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Mike Smith stickhandled into the no touch zone and paid the price as Jason Spezza scores one of his natural hat trick goals. The Sens won 4-3 in OT.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl left late in the second period of Saturday night's game against Ottawa after getting hit by the Senators’ Clarke MacArthur, and did not return.
Hertl skated immediately to the dressing room after taking what looked to be a check to the shoulder/head area with 2:14 left in the middle frame. The hit did not look particularly vicious, and Hertl was hunched over and had his head down while taking a backhand shot towards the net.
“He fell into a player,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “Basically, he was going to the net, stumbled and fell into him. He’s a little bit sore, but I think he’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Watch the play below and Hertl basically skated, head down, right into MacArthur.
October 8, 2013 – Saturday night’s NHL on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast, making it the most viewed Fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East! Across the country, audiences turned to CBC in record numbers as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four Canadians, watched CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA programming on Saturday night.
“Hockey is clearly more than a game for Canadians, and they’re tuning-in in record numbers to CBC’s coverage of NHL hockey” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services. “Year after year, we up our game, and Canadians are responding in kind with enthusiasm and passion that will be carried all the way through to the end of the season and Stanley Cup finals.”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
...Then there is the no small matter Ryan is in Ottawa only because beloved former captain Daniel Alfredsson elected to leave for the Detroit Red Wings. Only 26 – 15 years younger than Alfredsson – and drawing $5,562,500 (U.S.) a season, Ryan is expected not only to replace Alfredsson on the right wing of the top line but to produce immediately.
“He’s got a bigger microscope on him because of that situation,” Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said.
The impatience could be heard on talk radio and easily found on social media. One heartless tweeter, for reasons unknown, even took a shot at Ryan as “a product of domestic violence” – a reference to a complicated and difficult past that includes his family fleeing New Jersey for the West Coast and taking on a new identity.
“So gutless,” the usually easygoing Ryan responded. “You’re the reason athletes should be able to hit people in person.”
On Monday morning, Ryan was met by a larger-than-usual media throng and, to his credit, brushed off the shots with a smile. “It’s pretty hard to jump on a guy after two games on the road,” he said.
from Wayne Scanlan of Senators Extra,
Senators head coach Paul MacLean was surprised to see Mason Raymond’s spin move allowed in Toronto’s shootout win over Ottawa.
“I was on a conference call at the start of the year with all the other coaches and was informed at that time that that play would be seriously reviewed and you were taking a chance it would be an illegal play and the goal would be disallowed.
So, MacLean cautioned his players. (Do any Sens do it, now that Kaspars Daugavins is gone?).
“I think it’s a very unfair play for the guy to come in and blow snow on the goaltender to me he came to a full stop, the puck went backwards and then forwards.”
continue for more on the game...
The last I heard on the spin-o-rama move was the GM's wanted it removed, the NHL did not but I never read much more on it.
I think as long as the puck is moving, this type of move should be allowed.
Watch the Raymond goal below...
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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HNIC calls it a tease, I still may refer to it as a montage.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Prior to facing his former team for the first time on Saturday, MacArthur made it clear that there was no love lost between him and Carlyle. In fact, he indicated that he wouldn’t even say hello if the two were to cross paths at Air Canada Centre.
“I didn’t have a relationship (with him) and not many guys do,” MacArthur told sportsnet.ca and two Ottawa-based reporters. “It’s one of those things where he runs the show there and everyone knows that and that’s the way it is.
“It’s worked for him in the past, he’s got a (Stanley) Cup from that, but at the same time there’s other ways to do things, too.”
Much of MacArthur’s frustration with Carlyle mirrored what former linemate Mikhail Grabovski said on his way out of Toronto in July – without the expletives.
Updated 10:45pm with video from NHL.com
As I write this post, David Poile's Predators are down by one in Denver. (update: now down by 2 as I post it)
But he should probably still be a happy man - because two of the guys competing for his attention in hopes of becoming team USA's starting goaltender in Sochi were putting on a clinic in Buffalo.
Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller stopped 80 of a combined 81 shots (Senators 46, Sabres 35) in a game that seemed like it would never see a goal until Miller's shutout bid was finally broken with 1:35 left in the third on a shot from Erik Karlsson.
Watch the goal that finally beat Miller below.
A few days ago I posted a piece from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet on Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators.
Last night, Sportsnet ran a special with Chris Simpson sitting down with Ryan to discuss his past.
You can watch it below...
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