Game Summary - Game 49: Sens Celebrate History of Hockey In Canada By Losing To An American Team

By Brochenski

The Sens head into this one just outside of the 2nd wildcard spot in the East. The wildcard race is awfully close at the moment, with just 3 points separating Toronto in 1st and Detroit in 6th. If the Sens win today, and Toronto and New Jersey lose, then the Sens will move up to 1st in the Wildcard spot.
While they may have their work cut out for them for the rest of the season, the Sens have seemed to have picked up their play their play in the past month or so, and have been steadily improving their possession game (via extraskater.com):

During the game if you hear teeth grinding and skates angrily scraping against a rubber mat during the game, that’s just the sound of Robin Lehner sitting on the bench watching while Craig Anderson gets the start. The Rangers start a grade 12 student dressed up as a hard-boiled detective for Halloween:



1st Period

-Erik Condra playing LW on the Smith-Neil line, making him a dangerous weapon on the one-timer side. Look out, Eastern Conference. (Little did I know this line would turn out to be the team's best this game.)

-Benoit Pouliot reminds everyone that he was once traded straight-up for Guillaumme Latendresse by making a poor giveaway in his own zone. Michalek picks up the puck and gives it to Ceci at the point, who passes it across to Methot who beats Talbot with a bomb. 1-0 Ottawa

-Ottawa draws a penalty, but then pulls an Ottawa as MacArthur and Condra take two quick penalties, killing their PP. Brad Richards and the Rangers power-play score against the higly-feared PK pair of Cowen and Phillips on the 5-on-3. Tied up at 1-1.

-Eugene Melnyk wishes everybody a happy Canada Day. In case you were ever wondering why the team doesn’t have more money it’s probably because they used it to buy a time machine.

-Reminiscent of a successful businessman giving his annoying son a summer job at the office, Turris sets-up Gryba nicely with a drop pass who is unable to get a shot on net.

2nd Period

-About half way through the 2nd Neil lays out Dominic Moore along the boards and the somehow gets him to take a slashing penalty. Unfortunately Ottawa looked absolutely dreadful on the PP.

- Stepan banks the puck off the glass and over Phillips’ head at the blue line to Rick Nash, who gets a breakaway and goes far-side top-shelf on Anderson with a perfectly aimed wrist shot. 2-1 New York.

-Sens have played so dead that the Ghostbusters logo on Cam Talbot’s mask is starting to seem awfully intimidating. [Editor’s Note: Chris will no longer be writing here after that joke]

-Karlsson makes an absolute dreadful giveaway late in the game from behind the net, right to Stepan in front. 3-1 New York.


3rd Period

-Zibanejad sets up Methot nicely for a chance on 4-on-4, but is stopped by Talbot.

-Karlsson gets a decent scoring chance but is stopped. Slow period.

-Phillips blindly makes a drop pass at his own blue line and is intercepted by Zuccarello who scores on the breakaway. 4-1 New York

Real editor's note: It appears as if Brochenski phoned it in even harder for the third period than the Sens. We would have a closed door meeting after this one, but the stairway down to my basement doesn't have a door.

Closing Comments

This game stunk.
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