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Ottawa's claim to fame coming into this series was that they were pesky. So are mosquitoes. The only difference between the two is one was willing to get blood. All series, the Sens just didn't seem like a team willing to sacrifice to get anything. Their downfall was how badly outmatched they were against the Penguins.
A team will usually heap praise on their opponent during a series to play head games. Here's a couple quotes from the Sens following the 7-3 Pens win in Game Four:
“We're up against a monster here.” - Marc Methot
"Probably not," Alfredsson said. "[Pittsburgh's] depth and our play right now … it doesn't look too good." - Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson when asked if the Sens could beat the Penguins three times in a row
These weren't head games. These were professional hockey players knowing what they were up against. Here are some quotes from the Sens after the series:
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After the 1st period of last night's Pens/Sens game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the Morrow goal, how to defend 2-on-1 breaks, Daniel Alfredsson, what the Blackhawks need to start doing and a few other topics.
Also, if you missed the end of the game last night, watch below the last minute of play, the handshakes and a Crosby interview. Continue reading...
Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil is one of the more frustrating players to play against in the league and this GIF shows why. While going to gain position in front of the net, he cup checks Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Douglas Murray in a completely unnecessary cheap shot. How Neil wasn’t called for a slash on this play is beyond me.
Do you know what that sound is, Mr. Alfredsson? That is the sound of inevitability.Daniel Alfredsson had seemingly given up.When asked if the Senators had a chance to win three straight games versus this Penguins team, Alfie responded,“Probably not.” While this refreshingly brutal honesty may come as a surprise, it’s not really that surprising. The question had been asked...
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It was believed that Ottawa's leading-scorer had missed all but five regular season games due to surgery and rehabilitation of an ailing back from late January.
On Monday, it was publicly revealed that Jason Spezza was suffering from more than just a bad back: during training in March, Spezza tore his meniscus.
Spezza had this...
Stick tap to @MoreBennett for the original image (via Backhand Shelf).
Just in case you needed any more affirmation as to why Daniel Alfredsson is simply the best, the shirtless image (above) of Alfie playing ping pong on Friday night (after the Senators were eliminated by the Penguins) has found it's way onto the Interwebs.
God bless you Internet.
You, and Alfie...
I believe that this is an auto-play video, but Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean put things particularly eloquently after his team's series-ending 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, ending the teams' second-round series in 5 games.
MacLean's bottom line on the series, as he told Sportsnet? "I hope they don't charge us for the clinic," he said...
Forget about style; worry about results. - Bobby Orr. After taking a 3 to 1 series lead against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night in Ottawa, the Penguins returned to Pittsburgh to open the doors of the Consol Energy Center to the Sens for Game 5. The Penguins were riding on the momentum of a 7 to 3 victory propelled by a dominating third period while the Senators, for their...
With a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Senators had a tough time finding any momentum and now many will ask if Daniel Alfredsson has played his last NHL game.
During the second period of game five of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators series, Penguins forward James Neal scored a very strange goal on Senators goalie Craig Anderson. After Neal’s initial shot was stopped by Anderson, Kris Letang picked up the puck and tried to bank it off Anderson. Letang’s shot rolled around and the puck was on edge and got stuck underneath...
Oh hey look Alfie said he his statements about "probably not coming coming back," were taken out of context. [ NESN ]
Alfredsson did say, however, that he wasn’t ready to give up on the team. He reiterated that Thursday, just a few hours after making the postgame comments. “There’s no denying we’re in tough,” Alfredsson said, according to NHL.com’s Arpon...
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In the end, the Ottawa Senators were simply out-classed by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Led by James Neal's hat-trick, Pittsburgh successfully defended home-ice in game five and took care of Ottawa in a relatively quick second-round series.
Ottawa fought, and fought, and fought in this series. But sometimes, the talent disparity...
Following the Pittsburgh Penguins convincing win over Ottawa Senators in game 4, the Senators looked defeated. Daniel Alfredsson’s comments aside, the overall demeanor and body language spoke of a team ready to wave the white flag. My question to you is can the Sens come back against the Penguins, or have they already given up? [...]