It wasn't a western sweep but it was pretty damn good for a team that wasn't supposed to be able to beat anyone, anywhere! 5 out of 6 points would be considered very successful for any team so all of us Sens fans should be grinning ear to ear this week.
The final two games of the western swing played out as such:
Sens 5 - Oilers 2
Sens 1 Vancouver 2 OT
So where does that leave the Sens? Hovering right around the magical 8th spot, thank you very much! And being that we're right about the quarter pole, we figure tonight is a good opportunity to look back at what we thought would have to happen for the Sens to contend for a play-off spot and compare it to what has actually happened. Some of the results are fairly predictable but what is surprising is that the Sens have excelled despite some things not going to plan.
Filatov don't do good attitude. Yes, it seems like we may have crapped out on the gamble Murray took at the draft in acquiring yet another Russian enigma. However, the GM has given Niki baby one last chance at an NHL career. The question we pose tonight is does he even want one? On the topic of malcontents, we also explore the Turris to Ottawa rumours.
We know that some of your favourite moments on the show over the years have been the Stooil vs Shredder rants. But tonight, we have a twist; Stooli vs Russell! The old Crosby or OV debate resurfaces tonight and Shreds gets to sit back for a change and watch the other two go at it. Also, we question the handling of one David Rundblad and wonder why he's spending so much time filling his face in the pressbox instead of filling the net in Bingo.
We pound out a few e-mails, flip and flop, swallow our pride for a die-hard groundhog and even revive an old favourite segment.
If we were you, we'd set aside the whole damn week and just keep playing this episode over and over. Why? Because.......well, leafs suck. That's as good a reason as any.