Sens Already In Playoff Form: Blow Two Goal Lead To The Leafs

by Brochenski

With the opportunity to see their team play live against their biggest rival on Saturday night, a lot of Sens fans living in Toronto can be seen throughout the crowd. Or as Leafs fans would call it, "nobody in this city cares about the home team".

As part of Armed Forces Appreciation night, four soldiers rappel down from the rafters. Upon asking if rappelling back up to the rafters would be safe, the ACC staff deemed it inadvisable as they hadn't tested out the process in ages.

Jason Spezza takes the ceremonial face-off with Dion Phaneuf. As usual, when all eyes are on Spezza he falters, losing the face-off to a defenseman. Some captain.

1st Period

20:00 - Leafs start Orr-McClement-McLaren on the opening face-off. I think they would have been better off dressing Tiger Williams, Lanny MacDonald and Darryl Sittler.

17:12 - Leafs start the Orr-McClement-McLaren line on the Leafs first offensive zone face-off of the night.

15:00 - Phil Kessel breaks his stick in half after cross checking Eric Gryba. Unfortunately Gryba did not follow in Sens tradition by mockingly snapping his own stick in half. Eric Gryba takes his "shutdown role" as literally as possible, by goading Kessel into taking a penalty, and making the Leafs play 4-on-4 without their most dangerous player in open ice. After struggling to adjust to the NHL level last year, Gryba has looked much better this season. Shout-out to him.

12:38 - Marc Methot gets a partial breakaway but pulls an Erik Condra, meaning he missed by a solid 10 feet, but manages to improve his Corsi.

-To fill the void of Bob Cole not being around to yell out "Oh baby!" at the smallest things the Leafs do, CBC picks up the slack by showing how much snow Kessel sprays up when he stops so they can drool over his talent.

0:50 - To anybody who bet on Neil goal asssisted by Gryba and Cowen being the first of the game: Please buy me a yacht with your winnings. 1-0 Ottawa

0:36 - You know it's going to be a weird game when a Chris Neil goal is followed up by an Erik Karlsson penalty.

During the intermission, Sens fans engaage in some pretty deep thinking:
Game changer.

2nd Period

17:00Kassian and McLaren drop gloves, but McLaren almost immediately loses his balances and falls, ending with Kassian landing on top of him. You know a fight was bad when not even the guys at CBC say it probably didn't create any momentum.

13:14 - After stealing the puck from Gardiner at the Sens' blueline, Chris Neil breaks in on a 2-on-1 against defensive specialist Cody Franson, and gives Colin Greening a perfect saucer pass who barriers it past Bernier. 2-0 Ottawa. Rough night for all the haters out there.

6:59 - After the MacArthur-Turris-Ryan line and Karlsson have an unusually tough getting the puck out/the linesman getting in the way, Kessel evades Cowen in front and taps home a pass from Van Riemsdyk. 2-1 Ottawa.

5:21 - Haunted by the ghost of Ricard Persson, Ceci is hit into the boards from behind by Kadri, who then gets the puck to Lupul, and erases the Sens' two goal lead. Tied at 2-2.

The play also brought back a lot of memories to many of the Alfredsson hit on Tucker from the playoffs.

1:56 - While on the PP, Phaneuf trips Erik Condra in the Sens zone, he goes face first into the post, knocking the net of it's moorings. Being the nice guy that he is, Condra immediately puts the net back in place. What a kind fellow. Sens PP looks messy good against the powerful Leafs PK.

3rd Period

15:21 - Gunnarsson takes a penalty after he trips Erik Condra in the offensive zone. He made the right call; can't risk letting a guy like Condra run loose in your own zone like that. Unfortunately, about a minute into the PP, McClement gets a break and ends up drawing a holding call before he eventually gets a good chance on Anderson on a wrap-around.

12:26 - On the ensuing PP Kessel curls off the half-boards and blasts a perfect wrist shot that goes cheese (shout-out to Denis Potvin) from the top of the circle. 3-2 Leafs.

10:54 - There's a whistle after it appears that Bernier stops Neil from the top of the crease. But after reviewing the goal during the TV timeout, it was determined that the puck actually went it, giving Neil his 2nd of the night. 3-3 Ottawa. Wut.
9:40 - After another great chance from Neil in front, Jim Hughson asks "what has gotten into Chris Neil tonight?". What a night from Chris Neil. Wow.

5:58 - JVR intercepts a poor pass from behind the net by Gryba, and passes to an uncovered Kessel in front who beats Anderson, completing the hat-trick. Other than maybe Ilya Kovalchuk or Semin, it's hard to think of a goal scorer who has consistently killed the Sens during the regular season like Kessel has. 4-3 Maple Leafs

1:21 - After a good chance by Michalek at the other end, Toronto comes back the other way, and Bozak scores from the slot. 5-3 Toronto

0:29 - Kadri scores on an empty net. 6-3 Toronto

Closing Comments:


After heartbreaks like tonight, sometimes I regret having ever started following hockey.

Just kidding, you guys.

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