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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.03.2013 / 4:37 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



With the re-assignment of Dave Dziurzynski earlier today, the Sens made a corresponding move, calling up 23 year old forward Mike Hoffman.

From the official release:

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.03.2013 / 11:43 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



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:

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.03.2013 / 10:51 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



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

Bringing you the best of Sens media, blogs and interactive content to get your day going right...

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POSTED ON Monday, 25.03.2013 / 10:56 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It certainly wasn't the prettiest win of the season but they count all the same as the Ottawa Senators escaped with a 3-2 shootout win on Monday night.

After a dominating start to the game for the Sens, the Devils captured momentum in the first period and controlled the flow of play for the majority of the game from there. The Sens found a way to keep things together at the back end and, thanks to some fortunate bounces matching solid play in goal from Ben Bishop, got the game to the skills competition where they earned the win.

Coach MacLean borrowed defensive terminology more commonly used in football in saying that the Sens "bent and didn't break" tonight, though you'd be hard-pressed to find a more apt description of how the game played out.

Here's a Twitter rundown of Coach's thoughts on tonight...

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POSTED ON Monday, 25.03.2013 / 5:18 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's gameday and, as such, we have the usual slate of pregame materials for you to peruse ahead of puck drop.

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POSTED ON Monday, 25.03.2013 / 2:09 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



A theme from March for the Ottawa Senators has been the continued development of the blueline in spite of the absence of Erik Karlsson. With the reigning Norris Trophy winner on the shelf, the Sens have enjoyed steady play from the likes of veterans Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips and Marc Methot while seeing continued development from Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba.

Since Wiercioch scored his first goal on March 3 against the Islanders, he has been playing with a visible level of confidence and flair that have made why he was so successful in the AHL obvious to anyone. Now, after scoring his first NHL goal this past Saturday, Gryba may be the next to see similar progress after making strides in recent games. He sees it as just another indication things are trending in the right direction.


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POSTED ON Monday, 25.03.2013 / 9:58 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



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

Bringing you the best of Sens media, blogs and interactive content to get your day going right...

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POSTED ON Sunday, 24.03.2013 / 2:23 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It certainly wasn't the most conventional way to score, but between his breakaway, a deflected shot, an empty netter and whatever we want to call the goal from Saturday, it may be fair to say that Guillaume Latendresse has scored in every way humanly possible this season.

For those who missed it, after taking what worked out to be an icing style stretch pass from Jakob Silfverberg, Latendresse broke in on the Lightning goal, got stopped on his first attempt and improvised a spinning slap shot to score for the Sens.

Take a look...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.03.2013 / 5:07 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



The Sens used a big second half of the first period to propel themselves to a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon with goals from four different players.

Daniel Alfredsson was the primary catalyst for the Sens and was a headache for the Lightning all game long. He was easily Ottawa's most creative player on the ice and was rewarded with two goals for his effort. Alfie was your first star for his work and Marc Methot took home the second star of the game.

Methot returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game vs. Boston. He and Eric Gryba (who scored his first career NHL goal today) were a stabilizing force on the back. Both players were plus-3 at the final horn.

Coach MacLean noted that the hot start was great for the team but that they had to be better about keeping the intensity level up as a game drags on with a big lead. Tampa Bay kept coming consistently but the Sens did enough to weather the storm.

Here is a Twitter rundown of what Coach had to say after the game...

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POSTED ON Friday, 22.03.2013 / 11:52 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Last night at Scotiabank Place there were plenty of memorable moments, as is customary, but two in particular stood out from the rest.

First up we have a Bell HD Screen tribute for Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson who hit the 1100 career point plateau earlier this week when the Sens beat the Islanders. Alfie got a great ovation from the Scotiabank Place crowd and gave them a salute in return.

Have a look...

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06