Thursday, February 5, 2009

Getting Better


For the first two periods, it was clear that the Senators didn't believe they belonged on the same ice surface as the Bruins.

Somehow, between the second and the third, new head coach Cory Clouston made them believe and they almost pulled off a victory against the best team in the National Hockey League.

As with most shootouts the Senators have to face, it wasn't meant to be.

But they shouldn't be hanging their heads. For the second game in a row, the Senators have begun to build something that resembles the teams of old. We are seeing hard forechecking resulting in turnovers from physical play. We're actually seeing scoring chances. And finally, a few goals.

Clouston is 0 for 2 so far but the difference in the team is striking. Even Pierre McGuire, who might be one of the most vocal critics of the Senators this year, pointed out that he was seeing a team coming together before his very eyes.

The Senators took over the game in the 3rd period and it was only an unlucky penalty by Antoine Vermette which resulted in the Bruins tying the score.

Daniel Alfredsson was credited with 7 shots on goal, easily leading both teams in that category. Nick Foligno seems to be a completely different player under Clouston. In the waning days of the Craig Hartsburg era, Foligno was basically a forgotten entity but Clouston has lit a fire under the youngster by giving him some important minutes and some good linemates.

More importantly, it was refreshing to see the players smiling again and having fun in front of a supportive crowd (at least in the 3rd). The rink was buzzing and even the stoic Russian Anton Volchenkov was seen grinning after getting a scoring chance that was just deflected over the net.

In a season rife with brutal negativity and bleakness, you can find some positives in two straight losses if it looks like there's better days ahead.

And I'd wager that's what we're seeing here in Ottawa.

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Word is that the Senators theme song is back at the start of the games down at Scotiabank Place. I wasn't at the L.A. game where it was definitely played but I was wondering if anyone at the game tonight can confirm that it was played again.

If so, this is a big victory for the small but vocal group of fans who signed petitions and sent emails to the Senators insisting they bring back this great piece of tradition. To some, it was probably small peanuts and irrelevant but it's the little things that matter to the hardcore fans.

Next up - getting the Senators to bring back their classic white uniforms with the original logo. But that's for another day.

I gotta get back to Hell's Kitchen. That show is dope.

6 comments:

Carolyn said...

I was there and I'm happy to report that they used it at the beginning of the game. The "bom bom" beginning (for lack of a better term) was also used at the beginning of the second period, although they then switched into another song when the players took to the ice. It's nice to see it back at least once during the game.

Canucnik said...

"Jeremy":

Now I know why you guys give "Pierre" a pass all the time, you don't listen! You should hear so of the stuff he says! He ragged on your team for two solid periods last night until Ottawa took the lead. He is the biggest "Front Runner" in hockey broadcasting!

This morning he starts up on Chiarelli's time in Ottawa as an ASST. GM. As Mgmt. McGuire could not put a "patch" on Chiarelli's arse. Futhermore, how would he know anyway, no one tells him anything anymore! Insiders used to refer to him as the town gossip. Not anymore, now he's on the "OUTS!"

Jeremy Milks said...

Thanks for confirming Carolyn. I'm glad it's back too.

bRian5o6 said...

Jeremy, i'm putting you on notice...if I ever see you, i'm gonna punch the living shit out of you. Go back to what you do best, and thats taking SHITS

Anonymous said...

bRian5o6,
I don't know if you are posting an inside joke. I'm assuming you are.

If not, if that is a threat against one of the few bloggers that posts the truth, as a Sens fan and reader of this blog, I'm kind of offended by that.

Just let us know when you plan on carrying out your threat. I'll be sure to show up.

Anonymous said...

brian loser 5 of 6 (ie the forth place loser who can't spell)

your an ass and i'd glady show your red neck fat ass how to hit the ground in 2 seconds flat. If your pissed with the blogger why don't you tell him why? Chicken shit cum quad.