Sunday, April 30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
- Yikes. Heard Fisher would be questionable for tonight's game due to swelling around the eye. This would be a huge blow to the absolutely wicked Schaef/Mach 9 line.
- At least scoring isn't a problem. 11 goals in the past two games ties their output for the entire seven game series against the Leafs last year.
- I'm switching up the drink of choice tonight. Moosehead will be called up, a change from Game 2's Keith's. Bonus OT mix will be a volatile combination of Five Star and Diet Dr. Pepper. Take my word - this is actually quite delicious. Alternative tipple suggestions welcome in the comments.
- 3-1 Sens victory (with empty-netter). Back home on Saturday to polish off the Bolts in five.
Courtesy of this Devil's fan, Tie shows us how an honourable player acts after he has brutally elbowed one of the most skilled defencemen in the league - one of the most cowardly acts I've ever seen.
Also on the same site, there are some old classics of Leaf photoshopping.
UPDATE: I thought I better get some context so I went to hockeyfights.com and pulled up the description:
Nov 09, 2001 1pd 02:18
Comments: The two are waiting for the puck to be dropped and as soon as the puck drops, so do the gloves - but only of McKenzie. Domi immediately goes to the ice and turtles! McKenzie hits Domi 3 or 4 times while Domi is turtling on the ice. McKenzie is given 27 PIMs. Domi gets up and has some words for the Devils bench. Other Penalties: McKenzie received an instigator, misconduct and game misconduct. Tie Domi did not receive a fighting major.
"He (Dingman) figures an honourable guy would go."
"He said he'd go. You and me next. Tommy Turtle's down there. You know that's really something"
Neil was talking to Burke on the bench - not Dingman.
McMurty discusses the incident.
PS: Don't stare at a young guy. Not a young guy, a smaller guy. If you keep looking at him you're acting like a hero. This public service announcement brought you by our public broadcaster.
PPS: You don't think Cherry's still mad at Marshall Johnston and is taking it out on two of the players he brought to the Sens do you?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
i wanna see a cow thrown onto the ice at rexall and then sacrificed with hockey sticks, apocolypse now style [sic]
Now that is just an outstanding idea. In fact, pretty much any scene from apocalypse would do the trick. Like I said, though, you've really got to get the crowd into it. Build on the above scenario by flinging chunks of the freshly slaughtered cow over the glass and encouraging folks to smear the blood on their faces as war paint.
In an era of cookie-cutter arenas why not bring back that once-cherished intimidation factor?
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Update: Mid second
Hey Tortorella, maybe if you play Boyle, Lecavalier, and St Louis 40 minutes a game you'll do better!
Update: Mid third
Hi, my name is Chris Dingman and I'm an idiot.
Update: End third
Chara threw three punches - all with his left. He could could have broken something on Lecavalier if he threw that last one with his right. His recently injured right hand or Vinny's nose.
Monday, April 24, 2006
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)
But in my opinion, the biggest reason this series is now tied is that Alfredsson has not been the player Ottawa needs him to be. He has been losing one on one battles. He had 0 shots on net. He had 1 hit and one takeaway according to the stats and had one giveaway and was called for hooking Sydor in the offensive zone. These are not Alfredsson numbers for 22 shifts.
And quoting from Don Brennan's column (he can't mess up simple stats can he?):
Often is the case that, as Alfredsson goes, so goes the Senators.I said in my post on Saturday that he needed to be moved to a different line if his production from Friday continued. Murray finally made some adjustments in the third but it was too late - perhaps more from necessity when Kelly went down.
The opposite is also true.
Alfredsson had no shots on goal all night -- or 14 less than Daniel Briere had for the Sabres on Saturday night vs. Philly -- only the fifth time that has happened all season.
The Senators have now lost four of those five games.
I hope they start Tuesday's game with Alfredsson lining up beside Heatley and Spezza (who combined for only 3 shots themselves compared to Richards and Lecavalier's 10 shots).
So, while I could probably have gone with the 'your best players have to be your best players' line, it's Alfredsson who has been the catalyst all year. He needs to be that guy on Tuesday.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
A while back I noted how amazing I find it that non-Torontonians think the Toronto media mollycoddles Leafs players. No, no, no, said the commenters. People just think that the Toronto media is Leafs-obsessed.
The increasingly unhinged Mark Spector to my rescue (subscribers only):
And it [the Leafs] includes a group of players so adored by the fans and caressed by the Toronto media, because of the uniform on their backs, that they inevitably fall prey to the belief that they are as good as everyone tells them they are.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)
Saturday, April 22, 2006
For tomorrows game I'm going to be watching for Alfredsson to make a bigger impact. I didn't hear his name mentioned very often and if the same happens tomorrow then look for some line changes to get him going.
God it was great to be back in the playoffs.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Regardless of how his debut turns out, you gotta love Emery's attitude. Word is he's busting out a George Chuvalo mask for Game 2.
Does Ray take fan gossip to heart? While googling around for a pic, I found this comment by 'Mr. Bryde' on a long shuttered Your Call thread:
I think there are a few things Ottawa should do in the coming months, either before the break, or before the March trade deadline: 1) Trade Emery. The guy has played horrrrible in his last 4 starts. The Mike Tyson thing, that just makes me upset...Chose a REAL hero to put on your mask...Has he ever heard of Muhammed Ali? To add to that, if he is a big fan of boxing, then put George Chuvalo on his helmet...Razor should take a lesson from George and learn about overcoming adversity.
Hockey Country: CBC and the Star have wisely picked up Chris McMurtry's indispensible commentary.
The Universal Cynic: Jungle legend / Sun Media columnist Erin Nicks brings the noise.
My Sen City: Has a sweet design and a fun "you be JFJ" game for visitors.
Sens Underground: iPodders will enjoy this show. Don't miss their clips section on the main page which includes the heroic Andrew Peters golf swing.
Hockey Will Tear Us Apart and The Smarting Senators
Finally, how did any inter-fan communication occur prior to the advent of Hockey Fan Boards? Ottawa forum is here.
Seriously, we've taken your taxes for so many years to keep our museums plentiful and cheap, our parks clean, our canal skating rink cleared, and our employment/real estate stable via the massive federal government you fund that the least we can do is take on a few more fans.
Heck, we'll even accept some Leaf fans - it will help them get up that last step on the evolutionary ladder.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I suppose you're interested in my playoff picks? Well, I'll preface them with a recap of my regular season foresight and an amusing story of a guy I used to know - let's call him "Al" - to serve as a stern warning to those inclined to gamble with fools and to disabuse anyone of the notion that I have any idea what I'm talking about. In fact, if you must bet, you might want to put money on the exact opposite of whatever I recommend.
So, my season started out here at the BoA round table. Roenick's bombing, Hasek's mind-body split and Spezza's 90 points weren't particularly daring predictions, although I did warn everyone the inter-divisional reruns were bound to get boring! I called a Vancouver-Ottawa final with Ottawa legitimately securing the cup only if they dispatched the Leafs first. [shrug] Maybe next year, you never know. The season ended with a perfectly average 10th place finish over at the Yahoo! Blog Hockey League. Note that the Ancapistan A's were in tough against many net notables including several of the BoO co-bloggers. Not a half bad record though, eh?
Well, when there's money on the line, it's an even worse situation. A bunch of the engineers at UofO (including frequent BoO commenter geeiwonder) used to do the hockey pool thing. Al was the guy bold enough to just throw his $20 into the kitty without any prior hockey knowledge whatsoever. The 97-98 draft, made in the dark confines of the now gutted Nox pub, confirmed our initial assessment of his GM skills. His voice boomed with confidence as he announced his coveted first pick - Mario Lemieux! Only slightly humbled, and politely directed to the non-retired, non-cancer-ridden players, Al later thought he hit the jackpot with a juicy pick that had been left lying on the table - "Konstantinov!" he blurted out to a roar of laughter. After boredom set in midway through the season, he attempted an outrageous trade whereby he sent half his team (including Ed Belfour) to a front runner in exchange for a case of beer. At least one pool member would not be laughing at these antics by the end of the season, however. Yours truly finished dead last - Al having edged me by one single point in the final weekend of the season (you'll never guess who went on to make - and win - an almost impossible bet that the Senators would pull off a first round upset of the Devils).
With all that said, I believe the final four will be all Red Teams. That's right - you're going to see more black and red flags this June than the Spanish Civil War. I've got Calgary coming out of the West and....no, I can't jinx them...uh, another team with black and red in their jerseys. Why yes, my pool is indeed full of Buffalo guys. Not because Chris Drury is such a clutch dude or anything, but merely to ensure I run the table should Buffalo get to be this year's Holy Shit How Did This Team End Up In The Final team.
There you go - you have all been warned!
Face these lines:
|Left Wing||Centre||Right Wing|
|Chris Kelly||Jason Spezza||Dany Heatley|
|Peter Schaefer||Mike Fisher||Martin Havlat|
|Patrick Eaves||Bryan Smolinski||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Vaclav Varada||Antoine Vermette||Chris Neil|
|Fredrik Modin||Brad Richards||Martin St. Louis|
|Vaclav Prospal||Vincent Lecavalier||Ruslan Fedotenko|
|Evgeny Artyukhin||Tim Taylor||Ryan Craig|
|Dimitry Afanasenkov||Martin Cibak||Rob DiMaio|
Tampa Bay can simply not match up against Ottawa. The Senators can put out Chara/Phillips and Redden/Meszaros tandems against the Tampa top two lines leaving them with the top point getters on the 3rd and 4th lines - 28pts (Craig) and 17pts (Artyukhin).
So, unless Ottawa takes a ton of stupid penalties, AND the 23rd rank PP can suddenly utilize the talent they have, AND the 4th ranked PK team tanks it, this is going to be a short series.
PS: As if it's a question...
77 gm, 5 g, 11a, 109pim, 7fm, $1,250,000
79 gm, 16g, 17a, 204pim, 9fm, $585,200
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Quoth the dinosaur: "For fuck's sake."
As much as he's gotta be fired, I do like the guy.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)
Sens are all over the Rangers, Fisher apparently scored a gorgeous shorthanded goal and Marty Havlat has been "flying".
Hope everyone's enjoying their Blue Jays game!
UPDATE: Get those brackets filled out. Ottawa, Carolina and
UPDATE 2: Whoa. Where the hell did the Devils come from?
Monday, April 17, 2006
Still no Hasek, folks. According to Steve Lloyd at the Team 1200, in today's practice he was still struggling with his lateral movement and did not even attempt to go down. Face it: Ray's going to be the man.
(UPDATE) The TSN screenshot includes a summary of recent ghastliness. Razor doesn't seem to be too worked up about it.
Here's how he's fared against potential first round opponents:
I see no reason why they can't bust through the first round, but if his hip wonks out, our hopes are in Mayor Quimby's hands.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Let's be clear. Ferguson and Quinn didn't fix this team in the final three weeks of the season.Dead on. Mikael Tellqvist had his two worst games of the season against Montreal and didn't play again until tonight, which is fair enough — "stick with the hot hand" is a pretty unimpeachable strategy. If Pat Quinn had employed it throughout the season and played Tellqvist instead of Ed Belfour, the Leafs might well be getting ready for the first round of the playoffs right now. He has to go.
Injuries fixed it for them, essentially reversing their poor decisions.
Ferguson didn't believe it was sensible to buy out Ed Belfour last summer and create useful salary cap room, and Quinn blithely ignored the veteran goalie's obvious inability to carry the load of a No. 1 goalie until Belfour's season was ended by back problems.
These hockey men, understand, had younger, faster players at their disposal all season long, but instead preferred to go with an older, slower lineup featuring a broken-down goalie.
When there were personnel choices to be made, they made all the wrong ones.
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)
I'm not sure what a 10 minute post-game airing of grievances can accomplish (do they expect to collectively locate a giant switch and place it in the "on" position?). I mean, if you can't get up for an opportunity like the one that presented itself last night, what will it take? The threat of another first round exit? Does anyone think the Flames or Oilers would have let their rivals off the hook so easily?
Round 1 Habs vs. Sens will likely begin Friday night. Judging by last night's pre-season level of intensity and the potential (Huet-Emery) goaltending differential I am not optimistic.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
"I never thought I wouldn't stay a Maple Leaf," Roberts said yesterday before the 39-year-old forward hit the ice against the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. "I believed up to the last minute that I would be, but unfortunately [Leafs GM] John [Ferguson Jr.] never gave me the opportunity.Well he offered you a contract, Gary. Where I come from, that's called an opportunity. But the Injured One prattles on:
"He [Ferguson] played the `Gary'll-always-want- to-be-a-Maple-Leaf' card too long.This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the word "offer". Do those protein shakes kill brain cells?
"By the time he decided to change his mind Florida had already offered me a two-year deal, so it was too late."
I wouldn't have any hard feelings with Roberts if he'd just admit that he left for more dough and now regrets it. But instead he seems to want to outsource the blame for his Floridian ennui:
"You can't compare the environment in Florida and the environment in Toronto," he said. "I miss that part of walking into the Air Canada Centre, and you know it's game day.That must be nice for Panthers fans to read, eh? Two-and-a-quarter million for 13-or-so goals in 50-odd games from a 39-year-old, and the promise of two-and-a-quarter million more for the same from the 40-year-old version of the same player — and he's not even happy to be there.
"In Florida, it's not like that. I have a tough time getting in that rink unless I have ID. I get stopped at the door without my pass, and they are like, 'Who are you?' "
(Cross-posted to Tart Cider.)
Now if he can refrain from breaking his fist on someone's face in what will surely be a raucous next-to-last regular season game against the Leafs, we'll have the pleasure of watching him clear out Ray Emery's doorstep all the way through to the Stanley Cup Finals if need be.
Where have I seen that move before? Ah yes, the tying goal of last season's Game 6 thrilla (although on that one he actually brought the puck to his forehand before shoveling it past a stunned Ed Belfour). This archived Mike Fisher quote really sums it up:
"A guy like Chara gets angry and it's contagious. We turned around after that. It was a huge play."
PS: Thanks to the co-bloggers for not posting anything in the past week and otherwise distracting the audience from my humiliating stumble through the shadowy world of deception that is basic html coding.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
Martin Gerber for Carolina, Ryan Miller (and plan B Martin Biron) for Buffalo, Antero Nittymaki for Philadelphia, Henrik Tellqvist for the NY Rangers, and Cristobol Huet for Montreal all have the exact number of NHL playoff games under their belt as Ray Emery: 0.
Good point. And if Lehtonen and the Thrashers catch Tampa that would leave Brodeur with 108 playoff games - the rest of the East combined: 0
CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Ottawa: Dom's not done: Sens
"This story is totally untrue," said Muckler. "We said when Dominik Hasek was injured that we had a plan that he wasn't going to come back until he's 100%.
"When he's 100%, he will be back and he's going to play in the playoffs. We hope that he's able to play some regular-season games and we're confident that he's going to play for us in the playoffs."
Hehe. Good one, Don.