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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
They sat quietly in their dressing room and tried to put on a brave face.
Craig Anderson couldn’t pull off his own heist Sunday night and now the Senators stand on the brink of elimination.
The move to change to the club’s top goalie was viewed as panic in the morning, it was looking brilliant heading into the third period, but in the end nothing was working for the Senators as Dale Weise scored his second of the night at 8:47 of OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Anderson made 47 saves but Weise beat him short side for the win.
The packed house of 20,500 at Canadian Tire Centre left in a state of shock as Weise beat Anderson to give the Habs a commanding 3-0 series lead. Only Clarke MacArthur was able to beat Carey Price on the 33 shots he faced as Weise beat Anderson in regulation to send it to OT.
“It was a close one,” said Anderson. “It’s frustrating. The guys battled so hard, played so well and to come up short is frustrating.
“I gave the team a chance to win and that’s my job. It’s frustrating I wasn’t able to get the win for the guys. We’ve got to put this behind us and get ready to go.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.
Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?
Surely, he'd give it some thought.
Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.
They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Most pro sports view acts of wanton violence as a failure, to be lamented and erased from memory as quickly as possible; in hockey, they can become cultural touchstones.
Call it a manifestation of the game’s lizard brain: Talent can be countered by brutishness, and the beauty is it works almost every time.
In a wider sense, to be a key offensive performer in the NHL is to suffer the democratizing effects of ill treatment. Skill players tend to be phlegmatic about it.
“It’s part of the expectation of playoff hockey, right? Guys on the other team trying to make it extremely difficult in a physical way on the other team’s skill forwards – and we’re trying to do the same for them,” said Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris, a dynamic player who is often singled out for rough handling.
The dominant narrative from Ottawa’s series opener with the Montreal Canadiens focused on Sens sniper Mark Stone’s health following a slash from the Habs’ P.K. Subban. He wasn’t the only player targeted in the game.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Murray says Stone is ''very questionable for the series.''
Murray says disturbing part for him is that he says Subban made a threat to Stone previous to the incident
Murray says he feels Subban deserves suspension
Murray says he spoke with Stephane Quintal this morning.
Murray hopes Quintal will change his mind now that there's more injury news on Stone
added 1:19pm, video of Bryan Murray below...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Just a suggestion: Maybe Dave Cameron should leave discipline to the league ands focus on who his goaltender will be for Game 2.
Ottawa’s head coach made some injudicious remarks after the Canadiens defeated his team 4-3 in the playoff series opener. Cameron said P.K. Subban ought to be suspended for his slash on Senators sniper Mark Stone.
Failing that, Cameron warned darkly, his team might have to inflict its own brand of justice on the Canadiens.
“I think it’s quite simple,” Cameron said. “It’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of his body and you either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution: You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and you just give us five. It’s not that complicated.”
Those are fighting words – literally, if Chris Neil dresses for Game 2.
Watch Dave Cameron's comments below...
We have our first controversy of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and none other than P.K. Subban is the catalyst as his two-handed slash on Mark Stone prompted a five minute major and a game misconduct on the Ottawa rookie.
added 10:05pm, below the Sportsnet panel said the refs made the right call...
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
The great thing about this run is it melted away the cynical side of Senators fans. That feeling of impending doom was slowly lifted during the remarkable run. And sure, maybe it took until the final buzzer sounded in Philadelphia, but that's okay. It's gone now. Dread has been replaced by confidence for Sens fans.
The amazing thing about this current Sens team is they could get down 3-0 in this series against Montreal and instead of feeling like a sweep was inevitable, a lot of Sens fans would be thinking, "I like our odds. I think we've got this."
There is something different about this team. It's not the team built for the Cup like they were in the early 2000. Instead, it feels like a team that might be destined to win the Cup. You can't explain Andrew Hammond's success. But the nice thing is you don't have to logically explain the Hamburglar phenomenon; you just have to enjoy it.
And for once, it feels like it's okay to dream about the Stanley Cup in Ottawa without having your dreams crushed. Because no matter how this season ends - this team has captured the collective heart of the fan base.
The only guarantee for the Sens postseason is that this will last somewhere between four and 28 games -- and that Sens fans will look back fondly on this season no matter how it turns out.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds has passed away in St. Louis, Missouri after a battle with cancer, according to media reports.
Reeds, who is a former NHL player and OHL coach, had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia. He was 55.
Reeds was born in Toronto and played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros. He moved to Peterborough where he played with the Petes. Reeds was a fifth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1979.
In the 1981-82 season, Reeds appeared in nine regular season games with St. Louis, and 10 more in the NHL playoffs.
added 9:45am, Ottawa release on Mark Reeds death is below...
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