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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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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 10:49 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It was a tough loss for the Sens on Thursday night as they played the Bruins tight over three periods. A couple lapses in play led them astray and gave Boston the 2-1 win.

Obviously you can't make mistakes against a team as solid as the Bruins, but those who watched the game will likely agree that the Sens played well enough to deserve a point.

Coach MacLean attributed the loss to two drops in the level of play, both coinciding with Boston goals. The first, at the end of the second, led to a goal from Paille. The second lapse, at the end of the third period, led to a faceoff in the Sens' zone which the Bruins won and scored on a point shot through a sea of bodies.

Kaspars Daugavins had the goal for the Sens, his first of the season on a wrist shot wired into the top of the net. Sergei Gonchar earned an assist on the goal to take sole possession of the franchise record for consecutive games with an assist at nine.

Here is a Twitter rundown of what Coach MacLean had to say...

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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 4:59 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

We're inside two hours from puck drop on the third meeting of the season between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators which means you only have so much time to get caught up on the news of the day.

Let's begin.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 3:20 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



It's no secret to anyone who has been watching (or reading for that matter) that Sergei Gonchar has been a key cog in this Sens machine that continues to roll through adversity this season.

Not only is Gonchar tied for a team record after registering an assist in his eighth straight game, he has been a steady defensive presence on the back end, getting the action headed towards the opposing goal and clearing his own zone effectively. He has been so good, in fact, that his teammates have taken to calling him 'Benjamin Button' after the movie/short story character who gets younger as he ages.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 12:51 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog



In case you missed it, the Sens made another entry-level move yesterday by picking up goaltender Andrew Hammond, an NCAA free agent out of Bowling Green.

For many Sens fans who may be inclined to follow the Canadian ranks more closely than the American collegiate ones, there isn't much known about Hammond. Even on the NCAA scale, Bowling Green is no power program, though much of their success in recent years can be attributed to the play of Ottawa's newest goaltender.

Did you know that in 2011-12 he played all 44 games for the Falcons? Now you do.

Here's a brief rundown of Hammond's stat sheet from the official team release:

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POSTED ON Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 9:45 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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
3 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
4 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
5 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
6 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
7 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
8 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. MacArthur 18 8 6 -3 14
E. Karlsson 18 4 9 -3 13
B. Ryan 17 5 6 1 11
K. Turris 18 3 8 -1 11
A. Chiasson 15 5 5 -3 10
M. Stone 17 5 4 3 9
M. Hoffman 15 7 1 8 8
M. Michalek 18 2 5 0 7
C. Ceci 18 0 7 4 7
D. Legwand 18 2 4 -1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 5 3 3 .935 2.23
R. Lehner 4 2 1 .917 2.82