The year began with a clear banner among Senators fans, the team was going to #failforNail and be the worst team in the league. Many Senators fans weren't neccesarily buying that plan, but it would be a dire year regardless.
The Senators were projected to finish somewhere between 15th and maybe, with absurd optimism, 10th in the Eastern Conference. Well over the halfway point of the season the Seantors look as though they may be buyers come trade deadline. Huh?
Seriously, team owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray are on the same page with this one too: if the Senators continue to roll, they will be looking to add talent to their roster near deadline day. So what w...
The Ottawa Senators don’t mind trailing late in games. In fact, after tonight’s victory they lead the league in wins when trailing after two periods with six.
Philadelphia (24-12-4) went into the final period with a 4-2 lead. Ottawa (22-15-6) was able to cut the deficit to one at the 3:11 mark of the third period. Senator forward Colin Greening came streaking down the left side of the ice and made a pass to Jason Spezza positioned on the opposite side of the crease.
Ilya Bryzgalov was in a position to make a play on the puck. Matt Carle was trailing Spezza, who put out his stick and deflected the puck rather than intercepting it and Bryzgalov was unable to adjust.
Even though the Senators are the “comeback kids” of the league this one is on the Flyers. An own goal, missed scoring opportunities, and sloppy handling is not the way to close out games.
Erik Karlsson scored the equalizer with 13:41 left in the game. Karlsson stripped Jaromir Jagr and bolted down the left side of the ice. With a Senator forward evenly skating with Karlsson on the right side Bryzgalov was unable to commit to Karlsson. Karlsson zip-lined a snapshot that went between the goalie’s legs.
Fewer events in sport are more exciting than a golden goal.
On Saturday afternoon fans of the Philadelphia Flyers bared witness to an even more exciting event when Daniel Briere scored his third goal of the game with 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
A short break over Christmas seems to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed, as they bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over the eighth place Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After a five game losing streak the Habs finally won a game, giving interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth his first victory as the man in charge behind the Canadiens bench.
The first period began with the Senators controlling the game for the most part. Just two minutes in they jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Zach Smith. The lead didn't last for long thoug...
The Washington Capitals (12-11-1) haven't played bad under new coach Dale Hunter, but they haven't played well either.
Despite the 1-3 record under their new boss, the Capitals just want to show what they can do when they execute in all aspects of the game, offensively, defensively and in goal.
Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman said it best after practice on Tuesday, "We haven’t been able to put a game together where we get good goaltending, the [defense] plays well and we score goals in a long time."
"We’re not putting everything together right now.”
Under Hunter's lead, the Caps have lost three one-goal games ...
Evander Kane had his 7th 2-goal game of his career, scoring the duece just 1:17 apart in the 3rd period, but it was not enough as the Jets fell to the Senators 6-4 in the Capital of Manitoba on Tuesday night.
The MTS Centre was at capacity again and fans were treated to some great defensive play at both ends of the ice. Ondrej Pavelec was tested early as the Senators put on the pressure for an opening goal. Jason Spezza had a great opportunity in the slot, only to shoot wide of the Winnipeg net.
Throughout the 1st period, Winnipeg had trouble getting through a neutral zone that was being clogged up by Ottawa. It wasn't until the line of W...
At this point in the season I figured I would still be talking about the concept of the Ottawa Senators and the fan idea of "Fail for Nail."
For those who are not in the know, there was a grassroots campaign among Senators fan that the Sens should just spend the season giving their young prospects time to develop and not worry about the score-line, and just looking forward to a high draft pick.
While the attitude has not vanished entirely among the fan base, and I include myself in that, it is seeming less and less likely as the season wears on.
The Sens are not top of the table, with a 10-9-1 record, but they are certainly holding their own. Their record is cu...