This is just quick post, but here's two examples of Pageau using the boards to buy himself time and space.
First is from his NHL debut at Philadelphia, out protecting a one-goal lead in the dying minutes:
Denis's on the home team, but that sounded a genuine "WOW" to me, pretty sure I said the same thing watching it live. As a coach you couldn't ask for more ruthless efficiency in that situation.
Second is the last game at Washington:
The boards are your friend. A quick chip, curl and pass back to the point creates a pretty dangerous Gonchar one-timer.
These are small things in the grand scheme of a game, but a less intelligent player might of been stripped of the puck in the defensive zone or turned it over at the offensive blue-line trying to deke the defender.
Did I mention he's crushing the possession game, playing tough minutes, over 50% on faceoffs, and starts in the defensive zone more than anyone else on team?
Kid is good.no comments
In the aftermath of Monday night’s loss to the Penguins, Sun columnist Don Brennan concluded a column by asking the question,“Is the honeymoon with Cory Conacher over already?”
I have no idea what prompted Brennan to pose the query, it could have been a word quota, but a glance at Conacher’s numbers from Monday -- 12:48 in ice-time, one shot, two hits and a giveaway -- were nothing to write home about.
Taken one step further, Conacher has had 2 goals and 4 points in the 9 games that followed his trade from Tampa Bay. During this stretch of time, he’s averaging about 13:34 in ice-time per game and the diminutive forward is thirteenth on the team in shots on goal with 14.
On the surface, these numbers are modest, but he is tied for the team lead in goals and points during this period.
A more apt question could have been, “what the hell do people expect?”
Much was made at the time of the trade of how there were some points of concern at the time of his acquisition.
Having tallied 5 goals and 12 points, Conacher scored on approximately 41.7% of his shots through the first 7 games of the season. There’s no question Conacher benefited like other players on two-way contracts from spending the early portion of the year in the AHL while other NHL players were locked out. Spending a significant portion of the early season flanking Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis probably didn't hurt either.
Here’s a breakdown down Conacher’s into rookie season into three sections: first seven games, remainder of season in Tampa and then his time with Ottawa:no comments
Erik Karlsson will play tonight against the Washington Capitals. #TheReturn— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) April 25, 2013
71 days after a 70% laceration of his Achilles and #65 is back in the lineup somewhow.
Are we invigorated, hopeful, concerned, awed, and slaves to a cult of personality?
Yes all those things, listed here in song form.
a) Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack
Maybe this mid-90's R&B classic captures your mood?
Erik Karlsson is the best PR tool that the Senators organization is blessed with. When videotape evidence captured the 2012 Norris Trophy winner skating for what was presumably one of the first times since having surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, Ottawa was in the midst of a four-game losing streak that sent them plummeting towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
After Monday’s potentially disastrous loss to the James Neal/Evgeni Malkin/Sidney Crosby/Kris Letang-less Pittsburgh Penguins, every Sens fans was pining for the Washington Capitals to do Ottawa a favor by beating the Jets and preventing Winnipeg from leapfrogging the Senators into eighth place in the standings.
I’m going to go off on bit of a tangent here… but what the hell was up with the number of individuals that I saw on the blog’s social media feed criticizing the Senators for not hanging with Pittsburgh’s B-team? Seems like no one is mindful of the fact that the Binghamton Senators are poised to clinch playoff spot; although, maybe this is the greatest credit that you could give to Paul MacLean and his coaching staff here.
Before the Caps knocked off their faux-Southeast Division rivals last night, the negativity enshrouding the Senators following Monday night’s loss was more palpable than the peoples disdain for Don(g) Brennan’s junk.no comments
Tonight the Senators will present their ninth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation night and depending on who you ask, this may be the only ‘presence’ the Senators will have in the building tonight when they take on the Penguins.
Although Paul MacLean has affirmed that there will be no lineup changes from Saturday night (meaning Matt Kassian will dress), Guillaume Latendresse told reporters after this morning’s skate that he is playing tonight. Either MacStache is trying to play some mind games and sucker Dan Bylsma into dressing a useless pugilist like Steve MacIntyre or Latendresse is confused here. It wouldn’t take much to convince me that either alternative is the correct one.
Fortunately for the Red Scarf Union, it appears as though Cooke will play tonight; meaning all of the hard work and preparation that has gone into the Matt Cooke Hatefest has not been for naught.
The Senators fan group will descend upon Scotiabank Place tonight to chant anti-Cooke songs and showcase their wanted posters that depict Cooke as the ‘dirtiest player in the NHL’.no comments