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Jacques Martin


C - Alexei Yashin, Vaclav Prospal, Radek Bonk, Shaun Van Allen, Bruce Gardiner, Steve Martins. LW - David Oliver, Shawn McEachern, Marian Hossa, Magnus Arvedson, Andreas Johansson. RW - Daniel Alfredsson, Stephen Leach, Andreas Dackell, Chris Murray, Phil Crowe. D - Lance Pitlick, Patrick Traverse, Chris Phillips, Sami Salo, Wade Redden, Radim Bicanek, Stan Neckar, Jason York, Janne Laukkanen, Igor Kravchuk. G - Damian Rhodes, Ron Tugnutt.


Marian Hossa, lw (torn ACL left knee, out until Dec. 1); Janne Laukkanen, d (off-season abdominal surgery, out until Dec. 1); Stan Neckar, d (broken foot, out four weeks); Bruce Gardiner, c (sprained ligament in right thumb, day-to-day); Andreas Dackell, rw (concussion, 10-14 days); Yves Sarault, c (sprained wrist, day-to-day).


Oct. 30 - Recalled C Steve Martins from Detroit (IHL). Nov 5 - RW Daniel Alfredsson returned from knee injury. Nov 5 - D Sami Salo returned from groin injury; demoted to Detroit (IHL) for conditioning.


10/29 Philadelphia    W 3-1
10/31 Montreal        W 5-1
11/01 at Philadelphia W 5-4
11/05 Pittsburgh      L 4-2
11/07 Washington      L 8-5


Northeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Boston            15   6   6   3    15   36   26   
  Montreal          13   6   5   2    14   34   33  
  Toronto           14   6   6   2    14   41   44  
  Ottawa            11   6   5   0    12   37   34   
  Buffalo           11   5   3   3    13   30   23


by The Nosebleeders, Ottawa Correspondents

Comment on the Dackell Hit?! Oh, all right...

By now you must have seen Big E's (as in Big E-diot) hit on Andreas Dackell in the October 29th Sens-Flyers matchup through dozens of replays from dozens of angles. Round here, it seems Sens fans can talk about nothing but 'The Hit.' So here's our two cents worth.

Was it a cheapshot? You bet. Lindros was frustrated and decided to take out his anger on a little guy like Dackell. Was it called for? Certainly not. A simple bodycheck would have sufficed.

But was it illegal? No. Did Eric deserve a suspension? Definitely not. He should have gotten two minutes for boarding, but the fact that the zebra in charge missed the call shouldn't surprise anyone with a knowledge of NHL refereeing.

Nope, the simple fact is this: Dackell was going to get hit, so he should have braced himself properly, as any professional hockey player should do. Instead he ducked, and thus the concussion and war-like atrocity he once called his face. Lindros is a coward for hitting such a small guy so hard, but Dackell's reaction to the oncoming freight train made the aftermath look worse than it ought to.

So there you have it. Now let's move on, shall we?

One Last Thing About the Dackell Hit

Okay, one more thing THEN we'll move on. We're beginning to sound like a broken record here, but when are the Sens going to wake up and realize they need an enforcer? After Lindros turned Dackell into a board advertisement, not one Senator rushed to his defense. In fact, supposed tough guy Phil Crowe was seen chatting up a storm with Eric in the hallway during intermission ("So how's the kids? Good, good. Wanna see some photos?"). You may argue that Ottawa responded with goals rather than fists, and for that argument we give you a doff of the cap. However, using this approach still means 'open season' on our stars.

Suddenly ... A Game Broke Out!

Spurred on by the vicious hit on Dackell, the Senators responded with three quick goals in the second period en route to a convincing 3-1 victory over Philadelphia before 15,478 shaken fans.

The win not only snapped a three-game losing streak for the Sens, it also marked the team's first victory against the Flyers in 13 attempts, dating back to April 26, 1995.

Hey, Oldtimer

Wonder why the Flyers always seem to fall short of the Stanley Cup championship everybody expects of them? Defense...or lack thereof. One look at the Flyers depth chart reveals a certain Dave Babych anchoring the line. Babych, for those of you who do not know, recently turned 127. Seriously, how old is Mr. Babych? He was teammates in Winnipeg (remember the Jets?) with current Sens' GM Rick Dudley, who retired in the mid-80s.


Can We Repick the 1993 Draft? Please?

Before the Dackell hit hogged headlines, Bytown scribes were all abuzz with the imminent return of Alexandre Daigle to the Nation's Capital. And to nobody's surprise, Daigle came and went without so much as a whimper.

Although Daigle's doggish performance to date as a Flyer brings a smile to many Sens fans, it also serves a bitter reminder of the organization's boneheaded decision to draft him in the first place. Can you believe Paul Kariya could have been a Senator today if it weren't for Daigle?

Ouch, part II.

Trivia Time

Which current NHL tough guy has amassed the most career penalty minutes against the Ottawa Senators? Answer at the end of this column.

Bonk-ers for Radek? We Think Not

Although Mr. Bonk appears to have turned his game around this season, there still seems to be no takers in the Sens Bonk sweepstakes. Bruins GM Harry Sinden, for instance, recently informed Ottawa media that, contrary to rumors, the Bruins have no interest in acquiring Bonk. "If I went out and got Bonk, Pat (Burns, Bruins head coach) would strangle me." Hmm, wonder if Mr. Sinden realizes that Bonk would be tied for the goal-scoring lead on the Bruins?

417 Rivalry, Advantage: Ottawa

Renewing their classic rivalry along Highway 417, the Ottawa Senators exploded for three goals in the first period and then cruised to an easy 5-1 Halloween victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Despite the Habs' unorganized, undisciplined play, full kudos should go out to the Sens, who got key performances from the likes of Andreas Johansson, Radek Bonk, Chris Murray and recent callup, the feisty and pesky Steve Martins of Gatineau.

The Weight Has Been Lifted

Star center and team captain Alexei Yashin managed to pop home his first goal of the season, much to the relief of Sens fans coast to coast. Although it was a garbage goal, we're sure Alexei will take it, please and thank you.

Blame it on the Candy

For the first time in team history, the Sens-Habs game was not sold out. Team officials blamed it on Halloween and the fact that the game was nationally televised. Well, who in their right minds would pass up the chance for free rocket candy and Cheetos?

Things You Hear in the Dressing Room

Here's a classic for ya. Habs Shayne Corson was overheard telling a reporter "We're paid good money, we've got to go out and play. (Bleep) the money." Very noble of you, Shayne, but aren't you the same guy who missed most of training camp because of a contract dispute?

Payback, Part II

If witnessing the shmucking of one of their teammates is what the Senators need to win the big games, then by all means, schmuck away, peoples.

Seemingly still charged over the hit by you-know-who on yadda-yadda-yadda, the Sens waltzed into The City of Brotherly Love and stole a convincing 5-4 victory over the Flyers.

We Hate it When We're Wrong

All right, all right... we'll admit it. Radek Bonk is... (gasp)... playing really well. It seems Bonk has finally realized that throwing his big frame around can result in more scoring opportunities. And sure enough, who gets the game-winner? Radek Bonk, esquire.

Take That, Mr. Clarke

Vaclav Prospal - acquired in the Daigle trade - notched three assists against his former team to power the Sens to victory. Mr. Daigle, meanwhile, spent a relaxing evening in the Flyers' doghouse, complaining of a mild headache.

End of a Drought

Feisty Steve Martins' goal not only broke a 3-3 tie, but it was also his first NHL goal since 1995, when he was a member of the Hartford Whalers.

Pop Goes the Winning Streak

With key wins over Philly and Montreal, the Senators seemed invincible against the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins... at least for the first 40 minutes. In a rare third-period letdown, Ottawa gave up three goals on seven shots - compliments of Jaromir Jagr, Jan Hrdina and Robert Lang - dropping a 4-2 decision before a sparse crowd of 13,686 at the Corel Centre.

Some Consolation

Although Sens brass were shaking their heads at the bitter loss, they nevertheless felt a little joy in the much-anticipated return of star winger Daniel Alfredsson. Alfie, out since training camp with a knee injury, looked rusty and seemed a step behind, but his knee held up, and that's all that matters. The surprise early season performances of Andreas Johansson and Radek Bonk no doubt eased the pain of Alfie's absence. But as the real heart and soul of the club, his return has paved the way for a brighter November.

A Matter of Perspective

The win marked Pens coach Kevin Constantine's 100th career NHL victory. "I'll be 783 years old by the time I catch Scotty Bowman," he quipped. "I have to work a bit on the pace."

A Matter of Perspective, Part II

Why are the Penguins such a lousy draw in Ottawa? In the five games last season, Ottawa outscored Pittsburgh 7-6. Firewagon hockey... we think not.

Down On the Farm

The Senators announced that they have received serious inquiries into establishing an AHL farm team in Quebec City. They will have some competition, however, as the Montreal Canadiens have made it known that they intend to investigate Quebec as a possible location for the Baby Habs once their lease in Fredericton, New Brunswick is up at the end of the year.

Should Ottawa establish a farm team, it will be their third such organization since 1992. Previous attempts were made in New Haven, Connecticut and Charlottetown, PEI. Currently, Sens prospects are spread throughout the minors, particularly with Detroit of the IHL and Adirondack of the AHL.

Eight Is More Than Enough

Go out to an NHL game, and the only guarantee you'll get is that nothing is guaranteed. Case in point - Ottawa vs. Washington. Both teams are known for their tight checking style of play and, in Washington's case at least, great goaltending. So what happens when you pit these two teams together? Thirteen goals. Go figure.

With ears pinned back, the normally offensively-challenged Washington Capitals blasted eight goals past the Sens goaltending duo en route to an 8-5 win at the Corel Centre. Peter Bondra led the way with a hat trick.

What a Difference Five Months Make

The last time these two teams played, Washington eliminated the Sens in five games to clinch the Eastern Conference semi-final. In that whole playoff series, Ottawa managed to score just seven goals, making their five-goal effort even more mind-boggling.

Better Late Than Never

Although the Sens were able to chase star goalie Olaf Kolzig, they could not solve backup goalie Mike Rosati. The win was Rosati's first ever in the NHL, which is impressive considering the 30-year-old spent the past eight years chasing rubber disks in Europe.

Perfect Timing

With Bruce Gardiner and Andreas Dackell set to return to the Sens lineup for Tuesday against Buffalo, free agent pickup David Oliver knew he had to come up big against the Caps or risk an elevator ride to the bleachers. With that in mind, Oliver proceeded to notch his first two goals of the season. Prior to that, Oliver had only mustered three NHL goals in total since the 1995-96 season. The ball is now in your court, Jacques.

Drumroll Please

Sens bench boss Jacques Martin scratched Stephen Leach in the Caps game in favor of Phil Crowe in order to offset the presence of Craig Berube, the man with more penalty minutes against the Sens (97) than any other NHLer.

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