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POSTED ON Thursday, 28.02.2013 / 11:28 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



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

Ken Warren takes a look at the impressive goaltending the Sens have had to date.

Senators Extra has their game prediction panel ahead of the Thursday tilt in Boston.

Sylvain St-Laurent looks at how strong the Bruins have been thus far.

Don Brennan writes that Robin Lehner may be on the bench on the one year anniversary of his stellar game in Boston.

Silver Seven looks at the ups-and-downs of week six of the Sens season.

Travis Yost has usage charts for the Sens thus farm showing how players are faring in their various situations.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 27.02.2013 / 4:15 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Coming off of a five game winning streak the Senators are in for a real test on Thursday night when they take on the Boston Bruins. The Bruins currently sit tied with the Sens in the Eastern Conference as both have 26 points. Boston, however, has done it in four less games.

Needless to say, it will be a measuring stick for where the Sens are as a team.

A common theme surrounding the Sens home success over the past week has been their ability to generate the right matchups in game and on the ice. It's no secret that having the last change is a massive asset for any team or coaching staff looking to take certain players on. Sens fans need look no further than Zack Smith's line and its ability to clamp down on top units.

When asked about the benefits of certain matchups, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson acknowledged that Ottawa was more suited to capitalize on certain opponents than others, but that the differences between opponents isn't as vast as it may seem.

"I think we do but at the same time the differences between teams are not that big. Everybody forechecks pretty much the same way. Boston is a more physical team than Montreal is, but Montreal is, especially on defence, really mobile."

The Canadiens gave the Sens fits with their skating last game and seemed to just be a step quicker all night. Alfredsson suggested that this was the result of passive play more than anything and that an attacking approach can rectify those shortcomings.

"They move the puck really well. (On Monday) they really had a good gap and we, as forwards, didn't have a lot of time and I think that's one thing we can improve with our play," said Alfredsson. "Make sure we have a third forward with our D so we can be a little bit more aggressive. I think we gave them (Montreal) a little bit too much time with the puck in the neutral zone and that's why we ended up chasing it a lot."

The Sens have historically struggled against the Bruins and, furthermore, in Boston. With that in mind, however, this year's pesky Sens have found a way to give very strong teams fits all season long. What's the key to their success in Beantown?

"They're a good team right now, they've kept the core of their team together for the last few years and have been getting better and better. With our team now, I like our chances," said Alfredsson. "I think teams know we work extremely hard and if we're in games they know that, you know, we should — maybe — beat this team and they start doubting themselves a little bit. That's one of the secrets for us."

If there's anything we've learned this season, it's never a good idea to count out the Sens.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 27.02.2013 / 10:29 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 writes that the Senators have finally found a way to win in the shootout... eight years later.

Bruce Garrioch spoke to legendary head coach Scotty Bowman who has some praise for the Sens.

Wayne Scanlan profiles Senators rookie Dave "Dizzy" Dziurzynski and a great start to his NHL career.

Ken Warren, meanwhile, looks at fellow call-up Eric Gryba who has earned a spot on the Sens' top pair.

Murray Pam argues that the Sens have become the NHL's "Black Knight" for you Monty Python fans.

Silver Seven profiles the history of Senators wearing the number 21.

The 6th Sens break down scoring chances from Monday's win over Montreal.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.02.2013 / 2:37 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



When Dave Dziurzynski was called up to the big club, a lot of fans weren't sure what to expect from the big 23 year old. With a large frame and two-way game, he plays a style that often veers away from the stat sheet and, consequently, away from attention.

The good news there is 'Dizzy' plays a game appreciated by his teammates and coaches. Responsibility in all three zones, physicality and smart play all lend themselves well to the system Paul MacLean & Co. preach here in Ottawa.

From here on out it's not so much a matter of Dziurzynski changing that game to fit the NHL level as it is improving the way he plays it.

"Yeah, just trying to adapt to every game and get better and get more confidence. I think they're kind of using me in a shut down role so it's playing against the top line and getting more minutes and trying to get more comfortable. "

The comfort level hasn't been a problem for many of the Sens' call-ups this season, in large part because there have been too many new faces. Depending on what corner of the locker room you're in you are finding players who were plugging away in Binghamton together just a few weeks ago.

"It definitely helps, a lot of familiar faces around the room, a lot of guys I played with and won a Calder Cup with so we're pretty close with everyone and it makes it a lot easier, just coming in to adapt when you're nervous coming in. Seeing everyone, it helps a lot."

The friendly faces have been about the only easy part of the adjustment.

In a matter of hours, Dziurzynski went from AHL forward at-large to shutdown winger on an NHL team. One of his first assignments was lining up against Toronto's Phil Kessel, the League's sixth leading point getter last season.

Welcome to The Show, kid.

"You grew up watching him on TV so it's a little bit... overwhelming at first but I'm just trying to settle down early in the game, keep it really simple and play my best and help Smitty (Zack Smith) and Neiler (Chris Neil) out. "

To that line's credit, Kessel has zero points in two games against Ottawa.

Dziurzynski has now played in six NHL games and found a way to score two goals for his efforts. All told it's not a half bad start for a player who has been relied upon to shut down opposing goal scorers.

The real question after all of this is what he is doing with that first ever puck, scored on Rick DiPietro on February 19, .

"Ottawa makes a first goal thing for you so it's going to go to my family. My parents have a Wall of Fame type of thing so it's going to go to them to put on their wall."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.02.2013 / 1:58 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog


Most pictures are worth a thousand words. This one is probably worth about two, and they add up to way more than a thousand.

"Oh, wow."

Between Carey Price in a pretzel in the crease, sly Regin non-chalantly realizing he's being photographed while scoring a ludicrous goal and winning a game, it's tough to beat this photo.

Those of you who want to see other lovely photos from this game can click here.
Those who want to watch Regin's beautiful goal again can watch below. Clicking replay several times is allowed.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 26.02.2013 / 12:22 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



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


Bruce Garrioch recaps the Sens win over the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout.

Ken Warren looks at the key quotes and big numbers from the aftermath of the victory.

Wayne Scanlan argues that the Sens and Habs are "unlikely Eastern Conference titans."

Sylvain St-Laurent looks at the Sens historically unlikely shootout success this season.

Don Brennan notes that the Sens haven't taken part in many fights this season.

Silver Seven have a prospect report that focuses in on Stefan Noesen and Matt Puempel.

Travis Yost looks at this five game winning streak.

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POSTED ON Monday, 25.02.2013 / 11:28 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog


What else can you say about these Pesky Sens?

Ben Bishop stood on his head and stole them a game. Peter Regin was huge in his first game returning from injury. Paul MacLean was extremely complimentary of both. It certainly wasn't the best game the Sens have played all season, but they all count the same when you get the win.

Here's a Twitter rundown of Coach MacLean's thoughts:

For those of you who are more audio inclined, you can listen to Coach MacLean's full post-game press conference here on this page.
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POSTED ON Monday, 25.02.2013 / 12:19 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's not often that a Monday is a banner day for anybody, but today will go down as a good one for Ben Bishop. He was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24.

Obviously there was some trepidation when Craig Anderson went down against the New York Rangers, but Bishop has the Sens in good hands. He may be best described as "sneaky good" last week, as the numbers underscore just how solid he was in goal.

From the NHL:

THIRD STAR -- BEN BISHOP, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Bishop went 3-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .931 save percentage as the Senators won all four of their games. He posted 30 saves and denied all three shooters in a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 18. Bishop then relieved an injured Craig Anderson and made 11 stops, plus another six in the shootout, to pick up a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers Feb. 21. He closed the week with 26 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 23. The Denver, Colo., native has played in 28 career NHL games, posting a 10-10-3 record with a 2.63 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout.

Bishop is going to look to keep the ball rolling tonight when he faces the Montreal Canadiens.

With tonight's matchup against Carey Price and his previous two against Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur respectively in addition to appearing in relief for Anderson, Bishop has certainly had his work cut out for him and found a way to thrive.

If you sneak a peek at the upcoming schedule, don't expect that to change.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.02.2013 / 10:56 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



Not much to say after that game except what a big win in their first game without Craig Anderson on Hockey Night in Canada against a division rival.

Colin Greening was the no-brainer first star. He was great in all three zones, tied a career high in single game points with three and scored the game winner with 24 seconds to play. Greening's line with Mika Zibanejad and Erik Condra was the best line for either team, forcing turnovers and generating chances. They were rewarded with the offensive zone faceoff late and they delivered. Full marks to them.

Coach MacLean was very positive after the game. Here is a twitter rundown of his thoughts:

For those of you who are more audio inclined, you can listen to Coach MacLean's full post-game press conference here on this page.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 23.02.2013 / 4:27 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



A focal point of discussions this season has surrounded the impressive depth of this team. No position may be deeper, however, than goaltender.

Craig Anderson has put up Vezina calibre numbers from the outset of the season. Ben Bishop is one of the most talented back-ups in the league. Robin Lehner is one of the top goaltending prospects in hockey, if not the most highly rated.

With Anderson now out for the immediate future with an ankle injury, the Sens will be forced to rely on his other talented battery mates. Here is what Bishop had to say on taking over the job for the time being.

On starting:

"I was lucky enough to have the same type of experience last year. Andy went down and I got to play seven games in a row, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity again. It's nice to have the experience this time."

On the team picking up the slack:

"When one guy has gone down another guy has stepped up. I don't think that's going to stop."

On playing division rivals:

"I got to play Toronto and Montreal last year and both of those are big rivals, last year we played Toronto here. It was a lot of fun. They're big games. You don't look too much into the rivalry you just look at it as another game that obviously have a lot more excitement in the crowd."

On replacing Craig Anderson:

"You just have to go out there and play your game. Obviously you watch Craig and pick up some things. He's the best goalie in the league right now so you try to watch and pick up some things from him. You don't try to be like him at all, you have to do your own thing and just go and play."

On what has changed from his first start of the season:

"The Tampa game they were scoring on screened shots, rebounds and empty netters, you can't do much about that. I don't think it was a bad start at all. I'm just happy to keep playing the way I've been playing."

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