Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pens/Sens Game 2: Get Ready to Rumble

By Artistry

This could get ugly. When the Ottawa Senators line up for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series against Pittsburgh on Friday night, they're not going to be thinking about pushing the pace, a la the speedy Islanders. They can't. They're not going to expect their goalie to steal a game, because no matter how good Craig Andersen has been against most of the league, the Penguins generally have his number. No, Ottawa has only one prediction for the rest of this series: pain.


The Sens have 11 guys in the lineup who weigh at least 212 pounds.  The Penguins have 5 such guys, and 3 of them were scratched in Game 1. The only area where the Senators have a potentially difference-making advantage is muscle, and you can be certain they're about to use it. Think it's an accident that every time you turned on the Ottawa-Montreal series there were gloves all over the ice?

Of course the Senators don't want to put the Penguins on the power play, but as most people would tell you, desperation makes guys named Chris Neil do some crazy things. If you have any doubt about what the citizens of Ottawa are thinking right now, look no further than our favorite Sun columnist, Don Brennan. Surprisingly, he's not writing about his testicles or his penis. No, instead Don Brennan wants you to know that every once in a while, Sidney Crosby just likes to fight.

8 comments:

  1. Word on the street is Crosby went crying to byslma in game 1 about not having Kunitz on his line and that's why byslma rolled with 14-87-9 at the end of the game and why he is going with the same line to start game 2.

    Poor captaining. Poor leadership. Crosby did not have a great game 1 by his standards (sick pass on the Kunitz pp goal though). Malkin on the other hand was flying. I think Crosby does get jealous even though he will never admit it.

    Bottom line is the team played better with line combos of 18-71-14 and 12-87-9, but apparently that doesn't work for sid. Even bob grove is baffled as to why they are using those line combinations. One last note, why the hell isn't depres playing? Dude was a beast in games 5 And 6.

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    1. On my street I'm pretty sure people don't even know who Sid is.

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    2. Have to respect Anonymous's unrelenting determination to find reasons to complain about Crosby.

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    3. Word on my street is that spezza is taking a position in the rafters with a sniper rifle. #wildspeculation

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  2. Please explain to me why they are going with 9-87-14. What is the logic? Team was flat better keeping iginla and malkin on different lines.

    I think Crosby is a phenomenal player. If anything, I'm complementing Crosby by saying he can play with anyone. He had a way better year than malkin. Always says the right things. I'm just frustrated with these line combos and heard that it was at crosby's direction.

    -Zach

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    1. No one is saying those are good lines. We've always said that 18-71-14 and 12-87-9 is better.

      But where are you hearing that this is at the direction of Crosby? That he's crying to Bylsma?

      It's one thing to criticize the lines. It's another thing entirely to allege that the captain of the team is dictating lines to the coach that are against the best interest of the team.

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  3. Heard it on hf boards. So not on the best authority. I just can't figure out why else byslma would go back to 12-71-18. I am too hard on Crosby and I shouldn't jump to conclusions. I'm just at a loss for an explanation.

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