The longest day

- April 17th, 2015

MONTREAL – For Cody Ceci, Thursday seemed to last forever.
Not many of the Senators felt great about their performance in Game 1 of their playoff series with the Montreal Canadiens, but Ceci might have had the worst case of regrets.
Playing in his first NHL post-season contest, he was a minus-3, including a giveaway at the offensive blue line that turned into a shorthanded goal for Lars Eller.
“I felt all right but it didn’t go very well for me,” Ceci said Friday morning at Bell Centre. “I’ve just got to put that behind me now and move forward.
“Yesterday was a long day just kind of waiting for today. I’m definitely anxious to get back at it today and hopefully it will go smoother.”
Seeing the Habs forward take off down ice and put the home team up 3-2 about 2 1/2 minutes after Ottawa had tied it was nightmarish for Ceci.
“It’s not a good feeling at all, and it kind of ruins your night in a quick way,” Ceci said Friday morning at Bell Centre. “But it’s all behind me now. I’m not thinking about that anymore. There’s nothing I can do now. There’s a whole new game tonight. You just try to turn things around and hopefully make something happen tonight.”
The noise in the Bell Centre and the ramifications of a playoff game made for an eye-opening experience for Ceci.
“The game is still the same, it just means a lot more,” he said. “Every mistake is that much more costly. So we just need to put the last game behind us, especially on a personal level. It wasn’t my best game but it’s behind me now.”

So, how do the Senators respond?

- April 16th, 2015

MONTREAL _ The shoe is on the other foot.
The last time these two teams met, the Habs lost Game 1 and their cool. This time, the Senators lost Game 1 and they lost their cool with the ugly slash by Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban.
We can sit here and talk about how the Senators have to get revenge on the Habs. Myself I don’t think Subban will be suspended but coach Dave Cameron has a decision to make with his lineup Friday night for Game 2 and the course of action he wants to take. It will tell us where this series will go.
I kind of compare it to the series against the Rangers a couple of years ago in New York. After losing Game 1, coach Paul MacLean didn’t like the way Brian Boyle was acting. So defenceman Matt Carkner skated onto the ice on the first shift and absolutely beat up Boyle in Game 2. He didn’t respond and Carkner got a one-game suspension along with being thrown out.
That sent a message to the Rangers that the Senators wouldn’t be intimidated. This series here is looking like it’s going to be tough and nasty. The slash by Subban on Stone wasn’t pretty but everybody in the league doubts he’ll be suspended for it.
The Senators have to decide on a response now.
Do they let Mark Borowiecki take care of business?
Do they dress Chris Neil, who has been out with a broken thumb, to take care of business or do they re-insert rugged forward Zack Smith, who is coming back from a terrible wrist injury.
Cameron has to craft a response here. Don’t let this incident mask the fact the Senators weren’t very good though. The Hamburglar couldn’t stop a thing in the second period and Bobby Ryan needs to find a way to start contributing again.
Interesting days ahead.

Our annual picks

- April 14th, 2015

We did this last year and Don I promise to update with our records after every round.
Do yours below and add your record after every round.

Don Brennan

Minnesota – St. Louis.
-Blues in 7

Chicago-Nashville
-Predators in 6

Winnipeg – Anaheim
-Jets in 6

Calgary-Vancouver
-Flames in 6

Detroit – Tampa
-Lightning in 5

Pittsburgh-New York
-Rangers in 4

Washington – New York Islanders
-Caps in 6

Ottawa-Montreal
-Senators in 6

Bruce Garrioch

Minnesota – St. Louis.
-Wild in 6

Chicago-Nashville
-Hawks in 6

Winnipeg – Anaheim
-Jets in 7

Calgary-Vancouver
-Canucks in 6

Detroit – Tampa
-Lightning in 4

Pittsburgh-New York
-Rangers in 6

Washington – New York Islanders
-Caps in 5

Ottawa-Montreal
-Senators in 6

Make yours here.

It’ll be the Habs. Here’s the schedule

- April 12th, 2015

The Senators and Habs won’t waste any time getting going.
With the Bell Centre booked up next Saturday night, the Senators will get their first-round series against their arch-rivals under way Wednesday night at 7 p.m. with Game 1 while Game 2 is set for Friday night. All games will be televised on the full CBC network.
The series will shift back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday at 7 p.m. and Game 4 Wednesday at 7 p.m. Here’s the full schedule. Playoff tickets go on sale to season seat holders Sunday and to the general public Monday morning.

GAME 1: Wednesday @ Montreal, 7 p.m.
GAME 2: Friday @ Montreal, 7 p.m.
GAME 3: Sunday @ Ottawa, 7 p.m.
GAME 4: Wednesday @ Ottawa, 7 p.m.
*GAME 5: Friday, Apr. 24 @ Montreal, TBD
*GAME 6: Sunday, Apr. 26 @ Ottawa, TBD
*Game 7: Tuesday, Apr. 28 @ Montreal, TBD
* If necessary.

Win and In

- April 9th, 2015

With one game left in the regular season, the Senators are now in control of their own destiny.
By getting even just a single point Saturday in Philadelphia, they guarantee themselves a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Ottawa’s 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Thursday night continued its wild dash to the regular season finish line, and beyond.
Not only did the Senators leap past the Bruins, but they landed in the first wild card spot with Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.
The Penguins are one point behind the Senators but have two games left.
Meanwhile, the Senators could still move past the Detroit Red Wings into third place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings have 98 points after losing in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Senators could lose Saturday and still get in if the Bruins don’t get two points against the Lightning.
To clarify:
Detroit 98 points (one game left vs. Carolina)
Islanders 98 points (two games left, Pittsburgh and Columbus)
Ottawa 97 points (one game left, vs. Philly)
Pittsburgh 96 points (two games left, NYI and Buffalo)
Boston 95 points (one game left, vs.Tampa)