It's Time To Send A Statement……

This weekend is going to be a huge weekend for hockey fans everywhere.There are few people who will not be watching to see what happens in this huge event……This weekend a double header will take place between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The atmosphere for these games will obviously be something amazing. I have never been more excited to watch these two teams play.

Now this is my point. The Senators only need to win one of these games to win the season series.The Leafs have to win both these games and the rest of the games versus the Sens to sweep the series…..I know this is gonna make a huge debate who will win the season series and could this be do or die for both teams??

(Jason Spezza will be returning to the lineup after injury problems for the Leaf/Sens double header)

What do you all think??(keep it clean, I know theres a lot of hate but c’mon…LOL)


70 Responses to It's Time To Send A Statement……

  1. Neely4Life says:

    yip they are all hanging there, since the modern day NHL has been in place, we have won 4 cups. (1917 and on). They count, cuz well, montreal, NYR, so on, they all count too.

  2. Neely4Life says:

    I can honestly tell you, the reason there was no heart on that team, Bonk, first line center, Martin, who coached the team into the ground when they had the tallent to win. That team was a reflection on Martin, no emotion, no killer instinct. And well, Lalime, game 7’s, wow, id rather have a sive in nets. Martin was the major problem with that team, and not enough scoring up the middle. Spezza will provide a solid first line Center, and Doug Weight has made it clear that he would like to come to Ottawa if traded. That would be a scary lineup, and Ottawa has arguably the best defense in the league.

  3. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Give me a link or some proof that Doug Weight has said that he wants to come to Ottawa. I know a lot of Sens fans have been talking up the Weight to Ottawa trade rumors. I still haven’t seen any concrete proof.

  4. Tweek says:

    Considering the sens are going in somewhat healthy and with the leafs missing tucker and mccabe who contribute big time offense I think the sens will most likel easily win sadly. If the leafs were healthy then it may be close as the leafs have played better as of late and the sens have played worse but ill give the nod to the sens in both games.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Leafs have been struggling lately, this will be a huge test. If the leafs win those games it will be because of Belfour playing his best and getting some bounces.

  6. dcz28 says:

    i agree with you on that…i dont know why people are saying McGratton lost that fight when he landed 20 times more punches and the other guy landed one (it was a good one) but i would still give the win to McGratton…next time maybe Chara will show the Wild player who is taller and thougher whenever they meet again and i for one would love to see that fight

  7. dcz28 says:

    here is a link to an article that Weight talks about the Sens

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2006/01/14/1393928-sun.html

  8. dcz28 says:

    Hasek was Belfour’s backup in Chicago and they never gave him a chance to prove himself before trading him to Buffalo where he took over the starting job when Grant Fuhr got injured…at that time Chelios said they traded the wrong goalie

  9. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Actually, this is a link to a Sens article featuring Dominik Hasek…………….But, I did a little searchiing, and found an article where Doug Weight sees the Sens as a viable place to play………….I just hope he goes to the Sens, and not the Leafs.

  10. dcz28 says:

    Lol sorry i clicked on the wrong article it should have been

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2006/01/14/1393930-sun.html

    next time i’ll have to try it to make sure i have to right one before i post it

  11. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Belak is part of the “Goon” squad? I’d label him as part of the “Goof” squad.

  12. my_sphincter says:

    I wouldn’t exactly call it an absolute beatdown. Boogard only really hit one big punch. Did McGratton win the fight… no, but he wasn’t exactly killed. I would like to see a second round betwee these two!

    Secondly, The Leafs don’t exactly have any players who can stand toe to toe with McGratton or Chara. Hell, the leafs don’t have anyone who can stand toe to toe with Ribero!

  13. my_sphincter says:

    Tie Domi couldn’t beat his way out of a wet paper bag. McGratton will kill him! Maybe Chara can give him some dance lessons like he did for McCabe.

  14. my_sphincter says:

    A leafs fan complaining about a player saying he wants to play somewhere other than Toronto? That’s just funny!

  15. robinson19 says:

    I’m not really a Sens fan, but you’ve got to be kidding me: why is it “do or die” for Ottawa, having a double header against a mediochre team from the lower playoff ranks?

    I see why it would be huge for the Leafs to do well this weekend, but the Sens are kind of above this debate, man. They could drop both games, which won’t happen, but if they did, it wouldn’t change anything in terms of them being a true Cup contender. Whereas the Leafs could drop both games and be out of the playoffs.

  16. shuffleonin says:

    Nothing too special about this weekends games vs the Leafs. This matchup has been soured by back-to-back spankjobs by the Senators. If the Leafs pull both off it would be something and make the last 2 regular season games vs these two a little more meaningful. I live in Ottawa, love the Sens and have been shamed by the Leafs more than I care to mention. I’m real…I can’t put any weight into the idea of getting excited for these regular season tilts. Wouldn’t it be bordering on ridiculous if the Sens hand the Leafs their a** once again? I would love an opportunity to play the Leafs this year in the playoffs. The stars will have to align for it to happen though, because if they don’t meet in the first round they won’t meet at all. Leafs look like a one round team if they make the playoffs at all.

    The local radio has been pretty quiet about the games. As a Sens fan and a hockey fan I hope the games are more competitive than the last two. Let’s inject a little more venom into this series!

    Leaf fans chatter is so funny! It’s like reading the Weekly World News. No, more like watching those seagulls from Finding Nemo caw and cackle. No, the seagulls at least made sense. It’s like mall store pop to a Gap store employee…repetitive and annoying. Yeah…that’s what it is.

  17. 92-93 says:

    its about time!

    good points.

    (but – and if i could put this in ‘fine print’ then i would: the leafs have accomplished other things – making it to the conference finals in 1999, 2002 – not much but its something).

    but yeah, my IQ level dropped as i read the responses to this thread.

    the sens-leafs season series is NOT as important to the leafs as many sens fans would like to believe – or at least, not in the way they think it is important.

    the leafs want to win their games against the sens because they are battling for a playoff spot (NJ, Mtl, TB, Atl are all on our tails now). pride might be an issue considering the last two sens-leafs games but i think that in the bigger picture for this year, that is nothing compared to making the playoffs.

    i think even the sens realize how little importance these two games are to them too. they want to stay with Philly and Carolina and ahead of Buffalo but all this talk about ‘confidence-building by beating the leafs’ and such should have went out the window when the sens clobbered the leafs in 2 straight games. if the Sens are STILL looking over their shoulders at the leafs in 6th place, then that’s pretty sad.

    as for the season series, well, at least they’ve won another regular season series and they can build on that. the only other way that this series could be meaningful (other than the history it produces) is the possibility that the leafs and sens meet in the first round.

  18. 92-93 says:

    my IQ level dropped as i read the responses to this post.

    the sens-leafs season series is NOT as important to the leafs as many sens fans would like to believe – or at least, not in the way they think it is important.

    the leafs want to win their games against the sens because they are battling for a playoff spot (NJ, Mtl, TB, Atl are all on our tails now). pride might be an issue considering the last two sens-leafs games but i think that in the bigger picture for this year, that is nothing compared to making the playoffs.

    i think even the sens realize how little importance these two games are to them too. they want to stay with Philly and Carolina and ahead of Buffalo but all this talk about ‘confidence-building by beating the leafs’ and such should have went out the window when the sens clobbered the leafs in 2 straight games. if the Sens are STILL looking over their shoulders at the leafs in 6th place, then that’s pretty sad.

    as for the season series, well, at least they’ve won another regular season series and they can build on that. the only other way that this series could be meaningful (other than the history it produces) is the possibility that the leafs and sens meet in the first round.

    i live near ottawa and i feel sorry for the amount of attention the leafs get here – from SOME sens fans but especially the ottawa media (i just heard the sens reporter describe the leafs as a ‘crappy hockey club’ in the post-game show to the Ducks-Sens game – amazing that a team above .500 and in playoff contention could be described as such but he could describe others like the Habs as ‘formidable opponents.’ just to give you an idea of the kind of hyperbole in the ottawa media). sure the chip on the shoulder exists because of the 4 straight playoff losses but this is a brand new season and the sens have no business caring about what the leafs are doing. they should be worried about winning a cup – not defeating a team in the 6th-9th spot.

  19. 92-93 says:

    “In 2000-01, the Senators won all five games against the Leafs and outscored them 20-10 during the regular season, only to be swept four straight games by Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

    “So much for sending them a message,” Phillips said.

    Perhaps one day if the Senators meet the Leafs in the playoffs and beat them en route to a Stanley Cup victory, they will earn the right to be overconfident in The Battle of Ontario.”

  20. 92-93 says:

    Bruce Garroch: “If the Senators win the Stanley Cup without having to face the Maple Leafs in the playoffs this spring, captain Daniel Alfredsson says it wouldn’t tarnish the NHL title.”

    This is unfathomable to me. how can any franchise care that much about beating another team that the actual question of whether or not winning the cup without beating the leafs would be ‘sweet’ enough???? insane!… and a little pathetic. Thankfully – for Sens fans – Alfredsson shoots down that question.

    “The battle is on for spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and Toronto is in right now, holding down the eighth and final spot. But the Leafs, who are on a four-game losing skid, were only two points up on ninth-place Tampa Bay (51-49) heading into play last night and three ahead of Montreal.

    Two Ottawa wins over the next couple of days could go a long way to sticking a dagger in Toronto’s post-season aspirations.”

    Pay close attention to the last sentence. i can’t believe that i have to point this out but, WE STILL HAVE 34 GAMES LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON AFTER OUR GAMES IN OTTAWA!. i can’t believe the loss of perspective here (and in the panicky toronto media) – sure the leafs are ‘barely holding on’ to the last playoff spot. but … um … its mid-JANURARY for pete’s sake!

    Al Strachan makes a similar comment: “A double victory for the Senators this weekend wouldn’t do that. But it probably would knock the Leafs out of a playoff position for the time being, and further damage the team’s brittle psyche. As a result, this series could be just as much of a turning point for the Leafs as it could be for the Senators. “

    i know i know – its al strachan so i really don’t need to respond to that here. but needless to say, the leafs DONT have a mental disadvantage to the Sens – remember, its the leafs that beat the sens in the playoffs 4 out of 5 years and not the other way around. moreover, it was the leafs that lost virtually every season series to the sens – 5-0 in some years – and lost regular season games 7-2, 7-1 etc. so its not like the leafs should be worried about the senators (especially considering that they are nowhere near them in the standings).

    i am not saying these games are not important – they are. but the more important games are the upcoming ones against the Rangers, Sabres, Habs, Devils, etc. – teams that toronto are battling with.

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