Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/15/11 at 11:05 AM ET
from Wayne Scanlon of Senators Extra,
OK, so you were warned about the “roller coaster” this Senators season was going to be.
You just forgot the sensations of that gut-wrenching, adolescent ride, the serene highs (hello, Minnesota Wild), cruising gently to the peak with its supreme views, tranquil at the crest — then whooosh! Down you plunge, your stomach ripped out of its lining before settling somewhere deep in the back of the throat.
That was roughly the feeling on Thursday as Senators fans left the building, 19,000-plus slightly scarred souls after watching the home team get publicly flogged: exposed and spanked 7-1 by a Colorado Avalanche team that was supposed to be the mirror image, a young, developing group not expected to contend in the Western Conference.
In fact, Senators head coach Paul MacLean allowed on Friday that the Avs played the way he hopes his own team can. Relentless on the forecheck. Driven. Perpetual motion, if not poetry in motion.
So much for fans being patient with the Senators’ rebuilding effort. What happened to everyone being on board? It all sounded so good in theory. And yet, in the final minutes of the season’s fourth game, fans cheered sarcastically when Ottawa managed a shot on goal (there were only 16 all night). For a second straight home game, defencemen Filip Kuba and Sergei Gonchar heard boos from hometown fans.
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