Things are getting serious up in Ottawa. The Senators are yet another
team that is struggling coming out of the Olympic break, after winning
14-of-16 games heading into March. There was the hope that Ottawa would
be able to lock down a division title and home ice in at least the first
round, but now it may become a fight just to stay in a playoff spot.
Senators have one just one game in March, coming against the lowly
Edmonton Oilers and have earned just three points out of a possible 12.
Can you feel a momentous collapse on its way?
definitely want to start winning more. We can’t rest on laurels and
what we did before the break,” said centre Jason Spezza, who scored the
Senators’ lone goal Saturday. “It’s time to start peaking and getting
ready for the playoffs. If we don’t watch it, teams are going to be
coming pretty quick. This is definitely something we need to address.”
Senators were shellacked on the road by Vancouver, which isn’t all that
surprising considering how the Canucks have played lately, but the big
concern was how the Senators just look completely disinterested in even
“We came out pretty flat and didn’t generate a whole lot,” said
Fisher. “Give them credit, they played very well at home, they didn’t
give us much offensively and outworked us most of the game. We didn’t
show up. There was no excuse for it. We know we’ve got to be much
“We’ve just got to put this behind us. They looked good, but we
didn’t stick to our game and play the way we can. It was frustrating and
one we want to forget.”
The Senators are still seven points ahead of 8th place Boston
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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