CBC Montage from Game 1:
Creepy pic 1:
via Deadspin. Can't believe someone would wear a Talbot jersey.
Creepy pic 2:
from Jason B.
Creepy pic 3:
-- Good breakdown of scoring chances in Game 1. [ The 6th Sens ]
-- "Those Games" by Down Goes Brown. [ Grantland ]
PIC of the day:
Downtown Ottawa on Tuesday. [ reddit ]
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Eric Gryba's karma from the Lars Eller hit just made a visit to him:
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Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Series Tied 0-0
NBCSN, CBC, RDS - 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Here it is: the series that the media and Eugene Melnyk so desperately wanted. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Matt Cooke, the man who absolutely-on-purpose-injured-Erik-Karlsson-and-forensic-evidence-will-prove-it-and-also-he-likes-to-talk-about-reporter-penises, will face off against the Ottawa Senators. The media sideshow is fun and all, but it's not going to win hockey games. Also, it's not fun.
The Ottawa Senators allowed nine goals in five games against the Montreal Canadiens, and three of those goals were in game two. Craig Anderson has a .950 save percentage. He's not Evgeni Nabokov. The Pittsburgh Penguins will need to be better than they were against the New York Islanders if they want to win. Much better.Add a comment
Every year around this time, the Canadian media starts to push the idea of "Canada's Team." The theory is that Canadians should rally around the remaining Canadian team in the playoffs in hopes of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Canada. This year, that team is the Ottawa Senators.
In Canada, the bandwagon experience takes on a strange distortion. Instead of picking a team because of a certain player, coach or back-story, Canadians on social media and throughout the mainstream media are encouraged to jump on the trolley and cheer for the only Canadian team left. All of a sudden, Canadian hockey fans are expected to support the 2011 Canucks, 2010 Canadiens, 2007 Senators and so forth. It's a curious reflex, a forced and awkward call-to-arms in favour of a sense of national pride and a need to stamp the Canadian flag (hopefully not just the Maple Leaf) on the Stanley Cup and, in turn, the sport of hockey. It's also something I could do without.
None of this matters anyway, because the Pittsburgh Penguins are "Canada's Team."Add a comment