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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The losses, the injuries and the frustrations are piling up on the Senators.
Where will it stop? Nobody knows.
The Senators were looking for redemption for an ugly 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday as they returned to the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. While they were better, they weren’t nearly good enough in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders to open a three-game homestand in front of 18,305.
A frustrated Bobby Ryan called this loss and the way the Senators are playing “embarrassing” after they surrendered three goals in the third. Is it tough to play 60 minutes, he was asked?
“It shouldn’t be. It’s your job to go out and do it for 60 minutes,” said Ryan. “We had problems in the third period all over the ice from everybody. Guys that simply don’t want the puck, guys that simply won’t hunt the puck down and when you’re not buying into the system, it’s going to take its toll.
“That’s exactly what (happened) in the third period. They did everything right and we did everything wrong to compound the issue. It’s embarrassing.”
And, if that wasn’t enough, already without centre Kyle Turris — likely until after next week’s NHL all-star break — they lost winger Milan Michalek for a second time this season after he broke a hand blocking a shot in the second period. It’s the same one that forced him to miss 16 games last month.
Watch the game highlights below...
via Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators lost their leading goal scorer 5:40 into the second period when Hoffman violently flew into the goal post after breaking to the net with a Mark Stone pass. Hoffman lost his helmet with the impact, but it appeared the his shoulder or collarbone took the brunt of the scary collision.
Hoffman suffered not one but two collarbone injuries in the 2012-13 season.
Coach Dave Cameron could provide no updates after the game, and with the Senators spending Tuesday on a flight to New Jersey, none are expected until Wednesday.
The San Jose Sharks challenge a penalty shot goal (actually it was reviewed in the situation room) by the Ottawa Senators.
The Sens won 4-3 in a SO.
Final horn sounds, Sabres and Coyotes exchange pleasantries plus the bad goal of the night are below...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Based on the amorphous definition of “all-around defenseman,” it’s possible that Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson will not win his second straight Norris Trophy this season. But so far, Karlsson is a slam dunk to take home the Hart Trophy as MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA-voted Most Outstanding Player.
There is no one in Karlsson’s atmosphere in terms of being the best player in the league. As of Saturday, Patrick Kane (56 points), Jamie Benn (52), and Tyler Seguin (50) were the NHL’s top three scorers. Karlsson (41) is doing his best to crack the top three. In his last five games, Karlsson played 32:46 or more four times. He is the league’s most significant game-changer.
Defensively, he prevents chances from taking place by stealing the puck up the ice. When opponents enter his zone, he can bust up chances with his stick. Then he goes on the attack, where his talents are without equal.
There is no player more engaging to watch.
Brad Marchand doing what he does...
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Mark Borowiecki received five for interference,five for fighting and a game.
Boyle has not returned.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Eugene Melnyk fired back at his rivals for Lebreton Flats Friday, serving notice that his NHL club will not play in a rink owned by someone else.
The Senators’ owner told reporters before his charity skate at the Canadian Tire Centre he can’t understand why the competing bid to redevelop the prime piece of Ottawa real estate, from DCDLS group, has included an NHL arena. Melnyk said if they think they can buy the hockey club, it’s not for sale.
“I think it’s misleading to tell you the truth. I mean, come on,” said Melnyk. “You guys gotta read through this stuff. How in God’s name do they want to build an arena? I don’t get it. There’s no NHL team available.
“This team is my team. My daughter has already taken first dibs on it when I go to Heaven, ‘When you go to heaven can I have the Senators? Yeah, I guess so.’
"The long and short of it, the team is not for sale and never will be in my lifetime for sure. No. 2, you can’t come into my territory. What’s the matter with you?
NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2015) – Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil knows what he saw on the controversial hit that sent his centre woozily to the dressing room late in the third period of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
“Red,” said the Senators enforcer, who believes Caps winger Tom Wilson deliberately hit Curtis Lazar in the head. “I’m seeing red. You don’t like to see one of your players go down.”
While Neil was given two minutes for seeking retribution, Wilson, who later insisted it was a clean “hip-on-hip” hit, was given a major and match penalty.
“It was the right call,” said Senators coach Dave Cameron, adding that “tomorrow will tell the tale” for Lazar, who has already suffered one concussion this season.
continue for more on the Sens 2-1 loss to the Caps...
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