second-guess the referee and his integrity, then I am reprimanded by the NHL….”

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Walkom Explains

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Welcome to Stephen Walkom’s nightmare.
The NHL’s director of officials was forced into damage control yesterday in the wake of a comedy of officiating errors that handed the Ottawa Senators a 4-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday….
First, Walkom tried to answer for the league’s video-review process, a system in which the referees, video technicians in the arenas and NHL officials at a “war room” in Toronto are supposed to work together to ensure that every controversial goal or save is reviewed thoroughly before the puck is dropped to resume play.

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added 6:56am, from Ray Slover of the Sporting News,

At some point, referees have to be made accountable. The NHL has banished officials before, and no one is crying about not having Paul Stewart in stripes.
If there aren’t enough topnotch officials for the NHL, then maybe it’s time to chuck the two-referee system. Let one guy, two linesmen and video do the job. If there are enough good officials, it’s time to weed out the bad ones. And NHL supervisors in Toronto have to be accountable if they are going to review every goal or potential goal.
It’s time for officiating chief Stephen Walkom and other NHL brass to take a look at Mr. McGeough.
And maybe it’s time for Mr. McGeough, whose future is in horses, to smell what he’s shoveling.

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Sens A Different Team

from the Ottawa Citizen,

“I think we’re a different team now than we were in past years,” Muckler said. “A lot of people like to talk about the different preparation this year, going through adversity at the start of the year, which we never had before. They were really bad times, no question. We didn’t seem to have any chemistry on our club.
“But it all came together when we ran into injuries. When (Jason) Spezza, (Antoine) Vermette, and (Mike) Fisher went down, people who weren’t getting a lot of ice time were getting a lot of ice time, and we found out we had more depth in the organization than we thought we had. And I think it proved to the coaches that they could go to these people and put them in crucial situations and see the same results.

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#$#&#@* Murray

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Bryan Murray yesterday accused Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre and NHL poster boy Sidney Crosby of swearing at him during the first period of Ottawa’s 4-3 shootout loss on Sunday.
Murray said that’s conduct unbecoming of an NHL superstar.
“He’s one of those young people, and rightly so, that the league is really promoting as the example of the new NHL,” said Murray. “When he turns, and I’m sure he’s on camera quite often, using the language he does, I don’t think that’s something he should do. That’s all.”

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Sens Needed Roberts

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Was Gary Roberts worth a No. 1 pick?
The Senators didn’t think so….
Muckler refused. He didn’t want to gamble away the future.
Instead, Ottawa acquired Phoenix winger Oleg Saprykin, who sat out his fourth straight game last night.
Since joining the Penguins, Roberts has added character, grit and leadership alongside the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.

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Playoffs Will Judge Heatley

from Erin Hicks at the Ottawa Sun,

After nearly two seasons sporting the red, black and gold, Heatley has made his risk factor a complete non-issue. Is there anything left to prove for the young star in Ottawa?
Obviously the answer is yes, when the city housing this talent suffers from post-traumatic postseason disorder.
Heatley was given the strictest of mulligans by Senators fans during last season’s foray into the playoffs (envision being handled with pumice-coated kid gloves). After all, he was experiencing his first NHL postseason under major scrutiny. No one was entirely sure how he would react. Heatley’s initial playoff numbers gave the suggestion of a player trying to find his rhythm: Three goals and nine assists in ten games. Not an atrocious showing, but certainly unremarkable.

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Pay To Watch

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Gouging fans with a 40-per-cent premium on single-game tickets for Leafs-Senators games at Scotiabank Place is bad enough. (You can stay away, right?) But a $10.95 charge, plus tax, to be able to watch Thursday’s game in the sanctity of your own home is simply outrageous.
Many fans are already buying Centre Ice, a supplementary hockey package available through digital cable or satellite TV, in order to get games from all NHL markets. But one game you certainly don’t expect to be paying for on TV—other than what it costs in electricity to power your television—is the Senators versus the Leafs. In fact, until last night, Leafs-Senators games had always been broadcast on those free regular channels.

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