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"It's frustrating to lose again. We just don't do enough to win. We get too passive. Once again we find a way to lose."It's clear we're feeling the pressure right now. We're feeling the heat. We want to try and win hockey games. The effort is there but we don't execute".
"We don't play loose enough with the puck. We're scared to make mistakes.
"That's the position we've got ourselves in. We have to find a way out. Nobody is going to give us any help. Teams know that we're a reeling team right now, we're fragile. If we continue to play fragile teams are going to keep taking advantage of us."
-Jason Spezza of the Otttawa Senators after another loss. More on the game from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Great move by Brunner, but did the refs miss a slash?
No matter what, the Senators were not happy with their performance in the 5-2 loss...
Great goal by the rookie...
"I'll make that same hit over and over again. Just because I had a hearing or a suspension isn't going to change it. It is harder to hit small guys when you're taller. You have to get down to come through instead of just coming through because you have to change your levels. It's a little bit harder, but at the same time, I'm not going to change anything."
-Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators on the hit he made on Zemgus Girgensons and received a two game suspension for it.
Much more fro Ian Mendes of TSN.
Mr. Shanahan explains the suspension...
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.
At 18:02 of the third period, Cowen came across the ice to hit Girgensons as he entered the Ottawa zone. No penalty was called on the play. Girgensons remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Also via NHL.com,
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
At 16:31 of the second period, Panik hit Alzner in the neutral zone, driving him into the boards. Alzner remained down briefly, but returned to the game in the third period. Panik was assessed a five-minute major for boarding on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Below, scroll to the 1:15 mark to see the Cowen hit (first video) and the 2nd video is the Panik hit...
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 15:30 of the second period in the Senators/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Ottawa net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had a delayed hi-sticking penalty against Ottawa's Jason Spezza therefore the play was stopped as soon as any Ottawa player gained possession/control of the puck. According to Rule 15.1 "When the team to be penalized gains control of the puck, the Referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands. No goal Buffalo.
Watch the no-goal below...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Even a few of the many, many Maple Leafs fans in attendance had to be a wee bit embarrassed by the way their team broke a tie early in the second period Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Why there was no penalty call on Nazem Kadri for hauling down Zack Smith just inside the Toronto blue line -- springing the 2-on-1 break that put the visitors up 2-1 on the scoreboard -- is anyone's guess.
But look, referees are not really zebras, they are human, they make mistakes. The bothersome part isn't so much them ignoring or missing the Kadri Kan Opener (somewhere Bryan McCabe had to be smiling) but that Brian Pochmara couldn't just turn away when Smith ripped into him for the error. Instead, he gave Smith an unsportsmanlike minor and a misconduct.
Brian buddy, you gotta grow some skin when you mess up. At the very least, you've got to nail Phil Kessel for an unsportsmanlike, too, when he skates over and laugh's at Smith in the penalty box.
continue for more Ottawa talk..
Below, watch Kadri as he trips/hooks Smith causing a turnover and a Kessel goal...
If you want more Alfredsson talk, The Malik Report has it covered.
“We played a solid game in Toronto. We played lousy tonight. Lousy. We get a lead and we still don’t do the right things even though on the third goal that we scored we get the goal from doing the right thing. [Brooks Laich’s] goal came from what we talk about all day long. We’re up 3-1 and the next shift we turn it over twice. That’s mental to me.
“You’re up 3-1, maybe you think it’s an easy night and then all of a sudden they get the puck again. We got the goals from doing the right things. We’ve got to be disciplined in who we are — even our fancy guys, probably from the fancy guys first. Some guys they know that they’ve got no choice [but to stick to simple plays] but guys with choices still gotta put it deep.”
-Adam Oates, head coach of the Washington Capitals after losing to Ottawa last night. More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
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