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Hernia surgery ends the season of Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan

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By Allan Muir

The immutable laws of math assure us that the Senators remain in contention for a playoff berth in the East.

Bobby Ryan’s health tells us otherwise.

The veteran winger will undergo hernia surgery today in Montreal, ending his season and snipping whatever thin filament of postseason hope the team’s diehards still grasped.

“Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • GIF: Senators’ Ales Hemsky scores highlight-reel goal against Lightning

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    Hemsky goal

    By Darian Somers

    Ottawa’s Ales Hemsky made three Tampa Bay Lightning players look silly with his goal in the second period on Thursday night.

    First was defenseman Radko Gudas, who Hemsky burned with a behind-the-back, through-the-legs deke. Then he cut in and walked right past blueliner Matt Carle, and finally, goaltender Ben Bishop could do little more than watch as Hemsky effortlessly shot the puck into the wide open net.

    This Goal of the Year candidate was Hemsky’s 11th of the season, and his second since coming arriving from Edmonton at the trade deadline.

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  • Published On Mar 20, 2014
  • GIFS: Ottawa players show frustration, anger after Montreal’s OT game-winner

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    (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    The Canadiens scored three goals in less than four minutes to send the game to OT. (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    It just kept getting louder and louder in Montreal as the Canadiens rallied from down three goals to the Senators with less than four minutes left to play, tying the game and forcing overtime. The last two goals were hotly disputed by Ottawa.

    Senators goalie Robin Lehner complained that Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban was in his crease when David Desharnais scored the tying goal in the final second. When Habs blueliner Francis Bouillion tallied the OT winner after the play arguably could have been blown dead, the Senators boiled over.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • GIF: Senators’ Cody Ceci hit in head with Shea Weber slapshot

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    By Mike McMahon

    Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber and his slapshot are keeping the Ottawa Senators’ trainers busy tonight.

    First, Weber’s vicious shot caught Senators goaltender Craig Anderson up high on the chest protector. Anderson would stay in the game, but needed several minutes to catch his breath. Just minutes after resuming play, Weber’s slapshot hit Ottawa defenseman Cody Ceci in the head, leaving him with a (very) bloody gash and causing him to exit the game. Here’s a GIF of the painful play, (via Sporting News).


  • Published On Mar 10, 2014
  • Canucks and Senators celebrate their history with Heritage Classic uniforms

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    Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Millionaires NHL throwback jerseys

    Captains Jason Spezza of the Sens and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks will sport a throwback look. (Courtesy of NHL)

    By Tim Newcomb

    For the outdoor Heritage Classic in Vancouver on Sunday, the Canucks will take us 100 years into their past by wearing their historic Millionaires sweaters for a celebration of the city’s 1915 Stanley Cup Final vs. the original Ottawa Senators. First worn by the team last season, their uniforms honor Vancouver’s original hockey stars, specifically the Pacific Coast Hockey Association chanpions who swept the Senators of the National Hockey Association in three games.

    For Sunday’s matchup, the visiting Senators were originally planning to wear their third jersey–a black-based red- and white-striped look with a large O on the chest–but the dark color scheme did not provide enough contrast to Vancouver’s dark maroon, so Ottawa switched from black to white. But their sweaters will offer historical elements from an eight-year span, 1920 to 1927, when the Senators won the Stanley Cup four times. The large “O” crest is a throwback to a design the team wore until 1934 and the horizontal stripes and cream background on the chest, arms and socks, borrows from a barber pole look of the past, one that the Montreal Canadiens revisited during their centennial celebration in 2009.

    Both the Canucks and Senators are currently struggling to make the playoffs, but perhaps harkening back to their old winning days will inspire some first-rate hockey in open-air B.C. Place on Sunday.

    NEWCOMB: Heritage Classic can go indoors fast

    Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Heritage Classic outdoor game can go inside within 20 minutes

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    BC Place in Vancouver will host the NHL outdoor Heritage Classic game.

    Indoors or outdoors? Rain and B.C. Place’s retractable roof make that the question. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    By Tim Newcomb

    The deluge of heavy winter weather in the Vancouver region—more than 10 inches of snow in some areas—may have come a week too early in terms of creating some “atmosphere” for Sunday’s Heritage Classic at retractable-roof B.C. Place. But organizers of the NHL’s sixth and final outdoor game of the season certainly prefer a snowless day to one that is filled with rain. After all, rain will mean closing the roof and turning a game that has been hyped for its historic link to the 1915 Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Millionaires and Ottawa Senators into nothing more than an oversized indoor regular-season contest, albeit one with sweet throwback uniforms.

    Setting up home ice for the Canucks in B.C. Place, which has undergone a $500 million-plus renovation since the 2010 Olympics, demanded the tightest turnaround of all the NHL’s outdoor games. Crews couldn’t start building the rink and making ice until the B.C. Home + Garden Show wrapped up on Sunday, Feb. 23. And the NHL will have to get out fairly quick after the 1 p.m. (Pacific time) start time on Sunday, with the MLS’ Whitecaps home opener slated for Saturday, March 8.

    NEWCOMB: The Making of Stadium Hockey | GALLERY: NHL’s outdoor games

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Bobby Ryan: Team USA’s Brian Burke “gutless” after Sochi Olympics snub

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    Brian Burke of Team USA was called gutless by Bobby Ryan.

    The famously blunt Brian Burke has reached out to Bobby Ryan, but not heard back. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Bobby Ryan says that he felt all along that there wasn’t a place for him on Team USA for the Sochi Games, and that he believed he’d be the odd man out when the roster was announced after Wednesday’s Winter Classic.

    What he didn’t expect was to be humiliated, essentially in public, by his old boss.

    Brian Burke, Team USA’s director of player personnel, and the man who drafted Ryan with the No. 2 pick in 2005, was quoted extensively in Scott Burnside’s piece detailing the process that went into selecting the American roster. The debates that were captured over various players were honest, and not always flattering, and Burke was particularly frank in his assessment of Ryan’s shortcomings.

    MUIR:  Why Team USA’s GM deserves blame for the Ryan snub mess

    He apparently made it clear early on that he could not support selecting Ryan, a player he’d chosen four years earlier to represent the U.S.A. in Vancouver. Among his choice arguments against selecting the Senators sniper:

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  • Published On Jan 02, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Ottawa’s Jared Cowen suspended for head shot

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    By Allan Muir

    With the main course of Shawn Thornton’s attack on Brooks Orpik still a couple of days away, NHL player safety czar Brendan Shanahan busied himself with the amuse bouche of Jared Cowen’s head shot on Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons.

    This is the sort of hit that wouldn’t have earned a second thought just a couple years ago, so seeing the Ottawa Senators defenseman handed two games for driving his shoulder directly into the chin of Girgensons is a clear illustration of the current state of non-tolerance for head contact.

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  • Published On Dec 11, 2013
  • SHANABANNED! Kevin Westgarth suspended two games for boarding

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    By Allan Muir

    Kevin Westgarth couldn’t have made it any easier for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

    The Carolina forward was suspended two games today for a breathtakingly stupid hit on Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki on Sunday.

    The Senators defenseman had just blown a tire on the corner and was trying to regain his feet when Westgarth barreled in from the face-off circle and planted Borowiecki head first into the boards.

    It certainly wasn’t the hardest or cheapest hit we’ve seen this season, but, as Brendan Shanahan explains in the suspension video, “at no point, from the moment Westgarth changes direction, is Borowiecki ever eligible to be checked. Borowiecki is completely vulnerable…[and] Westgarth never stops or makes an attempt to slow down. This is a time when Westgarth should completely avoid contact.”

    That’s what common sense would dictate, anyway. This is one of those cases where respect for the safety of his opponent should have slammed the brakes on Westgarth. Since it didn’t, and since Borowiecki was injured on the play, this was the call Shanahan had to make.

    MUIR: Players face uphill fight in concussion lawsuit against NHL


  • Published On Nov 26, 2013
  • Ducks celebrate Throwback Night with 4-1 win over Bobby Ryan, Senators

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    Teemu Selanne was in the sentimental spirit as the Anaheim Ducks donned their same uniforms they wore in their inaugural 92-93 season

    Teemu Selanne had a familiar look as the Ducks donned throwback jerseys to celebrate the franchise’s first win 20 years ago during the 1993-94 season. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Twenty years ago to the day, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim celebrated the team’s first win as a franchise — a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers — with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa Sunday night.

    To celebrate the milestone, the team embraced the nostalgia with Throwback Night, as the Ducks (who dropped the ‘Mighty’ moniker in 2006-07) wore the same eggplant-colored uniforms with teal and white horizontal stripes and the cartoon duck goalie mask logo as they did during Anaheim’s inaugural season in 1993-94.

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  • Published On Oct 13, 2013


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