You know a goaltender has done something spectacular to get 20,000 people chanting their name. On Thursday night, Ben Bishop gave us an idea of just how you go about getting that done.
With Bishop tied up, down and out in his crease, Ryan McDonagh walked in from the top of the circle with nothing but net to aim at. Bishop, however, collected himself and pulled off one of the saves of the year, diving across the net to eliminate the opening with a great save and preserve the lead.
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Sens fans looking to keep track of the team's prospects in playoff action already have some second round excitement to look forward to as a pair of Sens prospects advanced one step further in their respective CHL leagues.
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It was a tightly played game between the Sens and Rangers with not a ton separating the two teams, but ultimately tighter defensive play won in the end as the Sens escaped with a 3-0 victory.
While the Rangers had plenty of possession time at various points of the game, they ultimately couldn't break down an aggressive Sens defensive system to generate many meaningful scoring chances. The Sens also held up on the PK, killing all four Rangers penalties and generating a handful of shorthanded chances.
When the Sens had their occasional breakdown, Ben Bishop made the crucial stops. He put a jolt in the Scotiabank Place crowd with a diving stop on the short side and found a way to quash any Rangers offence. He was named the first star of the game and deservedly so.
Here's a Twitter rundown of what Coach MacLean had to say...
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Mike Hoffman made his arrival in Ottawa today and spoke after practice about his experiences this season, in addition to what he believes he brings to the table.
For those who were unaware, Hoffman skated on a line with Daniel Alfredsson and Kyle Turris today. If you were a young, offensively talented player looking to shine in your second stint, linemates don't get much better than that.
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Erik Karlsson and his wife Therese were at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa today to lend their support and officially become the BGCO's official "spokescouple."
It has been a long time coming but Craig Anderson has finally begun making appearances at team practices this week and appears to slowly be getting closer to his return to game action this season.
Andy, who went down on February 21 against the New York Rangers with a sprained ankle, has been recuperating for a little over a month's time now. Obviously any need for him to risk a hasty return and play through excessive pain has been eliminated by the stellar performances of Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner in his absence but the return of the Sens' top goaltender will be a welcome one...
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From the official release:
There's something to be said for anyone that can put a positive spin on a scary incident. Last night, when Erik Condra left the game late in the third period after taking a puck to the mouth, a lot of fans feared the worst and visions of Chicago's Duncan Keith losing seven teeth in 2010 entered their minds.
(In fact, if you type 'Duncan Keith' into Google, the third autofill result is 'Duncan Keith teeth' — at least it rhymes.)
The good news is Condra will be okay and actually made his way back to the bench during the shootout. Paul MacLean said last night that Condra was, in fact, available to shoot had the team required his services. All good signs.
The best sign of all, perhaps, came from Condra himself on Twitter after the game when he tweeted: