It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
Kicking the crap out of three top contenders in your conference rocks. Losing a whole bunch of players to stupid injuries sucks. And not having Stooli along for the ride this week also sucks. But being third in the conference is cool!
Shredder and Russell go at it alone this week, as crazy a week as you're likely to see this year. First of all, who'd have thunk that the Sens would be able to find that elusive top gear at just the right time:
Pens 2 - Sens 6
Buffalo 3 - Sens 5
Capitals 3 - Sens 4 OT
Sens 1 - Devils 3
For a team that was struggling to beat bottom feeders, they sure pulled it all together at the right time. A dominating win against the cup champions, a convincing victory over the slugs and then a miraculous come-back overtime win over the Capitals had Sens fans smiling and believing again. Yeah, there was the Devils thing but that was after the Gods became angry.
You really have to think sometimes this team is cursed, at least as far as goalies are concerned. We finally find a solid, dependable starting goalie, one smart enough to sit out and rest a marginal injury and POW! Right in the kisser! A month without Pascal has us debating what the Sens' chances are over this next tough stretch with Elliot leading the way.
Injuries also struck down several other Sens this week. Poor old Donovan, that's just not fair. He gets his chance, makes the most of it and now he's gone long-term with a terrible knee injury. That's just wrong, we tell ya. Then Fisher, talk about a guy who has everything going for him, missing games with a fluke injury in practice. Tonight, Neil, who has been stellar, joins the list of wounded. For the record, THIS SUCKS and is a major topic this week.
We take a look at how the Sens are doing, stats-wise at the quarter-pole in Open Ice and find that it's actually pretty impressive in most areas. An impromptu discussion about the struggles of Jason Spezza leads to some brillaint insight and some Underground conspiracy theories. We received lots of e-mail this we and we butcher almost all of them (We strive for consistency!). A couple of voice-mails and a teaser about a big announcement coming next week. And a look ahead at the week to come including the anticipated return of A-Train and the Sens only game this season vs Dany Doucher.
It's gonna rock!