Found April 23, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
Make sure to follow Travis on Twitter! -- The Ottawa Senators, most importantly, still control their own destiny. But, after last night's 3-1 regulation loss against a depleted Pittsburgh Penguins lineup on home ice, Ottawa's playoff outlook has grown a bit grim. What's working most in the team's favor, of course, is that the Winnipeg Jets are running out of runway. Claude Noel's team has bee...

Erik Karlsson makes miraculous recovery in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators did not expect elite puck-rushing defenseman Erik Karlsson to return this season from his torn Achilles tendon. Normally such an injury requires three or four months of recovery after surgical repairs.But Karlsson has been back at practice this week, skating full tilt. If he plays Thursday, he will return to action after missing just 71 days and 31 games. He worked...

I NOW Consider Sergei Gonchar A Hall Of Famer

I try to monitor what time in a player's career he becomes a clear Hall of Famer.  At what point is he a Hall of Fame player regardless of what happens in the rest of his career?  I think Sergei Gonchar has passed that point. Gonchar has been one of the better defencemen in the league for well over a decade.  He has never been the best defenceman in the league but he was...

GIF: Chris Neil's running charge on Simon Despres

Typical Chris Neil. Neil was given a charging penalty on the play.

(Video) Chris Neil steamrolls Simon Despres

Senators forward Chris Neil absolutely steamsrolls Penguins defenseman Simon Despres. Neil was given a charging minor on the play.

Senators’ Chris Neil destroys Penguins’ Simon Despres

Halfway through the second period of the Ottawa Senators-Pittsburgh Penguins game on Monday night, Senators forward Chris Neil absolutely obliterated Penguins defenseman Simon Despres.  Neil was given a two-minute minor for charging on the play, despite the fact that he glided right into Despres.  The only reason this was called a penalty was because of the magnitude of the hit...

Erik Karlsson miraculously ready to return after suffering a sliced Achilles tendon

When Matt Cooke's skate cut through Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon back in February, hockey fans and writers universally assumed that it meant the end to the defenseman's 2013 season. Shockingly, Karlsson has not only returned to practicing with his team, but he is reportedly ready to return as soon as Thursday when the Senators battle the Washington Capitals.  ...

How do high shooting percentage teams perform in playoffs?

With the win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night the Leafs have made the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season and they are doing it largely on the backs of an elevated shooting percentage which currently sits at a lofty 10.52% (5v5 only). Here are all the teams with a 5v5 [...]The post How do high shooting percentage teams perform in playoffs? appeared first...

Erik Karlsson Returns?

Erik Karlsson is the best PR tool that the Senators organization is blessed with. When videotape evidence captured the 2012 Norris Trophy winner skating for what was presumably one of the first times since having surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, Ottawa was in the midst of a four-game losing streak that sent them plummeting towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff...

Pens beat Sens 3-1 on "Hate Matt Cooke Day" in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators did everything in their power to exact revenge on Matt Cooke for his hit on Erik Karlsson from earlier in the season. Unfortunately, they forgot to show up for the first 40 minutes of the game and ultimately fell to the Penguins 3-1, Monday night. Pairing the loss with a win by the Winnipeg Jets, the Senators now lead the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference...

Game 45: Penguins-Senators Recap

The Ottawa Senators were the team with something to play for but you would have never known it by their approach to the game. This contest was just weird. Everything about it. Even down to the pregame. Matt Cooke told an Ottawa reporter that he had no balls so the guy decided to write a…

Will Matt Cooke Have A Target On His Back Tonight In Ottawa?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, But despite his pleas of innocence afterwards, Cooke has twice been suspended for hits to the head, and he did end the career of Boston Bruins centre (and Orleans native) Marc Savard. He has said he's changed his ways, but not everybody is convinced. In fact, most still see him as one of the sneakiest and dirtiest players in the league...

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 45 - Ottawa Senators

Pittsburgh Penguins (34-10-0) @ Ottawa Senators (23-15-6) ROOT, SNET-E, TVA, 7:30 pm/et Hell's Kitchen - Kanata, ON Hopefully tonight's contest resembles a hockey game and not the bizarre sideshow that the Ottawa Senators and many of their fans want it to be. We doubt it though. We put the over/under on staged fights at three. Place your bets. Also...
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