There never has been a lucky seven for Ottawa and that record still stands as Ottawa lost their final game of the 2011-2012 season against the New York Rangers in a tense 2-1 game. A heartbreaking loss made all the worse by only two things: 1) the fact that Ottawa couldn’t buy a goal against Lundqvist despite charging the New York zone for what felt like the entire third period and 2) the fact that this may have been Alfredsson’s last game.
It was team A-Son: Alfredsson and Anderson. They were the standout players for Ottawa and they wanted it the most. The rest of the Senators played a decent game, but decent doesn’t cut it in the playoffs and the real stars were Alfie and Andy, who couldn’t do it all, but definitely tried to. Ottawa’s defense collapsed on the defensive side and fizzled on the offensive side, despite coming through during the regular season.
The freshly Norris-nominated Karlsson said that he would have to play his best game, and arguably, he did, being much more active in the game, but taking the chances that have frustrated fans and caused bad turnovers. Cowen had the worst game, probably of the season, as he made mistake after mistake, missed players on hits, and took a bad penalty. He was neither smart nor physical.
Zack Smith has heart, but no luck. Several times in this series, he’s had the game on his stick and just couldn’t capitalize, despite being well-positioned and quick. It feels like he was due to make that big goal in this game and it probably hurts him more than anyone else. The team turned it on big time, ambushing the Rangers, but as always, it was Alfredsson who made the biggest impression. Leading by example, being a true Captain, Alfie scored, checked, and fought people everywhere on the ice like a man possessed. It’s heartwrenching to consider the possibility that this might have been the last game.
Anderson was a monster in this series, standing tall, stopping everything, even trying to make plays. He wanted to make things happen and he managed to come up big when he needed to. He was more than ready for this game. Disappointing doesn’t begin to describe how he must be feeling after putting in such a great performance and coming off such an impressive season.
Ottawa exceeded the expectations of all its fans, critics and analysts this season. They deserved a better fate in this game and they put New York into a pressure cooker in this final matchup. Maclean led his troops well this season, but Alfie was a one-man Sens Army. And the Sens Army is going to be sad, even if they have good reason to be proud.
About the Author
Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.