Alexei Yashin

Best and worst sweaters of all-time: Ottawa Senators

It’s tough being the Ottawa Senators. Your team has been successful for the last ten-plus seasons, aside from a couple of recent headache years. You’ve had tremendously talented players there as well (Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, uh… Alexei Yashin) as a Stanley Cup finals appearance yet no one seems to respect you. Don’t suppose that’s got anything to do with how you look on the ice now does it?

Best: When the Senators came to be out of expansion in 1992 they showed up with a unique logo and typical early 90s color scheme of red, black, and white. What they did with their sweater was something classical, however. With the large logo emblazoning the front and with simple stripes on the sleeves and waist as well as a curious shoulder logo that made you wonder if the team was sponsored by Sheraton, it was a good looking sweater.

When they added white stripes to the sleeves in 1995, the sweater really popped and became one of the better looking ones in the league. It’s a classy look that I’m disappointed they went away from to look more modern.

Worst: Yet again, a terrible third sweater gets the call as the worst one. This time around, it’s their most recent black third sweater that indescribably decided a diagonal word mark was the way to go. Instead of it saying “OTTAWA” or “SENATORS” they decided to shorten things up to be edgy going with “SENS.” Instead of being edgy it was just stupid and on top of it all, it just looks bad.

Old-Timey Goodness: These modern-day Senators have absolutely nothing at all to do with the team that existed in the early days of the NHL in the 20s and 30s, but that won’t stop us from digging out my favorite barber pole sweater from the days of the original Senators. It’s all the same colors the modern Senators use but with a large “O” on the front and everything in striped glory. This is as old-timey as old-timey gets and I can’t get enough of it. Here’s to hoping the Senators 20th anniversary vintage-inspired sweaters that are on the way this year will indeed take enough of a nod from these beauties.

Assessment: The Senators’ current array of sweaters is not inspiring in the least. Switching from their Roman era logo that they started with to the cartoony Senator to a similar-looking style they have now doesn’t do much for me at all. Going to a red sweater was a nice move, but the color swirls and dumb logo are disheartening. It’s not a bad sweater, it just… Is. If that doesn’t sum up the Senators’ run in the NHL, I don’t know what does.

Video: Things get heated before Lightning – Islanders Game 3

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You know a playoff series is starting to rev up when teams can’t even peacefully share an ice surface during warm-ups.

The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to draw a red line in the sand between each other before Game 3, with the two sides exchanging a couple bumps and mean looks.

It’s … honestly a pretty amusing spectacle.

You can watch it all in the video above. Perhaps this GIF will fuel a meme or two:

Brian Boyle downplayed the exchange(s):

Penguins bring up Sestito and Oleksy

New Jersey Devils right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Tom Sestito (47) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled tough guys Tom Sestito and Steve Oleksy from the AHL on Tuesday.

This move makes a sense for a couple of reasons.

Most clearly, things are getting nasty between the Penguins and Washington Capitals, so Pittsburgh is bringing in a couple of brutes. Each player isn’t shy about piling up penalty minutes, whether that be in the NHL or AHL.

The other reason: with injuries and Kris Letang‘s suspension, Oleksy could provide some depth. Justin Schultz is motivated to prove himself, yet Oleksy provides a little insurance.

Is it the ideal scenario in a big playoff game? Nope, but if brute force ends up being a factor, the Penguins added some muscle.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Islanders – Game 3

New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) flights near the net with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24),center,  and defenseman Victor Hedman (77), of Sweden, during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) falls on the ice. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to take the series lead for the first time against the New York Islanders, who are trying to regain the advantage on home ice at the Barclays Center after a split in Tampa Bay. You can catch Game 3 between these teams on NBCSN (7 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

Strome saga continues, will be a healthy scratch for Game 3

Halak practices fully, hoping to be back soon

 

Anisimov out six to eight weeks after undergoing ‘successful’ wrist surgery

Chicago Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov tries to handle a rebound from Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Artem Anisimov on Tuesday underwent successful surgery on his injured right wrist, the Chicago Blackhawks announced.

“We anticipate his return to full hockey activities in approximately six to eight weeks,” said team physician Dr. Michael Terry in a statement.

The news comes eight days after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round, eliminated in seven games by the St. Louis Blues.

Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in last summer’s blockbuster deal for Brandon Saad, the 27-year-old Anisimov enjoyed the second 20-goal season of his career and fell just two points shy of his previous career best of 44 when he was with the New York Rangers.

He played the bulk of this season on a line with two highly skilled players in Patrick Kane, the league-leader in points with 106, and Artemi Panarin, named as a Calder Trophy finalist on Monday.

In March, Anisimov was named to Russia’s preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, although the recovery schedule outlined above should allow plenty of time for Anisimov to be physically ready for the tournament when it begins in September.

Related: Three major challenges facing the Chicago Blackhawks, who won’t be champs in 2016