3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 2-1

Ottawa not so Sensational.

It’s not Duck season in Colorado.

Devils may blame an organization for their losing.

California’s unfriendliness with Oil.So, the “almost” summer season ended here in Florida, and now I got a good amount of time to make you guys read. You youngins out there who have those pain in the neck teachers who want you to read in the summer, this is the place! Although it’s not quite summer up there in Canada yet, is it?

Anyway, the Senators are different than previous post-seasons, and I’ll tell you why. The Sabres seems as good as they were in their hot streaks during the regular season, and there is a reason for that. The Ducks youth is killing the Avs. The Devils seem dazed and cofused, but I still say they will win. And, the Sharks screw it up! Edmonton went out of its way to win Game 3.

The not so SENSational team has been Ottawa. So, what is wrong with this team? First of all, I liked how Don Cherry described Daniel Alfredsson. NOT INTERESTED!. Except, it’s not just him, the whole team is! These guys got so dependant on their offensive skills throughout the season that they can’t figure out how to play playoff hockey. It’s not the same as regular season. So, they are playing like the usual playoff chokers. Wait, are they?

I do not think so. I just think they are getting beat. I remember their previous playoff losses with Martins as coach, they lost because they struggled…because they were still a young learning team. Because they did not handle the pressure of last minutes of survival. At least, I remember them trying to win. I remember the Senators of years past where they ended up in Game 7’s. But this year? They are playing like a bunch of sloths; and, speaking of which, is it me or does Bryan Murray sound like the sloth from Ice Age, sometimes? And what is with that face! Get some personality. For crying out loud man! Your team was going down 3-0 and he looks like he is about to cry. As if he is a little kid whose ice cream fell off the cone.

Going back to the players. It’s like they are playing as if they have never played Buffalo before. You cannot be serious. They are division rivals, yet they cannot figure out a way to beat them. They look surprised every time the Sabres skate hard with their usual high speed. These guys are fast and they are swirming all over the place. Ottawa’s defense? Terrible.

Please, don’t blame Ray Emery. He is no Cam Ward, no Ilya Bryzgalov, he is Ray Emery, not expected to be a real starting goalie. Blame the defense that is playing like total crap. What is up with the turnovers? They are even a danger when playing the points on the PP. Blame the offense. Come on, they are playing against an excellent goalie in Ryan Miller, but Buffalo’s defense is also doing a great job on the big Ottawa scorers.

Blame the coach! Bryan Murray can’t get his defense working right. He can’t get the offense to flourish. What can he do? Personally, I don’t even think he did much of anything. At this point, try to play a trap-like system to slow down the Sabres offense. It’s what Martins would have tried, and could have worked. So much for thinking Martins was the reason why the Senators could not have moved on. Well, they look much worse now than before. That’s why they are a different team now. There is no different tactic applied for the Senators. They played the same game and guess what? It’s not working.

Why is Buffalo playing so well, even with their injuries? First of all, I was wrong about Lindy Ruff all the way. I thought he was never going to succceed with the new rules as he has always played a defensive game. But, he is letting his forwards take all the chances. They are playing a very simplistic style of game, keeping all the plays simple. No fancy passing. They forecheck hard, they hit, they backcheck hard. All the small details that when they are done right eventually the goals come. The Senators? Far from it.

Ottawa just has to win tonight, they cannot get swept. I don’t think they will, they are too good a team to lose a series 4-0. Ottawa will win tonight and if not….well, GM John Muckler has no one to blame but himself for never getting a reliable goaltender after Hasek got hurt.

I’ve jumped on the Ducks wagon here. I’m rooting for them! They are young, fast, and big. Of course, Brian Burke does not deserve to get all the credit. He did not build the team, but he got Carlyle, great coach. He got Selanne back, great year. He traded away salary and this guy Bauchemin comes out of nowhere and becomes a solid defenseman. And, even Sean O’Donnell has been a solid addition. So, after Bryan Murray cowardly left the Ducks in shambles, Anaheim awaits to get into the Western Conference Finals. Colorado can’t match the energy, and the veterans are just not beating the youth. Jose` Theodore has been near-excellent in the series. But he has a sloppy defense in front of him and the offense is not helping him either. Colorado may win tonight, but no chance of winning four in a row. Still, GM Lecroix can look forward to a busy summer and building around Theodore. He’s doing just fine. The Ducks may soon, within the next few years, become one of the better teams in the West. The forwards are young and talented, and wait until Bobby Ryan comes along. This Ducks team will match up well against any team in the playoffs right now.

The Devils ought to blame FEMA. They were not warned that the Hurricanes would be 3-0 in the series. Aside from Game 1, my opinion is that the Devils have been the better team. They beat themselves in all three games. Game 1? Horrible. I wish they would have played like that against the Rangers. Game 2? You just cannot let that happen. With 20 seconds left, the Devils had the chance to win it. Clock is winding down, the Devils get to the puck in their corner, they lose it because the Hurricanes just crash to get the puck. But, there was a battle along the end board from corner to corner and they lost it all. One of the Devils players should have “fallen” on the puck along the boards. It was a battle, they lost it and the Canes got lucky, and later won it in OT. Carolina plays very well when skating inside the Devils zone, but they seem to struggle on defense and in the neutral zone. Somehow the Devils can’t find ways to capitalize more on their chances. I thinnk they will, though. They are not a team that gets swept. The Hurricanes have not really played that much better than the Devils, aside from Game 1. New Jersey will win Game 4 and that will get them on a roll to win three more in a row and win the series. They have the ability to do it. I did say that no one should have thought of the Devils as a great team after they swept the Rangers. That was an easy match up for New Jersey playing an easy team to beat. But, Carolina beat the Canadiens because Koivu was out and Cam Ward played miraculously. It’s an even match up, and it will come down to who gets the bounces and which team plays better defensively. I’ll go with the Devils.

Somehow California always had issues with oil and gas prices, and now they got Edmonton adding more problems to San Jose. The Sharks did not deserve to win Game 3. They played well, but not well enough to win. They allowed the Oilers to play beyond their capabilities and lost in tripple OT. I don’t think this will change this series all that much, but the Sharks gave Edmonton a spark. If the Oilers win Game 4, then the Sharks will face problems. But, San Jose should go back to their game, and start pounding the Oiler’s net with offense. The Sharks are the away team. They have to start hitting and playing fast with aggressiveness from the moment the puck drops and the clock hits 19:59 of the 1st period. Throw the Oilers off their game by making them take penalties. Edmonton is in “crash and bang” mode and playing aggressively. If Nemo (I miss the guy on the Rangers) gets on his annoying game, then the Oilers are bound to make mistakes. Look at what Ryan Smyth is doing, crasing the net. Trying to throw Toskala off his game. Get Neiminen to do that on Roloson.

This is one of the most aggressive post-seasons I have ever seen. These eight teams are spilling a lot of bad blood on the ice, and I’m loving it!

And by the way, NBC and OLN get two thumbs up. Much better coverage on hockey. OLN shows devotion to the NHL by showing the Legends of Hockey episodes, really well done. I like it, and I hope OLN keeps up the good work for next season. I much rather have a channel that gives its time to hockey, though lesser ratings and lesser poplarity, instead of a national channel (ESPN), that cuts off games.

Enjoy playoffs hockey!

Micki Peroni


85 Responses to 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 2-1

  1. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    Highlight of the night had to be when Chara took out both Briere and Dumont with the same straight arm.

  2. muckies says:

    I’ve got tickets to game 5, so they better play a solid game and win.

    One more game to get Heatley and Alfie their goals, for Chara to start to take over the series, and for the Sens start to gain momentum and take over.

    Game 5 will be huge.

  3. thatleafsguy says:

    they are done buddy….

  4. Radio says:

    The Leafs are done. I see that Sens have at least one more game.

  5. Tweek says:

    its a hockey site not english class. i dont like reading over posts once ive said what i needed to say. passion and opinion are not subject to tabs and paragraphs! it comes from the mind, soul, and heart my friend! haha

  6. Tweek says:

    because leaf fans make up half of this website so deal with it

  7. my_sphincter says:

    I have to reiterate what I posted in a different thread…

    Arnason is not playing because he had only 4 assists in 19 games with the Sens and was a -4.

    It really sucks because I took him in the playoff pool over Schaeffer and Dumont (they were the other two I was considering) because I thought he’d turn it up a notch in the playoffs.

  8. my_sphincter says:

    I know it is bleak, but don’t count out NJ and Ott yet.

  9. Aetherial says:

    Yeah, it was also one a the MANY plays that deserved a penalty. The puck was dumped in, Chara took an extra step, and then straightarms one guy into another … while the puck is at the face off circle.

    A lot was let go on BOTH sides… overall, I felt Ottawa got a couple breaks, but these things even out, so no biggie.

    In the season, they were calling that kind of stuff. They are starting to show signs of letting stuff go in the playoffs…

  10. Aetherial says:

    It ain’t over til its over.

    If I had to guess, it is over in Game 6 in Buffalo.

  11. muckies says:

    I think the hardest game for Ottawa to win will be game 5, they have momentum, have figured out a way to win, and went out and did it.

    If they come out and win game 5, it’ll really relax them and all the pressure will be on Buffalo for game 6.

    I think the way Ottawa has hit Buffalo and battled them along the boards, taken out Connelly and Tilander getting hurt will start to pay off for Ottawa. For the first time I saw Buffalo players backing off of pucks when the Ottawa forecheckers were coming. Without the lead, they looked alot less willing to pay the price. If they are winning they will no doubt, but if Ottawa comes out and gets them in game 5, it’ll be huge pressure for Buffalo in game 6.

    But lets not get ahead of ourselves, Ottawab finally played its game, and not the typical blow-it out hockey they normally do, but a close 2-1 hard fought game, and they hung on for life, and won a desperate game. They won the tyoe of close game everybody thought they would lose, it was huge.

  12. ccrashh says:

    Er…you been watching hockey lately…you know…the game on the ice? Neil picking fights and losing? Since when?

  13. ccrashh says:

    “If I were you I wouldn’t gloat about one win, you really have no footing to do so”…

    Kinda like you have no footing to insult a team since yours barely showed up in the regular season.

  14. i_know_hockey says:

    10-15 and 2-4… thats Ottawa’s record in 1 goal games both in the regular season and the playoffs. I dont think they can overcome the 3-0 lead built up by Buffalo. The Sabres will not simply just lie down and let the Sens walk all over them… Tonight they were able to solve Miller. The goals were similiar to the Philips goal let in and others in the series, both long shots will Buffalo/Ottawa deflections. In order to score such goals u gotta ask for some lucky bounces… and i cant forsee them getting enough to overcome the streaking Sabres.

  15. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    meh second round with the injuries colorado had all season. least we found the goalie to build around.

  16. Aetherial says:

    As much as Ottawa looked a lot more aggressive and Buffalo a lot more tentative, I think the two go hand in hand.

    Buffalo has also outworked them the whole series until last night, so I would not be surprised if they were a little tired. They looked tired to me.

    This could still be a very interesting series, but remember that Buffalo rebounded strongly when Philadelphia took two from them. Philadelphia is not Ottawa by any stretch of the imagination, but the point is that Buffalo showed that they also had heart and determination.

    I am really looking forward to game 5.

  17. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    i seriously dont know why hes commenting when all its doing is pissing people off. his team didnt even make the playoffs and hes running around saying he is right about this and that.

  18. Kashin says:

    Besides maybe the ducks that have LA market somewhat this is a nightmare in terms of ratings for the next 2 rounds with buffalo carolina and san jose.

    On the other hand teams that wouldnt have a shot before since of money, now have a chance in the new nhl

  19. SabresFan220 says:

    One game does not make a series, and that’s all Ottawa has right now. The truth of the matter is Ottawa has to play 4 technically perfect games in a row to win this series, and Buffalo will not give up and let them walk away with it. Miller didn’t play terrible, but 2 relatively weak goals shot in from the blueline is not how Miller usually plays. Deflections or not, Miller usually eats up those point shots. I expect Miller to bounce back and play a top notch game in game 5, a lot like he played in game 2. If he plays like he did in game 2 on Saturday this series ends in 5 games.

    The Sabres didn’t outwork Ottawa like they had in the previous 3 games. I think the entire team is going to come out with a better effort, ready out of the gate for whatever Ottawa throws at them. Ottawa came out strong in the 1st period and the Sabres didn’t, I think that will change. Emery played his best game of the series, but the Sabres didn’t get the kind of chances they were getting on him before. Most of the shots seemed to be shot right at him, and I pity the goalie who can’t stop those.

    The Sabres’s powerplay didn’t get anything going either, whether it was because of lucky bounces going Ottawa’s way or not. If the Sabres are going to win game 5 they will need the powerplay to chip in. Ottawa’s defense has improved slightly every game, now the Sabres were limited to 1 goal. Without the powerplay chipping in the Sabres will have a hard time getting the goals they need. The officials aren’t going to call everything they should on either side, so any powerplay chances either team gets are key.

  20. muckies says:

    don’t have to win 4, just 3, and Ottawa is capable of playing 3 perfect games in a row.

    One season, Ottawa was down in games 3-1 to the Devils, and the teams ended up being tied after 6 games 3-3, with 4 minutes left in the 3rd, and Ottawa lost. But the best game the Senators franchise ever played was game 5 of that series at home to start the comeback, and I think they will win game 5… they have found a way to win and they have done it, the first one is the hardest, now they have the formula it should get easier.

    Ottawa’s hitting and physical play will start to wear on the sabers, and that should be big later in game 5 & 6, Ottawa should get a razors edge in that department.

    That said, Buffalo still has a strangle hold, but Buffalo looked to relaxed before game 4, and so Ottawa got the momentum, and got that first goal.

  21. Radio says:

    Well you can’t expect that he just steps in the lineup and gets hat-tricks. He was still an energy guy when he was out there.

  22. Radio says:

    Unfortunately, it won;t be coming into my brain, friend, once I see a massive block of text.

  23. Radio says:

    I remember that game, and I agree. The atmosphere was so intense.

  24. i_know_hockey says:

    theres a reason teams dont come back from down 3-0…

    face it muckies, you’re being delusional… come back to reality and you will see that Ottawa cant do ittt !!!

  25. muckies says:

    I’m going to game 5, and I expect both the Sabers and Sens will play great, it’ll be a great, intense, hard hitting and emtional. I think the Sens players will play well, and I’m hoping they break out of their stats and Heatley, Schaeffer, Kelly and Chara score some goals. If Alfie score, that’ll be super sweet at home, that’ll be a huge boost for the team. I’m hoping they win.

  26. i_know_hockey says:

    and im hoping the sabres win !!!!!!!!

  27. Radio says:

    Sens vs Oilers. ^^

  28. Radio says:

    I don’t know how many people reading that know what gin blossoms are.

  29. Radio says:

    Sens need to score first. Has anyone in this series led by more than a goal at any single point? Once in game one?

  30. Gretzkin says:

    I can’t believe there is nothing about the OIL


    We killed the Sharks tonigtht, keep it up boys.


  31. hossa318 says:

    Personally I think Ottawa has a very good chance to come back in this series. Now not taking anything away from Buffalo, it will be very very hard, but if we analyze the series, it can be said that Buffalo has played its best game and well Ottawa are starting to pick up their game and the hockey they played up to now has been well nothing short of brutal and very uncharacteristic of this team and we are yet to have seen the best of them.

    Now for Ottawa there is no room for error, they simply have to play very good and disciplined hockey for 3 games. It doesn’t have to be lights out hockey, just hard work, simplicity and willingness. What is huge is that out of the 3 games (if it goes the lenght) 2 are at home something I belive will pay off big dividends.

    Ottawa’s powerplay seems to be making good progress which is good news as thats one of their key weapons. Reason for that ? Bodies in front of Miller. Miller is good but I think Ottawa makes him look better then he actually is. Our penalty kill is getting better as well.

    Our coach seems to have finally gotten into his head that playin Spezza and Heatly for 25 minutes a game when they simply can’t get it going is hurting the team rather then helping it and he is finally using his role players as the difference makers. Maybe its a bit too late but who knows. This also should send a wake up call to these guys. I think Schubert is very underated, the amount of energy he brings is unreal.

    Ottawa is very capabable of putting a string of wins together and we all know Buffalo can go on a slump as well as they had a few longer slides during the regular season. And Buffalo is more prone to pressure breaking them down as its a very inexperienced team, lets just recall the meltdown they had when they could of overtaken Ottawa for the division lead.

    Tomorrow’s game is huge, probably bigger for Buffalo then Ottawa. Ottawa knows that most people are counting them off, but if Buffalo looses we have a new series. I can’t wait.

    Best of luck to both teams !

  32. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Hell Yeah Gretzkin!!!! Oiler’s win!!! Oiler’s win!!!

    What a great game!!! I can’t believe the total domination by The Mighty Oilers of Edmonton!!!!

    GO OILERS GO!!!!

  33. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    the sabres had a 2-0 lead for about 1 minute in the second period in game 2

  34. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Um… ass hole, I gave up on the Leafs before Aubin even started playing. Don’t be such a noob, I guess ass hole Divealanche fans like you who think the NHL started in 1995 assume all Leaf fans think the same thing.

  35. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    You guys are such ass clowns, so what, our team blows, the Leafs suck, and will never make the playoffs with Paul Maurice at the helm, does that make the Sens suck any less?

    By the way, we won our only game against the Ducks…

    Oh… and the SENS LOST!!!!!

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