I'm a little bit pressed for time but have put together enough material to post another grab-bag of sorts. Enjoy this Monday morning linkage:
Jack Todd from the Montreal Gazette said...
Once again Saturday, Price played just well enough to lose. The difference in the Ottawa game (just as it was against Colorado and Edmonton) was the difference between Price and the opposing goalie.
In Edmonton, it was Nikolai Khabibulin. Against the Avalanche it was Craig (not Shawn) Anderson. Against Ottawa, it was Pascal Leclaire, who is proving what a difference a goalie makes for a Senators team that is playing well once again.
I didn't get a chance to watch the finer details of the game, so I'll have to cross reference this statement with some credible Ottawa writing. Let's see what SLC from Five For Smiting has to say...
Blech. And a lucky blech at that. Had Pascal not stood on his head early, had the PK not been batshit crazy solid, had the Habs spent even just a little bit more time playing and a little less shooting themselves in the foot, I'm filling this space with enraged yammerings targeting everyone and everything wearing a Sens jersey (YA HEARD ME, SPARTY!). Instead, we'll take the two points, thank our gracious hosts and slink out of town like thieves. Oddly enough, I'm okay with that.
Speaking of Saturday night's game against the Canadiens, Alexei Kovalev had this to say afterwards,
"I can't find any more words to describe how I feel, and how much support I keep getting from these fans."
I'll help you find the words Alex. Thanks for not torching the team bus Habs fans.
While Darren from Silver Seven Sens has come up with a list of reasons why the Senators have reversed their fortunes from last year, Chris Stevenson nails it by showering the Senators second overall ranked penalty killing unit with love.
According to Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen, what got lost in Saturday night's win wasn't the fact that the Senators didn't play that well. It was that Erik Karlsson's best game of the season was overshadowed by the Alexei Kovalev story.
"Maybe it was anxiousness, the nerves, the atmosphere," Clouston said.
"But I thought the last 40 minutes might have been his best. He looked comfortable, he was making some better plays with the puck, he had a lot more poise with the puck, and physically he was a lot more involved, as well."
The key for Karlsson, Clouston said, is in playing as if he believes he belongs in the NHL, not as if he is still trying out. That can only lead to tentativeness and uncertainty.
"I think he has just got to play his game," Clouston said.
"He has got to, basically, realize that he belongs here and not be in awe. Just go out there and play his game. And, for the most part in the last two periods, he really did that.
"He just said, 'You know what? I'm going to have to make a difference here, that my team needs me."
Jeff Blair of The Globe and Mail has two interesting blurbs from his piece this morning:
Circle Oct. 30 on your calendar: You want a look-ahead? On Oct. 28, the Toronto Raptors open the NBA regular-season at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers while the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Dallas Stars. The Leafs have just two games before then (in Vancouver and Anaheim) so if they can continue losing and the Raptors can pull off an upset, there you’d go: Toronto’s NBA team has its first win before its NHL team. You don’t like the Raps’ chances against the Cavs? Neither do I, but not to worry: On Oct. 30 the Raps are in Memphis and the Leafs are in Buffalo. Lookahead? There’s your stinkin’ lookahead ..
Turfed as president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place, Roy Mlakar received early consideration for the Toronto Blue Jays presidency, I’m told.