Thursday, March 09, 2006

Florida 6 Ottawa 2

I didn’t see last night’s game against the Florida Panthers, and based on the accounts from those who did, that was probably a good thing.

After riding high with four straight wins coming out of the Olympic Break, the Sens gave an apparently abysmal effort against the Cats, and as a result, got thumped.

However, I don’t think you had to see the game to know why they lost. All one has to do is look at the game stats. Zdeno Chara was –4. Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Chris Phillips were –3. Dany Heatley was –2. When that many of a team’s best players don’t have good games, it’s a good bet they’ll be on the losing end.

Ray Emery gave up six goals, but the consensus seems to be that he didn’t have all that bad a game and that most of the goals were not his fault. It was just that the team in front of him played like shit. Let’s just hope the drubbing he got doesn’t shatter his confidence. Emery appears to me to be an incredibly shaky goaltender. When he’s playing well, he’s riding high and is difficult to beat, but when he’s not, he’s incredibly fragile.

The game wasn’t on local TV, which is something we should get used to. Five of the team’s next 10 games aren’t available in Ottawa without the CentreIce package.

1 Comments:

At 7:16 AM, Blogger Andrew said...

I watched the game, and it was a comedy of errors by the Sens. They kept coughing the puck up and allowing odd man rushes. The Panthers second goal, for example, was scored on a 3-1 that occoured 11 seconds after a faceoff - how do you break down that bad that quick?

Emery had some awesome saves, and I agree that he played well despite the score.

 

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