The Leafs?! YOU CAN'T BEAT THE LEAFS?!!?!
A disappointing 4-2 loss against Toronto leaves Sens fans asking a lot of questions. Like, "THE FREAKING LEAFS?! The team which most of its fans want to implode, sell off, or dump in a Scarborough ditch?! That's the team you lost to?!"... something like that.
The Ottawa Senators are feeling the effects of a number of key injuries, including: Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson, and, most recently, Chris Phillips. The Big Rig missed practice and did not play against the Leafs. This left the Sens' defensive pairings in disarray. Occasionally, you could find Wade Redden with Anton Volchenkov or Andrej Meszaros with Joe Corvo.
Ray Emery, getting the start under head coach John Paddock's ridiculous "win and you're in" policy, played well in the second peroid, but let in goal in clusters. He had trouble finding the puck after the initial save, leading to nearly all of the Leafs goals.
Mike Fisher and Chris Neil played effective smash-mouth hockey, but without the scoring prowess of Heatley, Alfredsson, or Jason Spezza (he's injured, right? ... he might as well be), all the effort seemed in vain.
It's a sad, sad evening when Jason Blake can score a goal, let alone a pretty one. I wish I had one of those Men In Black flashy pop-up mind erasers - it would have been better to have never played this game.