The bleeding has stopped for the Ottawa Senators now as they went down in defect to the power house Pittsburgh Penguins last night to a tune of 6-2. With waves of offensive players coming at the Sens, the likes of  James Neal, Jerome Iginla, Brendan Morrow and Chris Kunitz and while not even mentioning such superstars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguins were just too stacked not to turn away the the Sens in 5 games. So deep in talent where a team can have their number 1 goalie falter and put in their number 2 and never seem to miss a beat. Or mention the names of Morrow, Neal, Kunitz, Iginla and Martin and realize any of those names would be top line players on all other NHL teams, that my friend is powerful.

Taking a quick look back over this series and what some folks thought might be a long series, it only took the Pens to realize that if they kept coming at the Sens, going north and south, playing their skate, pass and shoot game,  sooner than later they would out duel the opposition really handly. Yup they did that and some  against the Ottawa club who by the end of last night’s contest looked tired and overmatched.

The Good

- The Pens are rolling on all cylinders right now, going to be hard to beat.

- Sens fans take note, don’t be discouraged with the play of your team. They are young, have some good prospects coming up such as Mark Stone, Cody Ceci and Frederik Claesson.

- As mentioned good depth all around and more importantly good depth in net with Anderson.

- Ottawa has one of the better coaches in the NHL who will only have the team better for next season

The Bad

- The Sens needed to stay out of the ‘sin bin’ which they really didn’t do. Gave the Pens the PP to many times.

- The lack of offence from the likes of Alfredsson, Michalek, Spezza and Karlsson-combines for 2 points, that’s not good.

- Anderson was good in net but the Sens needed him to be remarkable every game to have a chance.

The Ugly

- It just seems that when the Sens got passed the Canadiens in the first round and came to play the Pens there was no emotion left. Coach MacLean mentioned that this was a learning series for his team and what it really takes for the next step to go to.

Additional Notes from the Coach

Sens end of the road

The next steps for the Ottawa Senators is to bring in a good solid third line center man and some added scoring but plus to hope their captain, 40 year old Daniel Alfredsson doesn’t decide to hang up the skates. As mentioned in previous articles Catch Up Hockey…May 18 2013 he still has the skating and playmaking ability to stay in this league, plus the determination that even some of the younger players don’t show, he has and displays. It also looks like he still is having fun which is the final reason why he should continue to play.

As for the Pittsburgh Penguins who will sit and wait for the Bruins and Rangers series to finish off, I can only see great things coming again from this team. Not that any of those 2 teams mentioned can not play along with the Pens but to defeat them in 7 will take a great game plan and a lot of hard work and depth to do so, something I don’t see happening really but I have been wrong before.

Until next time.

See you after the game,

Coach Nye