Picking it up

- April 14th, 2012

If you’ve seen any other playoff series, you know Game 1 of the Senators-Rangers was a little different. Players didn’t have the same fire or level of desperation.
Playoff passion was not evident, particularly from the Senators side. They admit as much, too.
“I don’t think it was quite there,” Zack Smith said after this morning’s skate at Madison Square Garden. “I think tonight our intensity will be higher. Looking back, it wasn’t that intense of a game. They just played better than us. After the game we realized we need to be more intense. We will be tonight. I guarantee it.”
All the media “experts” I talked to today think the Senators will even the series tonight. I’m leaning that way as well.
Senators 3, Rangers 2

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15 comments

  1. PaV says:

    im sorry, but for those ppl on here that are going to call Carkner a goon, screw off.

    Boyle got what he deserved. Carkner… well done.

  2. OD99 says:

    Fully agree that game one didn’t even seem like a play-off game and can’t believe nobody did anything about Boyle giving the jabs to Karlsson (and how did Karlsson get a penalty on that play?!).

    That said, tonight the boys showed they cared and were ready to play – loved what Carkner did even though it was cheap. Loved that Neil took on Boyle again and looked like a rabid dog when he did engage him (Boyle dropped the gloves like he was about to punish his little brother and Neil jumped right at him).

    And the best part? I didn’t see any signs of 65 being scared – I saw a competitor who wanted to win badly and was who was willing to throw his body into the fray over and over again. Karlsson was the catalyst for that win tonight with his rushes and great overall play. Can’t say how impressed I was with Karlsson tonight and his willingness to engage physically – had to inspire some teammates and hopefully a few others decide it’s OK to hit someone.

    If Alfie is out…I don’t like our chances nearly as much and what a shame it would be if this ends up being his career…some punk rookie takes a cheap shot at him. I fully expect some frontier justice again on Monday then – Konopka can run Gaborik or Richards and take the game for whatever damage he can do…that play wasn’t as predatory as some we have seen but still gutless and deserves a response.

    Fantastic…can’t believe I have to miss the home opener for a one hour meeting in Cinci!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!

    Right on boys, keep up the pressure. You have been the better team through 2 games…try getting a lead and keep up that forecheck!!

    Love it!!!

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    Isn’t it amazing how having Carkner in the lineup, makes everyone two inches taller, 20 pounds heavier! It defied reason to have him sit the first game! I would go a step further and sit O’myGod-Brien and play the Missing Klink (although he can’t put the puck in the ocean either, he is big, fast and used his body). Maclean, although a very nice guy, makes decisions baffled me all year and it continues into the playoffs! Dressing Gilroy made little sense and Maclean should have known the Rangers were going to use their size and nastiness. Daugavins is a good kid but an NHLer he is not (he, like Cam-moron, were member’s of Eugene’s Junior team).

    Afredsson wasn’t playing well before the hit and I wonder if he will play again this series. He didn’t get a shot on net and was credited with one hit (I am not sure what a hit is anymore; Karlsson is registerd with having delivered 5…the most on the team and Smith is credited with only 1?!). One thing is for certain, if there was any real thought of Alfredsson returning one more year, this last hit put the nail in that coffin.

    It was very good to see the team pull together and the look on Yosemite Sam’s face was priceless! Everyone’s choice for “passionate coach” does very little in reality. Outside his profanity laced rants and constant whining/complaining to the referees there is very little he brings to the party. The New York Rangers with all their size and hype won one game and lost the other to an 8th placed team that limped in to the post season (strategically). Withought Lundquist, where would the Rangers be?

    Neil and Smith were outstanding and SHOULD PLAY TOGETHER ALL THE TIME (are you reading this Le Moustache!!!!). They were the heart and soul and the Stars of last night’s game; Spezza on the other hand, was awful and he knows it.

    I wonder what the league officials are going to do/say about last night’s game. Hagelin should get a couple of games minimum for his elbow on Alfredsson but then again, Shanaham is the Sherrif and he hasn’t demonstrated any consistency in his punishment unless of course you count his inconsistency and leniency with star players!

    Is Ron Duguay trying to hard; I think so. He of the perma-tan and the 80′s carefully coiffed “flow” was in his own little world last night groovin’ to da muzik! Glen Healey blows, the pompous clown should stick to his bag pipes! Are we done with Denis Pas-de-Vin (mais, beaucoup de biere)? I really, realy hope so!

    Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall in the Ranger dressing room after the game? The game Monday night will get some special attention. I am sure league officials will have a little chat with both teams but I suspect it will change nothing. The Rangers topped up on size with little regard for talent when they acquired Scott and that was in anticipation of having to go through Boston to get to Lord Stanley. Will he dress for game 3? I hope so, because he is a pylon!

  4. Dan Fogerty says:

    Good game 2. Bruce, it must have killed you to see Elliott come in and stand on his head for St. Louis.

  5. Mike8888 says:

    Good game last night. The Sens should sign Carkner for next year. He’s needed. So is Konopka. For all of his faults, Konopka is a playoff type of player that is needed as well. Boyle is a coward. He turtled against Carkner and gthen got some courage against Neil. After watching Neil take on Chara earlier this year, it reall shows what a coward Boyle is. What is he 6’6″? I can’t wait until tomorow’s game.

  6. OD99 says:

    I think that after this play-off run is over I am just going to stick with the other Sens blogs.

    I like this one and the characters we have and that is the only reason I have lasted this long but seeing how long items take again….especially after one of the craziest play-off games we have been involved in, is just unacceptable.

    Too bad because while the other blogs allow you instant posting they are obviously very busy…and I really wanted to see the day that Bobby said Karlsson was a worthwhile player…it will happen eventually!

  7. Bruce Garrioch says:

    I could care less.

  8. Bobby Goodman says:

    If what “Yorksie” suggests is true and the Sens win on Saturday night was on Maclean, are we to make the logical extension that the loss two nights before was Maclean’s fault? I don’t think Maclean’s actions/words were responsible for the victory at all and anyone, even most of us hacks, believe Carkner should have dressed for both games! As far as I am concerned, Boyle’s liberties on Karlsson were partly due to Carkner watching from the press box (although I still don’t understand why Smith or Neil didn’t exact some revenge immediate thereafter)! To me, it was a very bad decision to dress the very soft Gilroy and Dog and if I was a writer I would have asked the Coach why? Maclean exosed the vulnerable wee ones with his decision to sit Carkner so to say he made a brilliant decision because he finally did what he should have done in the first place is dumb. It is akin to suggesting that someone who was fined 300 dollars for speeding was brilliant because they decided the next trip to Toronto on the 401 they would stick to the speed limit. It is the same logic that many are applying to Murray’s “rebuild”. He made the team crappy and now he is celebrated for squeaking into the playoffs! He failed for 5 years!

    I see Yorks is reminding us all, yet again, he played in the NHL with his article in the Ottawa Sun: “I’ve played on five teams…”; and “I’ve played for five coaches…” Every article he authors is riddled with “when I played” and “I’ve played”; yes Yorksie, we get the picture, you played in the NHL now give it a rest already (I don’t know if he is trying to convince us or himself).

    For Yorksie to suggest “the old saying in hockey that hard work will beat skill that doesn’t work hard” is really very silly. A volkswaggen beatle will beat a Ferarri that is parked. A midget stands taller than a giant who is lying down. These are not profound statements Yorksie and they! But hey, that “old saying in hockey” must have have inspired when they were uttered by your 5 coaches on the 5 teams you played for. Yorksie, buddy, you played in the NHL, share some insight my man! You, like Denis Pas-de-Vin (mais, Beaucoup de Biere) could tell us so much but instead, you share garbage. You and Pas de Vin could tell us (without names if that makes you more comfortable) who were the toughest, the nastiest, the scariest and why. Tell us about guys who loved to challenge them and some whose games disappeared. Tells us stories about coaches and what they said to prepared for a war (I know of a few stories about Rick Dudley – he was mental). Hell man, you played for 5 teams, 5 coaches and if you don’t believe it, read your aricles! Yorksie, Yorksie, Yorksie…dig a little deeper. There is an old saying in the News industry: “a crappy story authored is a better than the best story never told”.

  9. Dennis_w says:

    Pav,

    The only problem I have with Carkner is that he went after the wrong player. He should’ve grabbed Callahan or Richards and pounded them, preferably during a NYR power play. Coincidental minors and alls even.

    Still, as it is Karlsson was the best player on the ice. Hope he keeps it up in these no rules plyoffs.

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Davey, you will be waiting a very long time my friend. I will definitely say I am wrong when I see him play real hockey but have yet to see it. Karlie played great on Saturday? He played better than he did Thursday because on Thursday he was paralized with fear (as he was for the first 15 minutes of the game on Saturday)! Only when the penalties were dished out and order restored did he grow a pair. Even still, he might as well play on an oval because the corners are foreign to him. He will skate with the puck when there is open ice but fail to navigate anyone on the outside (corner looms) with his great speed. Hitting has a different connotation from yesteryear. Daisey the Air Rifle hits people the way Karlie does, never face to face but always when their back is turned. Had Karlie not got a fluke goal, I suspect no one would be talking about him. To say he dominated the game is really very silly (some pundits have said it though). I would say that Neil and Smith played a dominating game. The way they played, opened up ice for the wee one to dally around. With Carkner out of the lineup tonight, we will soon see how dominating Karlie will be. Firing 10 shots at Lundquist is great but who is getting him the puck so he can fire 10 shots? The spectacular Karlsson who is the quarterback on the power play again couldn’t get it going! He had ample opportunity. Blasting away aimlessy from 50 feet does very little.

    I will forever concede he is a great skater, but only going forward he is not very good skating backwards (that is a mandatory skill for Defencemen but not for Offencemen). Karlie is one of the league’s worst at blocking shots. He will NEVER go into a corner. He stands around in his own end. He leaves the opposition alone in front of his net. He is constantly caught up the ice (because he is an Offenceman). He completely disappears in a very tough game (unless of course the dust is all settled). He is on the ice for many goals that are scored against and one of the worst in the entire league. But, if this is acceptable, so be it. To me and again I say to you Dave, I represent an army of perhaps one, who is not a big fan. To me, Doughty or a Letang are infinitely better. They are defencemen who aren’t ascared and take the defence part more seriously…and…they can skate backwards. But that is just me. I hope you don’t pull the plug mon ami and as an incentive, I will forgive you having to buy me a beer; I will indeed buy you one!

  11. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    What about your plus minus stat that you’re in love with? You fail to mention Karlsson’s stellar plus minus on a mediocre team. Unless of course you believe it’s because he was paired with Kuba for most of the season. You only quote that stat when it fits your argument.

  12. Dennis_w says:

    To say that Karlsson should go in the corner first and let some 4th line goon plaster him would play right into the opposition’s hand. What he does do though is usually come away with the puck, but I guess he would be a smarter 165 pounder to always go in first and consistently be on the IR.

    The brave Letang jumped the 38 year-old (never fought in his life) Timmonen from behind. My hero.

    But, on the Internet, everyone is entitled their opinions, no matter how consistently wrong it is.

  13. OD99 says:

    Bobby you are going to owe me a beer when the Sens knock off the Rangers.

    As for Karlsson if you don’t think he played well and physical on Saturday I can’t ever hope you will come around. We agree to disagree…hopefully your golden boy Spezza shows up some game, would be nice for him to contribute to the series.

  14. OD99 says:

    God Spezza is pissing me off tonight!!!

    Get the frigging puck in deep, and shoot the freaking thing sometime too!!!!

    He is back to being a liability tonight and he needs to be one of our best players.

  15. Bobby Goodman says:

    Your right Dennis, Letang is a bum.

    I have conceded often that Karlsson’s plus/minus was outstanding. However, a defenceman he is not…sound familiar at all. He is on the ice for more goals scored against than most players in the entire NHL! He leads the league in missed shots. He is among the worst in blocked shots. He is among the worst in give-a-ways (and he does it inside his own blueline). He is constantly caught out of position. He is among the worst for least number of hits. He is not called upon to kill penalties. He stands around in his own end. He concedes every corner, ever game. See a pattern here guys. It is in between the second and third perios and he has been invisible save one shift. I will offer my opinion anywhere Dennis and I am sorry if it offends you. BTW: are you in for a beer with the boys (I am winning 4 freebies and I can offer one to you). The 3rd period is starting so I must go. Take good care mes amis.

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