The Toronto Maple Leafs walked into Ottawa tonight and left a victor yet again with a 4-1 win over the listless Senators. Now, I had to watch this game on TV, but I saw enough to be able to draw my own conclusions.
First off, Ottawa would have eliminated Toronto from the playoffs with a win tonight over the Leafs. That never materialized and every player on the Sens roster should be embarassed by their play tonight. After being run over on HNIC on Saturday night in Vancouver the Sens were touting this game as a must win and that they had to show their urgency in order to get back some of the confidence they gained in winning 14 of 16 games heading into the Olympic break. Instead, Ottawa is now 1-6 in their seven games since the break and have scored a paltry nine goals in those seven games. Just pathetic by a team that bolsters some big offensive superstars.
With twelve games left and only four of those at home, Ottawa needs to find its game in a hurry. The Sens probably aren’t as good as their 14 wins in 16 games but they definitely aren’t as bad as their 1-6 post Olympic record, Ottawa is somewhere in between those two records. Question is, can the leaders on this roster start to play the way they are capable of?
The upcoming three game roadie is extremely important with games at Atlanta, Dallas and Montreal. All of a sudden the Sens have 4 teams on their playoff heels and Ottawa has to grab four of six points on this quick road trip.
One point of contention is the goaltending and you really have to wonder why Cory Clouston didn’t pull Brian Elliott tonight after allowing two horrible goals early in the second period? Clouston has yanked Pascal Leclaire rather quickly on a few occasions but for some reason he allows Elliott to play out of his problems. It tells me that Clouston is ready to run with Elliott down the final stretch here and that has to be concerning because Elliott has been very average since the break.
Phil Kessel was a Sens killer yet again scoring his sixth goal in five games against Ottawa this season while the Leafs won the season series over Ottawa by winning 4 of 6 games. I can’t recall the last time the Leafs won the season series over the Sens.
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.