In case you haven't noticed, the good people here who put stuff together for Sens TV do some pretty fantastic work. Last week I passed along their "Carry On" montage which was excellent and you all loved.
Today I have another gem for you, this one set to the tune "Go On" by Ottawa band Hearts in Stereo.
The last time I spoke with Jakob Silfverberg about how his game was coming along, it was largely positive. His focus was on getting to dangerous parts of the ice to generate better scoring opportunities.
It has been a couple of weeks and the on-ice play appears to be progressing as he had hoped. Silfverberg looks much more assertive with the puck and is trying to generate as much as he can. He has recorded two or more shots in eight of the Sens last nine games and has consistently had over 20 shifts a game.
The learning curve is progressing as well as he had hoped.
"Yeah I feel like I'm getting closer and closer," said Silfverberg. "It's just a matter of getting to those sweet spots on the ice and I feel like I'm getting there in the game. I'm feeling better."
The best example may be when he scored his first shorthanded goal. It was a heads-up play to look off New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and score on the backhand after retrieving a puck deep.
At this point we all know about the wrist shot. It's quick and accurate and a little bit violent and you'd be hard pressed to find a goalie who wants to deal with it. It may seem less immortal after Evgeni Nabokov stopped it in Sunday's shootout, but it is there and it's only going to improve.
Some pointed out online that they knew Silfverberg was going to take the shot he did, especially after his recent success with the move in the 'skills competition.' In hindsight though, the shot was there, he just didn't get enough lift on it. The question now is whether or not he'll go back to the wrister next time the Sens need a shootout.
He has moves ready no matter what. It'st just a matter of what the goalie gives him.
"Yeah, I've got a couple. If the goalie comes out too far I might have to use a couple of the moves in my sleeve."
Obviously there is still a ways to go for Silfverberg's production to match his immense potential but the signs on the ice are encouraging. His key going forward is keeping his mindset in the right place.
"It's just a matter of keeping going and not being satisfied and just keeping your confidence at the right level"
For those of you who missed it, Jakob and Mika Zibanejad took a tour of Philadelphia on Friday and spent some time at the famous Rocky statue. It's well worth a watch to get a look at the Sens' wonder Swedes.
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For those who didn't know, Patrick Wiercioch scored his first NHL goal yesterday. Here's the video:
The Sens are out and about Philadelphia soaking up the sights before game two of their road trip. Mika Zibanejad stopped by a landmark dedicated to a rather famous pugilist this afternoon...
Did he act out the scene we all know and love? Stay tuned, Sens fans. Hopefully we will all find out soon...
Many of you have probably noticed but it's worth going over. Chris Neil has played a key role this season shutting down opposing top lines alongside Zack Smith and (now) David Dziurzynski. The play of that checking line has been a primary reason why the Sens currently sit second in the NHL in goals against per game at 1.81.
Looking ahead to Saturday, the Flyers are a team with plenty of firepower — they're sixth in the league in goals for per game at 2.91 — but are also prone to lapses in the back end — they're 23rd in the league for goals against per game at 3.00.
As someone who has been a contributor at both ends of the rink this season, Neil weighed in on what the Sens will be facing when they take on the Flyers...
On handling their offence:
They're a skilled team, they have a lot of offence, a lot of skilled players. You have to be aware of who's on the ice and when they're on the ice. Obviously if you're against the other team's top line you have to be able to shut them down, keep it simple and get pucks in deep.
On scoring goals:
We want to get some traffic on Bryzgalov and get pucks to the net. That's how goals are getting scored around the league; we have to get more goals like that. I think we can generate more offence by doing that.
Given the way the Sens like to play the matching game, expect to see a lot of Neil-Smith-Dziurzynski matched up against Philadelphia's top unit of Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Ottawa has shut down top units for the most part this season and frustrated many of their matchups.
Don't be surprised if there happen to be fireworks between Neil and Hartnell either. They've been known to bother players from time to time.
Craig Anderson spoke to the media today after practice where he participated again today. It sounds as though there's reason to be encouraged as everything seems to be coming along nicely.
Here's what Andy had to say...
On how he feels:
Everyday seems to be getting a lot better. Just trying to do everything I can to get back soon.
Nothing has been set in stone yet, we just kind of take it day by day and right now the progress outstanding everyday. Every day I can do more and more out there. That's kind of where we're at right now.
On his progress:
I can skate, I can stop, I can push, I can do a lot of things that a forward can do. I haven't taken the step yet to see what a goalie can do. I think that's going to be the next step is see how it is tomorrow and see if I can get into the butterfly at all.
On if he actually wants to play forward:
Yeah but I don't think you want me out there. I'm pretty good for a beer leaguer and that's about it.
On how he will be trying to progress this weekend:
We've got some ice in the morning, it'll be early but they said it's just a matter of trying to stay in shape and making sure that when my ankle does feel 100 per cent I'm ready to play.
Considering how bad the injury looked when it happened, it's hard not to be encouraged by Anderson's update. The play of Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner has been reassuring in Anderson's absence, but it's always good to get the man who was the best goalie in the league at the time of his injury back between the pipes. Obviously the Sens are in no rush right now, but it sounds as though he'll be in the mix sooner rather than later.
Bishop will start tomorrow vs. Philadelphia.
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Rogers Cable 22 in Ottawa will be showing the Binghamton Senators in action on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Times can be found here.
There are few things which have the power to capture moments in sport better than a montage and I'm here to prove today that is absolutely beyond debate.
Below is a video put together for Sens TV called "Carry On" which recaps the Sens very exciting four game homestand which ended with four straight wins.
Hit play and prepare to feel tingly inside.
It's official. One year after he pitched a shutout against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Robin Lehner will have an opportunity to repeat himself. He's getting the start tonight against the B's at TD Garden. It will mark his first appearance of the season in the NHL.
In 13 career NHL games to-date, the 21 year old is 4-6-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .910 SV%.
On if he'll having trouble getting focused with a big gap between games:
No, I've still played lots of games this year. I'm just excited to be back here and playing against a great team with a great team. It's always fun.
On if he thinks back to his first shutout in Boston:
No... It's game to game. I've lost against these guys too. They're very skilled and I have a lot of respect for them and we're just going to go out and do our best and try and get the two points.
On how he prepares after the layover:
Have a good morning skate and get back into it. I've been doing it for a few years now so it's in my body, it's in my mind, it's not that big of a deal.
On if he is surprised to start tonight:
When I'm up here I have a huge amount of respect for the other two goalies who play. They've been having very good seasons and I've been having good success too down in the AHL. I'm excited to get the start today.
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