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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.03.2013 / 10:28 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Your daily roundup of what the internet has to say about Ottawa Senators hockey...

Wayne Scanlan has the post-game quotes and notes from Toronto and also writes that the improvements in Ottawa and Toronto this season start with the coaching.

Bruce Garrioch has his post-game recap complete with his three stars, thumbs up, thumbs down and turning point.

Marc Brassard also has thoughts from Toronto with a full game recap.

SensChirp reacts to last night's loss and includes a little tribute to Canadian music legend Stompin' Tom Connors who passed away last night.

Silver Seven has a game recap complete with a shot chart and photos from the lower bowl in Toronto last night.

And I'll leave you all with the Stompin' Tom song we know so well...

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.03.2013 / 4:13 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

With just hours between us and the third installment of the Battle of Ontario (2013), it's time to take a look at today's pre-game materials.

First up (above), we have today's Sens TV Gameday Goodie. Gord Wilson talks to Patrick Wiercioch about the relief of scoring his first career NHL goal and getting ready to play the Leafs in Toronto.

Next we have Mr. Wilson's Game Preview ahead of tonight's game. It feels like a long time since this was the case, but this game holds big meaning for both of the teams involved tonight as they are currently jockeying for position in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Perhaps some post-season implications will catapult the Battle of Ontario back to the echelon it once occupied.


And finally, if good things truly do come to those who wait, the Sens should have some good fortune tonight. They had to do their fair share of waiting today prior to hitting the ice.



For more great shots like the one above, be sure to follow the Sens on Instagram: @nhlsenators

You never know who the photographer may be...
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.03.2013 / 1:36 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Ah, sweet nostalgia. The Sens used to have some serious notoriety amongst people who pay close attention to postgame interviews. As many of you surely recall, the team used to do their postgame Q&A sessions in the cozy confines of the weight room during the team's cool down session rather than the dressing room like they do today.

While it's been a couple years since that was common practice around these parts, memories of the ritual loom large in the hearts of many who have taken to the internet for their own personal tribute.

Brendan Shanahan did his own interpretation a few years back as the member of the New York Rangers, and now Canadian curler Brad Gushue and his Team Newfoundland and Labrador rink have passed along their own at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier.

As you can see, they were kind enough to send this one our way earlier today. Take a look, folks.


Nailed it? Nailed it.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.03.2013 / 11:20 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Among the Sens' notable absences this year has been Guillaume Latendresse. He had been filling a top-6 role and trying to get his legs back under him after missing the better part of the year with Minnesota last season before being knocked out in late January with a whiplash injury.

The big forward is nearing a return and actually practiced with the team yesterday for the first time since his injury.

Here is his condition update:


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.03.2013 / 9:47 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Your daily roundup of what the internet has to say about Ottawa Senators hockey...

Senators Extra throws out their predictions for tonight's Battle of Ontario tilt.

Bruce Garrioch writes about Guillaume Latendresse "clearing his head" with a specialist visit.

Marc Brassard looks at the Sens finally getting reinforcements up front.

Murray Pam looks at "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" of the Sens season thus far.

There is Mark Stone call-up reaction from...

Silver Seven... SensChirp... and The 6th Sens

Travis Yost looks at the "bizarre" season the Sens are having at even strength.

SenShot wonders if Milan Michalek can help snap Kyle Turris' goal slump.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 5:09 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

Nine years ago today there was a little bit of a punch up in Philly between the Flyers and Sens.

Records were set. Memories were made. Stitches were needed.

Here are three of the four Sens left from that infamous game recalling what it was like.

Spoiler: Chris Neil keeps score in a different way from you or I.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 4:19 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



The youth movement in Ottawa has been in full swing for some time now and the latest participant is ready to join in. With Mark Stone called up and ready to go, the Sens should have another talented offensive option in their lineup soon who will be able to contribute.

It has been an adjustment for Stone who is still adapting to the size and speed of the pro game, but he has his spot in the show for the time being on a team hoping he can bring a missing piece to the puzzle.

"I don't know if I'm the solution, I might be able to try and help. It's probably why they brought me in here. To see if I can try and help and play the way I play."

With 21 points in 38 AHL games, expectations need to be tempered for Stone. While it should be noted that for many players it's actually easier to adapt to the NHL game than the AHL because of the structured nature of play, he won't be making anyone forget about Jason Spezza off the hop.

The good news is he has plenty of other young Sens around to help him bridge the gap.

"It has definitely been easier making the adjustment. I know most of the faces up here and it's an easier adjustment knowing most of the guys."

The adjustment should also be easier given Stone's time around the big club during their playoff series against the New York Rangers. He appeared in two games and recorded a point which no doubt gives him additional confidence going forward.

Needless to say, he's enjoying the ride.

"Obviously last year I wasn't exactly expecting to get a call up and now, to get a taste is good and now I can't get the smile off my face. I'm just excited to play."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 3:38 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



"I'm ready to play."

Milan Michalek wasn't the biggest name to fall for the Senators in Pittsburgh on February 13 but his absence has certainly been felt. In another case of unlucky 13's, the Sens haven't scored over three goals in a baker's dozen worth of games going back to February 5 at home against Buffalo.

With Michalek on the verge of his return, that should turn around sooner rather than later.

It's not entirely clear what happened to Michalek in Pittsburgh but the wait for him to re-enter the lineup has been, or feels like, a long time coming. His focus now is on getting back to full speed physically.

"I have to get in game shape and try to get some confidence back. Just try and skate and do that and hopefully it will come."

Despite the sudden nature of how Michalek's injury came about — he simply came off the ice with a swollen knee — he says he isn't worried about how it will perform for him. He isn't thinking about it when he's playing and says it feels good.

As far as possibly returning against Toronto? Coach MacLean hasn't finalized his lineup for the Wednesday tilt but it sounds as though Michalek is in the plans.

When asked about taking on the Leafs, Michalek said "it'll be fun." It'll be just as good to see a top line with him on it.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 11:09 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



There was a roster move coming after the re-assignment of Derek Grant today and now we know what it is. Mark Stone was recalled by the Sens today and he will be joining the team ahead of their game tomorrow against Toronto.

From the official release:

After making his National Hockey League (and professional career) debut in Game 5 of last spring’s Eastern Conference NHL quarter-final playoff series against the New York Rangers, the recall is the first of Stone’s regular-season career. In 38 AHL contests with the B-Sens this season, the Winnipeg native has recorded 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 10 penalty minutes. He currently ranks second among active B-Sens with a +15 plus-minus rating.

Stone, 20, has appeared in two NHL post-season contests and registered an assist on Jason Spezza’s game-winning goal in his professional debut last April 21 at Madison Square Garden – a 2-0 Ottawa victory.

A first team Western Hockey League all-star in each of the last two seasons, Stone’s four-season junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings saw him register 296 points (106 goals, 190 assists) over 232 contests.

Obviously Stone will be a welcome addition to a team that has gone 13 straight games without passing the three goal plateau.

In more good news for the team, Stone is practicing, as are Milan Michalek and Guillaume Latendresse. Good signs all around.

Players will be meeting with the media later today and there will be updates to follow.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 10:47 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog


Your daily roundup of what the internet has to say about Ottawa Senators hockey...

Sylvain St-Laurent spoke to Senators' GM Bryan Murray about his plan of attack going forward.

Ken Warren looks at the big minute totals logged by Sens defencemen this past weekend.

Don Brennan argues that the Sens need to drop the gloves more.

SensChirp looks at the call-up of Mark Stone.

The 6th Sens break down the scoring chances from Sunday's game against the Islanders.

Silver Seven has some fun with shot charts and spreadsheets.

SenShot argues that it's not all doom and gloom for the Sens right now.

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