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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I was watching the game in real-time along with referee Chris Lee and witnessed the goalie interference initiated by Gallagher on Anderson inside the blue paint. The look we shared prompted Lee to immediately wave off Plekanec's potential goal. One look at the replay provided more than enough evidence to confirm both Lee's decision and my initial call on the play.
If I was a spotter in the press box working for the Montreal Canadiens, hopefully I would be able to cast the deciding vote on a group decision and insist that Therrien not waste his timeout by challenging the referee's initial and correct call.
I have seen some very good decisions made by assistant coaches and/or video personnel with an officiating eye, to get word to the bench and request a coach's challenge. This was certainly not one of those times.
Watch the play below...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
After admitting he chose rest over training in the summer, Erik Karlsson probably shouldn't be using the word "tired" three weeks into the schedule.
Even if it is just a way of expressing his detest for the new 3-on-3 overtime format.
Karlsson averaged 27:18 of ice time while suiting up for all 82 games en route to winning his second Norris Trophy last season. By the 10-game mark, not once had he played less than 25:54.
Through 10 games this October, he dipped below that number four times (22:37, 22:57, 24:38 and 25:28) and averaged 26:46 per night.
Maybe he's tired of spending more time on the bench?...
Could he really just be tired of missing the net (15 times in 10 games) or having opponents line up to block his shots?
Or perhaps he's tired of being undressed in the defensive zone, as Tomas Tatar did when he joined a growing list by blowing past Karlsson for the first good scoring chance of Saturday's game in its second minute?
If it is really about the 3-on-3, which everyone thought Karlsson would dominate, maybe he's tired of not living up to the expectations?
read on plus more Ottawa notes...
"I've just had scans and I've been told everything is fairly stable. It's not growing, it's not shrinking, it's pretty much where it was. The chemo plus the other stuff I'm doing seems to have, at least for now, some control over the growth."
"I keep saying I'm going to get another year out of this old body and I hope that continues. It is a disease, they tell me, the type I have is not going to go away. If you can keep it stable for a period of time, you get some years out of it. I don't know, I don't even pretend to know, nor maybe do I want to know what kind of longevity I have. You do what you can to fight it and you keep active. I think my mental state has been good because I'm involved with my job, the team and being around young people a lot of the time. I think those are all positives."
-Bryan Murray, GM of the Ottawa Senators on his battle with cancer. Chris Stevenson at NHL.com has more from and on Murray.
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
A text came into Bobby Ryan's phone last week from an NHL legend.
"Just slap the side of that bottle a little bit," it read.
While the message is confusing to an outsider, Ryan knew exactly what it meant.
The text was from Teemu Selanne, who was a mentor for Ryan when the two played together for the Anaheim Ducks. Selanne - who ended his NHL career with 684 goals - used to tell Ryan that goal scoring in the NHL was not unlike dealing with a popular condiment.
"Teemu said it best when he called goal scoring a ketchup bottle. You just got to get one and it will start flowing," Ryan explained on Monday.
"We played so long together and it's nice to see that he's still following me," said Ryan. "He's probably gone through this (slump) - probably not to the same extent as I have the past 40 games or so. But he's a guy that's been through it and a Hall of Famer. It always means a lot."
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators left the rink stunned Saturday night as they dropped their fourth-straight at home with an ugly third period meltdown in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in front of 17,270.
The Coyotes beat Craig Anderson twice in a span of 1:28 in the third to hand the Senators the loss as only Cody Ceci was able to beat Arizona backup Anders Lindback on the 35 shots he faced. Mikkel Boedker had the hat-trick while Brad Richardson scored the winner as the Coyotes picked up their first regulation win in Ottawa since Dec. 12, 1998.
Coach Dave Cameron isn’t happy with the club’s work ethic.
“It’s our compete. It’s simple as that. You can’t have any habits if you don’t compete,” said Cameron. “I wish I could (explain the carryover from one home game to the next). I wish I had an answer to that.”
The Senators have also been hit hard by injuries and they’re mounting.
Already without injured winger Mike Hoffman, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury, the Senators learned later defenceman Marc Methot would miss his third straight with a concussion. He had been cleared to play but wasn’t in the warm-up and his spot was taken by Chris Wideman.
The hits kept on coming when winger Curtis Lazar, who has played in virtually every role up front for the club in the early-going, left the game after the first period with an upper body injury. He was hit from behind on a crosscheck by Zbynek Michalek and didn’t return for the start of the second.
Watch the hit on Lazar plus the game highlights below...
New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta comments on his ugly spear on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators.
Gionta received a five minute major for spearing and a game misconduct.
Below, watch the spear and scroll to the :50 second mark to see the replay...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Hours before the Senators owner appeared Sunday night at centre ice at the Canadian Tire Centre with his children Anna, 16, and Olivia, 13, ahead of the club’s home opener against the Montreal Canadiens, the 56-year-old Melnyk sat down with the Sun for an exclusive one-on-one interview at his Ottawa hotel.
Speaking for the first time since a lifesaving liver transplant on May 19 at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), Melnyk revealed during the two-hour discussion his health issues really started with a stroke in January and by early April he learned he needed the transplant in order to live.
“I’d never been sick a day in my life until I was 50 years old and even then it was nothing major,” said Melnyk.
When he became ill, Melnyk was going downhill fast and his closest friends urged him to get help. He was having trouble sleeping, difficulty eating and felt sick to his stomach most of time. He went to see a friend at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto in late January to find out what was wrong.
“He said, ‘You look like (crap) and I said, ‘Well thank you, so do you.’ But I can get away with that because I’m sick,” he said with a smile.
It was at that point he learned he’d had a stroke. He received treatment and then moved to a rehabilitation centre in Toronto where he remained until late-March. While he was supposed to be getting better, his health continued to decline and he had symptoms typical of patients whose liver wasn’t functioning properly.
Hometown Hockey kicks off their season in Kitchener tonight starting at 6:30pm ET on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.
The game between Montreal and Ottawa starts just after 7:00pm ET and is also on RDS.
I also hope all of Canada enjoys the Thanksgiving Holiday and can spend some valuable time with family and friends.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
... with so little turnover from the squad that raced to the playoffs on a record-setting run last spring — the Senators traded Lehner to Buffalo and third-pair defenceman Eric Gryba to Edmonton and defensive specialist Erik Condra signed with Tampa as a free agent — there are high hopes.
“To see 20, 21 guys return is usually a rare occasion,” said goaltender Craig Anderson, who is expected to open the season busy, playing three games in four nights. “It shows the faith management has in the group we have here. It’s up to us to make good on the deal and prove to management they made the right decision by not bringing in extra players and moving guys out.”
Looking around the dressing room at all the familiar faces, Karlsson says, “It felt like we almost didn’t have a break.”
Ryan suggests the team has drawn from the positives of last spring. “The feeling carries over when you see that many faces coming back,” he said.
Senators coach Dave Cameron employed a serious, no-nonsense approach to his first camp as head coach, putting an “NHL group” in place after only a few days. As expected, his emphasis was on skating and more skating, and he came away generally satisfied with the effort and results.
“In our business, as coaches, we’re never completely happy,” Cameron said. “Overall, I have no real complaints. I have some individuals I’m pushing a little harder than others, but on the overall, I think it has been pretty good.”
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