-The Sens season is over and hockey fans whose teams haven’t advanced have virtually nothing to look forward to going in the second round except the Philadelphia series (the other three series will be variations of 1-0 and 2-1 scores with minimal scoring chances). My preview of the round is forthcoming, as is my breakdown of the Sens playoff effort.
-Daniel Alfredsson talks about last night’s loss, “It’s an empty feeling. Especially when the game goes down to the last seconds like it did. Then, all of a sudden, it’s over. It feels weird and tough. We played a hard-fought game. We played really good, at times, we made a couple of mistakes that cost us. Henrik (Lundqvist) made some big saves to keep this close. It was a hard-fought series. I thought this game kind of reflected the whole series.” He remains cagey about his future, “I will see how I feel physically and mentally after taking some time off. This year has been unbelievable. I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s been great to be part of a great group of guys. They kept me upbeat and happy when I’m a grumpy old man. They’ve made this year very enjoyable.”
-Peter Raaymakers thinks Craig Anderson was the Sens best player in the playoffs and I’m not so sure that’s the case. He struggled in games 1 and 6, wasn’t a factor in games 2 and 4, and he lost 2 of his 3 best games. When he was good his play didn’t spark the team, while playing poorly guaranteed a loss. Goalies are an axiomatic factor in every game, but while Anderson was good in the post-season he was not the straw that stirred the drink for his team.
-Jeremy Milks suggests that either Kaspars Daugavins or Bobby Butler should have played in place of both Mark Stone and Jakob Silfverberg in the final three games. Yes, that’s the same Butler who hadn’t scored in his last 15 games (Februray 15th) and Daugavins who has one goal in his last 15. I thought both rookies played well, both are larger players than the ones they replaced and both have more offensive potential, so I think the changes were the right choice.
-Ian Mendes Tweets “I’ve covered the Sens for more than a decade and that was the most enjoyable season I’ve ever had on the beat.”
-Don Brennan just can’t bring himself to criticise one of his favourites. He lists the defensive lapses last night that lead to the first goal, doesn’t identify the culprit on the second goal (Spezza), and then inexplicably singles out Filip Kuba (of all people) at the bottom of his article. Chris Phillips, who lead the team in turnovers last night (including being unable to navigate around the back of the net) goes mentioned.
-The Ottawa Sun doesn’t do Matt Gilroy any favours in their picture of the game ending handshake–the deadline flop has a big smile on his face while his teammates all look devastated.
-Sens prospect Marcus Sorensen has been traded/released from his Skelleftea contract and will continue to play for Boras in the Allsvenskan. He was disappointed that former Sens scout and Skelleftea coach Anders Forsberg didn’t give him a chance to play. His future as a Sens prospect is up in the air as they need to offer him a contract or he becomes a UFA.