Mark Methot serves up revenge for filet o’ finger

In late March, Sidney Crosby’s slash to the glove of Senators’ defenseman Mark Methot yielded a bloody, painful mess. In effect filleting the top of his finger, the video went viral, serving up a money shot of Methot taking off his glove to reveal a most unfortunate injury. The slash yielded no penalty (should have… Continue reading Mark Methot serves up revenge for filet o’ finger

Touchy, touchy: Boucher says 1-3-1 aggressive enough

Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher was blunt with the media Tuesday, telling the Ottawa Citizen that his club, which went over 19 minutes without a shot in Game 2 Monday night, possesses an aggressive forecheck indeed. Boucher employs a 1-3-1 style, neutral zone coverage which calls for one forward to penetrate the offensive zone while… Continue reading Touchy, touchy: Boucher says 1-3-1 aggressive enough

GM of the Year candidates announced

MAY 16, 2017 — HT’s pick is Peter Chiarelli.  It’s not hard to select Connor McDavid first overall, but pulling in Milan Lucic and Cam Talbot, plus the trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, sparked the NHL’s most dramatic improvement (33 points from the prior campaign). That the Oilers very nearly made the conference… Continue reading GM of the Year candidates announced

Phaneuf Ottawa’s wrecking machine

Reminiscent of Scott Stevens’ best days with the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf has delivered in the toughness department during this post-season. Monday night in Pittsburgh, his first-period open-ice, and totally clean hit on Penguins forward Bryan Rust sent a clear message: Do. Not. Mess. With. The. Senators. During a big shift in… Continue reading Phaneuf Ottawa’s wrecking machine

Welcome back, tough guy

Chris Neil welcomed back by Sens mates He only played 2:26 in Game 5, and was given a misconduct penalty, but 37-year-old Chris Neil was welcomed with open arms by his Senators teammates in their overtime victory. He looks forward to another opportunity tonight in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden. Rangers tough guy Tanner… Continue reading Welcome back, tough guy

Penguins/Capitals + Senators/Rangers, & Jack Adams (Update: Dart Guy rips Sens fans re attendance)

Coach of the Year: John Tortorella, Alain Vigneault and Mike Babcock were nominated for the Jack Adams Award. It says here that Babcock takes it. Babcock integrated a large number of rookies into his lineup, becoming the first team in NHL history to have six different rookies appear in at least 70 games. The club… Continue reading Penguins/Capitals + Senators/Rangers, & Jack Adams (Update: Dart Guy rips Sens fans re attendance)

8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)

Will Ottawa be able to take advantage of the Rangers? They’ve used a 1-3-1 trapping system, to great effect vs. Boston. But the Rangers are faster, and if they can chip pucks in deep and retrieve them, the Senators will be chasing through the series. Wild Card: Derrick Brassard (OTT), formerly of the Rangers, vs.… Continue reading 8 Questions for Thursday, April 27 (Playoffs Round 2)