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Video- Erik Karlsson In The Spotlight

via TSN,

Erik Karlsson is single handedly dominating the playoffs like no defenceman in generations. Despite two fractures in his foot, his wizardry has been there for all to witness. Michael Farber takes a closer look at the Senators' captain’s brilliance thus far in the postseason.

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Canada, Are You Rooting For The Ottawa Senators?

via the CP at GlobalNews,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s setting aside his NHL allegiance to his beloved Montreal Canadiens for now to back the Ottawa Senators – and urging fellow hockey fans to join him.

Many of those fans have a simple message back: no thanks.

“I think all Canadians will be rooting for the final Canadian team in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Trudeau told a news conference today in Brampton, Ont.

The Senators, who face the Pittsburgh Penguins starting Saturday, were left standing alone after the Edmonton Oilers suffered a narrow Game 7 loss earlier this week to the Anaheim Ducks.

“We’re all happy to support Ottawa right now,” Trudeau said, “and even Torontonians and Montrealers can agree on this particular one.”

If the reaction on social media has been any indication, that may not be the case....

“Fake news,” tweeted one. “This is preposterous,” said another.

Added a third: “I’ll cheer when the Senators start golfing.”

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Erik Karlsson Leads The Way For The Ottawa Senators

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

There are exactly 65 steps to the visitor’s dressing room after players step off the ice at Madison Square Garden.

Erik Karlsson limped painfully through each and every one of them.

He had just skated for more than six of the final eight minutes, holding his nerve while the New York Rangers threw everything they had at the Ottawa Senators. This was a man who had carried his team to its first Eastern Conference Final in a decade and then went from looking super human to fragile right before our very eyes.

The playoffs, man. What a grind.

“That’s the way it should be,” Karlsson said after Ottawa’s stirring 4-2 victory on Tuesday. “That’s the fun part of this sport: It’s going to hurt, it’s not going to be easy.”

We are still only two rounds into this Stanley Cup marathon, but it’s undeniable that the 26-year-old Swede is authoring something special this spring. The kind of performance that will be spoken about with reverence no matter what happens next.

The hockey world is naturally looking at this Senators team this morning and wondering: How did they do this? How did they possibly reach the final four?

And then, perhaps, they’ll watch the highlights and see No. 65 in the middle of absolutely everything. He put up five points over the final two games as Ottawa pushed the Rangers off the cliff.


Below are two videos, Karlsson post-game and Guy Boucher too...

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Expect Changes For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

And so it ends.

It ends for the 2016-17 Rangers with Tuesday’s second-round, Game 6, 4-2 defeat to Ottawa at the Garden through which, almost unforgivably, the Senators were the ones to exhibit the desperation of a team facing elimination.

It ends for this group that exceeded expectations throughout a 102-point regular season and the six-game, first-round victory over the Canadiens but did not live up to them against Ottawa, and not by a long shot.

It ends with a thud.

Ends with a dud.

And as this 22nd straight season without a Stanley Cup championship ends, this least defensible playoff series defeat of the Henrik Lundqvist Era all but certainly will mark the end of the core group featuring the King, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan that has been intact since midway through 2010-11 and was augmented by Chris Kreider, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello by 2012-13.

Changes will be made.

Everything will be on the table.


Game highlights and handshakes are below...

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The Ottawa Senators Are One Win Away From The Eastern Conference Final

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Ottawa Senators gathered around the boards to start their first drill in an optional skate Monday morning at Madison Square Garden, a bunch of kids who were likely on a tour started heckling the players.

“Let’s go Rangers. Let’s go Rangers,” they chanted from the stands.

“Kids, don’t chant or we’re going to get kicked out,” someone told the group.

If only it were that easy for the Senators to silence the Garden faithful.

Sitting one win away from the a trip to the East final for the first time in 10 years with a 3-2 lead in this Round 2 series against the New York Rangers, the Senators need to find a way to do it themselves Tuesday night on Broadway.

Trying desperately to avoid a Game 7 showdown at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, the Senators will be trying to turn their fortunes around in New York after back-to-back 4-1 losses in Game 3 last Tuesday and Game 4 last Thursday. The best bet for Ottawa is to get this series over with and get rested up for Round 3.

They’re well aware that’s going to be a difficult task and if it’s going to change then the Senators need a way better start than the last two games held here.


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Sometimes Experience Doesn’t Matter

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have won nine playoff series and 46 postseason games since the start of the 2012 tournament, more series than anyone other than Chicago and Los Angeles and more games than anyone other than the Blackhawks. I respect the hell out of the Rangers for what they’ve done and how they’ve carried themselves over the last six years.

But enough.

Enough of playing the experience card.

Better to play with urgency, discipline and attention to detail.

Because the truth of the matter is that every single experience has ended the same way.

In defeat.

If experience were determinative, wouldn’t it have been the Blueshirts, and not the Senators, to score a late third-period tie-breaking winner in Game 1? Wouldn’t the Rangers have been able to close out Games 2 and 5 in which they held one-goal leads with under two minutes to play before losing each in overtime?


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The Ottawa Senators Outplayed The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A bounce or two went against them again, the net-crashing craze that has become a staple of pulled-goaltender-six-on-five hockey cost them again, but make no mistake, the Rangers got what they deserved in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime Game 5 defeat to the Senators on Saturday.

The Blueshirts had way too many players who delivered C-minus efforts throughout this defeat that places them on the brink of second-round playoff extinction heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 at the Garden, when more diligence, commitment and passion would have given them a choke hold on the series.

They did not measure up against an Ottawa team that played as if their lives depended on this after having mailed in a pair of puny performances in Games 3 and 4 in New York. It wasn’t even close, despite how close the Blueshirts came to winning it.


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Video- Kyle Turris With The Game Winner

Ottawa wins 5-4 in OT.


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The Ottawa Senators Need To Regroup Quickly

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The "Kanata Wall" is in need of some repairs.

As the Ottawa Senators left Madison Square Garden with two humbling losses, they were seeking adjustments in system, personnel and execution – or perhaps some combination of the three. It all depended on who you asked.

Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that the New York Rangers had found a way to exploit his team’s defensive approach while generating a slew of odd-man rushes in back-to-back 4-1 defeats here.

Speaking about Game 4 specifically, he seemed to suggest that the Senators fell victim to bad luck on Thursday night.

"I’m not going to start blaming our guys because pucks were going over their sticks," said Boucher. "It happens, and they capitalized on them, so good for them."

His players didn’t sound quite so sure.

Many of them zeroed in on specific aspects of the game that eluded them.


Below watch the game highlights plus some of the 'rough stuff' near the end of the game...

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A Look At Erik Karlsson

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The first law of the NHL playoffs: Do not discuss your injuries. This dictum is for self-preservation, limiting but not eliminating the possibility of adding injury to injury. (Only martial law takes more liberties than hockey players.) Teams once hid behind the flimsy veil of the diagonal rule, which posited that if a banged-up player grudgingly acknowledged he might have a bum right ankle, he most likely had a separated left shoulder. When video ruined that ruse, the NHL defaulted to the murky world of the “upper-body injury” and the “lower-body injury” linguistic acrobatics that have been credited to the late Pat Quinn, the Hall of Fame coach who, not surprisingly, trained as a lawyer.

Then Erik Karlsson took out a Sharpie and drew a map.

The Senators’ defenseman can do practically anything he wants on the ice, and apparently off. Flouting convention and baffling teammates, he specified last week that the lower-body problem that had bedeviled him for a month was two hairline fractures in his left heel. Until that moment the only heel being heavily scrutinized in the Stanley Cup playoffs was professional irritant Ryan Kesler, the Ducks’ center who currently is tormenting Edmonton star Connor McDavid. “I’m not much for secrets,” Karlsson said before Ottawa’s second-round series against the Rangers. No kidding. He might as well have tweeted his ATM PIN.


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