that's why i said before, don't count out the Sens...great goaltending, well coached and plenty of quality young players eager to make a name for themselves...in a compressed short season like we have this year, that combination makes for a very dangerous team.
Yup, even without what you could argue is their top five players. In order of injury: Cowan, Spezza, Karlsson, Michalek, Anderson. While Anderson and 9MM could be back in a week or two, and Spezza might be back by the end of March, the other two are done for the season and EK65 likely won't be back to normal until early 2014 even if he's playing before then.
The farm team has been stocked well by Bryan Murray, and between former coach Kurt Kleinendorst and current coach Luke Richardson the Binghamton Senators have developed quite a lot of young talent over the past few seasons. In last night's game, there were (if memory serves correctly) 8 members of the Calder Cup winning team from only a few seasons ago (Gryba, Benoit, Daugavins, Dziurzynski, Greening, Condra, O'Brien, Lehner). Some of them wouldn't be playing if there weren't so many "big guns" out with injuries, but it speaks to the depth of the organization to be able to continue to win despite missing as much top end talent as the Senators are. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
Lehner lost in OT, and today Bishop lost by one goal after the Senators had a good first period but failed to score, an okay-at-best second period, and a third period that was a mess for both teams.
I'll be interested to see what the result of the hearing it tomorrow for Harry Zolnierczyk, as I think this is a suspendable hit because (a) the primary point of contact was the head (it snaps back before the rest of Lundin's body moves), and (b) he lept in the air as he made contact. Was Lundin being foolish and skating with his head down? Yes, but that's doesn't negate (a) and (b). Kudos to K-Dawg going after Rinaldo even if he was the guilty party in this particular infraction (he'd been running people all day). K-Dawg isn't a fighter, but he was standing up for his teammate.
I think the replay on this feed is better than the SN one that we saw on TV earlier today:
probably get a game or two...Ludin needs to watch every episode of Coach's Corner to understand why you don't skate with your head down and/or come across the trolley tracks like that...as an observer, you could see that hit coming a mile away.
I don't think anyone is disputing that Lundin wasn't smart on that play, but that doesn't absolve responsibility for contact to the head and for the player jumping up when making the hit, both of which are against the rules. Zolnierczyk could have bailed on that hit and he could have kept his skates on the ice, but chose to do neither one and that's why he has a hearing. He got absolved of the accusation of a knee-on-knee a few weeks ago but I don't think that's going to happen this time. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
i think his leaving his feet is a little debatable...the "leaving the feet" part happens after the contact, and while there is contact with Lundin's head, it is mostly because of his position as he turned and appeared to "turtle" at the last second as he realized he was about to get creamed, so his body position was lower than it normally would have been...i'm not faulting Lundin for "going lower", as it was likely an instinctive thing to "brace" himself and attempt to "abandon ship" to avoid getting smoked...he didn't achieve it though...the guy who delivered the hit can't bail on a check...he does that enough, he ends up without a job (unless he can score 40 goals a season, which i doubt)...i'm not saying he shouldn't get any suspension, because there was some contact, and care does need to be taken, but it isn't as flagrant of a foul as you are implying...a game or two should be more than enough...and Lundin needs to keep his head up and NOT move across like that. -- People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
As I said previously, Lundin didn't make a smart play in having his head down and entering the zone like that. And I'm not expecting 20 games, but I do think a suspension is in order for a hit to the head and jumping up while making the hit. And yes, he could have bailed on the hit if he wanted to as he saw what was coming (Lundin w/ head down) and decided to smoke him but went too far. He decided to go through with it, over did it, and should sit a couple of games for it. I doubt he'll get more than one, but he should lose some salary over a dangerous play like that.
I've always thought "leaving his feet" was a stupid phrase given to the public by the media looking for a good soundbite -- where did he leave them? His feet left the ice, but he didn't leave his feet behind as they came along and were still attached to his legs when it was all said and done. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
good clip...Shanny has very good camera angles and slo-mo replays...after seeing his clips and his description, i agree 4 games is reasonable. -- People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
I'll give the Senators a lot of credit for being pesky and scoring four goals for the first time in a long time, but giving up five (a couple of which were soft) I blame on the system breaking down and Bishop missing a couple of them. Not a great game at all defensively, but the offense showed up so I hope that can continue.
.....and I hope Dziurzynski is okay. That was ugly. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
very good game for the Sens...i knew it wasn't going to be an "easy game" and was rather surprised when the Leafs were up by 3...i was less surprised by the ending (close game), as that is more how i imagined it would be (hoping the Leafs would be on the winning side, of course).
Less than 30 seconds into the game, Dziurzynski gets his bell rung by Frazer McLaren (well out of his weight class) and needs help off the ice. I fully expect he's done for the night, at least.
Alright, so what I've heard (but I'm at least the 4th degree of separation on this, so grain of salt, etc.) is that Dziurzynski and McLaren knew each other outside of hockey, and there was bad blood between them from a few years ago.
Though McLaren said it was to get the Leafs going:
quote:We had a flat start last game. I was just trying to get us going early, McLaren said of the reason for the fight. I asked [Dziurzynski if he wanted to fight] and actually he said no and so I didnt think we were going to go and then he ended up dropping his stuff when the puck dropped. Hes a big guy and he actually gave me a few good ones early there. It was a lucky punch. It happens sometimes.
It was an unfortunately collision between two players who were had been changing directions because of the play around them. They are *very* good friends and still train together in the off-season -- Neil would never put a dirty hit on Kelly, no matter how pissed off he might be about the hit he took from McQuade earlier in the game. Even Kypreos and MacLean basically agreed that it was a bad situation but it wasn't a fine/suspendable situation. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix