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Senators can hold heads high

Being eliminated in game seven is always heart-breaking, even if you weren't supposed to be there in the first place.

The Ottawa Senators were not picked to make the playoffs by anyone save delusional fans, and have had what can only be called a stellar season. The team was selecting by many pundits, analysts, writers, bloggers, and even fans to finish in the bottom two in the conference. I predicted tenth place, which was still outside of the playoffs.

The reality of the rebuild has been much different. The team has been inconsistent this season - a hallmark of young teams - but exciting at all times. This team skates with passion and comes to play every night, even the b...

Sens have Rangers on ropes

It seemed hard times were on the way for the Ottawa Senators when captain Daniel Alfredsson was gooned by Carl Hagelin.

The truth is far from the specularion, as the Senators have won two games in a row in two tight-checking affairs. 

The series has featured exactly what fans expect from the playoffs: unlikely heroes, huge hits, and incredible goaltending. Craig Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist have been stellar for their teams, and the Senators have played Rangers-esque defense.

Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, Zenon Kenopka, and Nick Folgino have really led the way for Ottawa in the hard-work, hard-hitting department, while Kyle Turris has become even more loved by Sens fan ...

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

 

( 1 ) NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ( 8 ) OTTAWA SENATORS

Not a lot of people expected the Ottawa Senators to be one of only two Canadian teams that managed to make the playoffs this season. In fact, in the "normal" NHL universe, the Canadiens and Sens would probably be in each others positions. The Sens started the season with people assuming they were at the beginning of a rebuild, with GM Bryan Murray half-blowing things up the prior off-season. But then something happened. The Sens top players started playing like... well... top players. Alfredsson was on his game as rumors of retirement grew bigger and bigger. Jason Spezza became a dominant center once again. And the...

Senators still building; playoff experience invaluable

The Ottawa Senators have beaten the New York Rangers in three out of the four games the teams have played this year, which bodes well for the Senators in their first-round playoff match up. This record is a huge improvement over the Senators' record against the Boston Bruins, in which they lost five of six games, so it is great news the Senators are not squaring off against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Senators have scored 15 goals against the Eastern Conference champions, and only allowed eight goals. Many people have written off Ottawa in the playoffs. The easy money is against the Senators, even with their impressive record against the Rangers. The...

As Playoffs Approach, An Important Weekend Looms for Flyers

First comes a playoff spot and then comes the top spot in the division.

It’s a stretch, but that’s what the Philadelphia Flyers (45-24-8) will keep working towards as they face the Ottawa Senators (39-28-10) on Saturday afternoon.

After a 7-1 beatdown of the despondent Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, the Flyers will look to make it two wins in a row against Ottawa. The Senators will aim to continue a streak of their own, as they’ve won two straight.

In the three games between the two teams this season, the Flyers have won twice. The Senators won the last meeting, 6-4 back on January 8.

Jackals Slip Past Titans in Overtime

The final clash of season between the Elmira Jackals and Trenton Titans ended by a familiar score, 2-1. The Titans earned a point by virtue of an overtime loss.

The Trenton Titans were bolstered by the return of defenseman Mitch Versteeg to the lineup after he was out for several weeks with a shoulder injury. Versteeg’s return settled down a blue line that has been very weak since January.

Jackals Devour Titans

Five new defensemen and three players making their pro-hockey debuts gave Elmira’s veterans an easy night picking apart the Trenton Titans.

Coach Vince Williams summed up the situation rather easily.

“We’ve been pretty depleted,” he said following Friday night’s upsetting 7-3 loss. “We’re giving (some guys) some looks.”

The game started as many Titans games have this season; with the other team scoring first.

Blackhawks best Senators 2-1 with yes, solid defense and goaltending

 

As the Hawks try and make a run to stay in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference, potentially a new team has emerged. With injuries to key players and a necessity to change the course this team was headed on a new Blackhawks team has arisen like a Phoenix from the ashes.

This new team has a different look and a mixture of experience sprinkled in with raw youthful vigor, finesse seasoned with bit of grit. The one thing that remains constant is the teams speed. I’m not sure if this new team should be called the Ice Hawks or the Black Hogs with the new found energy and grit that Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Bollig have given them. Oh yeah and that Oduya ...

Sens will not sell future

The Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson deal may have been the biggest of the near-deadline trades yet, but the Senators are no longer sitting/waiting/wishing for a replacement between the pipes.

Bryan Murray pulled the trigger on a deal that brought the montrous Ben Bishop, who stands at 6'7, to Ottawa on Sunday, which makes Ottawa's wait for starter Craig Anderson much less nerve-wracking. I have always enjoyed Alex Auld's game, but not enough that I am willing to rely fully on him down the stretch.

Anderson might not miss significant time, but tendon damage to his pinkie finger is a big enough deal that insurance was neccesary. Bishop offers a solid back-up option for ...

Bishop Dealt

According to TSN, the St. Louis Blues have dealt their young gun goaltender Ben Bishop to the Ottawa Senators, in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

Bishop, who is currently playing for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen, has put up 24 wins in 38 games played, including 6 shutouts. He also was named the MVP of the AHL all star game this year.

Considered one of the best young goalies not playing in the NHL, Bishop was in a sticky situation in St. Louis. With the signing of both Halak and Elliot for two more years, Bishop needed to play in 17 games this year for the big club for at least 30 minutes, or else he ...