Once again this week we are without Stooli, as he continues to settle into his new role as a house trained father. So, one more time, we call upon David Ho and Kardinal to fill the void, so to speak. And, as always, they do a fine job. Fine? No that's not enough. AWESOME is more like it, as this show has to be one of the longest we've ever done. Its truly an epic!
So what, you may ask, did we spend so much time nattering about this week? Gee, I don't know, maybe THE FREAKIN' PLAY-OFFs!!!??? As of show time, the series sits at 2-1 for the Rangers:
Sens 2 - Rangers 4
Sens 3 - Rangers 2 OT
Rangers 1 - Sens 0
After what appeared to be a somewhat hesitant and jittery start in game 1, the boys made a statement like no other Sens team has ever made. Matt Carkner took one for the team and cemented his place in Sens' lore with 1 punch (ok, maybe 8 punches) by sending a message to the Rangers and the whole league. We give you our thoughts on that whole incident and the fallout. You'll also get to hear about Shredder and Crazy Canuck's excellent adventures in NYC.
However, as thrilled as we were with this new "family" taking care of business, and each other, they also lost Captain Alfie to yet another cheap shot to the head. This huge loss cannot be over stated as the team struggles to find offence, namely from its remaining point leaders Spezza and Michalek. Game 3 was a perfect example of that as the team was unable to get one past Lundquist in a thrilling game that saw play-off excitement return to Scotia Bank Place. The Ottawa fans deserve to take a huge bow as they made the city proud with their brilliant display of passion for this team.
Some of the more specific Sens topics we also touch on are what the Sens need to do to get the edge in this series, how to generate more for the big guys, unexpected performances from certain role players, and how this whole experience is such a gigantic stepping stone towards the future for the franchise.
But, like everyone else, we just can't talk play-off hockey this year without addressing all the insanity that's been taking place all around the league. The NHL and its policies regarding discipline and officiating have never been under more scrutiny and they are failing horribly. Or are they? Sure, the credibility of the game is taking a hit but the coffers are overflowing. We take a look at this paradox, how we got here and where it may be leading us.
We also have a few great e-mails from loyal Groundhogs, a voice mail from Pittsburgh, we announce the next SU get-together and we have the results of last week's poll question.
As you take in this episode, please find time to say a few Hail Alfies and pray that he has one last miraculous recovery in him.