Thursday, October 06, 2005

Winning Ugly

I don't have time to do a long post today but Hockey Analysis has a very good summary of the game which essentially sums up my views. Especially this bit:

Although they got the win, any realistic Senator fan has to be somewhat concerned by last nights game. The Senators took way too many penalties and the Leafs managed to keep the Senators offence under control for most of the game. The other thing that might concern Senators fans is that Brian Murray'’s plan to distribute the offence over three lines appears to have failed so far. Although Alfredsson played well most of the game, he simply couldn'’t generate much offence playing with Fisher and Neil. And maybe more concerning is that the second line of Schaeffer, Smolinski and Havlat haven't been producing much offence through the pre-season and now into the regular season. In 21 combined games so far they produced just 4 goals and 9 points. If the Senators are going to have a successful season they need that line to contribute more goals.

And you might want to try getting more shots on net. That the team that is supposed to walk away with the cup couldn't demolish the Leafs ( remember we are supposed to finish lower than Washington this year) WITHOUT MATS SUNDIN would have me a little concerned if I was a Sens fan.

If this thing was a playoff game and had continued with sudden death overtime you know the Leafs would have scored the winner.

There are no shootouts in the playoffs Sens fans.

12 comments:

  1. If this thing was a playoff game and had continued with sudden death overtime you know the Leafs would have scored the winner.

    Maybe the old Sens. But the old Sens would have given up when there was 10m remaining in the 3rd and they were still down 1-0.... not to mention when the Leafs went up 2-1.

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  2. So Ottawa plays a horrible game - with a non existant 2nd line - 1 line going 1 defence pairing going - and still beat the Leafs?

    Luv it!

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  3. So Ottawa plays a horrible game - with a non existant 2nd line - 1 line going 1 defence pairing going -

    Wow! nice playoff lineup yo've built.

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  4. Hasek won the game for them. The guy when he's playing is the 2nd best goalie in the Game next to brodeur.

    But he can't win em all for you.

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  5. Yoda,

    The Leafs would have been whipped in the first if it wasn't for Belfour's great goaltending.

    Both goalies were great last night.

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  6. Play-off's start in April, Meaty!

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  7. And for the Sens fans they finish in April/May too!

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  8. And for the Sens fans they finish in April/May too!

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  9. I'm not terribly sure what Murray is doing with Ottawa's lines. The Heatley, Spezza, Boschenski line was red hot I wouldn't touch that and play it as the second line and have Alfredson, Fisher and Havlat out there as the top line. No one expects a huge amount of production out of the third and 4th lines anyway.

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  10. Both goalies played awesome last night, I'm just saying that Ottawa wouldn't have won without Hasek.

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  11. Playoffs are starting soon? Did I miss another big change with the new CBA, because I thought playoffs didn't start until April...

    Last night neither won or lost the Cup for Ottawa. Another eighty-plus games to go yet.

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