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Jacques Martin


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


Dec 17 - D Lance Pitlick returned from bruised hip suffered; Dec 12 Nov 28 - D Sami Salo, groin injury, day-to-day; Oct. 29 - LW Yves Sarault, sprained wrist, out 4-6 weeks; D Janne Laukkanen, off-season abdominal surgery, day-to-day.


Dec 8 - David Oliver Assigned to Houston (IHL).


12/08 at Tampa Bay  W 4-2  
12/09 at Florida    L 6-5  
12/12 Phoenix       L 2-0  
12/17 as Boston     L 5-2  
12/18 Carolina      W 5-1  
12/20 Dallas        L 3-2  


Northeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Toronto           32  19  11   2    40  105   90  
  Buffalo           28  17   6   5    39   83   51   
  Boston            30  15   9   6    36   82   61 
  Ottawa            29  14  12   3    31   86   73   
  Montreal          32   8  17   7    23   70   92


by The Nosebleeders, Ottawa Correspondents

After putting together a strong ending to November and a solid December beginning, the Senators were supposed to be a team that was going somewhere. Two weeks ago they sat just back of the division leading Leafs and were starting to surge. Today they sit in fourth place, seven points back of the Leafs, and barely holding on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

We know that it's not even Christmas - there is a way to go before the second season (playoffs) starts - but this is not a team that has achieved consistency. Winners of one of their last five games, they have proven themselves to be solid but are still lacking the killer punch both in scoring and in defending themselves.

GM Dudley seems to be too busy worried about the size of the net than worried about the size of the goons opponents are throwing out against the toothless Senators.

Florida Trip

The Senators were looking like a shooting star after outshooting (44-19) and outscoring Tampa Bay 4-2. After the game and over their last 10 games, their record then stood at 7-2-1. Every once in a while a team then plays in a strange game which can lead to a skid. This is what seemed to happened to the Senators as they continued their Florida trip with a game against the Panthers.

The game started out somewhat normally back and forth until the Senators Vaclav Prospal received a five-minute major penalty for cross-checking Paul Laus. Five shots later and it was 4-0 Panthers. Finally the Prospal penalty ended and the game resumed. York and McEachern power-play goals added to an unassisted tally by Arvedson and suddenly it was 4-3. The Senators tied the game at 5-5 midway through the third period but lost with Hossa in the box when Whitney netted his eighth of the year.

Despite giving up four first-period goals, this was a game the Senators should have won. They had enough to come back and tie but not enough to win.

* Against Tampa, Shawn McEachern had two goals and an assist. His last goal was November 23rd.

* Against Tampa, Ottawa's Ron Tugnutt made 17 saves, improving to 5-0-1 in his last six starts and 6-1-1 overall.

* The Panthers' five power-play goals in the game tied a team record.

* Hossa picked up a pair of assists against Panthers.

* David Oliver was assigned to Houston of the IHL and quickly picked up four points in his first game. He had two goals and five assists with the Senators in 17 games.

Public Service Announcement

The new Panthers arena is the National Car Rental Arena. It's in a place called Sunrise which is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

42 Saves

Despite a solid Senator effort the Senators faced a hot hand in Phoenix goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. He made 42 saves for his third shutout of the season. Phoenix's early second-period goal stood up until a late third-period empty-netter iced it.

* Phoenix avenged a season-opening 4-1 home loss to the Senators, one of only two games in which it has allowed more than three goals.

* After the game a downcast Chris Phillips, in his first real slump, decided a good idea would be for the team to bench him against Boston. "Maybe this will wake me up and give me a chance to regroup".


The Bruins soundly defeated a jumpless Senator team 5-2. The Bruins' two power-play goals (on three attempts) were no match for the 0-for-4 Senators' power-play unit.

* Ray Bourque had a pair of assists to move into a third place tie with the legendary Gordie Howe on the all-time assist list at 1,049. The odd game or two each decade notwithstanding, Bourque's first year in the league was Howe's last. Bourque turns 38 later this month.

* Vaclav Prospal played in his 100th NHL game. When asked to contrast that with the 1400 that Ray Bourque has played in over his 20 season, Prospal responded, "That means I have just 17 more seasons to catch him."

* As he predicted, Chris Phillips was benched for the game. Coach Martin was trying to send him a message that he simply needs to perform better. With Phillips and Lance Pitlick (bruised hip) both out, Patrick Traverse and Sami Salo got the call.

Maybe Friday Is a Lucky Day for the Team - Yeah, a Win!

Snapping their three-game losing streak, the Senators soundly beat Carolina 5-1 in a rare Friday night game. Goalie Arturs Irbe was coming off consecutive shutouts but surrendered five goals on 30 shots before being pulled in favor of Trevor Kidd with 11:36 remaining in the third period.

* Alexei Yashin scored twice and added three assists. His four- point second period eclipsed his own mark for most points in a period.

* Carolina coach Paul Maurice was quoted as describing the game as his team's worst of the year. "In fact it was so bad, we're not going to spend a lot of time worrying about it."

* Hassa Alfredsson, father of Senators forward Daniel and Ottawa 67's Henric, had a tough choice to make when his sons were both playing in town on the same night. Hassa decided to watch little Alfie (hey, it was also name the mascot night) but his team could only muster a 1-1 tie. Senior Hassa Alfie is set to return to Sweden early in the new year.

Easy One

Fan mail has been kinda slow lately so we thought an easy quiz would maybe allow you the opportunity to write us to tell us what a stupidly easy quiz we gave this issue. Here goes - Alexei Yashin is now generally recognized as one of the top 25 stars of the NHL. What is his career high one-game point total?

Name that Line

The line of Shawn McEachern, Alexei Yashin, and Andreas Dackell - the MC-YA-DACK line? - has been on quite a tear of late. Overall through 28 games, the line has 71 points.


A rare day game for the Senators when the Pacific Division leading Dallas Stars paid a visit to the Kanata Cow Palace. The Stars lead the Pacific Division because of players such as Modano, Sydor, Nieuwendyk, Hull, Verbeek, Zubov and character winners from good-Hab days past such as Carbonneau, Keane, Skrudland, and Ludwig. The Stars' power play is number two in the league and their penalty killing unit ranks fourth.

This brings up a quick "hum - wonder if" the Stars have more ex-Habs then any other team in the league and "another hum - wonder if" that's why they are winning. On this date goalie Roman Turek (playing in place of usual number one Ed Belfour) may have something to do with it as he stopped 27 shots including third-period takeaways from Yashin with six minutes to go, and Johansson with just under three minutes.

* Dallas is 6-0-2 in its last eight games.

* Mike Keane netted his first goal since April 12th of last season - a short-handed goal on a play where the puck came loose from a bad bounce and a worse Senator offensive press.

Quiz Answer

Alexei's five points against the Carolina Hurricanes tied his career high point mark. The Sens record for most points in a game belongs to Dan Quinn with six, which he accomplished in 1995.

The Nosebleeders wish to share some cheer and extend a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to one and all - have a great holiday season!

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