March 31, 2012
Cheapseats: Sens split on disputed goal... Andy cut short wife's sleep, too ... Philly's hole in goal exposed
By Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
PHILADELPHIA — The Senators didn’t get all the breaks Saturday.
Ahead 3-1 in the second period, the Senators were forced to wait through a long review after a goal by Philly’s Sean Couturier was waived off, then deemed good after NHL officials in Toronto took a second look.
While the referees ruled Senators blueliner Filip Kuba had knocked the net off before the puck crossed the goal-line with 5:22 left in the second, Couturier had his 13th of the season once the review was completed.
There were differing views among the Senators on whether it was a good goal.
“I thought it was going in regardless of when it got knocked off,” said goalie Craig Anderson. “Even if we knock it off on purpose and the puck is going in, it’s like throwing your stick on a breakaway, that always ends up in a goal. It’s the right call.”
Centre Jason Spezza disagreed.
“I thought it shouldn’t have been a goal. I watched it 10 times,” said Spezza. “I find it hard to believe they can conclusively tell the net’s not off. If the call on the ice is a goal, it’s probably a goal. When they showed it on the Jumbotron, I found it hard to believe it was conclusively not off when the ref called it off.”
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...
Anderson elaborated on how he severed a tendon in his blocker hand after a win in February during an interview with NHL Live radio on Friday. “It was late at night. My wife and son were already sleeping. I thought I’d prepare myself a meal after the game,” recalled Anderson. “It just didn’t work out the way I planned. I had to wake my wife out of a dead sleep and catch a ride to the hospital with a coach.” Not sure which coach he called, but Anderson didn’t sound impressed when host Deb Placey told him at the end of the interview: “Next time order takeout.” ... Philly’s Wayne Simmonds has a nose for the net. He took one off the face and 2:59 into the second to cut Ottawa’s lead to 3-1. “First time, that’s for sure,” he said of scoring off his beak. He paid for it later with seven stitches.
THIS ’N’ THAT
The worst penalty taken at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday was interference by D Sergei Gonchar. Not sure what he was doing positionally against Brayden Schenn, but Gonchar certainly deserved the time he got ... Philly’s goalie problems are back in the spotlight, especially after Sergei Bobrovsky’s performance in the first period. Ilja Bryzgalov, who suffered a chip in his foot Tuesday, was held out of Saturday’s game for what the club called “precautionary” reasons. He likely won’t play until Tuesday vs. the Rangers. Asked how he played in Tampa last Tuesday with the chip, Bryzgalov said: “I was lucky because it was not that bad, because I’m tough and Russian.” Bobrovsky stopped Kyle Turris in alone in the second ... The next time Senators G Ben Bishop plays, he won’t be wearing that white helmet — his new one has arrived from Sweden. Bishop posted photos of the new cage on Twitter ... Expect C Jesse Winchester to return to the lineup Sunday vs. the Islanders. Winchester hasn’t played since Dec. 20 while recovering from a concussion.
OFF THE GLASS
Anderson is a big fan of Erik Karlsson. “He’s entertaining. You never know what he’s going to do,” Anderson told NHL radio. “That’s why he’s one of the key assets. He doesn’t do the same thing twice. (Daniel) Alfredsson, (Jason) Spezza, these guys are so creative with the puck. You don’t what they’re going to do next. There’s a reason why (Karlsson) is leading the league in defensive scoring. He’s (plus-18), he creates so much offensively, but he’s still solid in his (own) zone and he’s really grown up that way as far as making sure that he’s a two-way player.” ... After listening to that anthem last week in Ottawa, it was refreshing to hear Philly’s Lauren Hart belt out O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner. She’s the best ... Three guys in Saturday’s game were born after Philly RW Jaromir Jagr was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1990: Jared Cowen, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn.
AROUND THE BOARDS
The Flyers will be aggressive on the unrestricted free-agent market this summer, no matter what happens in the playoffs. The future of D Chris Pronger, who has been out all season with post-concussion syndrome, hasn’t been decided, but it would be surprising if he played again given what he’s gone through. The Flyers pursued D Ryan Suter before the deadline, but Nashville GM David Poile wasn’t going to give up a player who is going to be key in the post-season. Should Suter not sign with the Predators, then expect the Flyers to make a hard pitch ... Senators coach Paul MacLean on the four-day break before Saturday’s game: “The biggest concern is that you come out flat.” No worries about that.
THE LAST WORD
Former Senators RW Andreas Dackell, 39, has been forced into retirement because of a knee injury. He spent eight years with Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden and wore the ‘C’. Dackell’s decision wasn’t all bad news for the Senators. Top prospect Jakob Silfverberg, 21, a second-round pick in 2009, is taking over as captain ... Building staff didn’t like this one going to OT and shootout. They had to do a quick change to set up the arena for the 76ers’ NBA game Saturday night.