After having their series lead cut in half by a stunning 2 to 1 overtime victory by the Senators Sunday evening, the Penguins were looking to rebound with a decisive victory and take a third game in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semi-Final. Ottawa, riding the momentum of both the victory and home ice advantage, was looking to tie the series at a two apiece.
The Ottawa Senators could finish as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference or as low as eighth, but they're just happy being in the playoffs.
Having reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson back is nice, too.
Ottawa will try to avoid a season-high third straight home loss Saturday night against a Philadelphia Flyers team that's closing out a non-playoff season on a...
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27 days ago
For the third time in three tries this season, Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators used their stingy style of play to beat the Washington Capitals.
The latest victory assured the Senators of a trip to the playoffs.
And guess who Ottawa might face in a best-of-seven series starting next week?
Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime on Erik Karlsson...
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27 days ago
First Ryan Callahan of the Rangers followed below by Sergei Gonchar of the Senators.
FYI, with the Ottawa win, the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference are settled (Winnipeg eliminated tonight), but some position-jockeying still remains.
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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...
Having led his teammates through the morning stretch at practice today, Senators sophomore defenseman Jared Cowen announced to the media that he would be in the lineup versus Carolina.
Cowen, if you'll remember started the the locked out season playing in Binghamton. His stint with the B-Sens only lasted three games before a tear in his hip labrum necessitated surgery. With...
Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday night that sent the Senators to their fourth straight loss.
Kulikov's wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson at 10:26 with Sergei Gonchar serving a holding penalty.
Scott Clemmensen had 40 saves and Marcel Goc also scored...
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April 07, 2013
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Dmitry Kulikov scored a power-play goal 10:46 into the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Sunday night that sent the Senators to their fourth straight loss.
Kulikov's wrist shot from top of the left circle beat Craig Anderson while Sergei Gonchar was serving a holding penalty.
Scott Clemmensen had 40 saves and Marcel...
The New York Rangers (16-13-3) visit the Ottawa Senators (18-9-6) at Scotiabank Place starting at 7:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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Injuries are nothing new to the Ottawa Senators, though they're hoping the latest one doesn't cost them their hottest player for a game.
Sergei Gonchar is a game-time decision when the Senators continue their five-game homestand Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The veteran defenseman set a franchise record with an assist for the ninth consecutive game, helping...
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March 22, 2013
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The Ottawa Senators blue line has been pulverized by player injuries. Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen are out with long-term injuries, Marc Methot's day-to-day with a sprained knee, and Sergei Gonchar's status is unknown after leaving Thursday night's game against Boston in discomfort.
Losing an entire top-four to injury is...
Sergei Gonchar scored with 1 minute left for the Ottawa Senators, who netted four goals in the third period and rallied to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Gonchar's second goal of the season came on a blast from the point to make it 4-3, and Guillaume Latendresse added an empty-net goal to seal the win. Jakob Silfverberg and Zack Smith scored in a 68-second...
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March 19, 2013
As the Ottawa Senators look to build on a rare decisive victory, the New York Islanders hope to have gleaned a lesson from a third-period meltdown that almost cost them a win in their latest contest.
Each team tries for a third consecutive victory when the Senators visit the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Ottawa (15-8-6) went 5-2-4 during a stretch of 11 consecutive one-goal games...
The Senators played the Rangers tough, as per usual. After the Sens opened up a 2-0 lead, the Rangers showed their grittiness and their willingness to fight back as they tied the game before the first period ended. But in the end, the Sens showed why they are still a playoff team despite being without three of their top players. On to the goals:
Lady luck is mean sometimes.
Craig Custance revealed his rankings for ESPN Insider (behind a paywall) for the top 20 potential rental players for this year’s NHL Trade Deadline.
He prefaced the rankings list by acknowledging that the congested NHL standings means a greater likelihood that there will be less trade activity this season.
From an Ottawa Senators perspective, two players made the...
As always, Mike Colligan delivers an elite performance on a big topic. From the Hockey Writers:
The Penguins will — and do — have interest in Jarome Iginla.
What playoff team wouldn’t want Jarome Iginla?
Come to think of it, what organization can’t call themselves a possible playoff team at this point?
Approximately halfway through the season, the last...
When it comes to sports journalism in Ottawa, Le Droit’s hardworking Sylvain St-Laurent deserves more attention. I’m sure some of this is attributable to the language barrier that some non-bilingual Anglophones may experience, but if you’re not already, follow Sylvain on Twitter (@Syl_St_Laurent) and give his work a read.
That being said, on his sports blog published...
If Paul Martin hadn't erased two years of disappointing play with his spectactular start to this season, a game-winning goal with under 3 minutes to play would've done the trick, too. Man, that is ******* huge. It's reminiscent of the big moments Sergei Gonchar used to provide.
But Martin wasn't the only hero on Hockey Day in America. Look no further...
The Pittsburgh Penguins had Paul Martin quarterbacking the top power play in practice, on Tuesday, with Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen working with the second unit as they continue to recover from their lower body injuries. Could it be a sign of things to come for this Penguins team? The power play has been trending upward over the last four games, going 6-16. Surprisingly, the...
With the clock winding down and and the visiting Buffalo Sabres pressing with an extra attacker, Jakob Silfverberg was one of the players Paul MacLean called upon to preserve Ottawa’s one goal lead.
As Buffalo worked the puck back to the point and fired, Silfverberg was struck on his left hand. Although he eventually got back up, picked up his stick and finished his shift,...
Sergei Gonchar scored on the power play with 2:30 left in regulation as the Ottawa Senators battled back from a sluggish start to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday.
Jim O'Brien and Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators (4-1-1), who got 31 saves from Craig Anderson.
Troy Brouwer and Matt Hendricks scored for the Capitals (1-4-1). Michal Neuvirth stopped 24...
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January 29, 2013
OTTAWA -- It took the Ottawa Senators less than 20 minutes to undo all they had done wrong previously Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals. From a momentum-generating goal scored by their fourth line at 18:37 of the second period, to the game-winning power-play shot off the stick of veteran Sergei Gonchar at 17:30 of the third, they also changed the way they were trending...
OTTAWA -- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar capped a three-goal rally with a blast from the point to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place. Gonchar's first of the season came with just 2:30 left in the third. Ottawa's record improved to 4-1-1 while the Capitals dropped to 1-4-1. Senators goalie Craig Anderson...
The scoop per Yahoo! Canada contributor Andrey Osadchenko:
Rookie dman Viktor Antipin is reported to be in talks with the #Sens. KHL All-Star played with Sergei Gonchar during lockout. #NHL #KHL
— Andrey Osadchenko (@AOsadchenko) January 22, 2013
Those familair with Andrey know his work is legit, no reason to doubt this.
Hands up if you had the first noise on...
from Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News,
As this week begins, the hockey world still awaits a Luongo trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers are the rumored suitors.
The Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan reported Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar laughed off a recent rumor that suggested he’d...