Islanders 6, Senators 3
Brooklyn – Goalkeeper number one, who repeatedly rescued his unsurpassed team, left with a concussion. The date of his return is unknown.
Defender number one, one of the key elements of the future organization, has now joined him aside from an injury to his upper body. He is absent indefinitely.
As a team, the Ottawa senators have now thrown three games in a row, four of their last five, only one small step from the NHL basement.
And now what looks in their face?
How about a date on Saturday night against the current Stanley Champion of the Washington Capitals? They rested in Ottawa on Friday night, as the senators collapsed late at the festival festival, which was a loss of 6–3 here for New Yorkers.
At that moment, when it seemed that the senators could have kept the islanders on a rope, the islanders, led by Barry Trotz, were too happy to pounce on mistake after mistake, scoring the last five goals.
In the small picture, in the big picture, in any case, you want to cut it, this is not a very nice picture, as the young senators continue to display the mistakes that come with inexperience.
The disappointment of all of this — including Matt Martin’s dubious blow, which knocked out star defender Thomas Chabot from the Friday game in the second period — was boiling with three last minute fights.
“I don’t even think that this message is for them, this message is for us,” said defender Mark Borovetsky, who said words for countless people on the ice, including Martin, before throwing gloves. “We have to send messages to ourselves here. You must sometimes take part and let know that you know what you need, and you must make sure that we are here for each other and there for ourselves and show a little pride. This is unacceptable. We are not happy about this. We are not going to roll over, let it happen and redeem ourselves (Saturday). "
Borovetsky never lacked passion, but senators are currently entering foreign territory without Shabo and goalkeeper Craig Anderson.
Mike McKenna continues to fight in a good fight as a well-traveled, well-spoken, apprentice in the Senators network, but remember that he was originally signed to be an emergency backup backup, based on the assumption that if Anderson was limited, Mike Condon could carry cargo. Condon continues to fight hip injuries, trying to get back into the NHL.
After a dismal loss on Friday, McKenna kicked himself for succumbing to one of the oldest hockey book tricks — Matthew Barzal Islanders, pretending to be a friendly voice deep at the end of the Senators — giving life to the Islanders team that was uncharacteristically careless after the Christmas holidays The senators led with a score of 2: 0, when McKenna handed a pass to Barzal, who in turn fed Josh Bailey for what was essentially an empty net target.
“It starts with me,” McKenna said of the terrible turn. “This is on me. I gave them a boost.
In addition to this error, the senators led with a score of 3: 1 at the end of the second period, and they pursued the islanders, starting with goalkeeper Thomas Grice. Former Senator Robin Lehner came, who served as a turning point. Now Lener owns 7-0-3 against Ottawa.
The turn of Nick Paul led to the goal of Anders Lee, who made it 3-2. Barzal scored twice in the Islanders third attack, which made the game completely out of reach. Mistakes were here, there and everywhere, including the general sloppy attitude towards the blue line and the terrible line change that led directly to the goals.
The latest loss in the books – Senators 4-13-1 away this season – Senators coach Guy Boucher is now faced with the difficult question of what to do at the gate against the capitals. Is he returning to McKenna, now 1-4-1 in the Senators network – including a 4-0 defeat from Washington last Saturday – or is he throwing caution to the wind and completely giving in to recovery efforts?
Maybe, just maybe, 24-year-old recruit Markus Hogberg makes his debut in the NHL 5 and a half years after it was originally prepared by the organization.
Boucher is in the last year of his contract, but since the losses accumulate one on the other, the senators' season will quickly become less today and more tomorrow.
And this is without going into deep discussion about whether the trio of waiting unlimited free agents – Mark Stone, Matt Duchesne and Ryan Zingel – be republished.
“We were undecided (on Saturday),” Boucher said about the situation with the goalkeeper before the game on Friday. – It depends only on what game we have (Friday), I do not want to choose guys for the next game. “Today is today.”
Arrived today. Why not give Hogberg a chance?
REMEMBER WHEN: From the hockey point of view, the Barclays Center is not a cup of tea for everyone. It was built for a basketball / concert event, and when it is converted into an NHL rink, there are countless places with terrible lines of vision, as well as a car that occupies a first-class property.
All that is said, it will always be special for Shabo.
He scored his first goal in the NHL on December 1, 2017, having won with a score of 6–5, and admits that after his puck he seemed to have “fainted”. Shabo also had two gears in the game.
“When I first went out on the ice (on Friday) in the morning, it gave me good memories,” he said before the game. “I remember how Bobby (Ryan) crossed the blue line, and I went in the back door with a timer. It was all fun. ”… The next time the senators visit the islanders, on March 5, the game will be played in the old house of the franchise, the Memorial Coliseum of Nassau veterans.
After an early exit from the game on Friday, obviously, not all memories are pleasant.
CECI HITS MILESTONE: Few NHL players survived the bumpy ride that Cody Cecy experienced on his way to reaching 400 games. But when he struck this magical footprint against the islanders, all he thought about was that it was just yesterday that he rode Ottawa 67. “I didn’t even know what it was (Friday), but I knew it would happen,” said Cecy before the puck fell. "It seems that only yesterday I was attracted to the team, and now I play my 400goEverything went so fast.
At least for a while it seemed that the 400th Cecy would also be part of the victory of the senators. After Mark Stone and Matt Duchen scored to give the senators a 2-0 lead, Cecy's goal gave the senators a 3: 1 lead and drove Graess from the bend in favor of Lehner.
DEFENSIVE FIGHT: Like the rest of the defense, Cecy had his share of the fight – four goals, five assists, plus or minus minus 10 until Friday – and received as much criticism as any senator player in recent history. Boucher, however, insists that Cecy's experience was necessary for the recovery team.
“He’s one of those older guys for us, and he helped care for some of the younger guys,” Boucher said. “He had to carry a young guy (Max Lajo) from the beginning of the year. Lahua had a good year for a newcomer, partly because of him.
Yes, Cecy, who turned 25 last week, is considered an elderly person in the list of senators.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Cecy will stick to the senators in the long run. Once again, he is awaiting a limited free agent with arbitration rights.
McKENNA REVIEWS: After McKenna first took part in the Barclays Center on Friday, he said that during his professional career he played in 100 arenas. “I think it's somewhere in the mid-90s,” he said. "One day I would like to go back and track all the youth and student skating rinks." Very gradually, Boucher plans to devote more time to power play to defender Christian Yaros. “He has a bomb,” Boucher said.
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: The Islanders lost the most influential free-agent player last summer when John Tavares went to Toronto Maple Leafs. But they signed a contract with the smartest free agent, attracting Barry Trots after he won the Stanley Cup with Washington. Before the meeting with the senators, the islanders were three points away from the playoffs, but how many experts suggested that mostly unnamed islanders would be comfortable above the .500 (19-13-4) mark at this stage? “They are disciplined, very much the type of team you expect from this coaching staff, well-trained,” said McKenna.
BELL CAPITAL CUP VETERAN magazine: With the arrival of Washington at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday at this time of the year, the Kapitals forward, Devante Smith-Pelli, will share his recollections of the game in the Bell Capital Cup. Surprisingly, in all 31 NHL teams there is at least one player who participated in the tournament. Senators lead, and Sich, Marc Borovetsky, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchesne, Ryan Dzingel and Chris Tierney took part in the same game as secondary hockey players.
Five things we learned
1-Stone Cold Turn: Adam Peleh should know better. If there is one guy who is going to steal the puck, this is Mark Stone.
2. Turning the tables: in exactly the same spot of ice, Mike McKenna coughed Matt Barzal puck, leading straight to Josh Bailey's goal. Barzal added a couple of goals for the third period.
3-Christmas is over: after the first stage without emotion, emotions and anger returned to the second. The game ended with three fights at the last minute.
4. Now you see him … Matt Ducheson bypassed Johnny Boychuk’s attempt, and then shot a shot over Grice’s shoulder for the senators ’second goal.
5-icing on the cake: Cody Cecy celebrated his 400go Playing in the NHL, scoring the third Ogal senators.
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