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from Aedan Helmer of the Ottawa Sun,
But just as the warm and fuzzy feelings were returning — with the Senators now winners of four of their last five, and earning points in six of their last seven — it soon turned to concern as Bobby Ryan left the game with under four minutes remaining after taking a questionable hit from Dennis Seidenberg.
"When I saw it, to me its reviewable by the league,” said Paul MacLean. "There is an injury there. How severe it is we won't know until tomorrow.”
Seidenberg shrugged off the incident.
"The puck was in the corner, we were both going there. I want to be strong on the puck and he's kind of reaching for it, I think. I don't want to go after a guy's head or anything... people were kind of seeing it that way but I would never do that."
more on the Sens win and watch the hit below...
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
In terms of actual money, no member of the Ottawa Senators is being paid more this season than Milan Michalek.
The winger is making $6 million in 2013-14 – although his cap hit is only $4.3 million. He is in the final year of a back-loaded deal he signed with the San Jose Sharks prior to the 2008-09 season.
Michalek has only three goals in 18 games so far this season and is sporting a team-worst minus-seven rating. Prorated over the course of a full season, this would translate into just 14 goals and mark the worst offensive output of his NHL career.
In the 2011-12 campaign, Michalek led the Sens with a career-high 35 goals and was one of their most consistent players. But this year, Michalek is like many other players on the roster who is struggling to find his game.
"I know I haven't been good. I have to be better and everyone is expecting me to score," Michalek told a handful of reporters on Thursday. "It's frustrating right now and hopefully it's going to turn around soon."
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Senators,
While every Senators' practice and morning skate starts with them retrieving the puck, the 43 minutes the club spent on the ice Wednesday was made unique by the fact the players did the same drill over, over, over and over.
MacLean was trying to send a not-so-subtle message.
"We need to get better at it," said MacLean. "The games that we struggle in we don't get out of our end. A lot has to do with the opposition and the way they come after us, but it's also on us in that don't execute with the puck.
"We don't make the right reads at the right time, lots of times we have people in the right spots and we don't find them so we're not talking and we're not listening or we're lying to one another saying we are talking and listening.
"Those are issues that we have when we don't play well so it's something that we have to continue to work on every day. It's a whole team thing. It's incumbent on all six guys on the ice to have a good plan and find a way to get out of our zone. You can't just play the game in your zone because bad things happen."
Centre Jason Spezza said the club has to dictate the play.
Paul MacLean on the limited ice time Erik Karlsson saw in the first period..
Karlsson played just over four minutes in the first period but did end up with 21:04 of total ice time for the game.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The Ottawa Senators have hosted six games so far this season at the Canadian Tire Centre and not one of them has sold out. By comparison, the other NHL teams based in Canada have combined for 1,662 home games since the 2004-05 lockout and not one of them has had an empty seat.
There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the good people of Ottawa, perhaps more than any other city in Canada, are doers rather than watchers. Second, whatever they’re calling the arena this week is 18 miles from downtown with no rapid transit system in place. Third, both the tech and government sectors, two of the biggest drivers of the Ottawa economy, have taken a beating in recent years, which has created a drag on both ticket sales and corporate sponsorship.
But none of those could have prepared these eyes for what they saw – or didn’t see – in Canada’s capital Friday night. With the New York Islanders in town, the Senators drew an announced crowd of just 15,589, but there were at least 5,000 empty seats in the 19,153-seat building. Some press box observers said it was the smallest crowd they had ever seen in Ottawa, although there have been documented games where fewer people have showed up.
Numerous reports post-game state Anderson was walking around and did not go to the hospital.
Anderson was taken off the ice on a stretcher but was able to wave and give the thumbs-up to the fans.
Here is how he was hurt...
Antoine Roussel gets credit for the Dallas goal.
Damien Cox of The Spin with one of ten thoughts,,,
The Sens have lost four out of five, but it's the way they're losing games that a bit shocking.
They're the only team in the NHL that is giving up more shots per game than the Leafs. Last year, with injuries with to Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, they were the NHL's hardest working team, and among the most miserly when it came to allowing goals. Everyone raved about the impact of Paul Maclean's coaching.
This season, they've gone from the 2nd best defensive team in the league to the 24th. Could Daniel Alfredsson's leadership be missed this much?
read on for nine more...
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