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Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.
At 18:02 of the third period, Cowen came across the ice to hit Girgensons as he entered the Ottawa zone. No penalty was called on the play. Girgensons remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Also via NHL.com,
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
At 16:31 of the second period, Panik hit Alzner in the neutral zone, driving him into the boards. Alzner remained down briefly, but returned to the game in the third period. Panik was assessed a five-minute major for boarding on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Below, scroll to the 1:15 mark to see the Cowen hit (first video) and the 2nd video is the Panik hit...
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 15:30 of the second period in the Senators/Sabres game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Ottawa net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he had a delayed hi-sticking penalty against Ottawa's Jason Spezza therefore the play was stopped as soon as any Ottawa player gained possession/control of the puck. According to Rule 15.1 "When the team to be penalized gains control of the puck, the Referee will blow his whistle to stop play and impose the penalty on the offending player." This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands. No goal Buffalo.
Watch the no-goal below...
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Even a few of the many, many Maple Leafs fans in attendance had to be a wee bit embarrassed by the way their team broke a tie early in the second period Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Why there was no penalty call on Nazem Kadri for hauling down Zack Smith just inside the Toronto blue line -- springing the 2-on-1 break that put the visitors up 2-1 on the scoreboard -- is anyone's guess.
But look, referees are not really zebras, they are human, they make mistakes. The bothersome part isn't so much them ignoring or missing the Kadri Kan Opener (somewhere Bryan McCabe had to be smiling) but that Brian Pochmara couldn't just turn away when Smith ripped into him for the error. Instead, he gave Smith an unsportsmanlike minor and a misconduct.
Brian buddy, you gotta grow some skin when you mess up. At the very least, you've got to nail Phil Kessel for an unsportsmanlike, too, when he skates over and laugh's at Smith in the penalty box.
continue for more Ottawa talk..
Below, watch Kadri as he trips/hooks Smith causing a turnover and a Kessel goal...
If you want more Alfredsson talk, The Malik Report has it covered.
“We played a solid game in Toronto. We played lousy tonight. Lousy. We get a lead and we still don’t do the right things even though on the third goal that we scored we get the goal from doing the right thing. [Brooks Laich’s] goal came from what we talk about all day long. We’re up 3-1 and the next shift we turn it over twice. That’s mental to me.
“You’re up 3-1, maybe you think it’s an easy night and then all of a sudden they get the puck again. We got the goals from doing the right things. We’ve got to be disciplined in who we are — even our fancy guys, probably from the fancy guys first. Some guys they know that they’ve got no choice [but to stick to simple plays] but guys with choices still gotta put it deep.”
-Adam Oates, head coach of the Washington Capitals after losing to Ottawa last night. More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,
I’m not at the rink today – nor was I with Senators on their weekend road trip – but something has been bugging me ever since I saw on TV Kevin Westgarth ram Mark Borowiecki’s head into the boards from behind Sunday in Raleigh.
That something, of course, is the fact nobody went after Westgarth.
I know he’s a mountain of a man at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds. I know he is also one of the toughest guys in the league. And I know that the softer Senators were on the ice at the time of the incident.
But seriously, somebody should have done something. Fight him, stick him, grab him … anything. If not at the time, then at least later in the game. And if not to Westgarth, then to one of the Hurricanes’ smaller, more skilled players.
I have a problem with guys – Borowiecki being a prime example – having to fight when they deliver a clean, hard, open ice hit. But intentional or not, that was a dirty play. Is there another team in the league that would have watched one of its own get injured like that without retaliating at some point, in some form? I don’t think so.
Instead, the Senators sent a message to every other player in the NHL – it’s okay to take liberties against them. You may or may not have to answer the bell.
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier and Westgarth does have a meeting today with the NHL Safety department.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have certainly shown an interest in Rangers’ blueliner Michael Del Zotto, but if GM Glen Sather is asking for Chris Neil or defenceman Marc Methot in return then that’s likely a non-starter.
It’s believed the Senators have spoken with the Panthers about defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, but the asking price is high and there’s talk the 23-year-old is headed back to Russia a the end of this season.
Making $2.5 million, he will be a restricted free agent. He’s expected to get huge cash thrown at him by a KHL club which means it could be difficult for any team to give up a lot of assets to get a young player for the balance of the season.
The Hurricanes have been offering around rugged defenceman Tim Gleason, who hasn’t played very tough this year and was a healthy scratch against the Senators Sunday night. He has a ‘no-trade’ clause and two years left at $4 million per-season so he’d have to approve any deal.
“You’re not going to get a defencemen without giving something up. You’re going to have to part with some assets,” said the executive.
via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
After making the initial kick save on Derek Grant’s snap from the wing, Ward flashes the paddle and lunges cross-crease, knocking Colin Greening’s sure rebound conversion away and stamping out Karlsson’s point streak at five games.
“I had goosebumps after that one,” Ward told reporters after the victory, admitting the rebound was a bad one on his part. True, the struggling Greening (24 GP, 0 G) should’ve buried that puck, but Ward deserves props for the desperate paddle.
“We play this game for a living, but when you make a save like that, I turn into a little kid,” he said. “It also was a sigh of relief to get that save because that was a big part of the game in the first period.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
...as the Senators have struggled defensively, so has Karlsson. He is minus-4 in his last two games, minus-2 on the season. He has made bad decisions that have resulted in odd-man rushes the wrong way. He has committed a number of glaring errors in his own end. Twice in the past half-dozen games he has allowed an opponent to step out from the corner to score — most recently, Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen, for the winner.
He has also taken considerable heat for his mistakes.
When he was an intermission guest on TV Tuesday, Karlsson was commended for a fine defensive play earlier in the game. He chuckled, and feigned surprise that something positive he did in that end of the ice would actually be noticed.
Clearly, he’s aware of all the criticism. But he’s also able to shrug it off.
“The way I play the game, I’m never going to get credit for anything but my offence, putting up points,” said Karlsson. “That’s what people are going to write about and people are going to notice. The other stuff is just kind of ... (people) gotta have something to complain about.”
What helps make Karlsson so good offensively is the same something that is presently hindering him defensively. He’s a risk-taker, a gambler. And these days, he’s losing a few too many of his bets.
MacArthur with the great pass to Kyle Turris for the shorthanded goal.
added 8:45pm, TSN (YouTube) version is below...
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