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Senators Soldier On

It wasn’t pretty, it’s not the kind of play you want to be remembered for, especially against the League’s second worst team, even if you’re down in the pit too, but the Senators will take this 3-2OT win over Tampa and enjoy it for all the 21 hours they could.

Boston might not be so easy to coax into rolling over and playing dead. The Senators themselves seem intent on showing everyone that they are anything but.

No more doubt about the stick call on Spezza, according to the Ottawa Sun,

“I really don’t have to change that much. If anything, I probably won’t shave them very much at all. It’s more of a novelty for me. I just shave them until they feel right,” said Spezza. “Maybe it will give me more time to stretch or spend more time at home ... I don’t know.”

We have seen it by now, and we know the evidence points to that reality.

The evidence that isn’t as closely heeded is the kind gleaned from the NHL standings. Currently, the Senators sit a whopping 13 points out of the playoffs, with 16 games remaining. Considering there are a pair of teams only 14 points ahead and one more with a 15 point lead, it’s still possible that the 11 year streak could be extended, but I wouldn’t put any bets on it.

You do have to wonder what’s motivating them now, though. Sure, Fisher’s OT winner last night might’ve come as a day-late birthday gift for Carrie Underwood, sharing a box with Hilary Duff, but what else drives you when you know you have a sheet of ice’s shot in south Florida? Well, they do have arenas there that manage to keep the ice around…

Somehow, they just haven’t given up. When the season is over, it will be time to start wondering at the off-season plans for the team, for Murray. There was so much hope coming out of last season that times they would be a changin’, but to no avail. The determination seen here, though, is starting to show a little something else.

From the Ottawa Citizen,

“The guys, from the time they’re this big, when they put their jersey on, they want to compete,” Clouston said. “That’s why they’re in the sport—they want to be their best.”

Daniel Alfredsson was talking about this the other day, when he answered question No. 409 about what is left to play for this season.

According to the captain, lots. This is a guy, remember, who doesn’t like to lose at table tennis with teammates.

“You want to win everything you do, even at practice if you do a drill against someone,” Alfredsson says. “You want to win games. When you’re a competitive person, you hate to lose, especially when you feel you’re the better team.”

They won’t make the playoffs, nor will they draft Tavares or Hedman. They won’t ever come close to any personal scoring records, and in the three remaining games against the Bruins they may well get manhandled by the ex-Ottawa manhandler himself. Still, they might be able to walk away with that ever-important hope for next season, maybe Clouston with a more permanent job. Oh, and pride, pride that even as they are all but out of it, even as they aren’t selling out the building (ironically, last night against Tampa Bay drew hundreds more fans than Monday against Toronto, about the best shot the Sens can give to the Leafs these days given how little is on the line), even as it’s all but over, they can and will play out the final sixteen games as if there were something sweet about them, play them out and perhaps at least for a couple hours, give their fans the kind of hockey they’ve been waiting for months to see, hopefully a teaser for the new season to come.

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Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

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