It took seven years, untold number of beers and a trip to the finals, followed by a collapse and then a rebuild, but we did it! The Sens Underground is 200 episodes old. Its been a long time and a lot of nights sitting behind the ole' mics but we've loved every minute of it. We can only hope that you folks got half the entertainment out of it that we did. And to help celebrate, we invite yet another groundhog to co-host tonight. Kardinal, he of the forums, grabs the fourth mic tonight and does a great job in this landmark episode. Big thanks to him.
Ok, enough back-patting. There's only one real topic that matters this week: THE SENS MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS! THE SENS MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS!! With two big wins this weekend, the boys in red, black and white completed their miraculous run back to the post-season:
Sens 4 - Flyers 3 (SO)
Sens 5 - Isles 1
Normally, the win over the Flyers would be the more impressive of the two but considering the win over the Isles was the clincher, done without Alfie (flu) and Spezza (procreation), you have to give it up for them for stepping up and getting the job done. As a matter of fact, a huge congrats needs to go out to Murray for a masterful job re-building the team so quickly and to the Stache for making these guys a team again. There is no shortage of love in Studio 11 tonight and rightfully so.
We dare take a look ahead to what will most likely be a run-in with the Bruins in the first round and discuss what the Sens will have to do to slay this black and yellow dragon. Many other topics made it across the table tonight including the likelihood of Z-Bad and Silfverberg joining the team for the play-offs, Karlsson's run for the record book, how the Sens should approach the balance of the regular season and whether or not they will be embraced as "Canada's team" in the post-season. We also take a look at the stupidity of the upcoming CBA fight, the greatness that should be the Pitts-Philly series and the brutality that is the Montreal Canadiens. Oh, and the leafs suck.
Some e-mails, a few voice mails from Jersey, some awesome Scottish ales and many giggles complete #200. Thanks for coming along with us all these nights . We'll be around as long as the Sens are.