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Yeah. Couldn't agree more. This team is missing it's entire first line. I mean not just one or two players but the whole line. That is baaaaadddd luck. Good for us though. We are tied with them now. I just hope alffy and spezza don't get too rested and they make a run at the end of the season.

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My old man is a Sens fan. I mentioned awhile ago that the Kovalev signing made me not like the Sens anymore. (I kinda liked the Sens cause their fans hate the Leafs as much as I do) He said that the Kovalev signing hardly got any press because of the Heatly fiasco. Man oh man did they screw up on that one. Everyone complains about Gainey as GM. Murray let Heatly go for nothing. I know that he wanted to leave Ottawa and that brings down his value but WOW!!! That was a great trade for San Jose.

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Obviously the Heatly trade is in San Jose's favor, but Ottawa was not in a position of power for that trade. They basically had to trade him and everyone knew that.

Michalek is a good player, but not as good as Heatly obviously.

Cheechoo works hard, but he hasn't shown much sign of his scoring touch returning. Despite all that and all the injuries this year the Sens are higher in the standings and doing better then last year.

They have gone through two bad losing streaks of 5 and 6 games this year, but one was a west cost trip and the other was with the team having tuns of injuries and the goalies playing horrible.

The injured players are returning soon and will be well rested like Alfie. Hes played great in his first two games back and looks revitalized. Michalek/Spezza will be back shortly.

Fisher and Kovalev have both been pretty consistent point producers this year. Yeah I know Kovy hasn't scored a lot, but hes setup a lot of goals through good passes. Hes done pretty well considering how bad Ottawa's powerplay is. Everyone said he only produces on the PP, but in Ottawa hes been able to produces at even strength playing with better even strength players. I think his lack of production at even strength in Montreal was due to them having mostly PP players which seems to continue to be the case. They still struggle to score at even strength regardless of the player changes.

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This was right before the Sens started their 11 game winning streak.


This wasn't exactly a relaxing stroll in the park.

Actually, it was much, much better than that for the Ottawa Senators, who exchanged a scheduled Wednesday morning of practice for an hour of fun and frolic on the outdoor Lasker Rink in New York's famed Central Park.

"It was a lot of fun," Senators forward Nick Foligno said after the games of dodgeball and European handball were done. "We had a great time out there, as you could probably see today. I think that was the biggest thing. It’s good to get away from the game a little bit and do something different.”

Especially good when you're stuck in the throes of a five-game losing streak, with three more tough road tests staring you in the face – including Thursday night's matchup with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).

With that thought in mind, Senators head coach Cory Clouston called off a scheduled practice at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan and let the players have the morning to themselves.

"I think it was a real good opportunity for them to get together in (what was) definitely a less stressful atmosphere," said Clouston. "The timing couldn't be better, to be honest. The guys are working hard but they aren't getting the results and feel a lot of pressure on them. I think it was a real good time to step away from it."

Added centre Mike Fisher: "We got to get away from the game a little bit and have a little bit of fun. It was good. Best ice we’ve skated on all year, I think.”

"I think it was a lot of fun. We forgot about a lot of our problems right now. It was a great day. It's not every day you get a chance to do something like that. It's good just to change the routine a bit ... I think that's what we needed." - Pascal Leclaire It's a much looser attitude the Senators hope they can take with them through the rest of their five-game road trip, which also sees them in Montreal on Saturday and Boston on Monday.

"I think it was a lot of fun. We forgot about a lot of our problems right now," said goaltender Pascal Leclaire. "It was a great day. It's not every day you get a chance to do something like that. This morning, we weren't sure what we were going to get into, but I think everybody had a lot of fun. It's good just to change the routine a bit ... I think that's what we needed.

“Tomorrow, I think we’re all going to go to the rink with that same mind frame and have fun and take it from there. If we put too much pressure on ourselves, I think we’ll dig a bigger hole. We’re just trying to have fun together and we’ll see what happens.”

Even one of New York's finest joined in the fun. Policeman Tim Cohn, a life-long New York Islanders fan, used his nightstick to help guard the net during the handball game. Then he smiled for a photo with Senators defenceman Chris Campoli, a former Islander.

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Ride the wins,baby. :lol:

All good things come to a end....but wow,what a turn around for them...Elliot & team + coach = victory.

The sens coaching needs a pat on the back here.

The Sens run better not end in Laffstown! Laffs always play the Sens tough but with their new reconstructed team, it's too early to tell what the Laffs will do. I hate those Laffs. I really hope they are not Jiggy with it Saturday.

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