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Memorable Monday: The Big Rig Rule rolls on

Monday, 06.24.2013 / 3:00 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Memorable Monday: The Big Rig Rule rolls on

We’re on to Memorable Monday number four here at Inside the Senate and today, in honour of the fourth edition of this segment, we’ll be taking a fitting look at what may be the most remarkable phenomenon in all of Ottawa: The Big Rig Rule.

As we now know, if Chris Phillips scores a goal for the Sens you may as well call it a win then and there.

The 2013 season was a banner year for The Big Rig Rule. Phillips scored five goals in 48 games this season and, when he hit the back of the net, the Sens were a perfect 5-0-0. Goals came on:

January 24 at Florida: Sens win 3-1.

January 30 vs. Montreal: Sens win 5-1

February 5 vs. Buffalo: Sens win 4-3

March 16 vs. Buffalo: Sens win 4-3

March 25 vs. New Jersey: Sens win 3-2

The nicest goal of the five came arguably came against Montreal in January. With the Sens buzzing in Montreal’s zone, Phillips puts a shot on goal from the point. Chris Neil, Colin Greening and Zack Smith all get a whack in tight before the puck trickles out.

With some room to breathe, Smith pokes the puck back to Phillips just inside the faceoff dot and he blasts a heavy shot past Montreal’s Peter Budaj.

Take a look...

After his five goals this season the Sens have improved to 51-11-4 all-time when Chris Phillips scores, bringing the team’s win percentage in those games to .828. He now has 70 goals in his career.


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