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As I am a writer from Ottawa, I thought you'd find this interesting:

I have been a listener to Bob McCown for a really long time.  I don't agree with him (even the majority of the time), but am compelled by his opinions.

The blog I started a couple of weeks ago has a review on each of his shows, not only from an Ottawa perspective, but sports perspective.

Any thoughts or feedback that the Sens Network Family has for me would be great!


Sens Talk / Taking photos from good seats at SBP
« on: November 07, 2007, 11:19:50 AM »
Guys - Normally I sit in the 300 level, but I will be sitting pretty close on Thursday.

I am getting my buddies DSLR camera - what settings should I put on it to optomize the shots.  He said he has a basic lens though.

Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated!

Sens Talk / Uh oh...Heatley Trade Rumors gathering steam...
« on: October 01, 2007, 10:43:56 AM »
Source: hf boards...

"A poster on another forum "JoseCorvo" has a source inside the sens ogranization and here is what he has to say:

"Well here it is...

The Heatley camp wants 8 mil. Murray and the Senators countered with 7. When Heatley's people said no to that offer Murray's response "Well then Dany, we are going to have to trade you"

Murray then called Spezza and told him to get in touch with his agent because they will begin working on that deal instead.

So take this as you will. Murray seems intent on not losing Heatley for nothing this off season. The next few days will be critical. Murray will be looking for potential trade partners and it will be up to the Heatley camp to either come down the one million, or perhaps extend their deadline.

Along with that, efforts continue to be made to move Redden but we all know what the issues are there.

Sorry if this ruins anyone's day, cause it sure threw a kink into mine. "

Again, this is a rumor and JoseCorvo could be Eklund or Garrioch for all we know...I'd be shocked if this had any credence but if we start hearing about Spezz negotiating a new contract then...

There will be no better time to trade Heatley then now (as far as getting value for him goes).  If he isn't going to sign here, ain't it time to boot him?

Sens Talk / 2007-08 Pool Info?
« on: September 28, 2007, 10:59:34 AM »
I saw this list, but are there any others?  Please build as you see fit?

TSN Projected 2007-08 stats

Haven't tried this one yet (blocked from work)

OK folks - Scary/Broken Bones have been providing Sensnetwork with the pda schedule for the games (including tv availability, and home v road game) for the past two years.

The Sens still haven't got on board, and this is an awesome service provided by our posters.

Scary, Broken Bones, will you do up another one this year now that the tv schedule is out?


Sens Talk / nice print...
« on: August 20, 2007, 03:18:36 PM »

wouldn't pay for it, but it looks great!

Sens Talk / Sens FTA Users?
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:47:38 AM »
Anyone here using FTA machines to watch Sens games?  If so, how was last Sens season?

« on: August 08, 2007, 03:13:28 PM »
Shamelessly taken from another board:

The Sens will unveil the new unis on Aug 22 at SBP.
4 p.m. - Warm-up festivities outside Scotiabank Place Gate 1, including a live band, interactive games for the kids, face painting and a barbeque;
5 p.m. - Doors open;
6:15 p.m. - Unveiling of the new uniforms.
Free parking and the first 5,000 get free Sens Army t-shirts.

Can anyone confirm?

Sens Talk / Redden vs. Murray
« on: July 25, 2007, 08:11:03 AM »
OTTAWA SUN: reports on the futures plans of the Senators now that they've avoided arbitration with Ray Emery and Christoph Schubert, who were both re-signed yesterday. Chris Stevenson reports there's presently no market for expensive backup Martin Gerber, meaning the Sens will likely start the season with him and hope for the market to improve as the season progresses. Don Brennan reports Senators GM Bryan Murray admitted he had a trade on the table with an unnamed team for Wade Redden during the June entry draft but Redden nixed the deal by invoking his "no-trade" clause. Murray now claims Redden won't be moving and that he's not actively shopping the blueliner. It's believed the Edmonton Oilers were very interested in Redden last month and there've been rumours of a swap with San Jose for Patrick Marleau. Brennan also reports Murray spoke positively of re-signing forward Chris Kelly before his slated arbitration hearing on August 1st.

(edited for title)

Sens Talk / Emery re-signs
« on: July 24, 2007, 09:09:19 AM »
3 years, 9./5 million....

Source: Darren Dreggon, team 1200

It didn't go to arbitration

Sens Talk / Cujo: "Sens trying to sign me..."
« on: July 24, 2007, 06:58:27 AM »
Hey folks,

A good friend of mine was at the Jays game last night, and he said that he saw Cujo there.  Cujo apparently told him last night that the Sens are trying to sign him.

My friend is not in the media or anything like that...

If this is true, what is Murray thinking behind this?  Is Emery on his way out?  Is Gerber??

Sens Talk / what about Peca?
« on: July 05, 2007, 11:16:25 AM »
Originally Posted by Howard Berger
Peca Says His Leaf Days Are Over
Jun 26 @ 8:08 PM ET

It was a short and bittersweet marriage between Michael Peca and the Toronto Maple Leafs. One that lasted only two-and-a-half months, and 35 NHL games. "I don't expect to be back with the Leafs," Peca told me earlier today from his home in Buffalo. "In my after-the-season meetings in April, I got the feeling the team didn't want me to return, and I have the same feeling today. My agent [Don Meehan] talked briefly with John Ferguson a week before the draft and John said he had some other things to look after. To my knowledge, he hasn't called Donny back and I don't expect him to."

A free agent acquisition last summer, Peca's right leg was obliterated in a collision with Chicago's Jim Vandermeer in a Dec. 22 Leafs-Blackhawks game at the United Center. He required extensive surgery -- including knee-ligament repair -- and was lost for the remainder of the season. And though the Toronto native worked dilligently to rebound from the horrific injury, Peca believes he'll have to resume his NHL career elsewhere. "It's sort of like the situation with Eric Lindros last year," said Peca. "He was also a Toronto kid who dreamed of playing for the Leafs and he obviously wanted to do more for the team. But, the organization looked at him differently after he got injured and he went somewhere else [to Dallas]. For me, it's the same scenario."

Lindros signed as a free agent with the Leafs after the 2005 lockout but played in only 33 games. He suffered a torn wrist ligament in a mid-December match against Dallas at the Air Canada Centre and tried in vain to avoid surgery. In the end, he needed an operation and he played only one more game for the Leafs before going under the knife.

Peca was a solid addition to the club last season. The Maple Leafs benefitted from his penalty killing and faceoff efficiency, and they missed him after he got hurt. "To be honest, I'm feeling great and I'm ready to take on more responsibility than I had with the Leafs," he said. "I'm physically and mentally prepared to handle the kind of role I had in Edmonton two years ago, when I played in all situations, including the powerplay. Is that going to happen for me in Toronto? Probably not. So, I'm set to move on, and it looks like the Leafs are as well."

Replacing Peca's physical talents likely won't be that difficult for Toronto. Replacing his character will be a far greater challenge.


June 6, 2007
An Interview With:


(Transcribed from audio)

Q.   Can you give us your thoughts?
   MIKE FISHER: It's disappointing, obviously.  No one likes to lose, but at the same time, we did get a lot accomplished this year.  And overall, we did a good job at the playoffs.  And we all battled really hard.  We played a really good team.  They played really well.  We're disappointed, but that's going to make (indiscernible) in this situation.

   Q.  I guess you have to learn how to lose before you can win sometimes at this level like the Ducks have done?
   MIKE FISHER: Yes.  They have been in the final a couple times, they played really well.  It's hard to win anything.  That's why it's so special.  And it's not fun going away without it.  But we're going to hang our heads high.  We battled all year; beat some great teams.
   Obviously, thanks to all our fans that supported us along the way, it was a lot of fun.  No one likes to lose.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   MIKE FISHER: They played really well.  They played better than us.  You gotta give them credit.  They played well.  They're a great team.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   MIKE FISHER: It just seemed like it was meant for them to win it.  They just got the breaks tonight.  What do you do.

   Q.  Can you talk about the ride and the fans in Ottawa?
   MIKE FISHER: The fans are awesome.  They supported us all year long, win or lose.  We had a great year.  Fans were unbelievable and we, obviously, owe a lot to them and appreciate all their support.  It's been fun for us and hopefully everyone enjoyed it, and we do all we can to win.

   Q.  Just first of all, what was said amongst all the players after the game?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Just the manager came in, said they should all huddle up, we should be proud of what we achieved, and then I think it's kind of hard to take in right now because it's very uneasy.  It's hard to get all the way there.  We played our best and they were a good team and we didn't come up to our level of play that we could.  And it's very hard right now.

   Q.  After this, did you have any reason in your mind that Anaheim was able to win this series in five games?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  It's close.  We look back at Game 1.  We had five-on-three for a minute and a half.  We don't put it away.  They win it in the last few minutes of Game 2.  And they just found a way to win the close games as we have in the past.  That was the difference.

   Q.  As far as the end of the game, the handshake line, when you passed Niedermayer, what did you say to him? 
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Congratulations.  (Indiscernible) very tough (indiscernible) forecheck on me numerous times get beating the first guy, relieving them of pressure.  Kind of carried the team, I think.
   Extremely (indiscernible) no question.  Today we didn't get off to a good start.  Right away, they get the lead.  Try to come back in the second.  We got some momentum.  We lost it right away.  And I think they had more depth than us in this series.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Tough (indiscernible) we didn't play our best  (Indiscernible).  They (indiscernible) were just the better team.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  But that's the way it goes.  I don't think we, as a team, had our game going at all.  And when you don't win games as a team, then it's a lot harder for the individual to find as well.  So it goes hand in hand.

   Q.  Capitalize the momentum out there, after both of your goals, that was tough.
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Yeah, I think, especially after the second one shorthanded, and then they come back and pull right away.  Took away all our momentum.  That's what we've been so great at the playoffs, and it seemed like they feel better than us at this series.

   Q.  If someone would have told us two weeks ago that you would (indiscernible) the Ducks, what would have been your reaction?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  I would have thought you were a fool.

   Q.  Why is that?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  I think we felt we were going really good going into this.  We couldn't get our forecheck for whatever reason.  And looking back, especially the last two this year, our impatience, we wanted it too much, wanted it too bad and tried to force things.  They played real well defensively.  They sit back with three, four guys, sometimes the forecheck hard.  And it's the defense that wins them the Series.

   Q.  Did you talk to Phillips there in the second and what went through your mind after that?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  (Indiscernible) there's nothing you can do about it, and, obviously, he takes it harder.  He's a tough person.  But it's just a tough break, and I feel bad for him after that.  It's an incredible year for us.  Those things happen.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Congratulations.  And he's a heck of a player in the league.  Played real well this year.  I think one of the reasons they got their forecheck thing going.  Big guy relieving pressure.

   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  It's really disappointing.  To come this far and be that close, makes it even harder, and see the Stanley Cup on the ice and see them celebrating, it's tough.

   Q.  Do you think they're a better team?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  On the score board, it showed that way.  We really did feel it.  We could have been a better team.  Showed it at times, just not consistently.

   Q.  You and Ray tried to do that 100 times; it wouldn't work out, so an unlucky play?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  Yes.  It does happen a lot of times.  You pull the puck out to go the other way, just got up in his feet, and we saw that and couldn't get it back.

   Q.  Can you describe (indiscernible) the teams get close?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  Like I said, the hardest.  Obviously, you have high expectations and fall considerably short, but when you get close to it and can't grab ahold of it.

   Q.  You probably answered this; what's the immediate feeling after a game like that?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  Just - I don't know.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  Yes, good word.

   Q.  (Question off microphone)?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  I can't say exactly.  They played really hard.  It didn't take away too much from what they wanted to do, and it's certainly a tough task.  And then it's the Stanley Cup Final.  As I said before, felt like we did okay at times, and everybody was there for us.  We just (indiscernible) and certainly, they played hard the entire series every game.
   And congratulations for them.

   Q.  (Indiscernible) What was the support for you either after your own goal or after the game?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  A little bit, yeah.  I felt bad, obviously.  (Indiscernible) not time to do, that's for sure.  They could tell I didn't want to say too much.

   Q.  Is it disappointing (indiscernible)?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  We got behind right away with the power play goal.  It's tough tonight.  Playing tonight.  I mean, we were right there.  Really, I mean, we had a great, I don't know, second period there.  My screw up seemed to, obviously, take some momentum away.  Then they get another lucky power play; gets deflected off their shin pads.
   So we worked hard tonight.  We had some chances.  We worked hard.  A lot of character in here.

   Q.  (Question about win in Ottawa)?
   CHRIS PHILLIPS:  You have a series to go.  They win at home ice, win the first two games.  Supposed to go back and win our home games.  Game 4 was a tough loss, a chance to even up the series, you go down 3-1, and you can't give up anything the rest of the series.  Chances tonight.  They got some lucky bounces and that's the end of it.

Sens Talk / anyone know if there will be a parade? ...and when??
« on: June 07, 2007, 08:38:43 AM »
anyone know if there will be a parade?  ...and when??

i just feel that i need to let the Sens know what they meant to me this season...

from this morning...

Pierre in his typical smug self did say that the Sens had 5-7 players who were signifcant that had major injuries.  He said that the details will come out soon...

I don't know what to say really.
Three minutes
to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.

we heal
as a team
or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we're finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
we can stay here
and get the shit kicked out of us
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can't do it for you.
I'm too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh....
I pissed away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life.
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don't quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that's going to make the **** difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I'll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That's a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That's football guys.
That's all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?


Ottawa Senators Post-Game Quotes


(Transcribed from Audio Recordings)


Q.    Your thoughts of being down two now?
RAY EMERY: Not a situation you want to be in.
But you know, it's a one-game at a time thing, any situation you're in.  So we are disappointed, but we gotta win the next game and that's it.
Q.    What happened after that start, after that first period?
RAY EMERY:  We played great in the first.  Giguere kept them in it, and we battled and got one right at the end of the first.  It was a big goal, but I think part of it is them bouncing back.  Playing a big second.  And maybe us not playing the same way that we did in the first, not getting pucks deep, the simple things.
Q.    How big of a hole is this?
RAY EMERY:  That's the biggest one we've been in this year.  Is it impossible to come out of?  No.  We won three games in a row against great teams this year tons of times.  So certainly can win two games in a row, no problem.  Once you do that, it's just whoever wins Game 7.  We have to look at it one game at a time and something we're definitely capable of.
Q.    Ray, how is the confidence level now (indiscernible) score
five-on-five in two games?
RAY EMERY:  We're confident.  We realize if we play our game, which we have in spurts, you know we dominate on the ice there.  So we just gotta do the things that have been working during those stretches where we're the dominant team, and we'll be fine.
Q.    (Indiscernible) especially the way you played them, you were so good?
RAY EMERY:  We take pride in our game at home.  We realize there's a big opportunity to even the series, and we're never happy with a loss.  So it's a tough spot to be in, but one that we're definitely capable of coming out of.

Q.    You came out in that first and second period.
      JASON SPEZZA:  We had a great first period and got away from doing things, and we had a bad second period, and they took advantage of their chances.
Q.    What happened in that second period?  Just dominated completely to
being completely dominated?
JASON SPEZZA:  We made some mistakes.  We took the puck over.  They capitalized on their opportunities.  We didn't do a good enough job getting it over on their end.
Q.    Can you talk about the opportunities tonight?  They don't have Chris
Pronger; the home crowd had a chance to tie it up?
JASON SPEZZA:  Obviously, we would be better off 2-2.  And we had a big opportunity tonight to even the series, take momentum, and we didn't do it.
Q.    How big a hole is this?
JASON SPEZZA:  It's a big hole, but it's not something that's insurmountable.  We just have to worry about chipping away one game at a time.  We can't worry about trying to win the series.  We have to try to worry about winning a game first.
Q.    Is this a confidence shaker?
JASON SPEZZA:  Confidence shaking, maybe a little bit frustrated; I don't think our confidence is shaken.
Q.    Can you explain why you guys haven't been able to generate as much as
you have pretty much the whole year offensively?
JASON SPEZZA:  They're doing a good job blocking a lot of shots, making it hard for us to get chances.  Not really an explanation.
Q.    You got a good start, weren't able to sustain it throughout the
course of the game?
JASON SPEZZA:  Could have been 2-3-0.  Then we had a bad second period.
They capitalized on the opportunities every time they seemed to get one.
Q.    Dany seemed to get off (indiscernible) have a scoring touch back?
JASON SPEZZA:  We weren't too worried about Dany's scoring touch.  Nice to see him score a goal but nice to be scoring in a win.
Q.    How do you guys try to lighten the mood and become more positive in
this particular - the body language says it?
JASON SPEZZA:  We just gotta watch the tapes and try and figure out what we have to do different and do better and just try and win hockey game first.
Q.    What's the most frustrating part of their game, what frustrates your
JASON SPEZZA:  Well, they do a good job of clogging it up.  They have five guys back all the time and they really just wait for turnovers and are pretty good defensively.
Q.    What's the mind set now or the mood?  I know it's -
JASON SPEZZA:  The game finished five minutes ago.  We're just pissed off that we lost this one.


MIKE FISHER:  We just didn't do some of the things I think we're carrying some stuff late in the game - late in the period, sorry.  We couldn't carry it over; sometimes it takes the end of a period.  The other team will take over.  That's hockey and that's what happens.  And they played hard.  They got some good opportunities, some nice individually on some of their guys.
You gotta give them credit, too.
Q.    Do you pay any attention to history, what people are going to throw
at you the next couple of days you'll hear it endlessly, 42 or something.
You don't remember that, do you?
MIKE FISHER:  No, but I mean, we're not going to worry about that.  I think just our focus now is Anaheim and trying to put this behind us, learn from it and some of the things we need to do and some of the things that have worked, and it's going to be tough in Anaheim.  They played well there.
We just gotta go in there on a mission and be relentless and give it everything we've got and don't worry about history.  Just worry about winning games.
Q.    Do you tune that out?
MIKE FISHER:  Yeah, I think so, yeah, for sure.
Q.    You're facing elimination for the first time (Indiscernible).  I
guess you can't look long-term now like many of your eastern opponents.
MIKE FISHER:  No, definitely, a tough loss tonight and disappointing, but we gotta travel tomorrow and just focus in on Wednesday in Anaheim and give it our best effort, everything we've got and just go in there with game plan, be on a mission and not worry about anything else for those games.
Q.    First period was so good, seemed to stop suddenly?
MIKE FISHER:  Yeah, I thought we had a great period.  Thought we did some great things, feeling good.  Second period, they took over, realized that, and they played well.  Gotta give him credit.  Nice individual plays, guys stepped up, and we just couldn't muster up enough, disappointing at home like that.  That's the side I want to take right now.


Q.    Disappointed after getting that lead in the first and not being able
to -
DANY HEATLEY:  I thought we really played well in the first, really took it to them real badly.  The goal by Alfy kept me wasted in the second.  They took the play to me in the second.  And the third, they got a break.  And made us pay.
Q.    Playoffs longer, the opponents had to face this type of a steep
climb, how do you face it?
DANY HEATLEY:  You gotta be positive.  Nothing comes easy.  This is not a situation we wanted to be in.  But we have no choice.  We gotta run the table now obviously and we're going into that, steel one, and come back here in a couple of days.
Q.    There has to be confidence on the road.  You guys are a good road
DANY HEATLEY:  Yeah, backs against the wall.  We just gotta go play now.
Like I said, this is not the position we wanted, but this is where we're at right now.
Q.    They split up you and Alfy and both your lines didn't have success
tonight.  Obviously, a positive sign if you go to Anaheim, that's the way it is.
DANY HEATLEY:  We played - we got a goal out of the two different lines.
We gotta keep getting better.  Two goals is not enough when they score three.
Q.    (Question off microphone)?
DANY HEATLEY:  It's really at this point irrelevant.  We lost a game.
Whether you're scoring or whether you're not, I think it's all about winning and losing.  That's all I'm concerned about.
Q.    What do you say to yourself going into Game 5 to try to keep the
spirits up?
DANY HEATLEY:  I mean, we can't look at the past.  We can't look at the history.  We can't look at the odds.  It's all about one game at a time from now.  Just stealing one on the road.  Getting it back in our building, going from there.
Q.    Played nicely tonight.  Can you take us through your goal.
DANY HEATLEY:  Spezza made a good play.  Stopped up and chipped it deep.
And saw that we kind of had a little two-on-one at the net and Patty made a great step and a great pass.


Q.    Looked like you guys had terrific control of this game 13 to 2 and
after that looks like it really (indiscernible)?
CHRIS KELLY:  Yes, I think we started forcing things we didn't need to and got away from the game and they capitalized on the opportunities and that's the way the game went.


Q.    What happened, looked like you guys dictated the play for the first
20 minutes.  Can you expand on what happened as you were playing?

TOM PREISSING:  Took a big shift (indiscernible).
Q.    Your group now, can you deal with that situation?
TOM PREISSING:  I mean, this is what we need to work on the most.  What happened before, being down 3 to 1, that's what we need to do.


Q.    Your thoughts on that.  What happened after the first period?  You
looked like you guys had some real good control of that game?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  We had a great first period and didn't play a very good second period, and they got us in a bit of a hole.  We took some penalties and lost all momentum, basically.  But finally Heatley scored, and we were going to get back in the third period, but one mistake they won the game.
Q.    What's the mood with the message?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Right now it's pretty tough.  I'm sure we will leave tomorrow, go forward.  I mean it's not over and we definitely are not going to give up.  It's tough to lose this one tonight.
Q.    Can you describe what happened at the end of the second period?
Seemed like out of your character that you would intentionally shoot the puck?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Yeah, I looked up at the clock, five six seconds left.
I am going to shoot the puck, the puck kind of stops.  I didn't mean to hit him, and it's - didn't mean to hit him.
Q.    Did you see him?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  I saw him.  I wanted to shoot the puck away.
Q.    Did this change your angle?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  I wanted to shoot at the net first.  The puck stopped.
I got it in my feet.  It's two seconds left; I just want to get rid of it.
Q.    (A question regarding the ice.)
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  The same for both teams?
Q.    (Question off microphone)?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Like I said, it's pretty tough right now.  We just gotta regroup tomorrow and try to win one in California.  And if we do that, we come back and go from there.
Q.    What's the difference between the first and second period?  The first
period you were fine, second period you came up flat?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  It's all about momentum.  We had it all the first period.  We were all over them.  Couldn't score more than one goal.  That's basically the second.  We didn't do a good job getting the puck in deep.
Same thing; they've been doing the first.  Two good teams and that's going to happen.
Q.    How big a role is this playing?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Two games.  We're behind two games.  We won three in a row before.  So I think it's going to be tough for us.  But I'm sure we're just going to look at the stats and history is not with us.  We're just going to go probably one game at a time.
Q.    You got Dany, go over that, getting him back into the groove.
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  He scored a big goal for us to get back in the game there and get some momentum going into the third and unfortunately we couldn't get the winning goal in the third.  We make a mistake and they come two-on-one and that's the difference.
Yeah, we dumped it in.  Both me and Fisher got on the wall.  I think Fisher got it down to Schaefer on the net; I was able to find an open slot.  Beat the buzzer.  We got something really going.  We had a great first period, but we didn't follow that up really good in the second.
Q.    What happened in the second and the third you guys just stopped
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  In the third, I don't think we were bad.  The third was back and forth.  We make one bad move and the defensemen - that's the way it goes.  We're not finding ways to win right now.
Q.    The end of the second period looked like you shot it right at Scott
Niedermayer.  Did you?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  No, I looked up at the clock.  It's five, six seconds left.  I want to shoot the puck.
The puck it stops gliding, it's in my feet I had to change and I wanted to get the puck in the net.
Q.    When you guys do head to Anaheim, what do you say on the plane to
each other?
DANIEL ALFREDSSON:  Tonight it's very hard.  We regroup have a tough challenge ahead of us.  I think, you know, we're playing for the Stanley Cup so we're not going to stop playing.


Q.    Obviously disappointment after getting the lead and being dominant in
the first?
WADE REDDEN:  Yes, good start for us.  We got off what we were doing early, second period they had a lot of the play.  And still in good spot after two, but, again, just a few mistakes and it cost us and real disappointing.
Q.    Knowing it may be 3-1 being able to play with them quite a bit and
still being down so far in this series?
WADE REDDEN:  I think that's - I don't think we can take much solace in that, the fact that every series it's close.  I mean throughout the playoffs and it's always a bounce here, there.  You obviously have to work hard to get anything done out there.
And disappointing just because I think we weren't as good as we could be, and we're going to have to have a great game Wednesday night, come back home.
Q.    Can you describe what happened, what turned out to be the winning
goal on that change?
WADE REDDEN:  Bad decision, neutral zone, I think.  Jumped on the ice, kind of look up and should have just probably backed off, obviously, and underestimated the quickest guy in the league as far as getting to the puck.  So bad read and cost us.
Q.    What happened between the first and second period?  I know that's an
easy question to ask, but anything tactically change?  Were you doing anything differently?
WADE REDDEN:  Well, just didn't execute, I think.  They obviously after the start they had probably felt pretty good about being down 1-0 and came out with a good second.  They were in our zone quite a bit early forced us to take some penalties.  We need to focus on finding a complete game down there and getting the series back to Ottawa.

Sens Talk / The official 'what the heck was alfie thinking' thread?
« on: June 05, 2007, 07:35:26 AM »
I have no idea what Alfie was thinking yesterday.  it pains me immensely to write these words....

I am and will continue to be a die hard fan.

It's just really tough to have perspective on the finals when he has now squarely put the attention on him.

I love you Alfie, but this was a heartless, classless move....what were you thinking???

May 30, 2007


       FRANK BROWN:  Questions for Coach.

        Q.  Your take on the Pahlsson goal?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  It was a great shot.  He got Corvo turned around.  He tried to do something with the stick, got spun and he used Corvo as a screen and hit inside the post.
        Great shot.  Good play on his part.

        Q.  The play seemed to start with another turnover at the attacking blueline.  Is that kind of the way the game went for you?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  We played better.  But we still made the - there were several of them, soft chip-ins that were picked off and trapped guys.  And on that particular play, we turned the puck over just inside the blueline, and Alfredsson couldn't put a stick on Pahlsson.  He was on the backside on a step.  We tried to pressure the puck to the outside.
        When he got that step, then he had the chance to attack one-on-one, and made the play that he made.
        But that's been the key for them really is our turnovers and creating offense for them.  And I'm not sure why we're doing it, but we're trying to create some offense and we're not getting much.
        And I suppose the players are trying to be a little creative, and in this case it burned us.

        Q.  Bryan, what's happening that they're limiting your shots, not giving you many chances?  Do your guys have to do a better job perhaps fighting through this stuff?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  Well, they're keeping the puck on the outside very well.  They stagger their D real well.  If you do put it in, the forecheck - we had some good forechecks but we didn't get plays to the net off them.
        But they're just doing a real good job.  At home they got the matchups.  It's what you're supposed to do is have a one-goal advantage playing on your home ice.  We hope it works that way.  But they've taken advantage of it.  No question.  Their matchups have been good.  We got away a number of times in the game but couldn't take advantage and get a goal off it.  But overall their D and their checking line have been stars of the series to this point.

        Q.  What's your message now that you have to win four out of five?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  We just have to take advantage of home ice advantage, or home ice.  We've done that.  We've played well in our own building.  We have to do it, absolutely have to do it this time.  And give ourselves a chance to come back here and get one.  The games have been - I don't know whether it was a close game or not.  We had some chances; they outshot us.  But I thought overall we skated better at least.

        Q.  Could you walk us through the philosophy of the line changes that you did, juggling you did through the game off and on?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  Obviously I was trying to get Alfredsson with Fisher at parts of the game to get away from the checking and the pair of defense that they like to play against the Spezza line.  That's basically it.  To do that you have to move a couple people around.
        We had some good shifts but obviously when you don't score goals it means very little.
`he five-on-three and just the second game in a row really you could have taken control?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  Giguere made some stops.  It's as simple as that.  Last night - or the game, first game, rather, we didn't have any chances other than the first play.  Tonight we had four or five real good chances at the net.  We jammed at it.  He made two stops, and then the puck came back to us again.  We got another chance.
        That's what the game of hockey is.  It's create and hope that you can get one by.  But goaltenders do play in this game and do have an important role.  And in this case J.S. did a good job.

        Q.  What about taking apart that top line at the start of the game, just for a couple of shifts there to give your team just a little bit of a jump?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  I didn't even tell the players until the lineup was handed in that we were doing that, just to give everybody a little bit of an edge to start, and I thought we got some great hits right off the bat.  We had some tempo and motion and we skated better.
        Unfortunately we didn't get many chances on goal, but there was some energy in the building and there was some energy in our dressing room.

        Q.  Are you concerned about Spezza and Heatley right now?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  When your top players don't score - their top players haven't scored neither, as much, but definitely we're counting on a couple of guys to be big-time players for us.
        And they played better tonight.  But they didn't create much in the way of offense.  I'm hoping we get home, we can do a little juggling, and it will come.
        But, yeah, I'm concerned.  They have to help us win games on the road as well as at home.

        Q.  Coach, this team has faced some adversity in these playoffs but arguably this is the most adversity you've faced.  How do you think they'll handle it?
        COACH BRYAN MURRAY:  We'll find out.  I know one thing.  We'll work hard.  We'll play hard.  We'll be competitive.  Our fans are great in our building, and I think that they're so supportive that they'll give us a lot of energy going back.
        We've got to get skating the way we did at the stage in this game, and if we do that, then we'll handle it fine.  And I remember the last time I was in Anaheim we lost the first two games, came into our building and won two.  So this is a team that's very capable of doing it.
        FRANK BROWN:  Thank you, Coach.
An Interview With:
(Transcribed from audio recordings)


       CHRIS PHILLIPS:  (Indiscernible) some turnovers and in turn we gotta be smart enough not to be - you know, turn the puck over and be sure plays get in.

        Q.  How precarious a position do you think your team is in?
        CHRIS PHILLIPS:  Well, it's disappointing to not get a win down here.  But we can't hang our heads.  There's a lot of pride in this room and we're going home now.  We've got two games at home to even out the series.


        Q.  Frustrated offensively when you're not able to generate?
        JASON SPEZZA:  Definitely didn't generate much opportunities, when we did made some big saves, good chance to get out early in the game.  We didn't.  The rest of the game we were chasing it a lot.

        Q.  Can you talk about the last play when they got the goal and you guys (indiscernible)?
        JASON SPEZZA:  Just a little bounce over the stick, skate by, Pahlsson pulls up, makes a great shot through the D screen.  It's just a good shot.

        Q.  Jason, sort of flat, your line isn't getting anything done here.  You guys lost two in a row.  Is there some pressure on you guys to start making something work here?
        JASON SPEZZA:  Obviously, we're the (indiscernible) we've been scoring to this point and we're expected to score goals.  It's not lack of effort.  We're trying.  We're getting pucks.  We did a little better job of getting pucks on net and deep today.  We didn't score those early goals.  We know we have to be better, though.

        Q.  Jason, what's going on out there that's - your (indiscernible) rolled for three rounds and it's not rolling this time?
        JASON SPEZZA:  You got the answer, let me know and I'll put it in the play next game.  No, we gotta watch the tapes.  We gotta figure it out.  We gotta try and cycle a little more, and we gotta win two games at home now.  We put ourselves in a tough spot.  We know our line's got to lead the way.

        Q.  What about the officiating?  Seems like from upstairs there's a lot of hacking and whacking going on that wasn't for three rounds.  Are you seeing it on the ice?
        JASON SPEZZA:  It's a chippier game, but as long as we know what's being called, then we can play the game accordingly.  And we just have to kind of go out and just work through it.  And there's going to be a lot more to go this series, and it's a change from the first three rounds.  But you gotta deal with it.


        DANY HEATLEY:  They're a good defensive team.  We have to find a way to get it done.  They hold up a lot.  They do a good job that way.  Protect the middle very well.  It's a simple game.  Gotta get the puck in and play in their end.  (Indiscernible) really good chance to score on the power play, couple good chances.
        It's going to be a heck of a series.  And Sammy Pahlsson makes a great shot on the goal.  That's the game.
        We had our chances here.  But we need to generate more chances.

        Q.  I keep hearing from different guys they hold up a lot.  They hold up a lot.  Are you seeing a different style of hockey than you've seen all season?
        DANY HEATLEY:  No question.  No question.  They do a good job whether it's subtle or whether it's blatant.  They definitely play a real hold-up style, defensive style.  We have to find ways to (indiscernible).

        Q.  Isn't that supposed to be illegal now?
        DANY HEATLEY:  Yeah, it is.

        Q.  (Indiscernible)?
        DANY HEATLEY:  No question.  It's not like a Final.  It's not going to be easy.  They played two games well in their building.  We'll go home and be in front of our fans.

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