Islanders 6, Senator 3
BROOKLYN – Number one scorer, who repeatedly saved his mismatched team, came out with a concussion. The date of his return is unknown.
Defender number one, an important part of the organization's future, has now joined him on the sidelines with an upper body injury. He came out indefinitely.
As a team, the Ottawa Senator has now dropped three consecutive matches, four of their last five matches, just one small step from the NHL dungeon.
And what is now staring at their faces?
How about a Saturday night date against the Stanley Cup defending champion Washington Capitals? They rested in Ottawa on Friday night, when the Senators fainted at the end of the turnover fest which was a 6-3 loss here by residents of New York Islanders.
Just as the Senators might make the Islanders ready, the Islander led by Barry Trotz was too happy to pounce on a mistake after mistake, scoring the last five goals.
In the small picture, in the big picture, you want to slice it anyway, it's not a good picture because the young Senator keeps on displaying mistakes that come with less experience.
Frustration from all of that – including Matt Martin's questionable blow which left star defender Thomas Chabot out of Friday's match in the second half – overflowed with three last-minute battles.
"I don't even think it's a message to them, that's a message to us," said defender Mark Borowiecki, who has words for many people on ice, including Martin, before dropping gloves. "We have to send a message to ourselves here. Sometimes you have to do man-ups and give-you-know what is squeezing and you have to make sure we are there for each other and there for ourselves and show a little pride. That is not acceptable. We are not happy about that. We will not roll over and let that happen and redeem ourselves (Saturday). "
Borowiecki was never short of passion, but the Senators entered foreign territory without Chabot and goalkeeper Craig Anderson for now.
Mike McKenna continued to fight in good battles as explorers who traveled well, spoke well, in the Senator's net, but remember that he was initially signed as an emergency reserve for reserves, based on the assumption that if Anderson was ruled out, Mike Condon could carry the burden. Condon continued to fight hip injuries as he tried to return to the NHL.
Following Friday's desperate defeat, McKenna kicked himself for giving up on one of the oldest tricks in a hockey book – Mathew Barzal Islanders pretended he was a friendly voice far at the end of the Senator – giving life to careless Islanders as usual . after the Christmas holidays. The Senators led 2-0 when McKenna gave Barzal a pass, which in turn fed Josh Bailey for what was essentially an empty goal.
"It started with me," McKenna said of the terrible turnover. "It's mine. I give them momentum."
Leaving aside the mistake, the Senators led 3-1 at the end of the second period and they chased the Islanders who started to score Thomas Greiss. Enter former Senator Robin Lehner, who serves as a turning point. Lehner now has a 7-0-3 record against Ottawa.
Substitution Nick Paul caused Anders Lee to make it 3-2. Barzal scored twice in the third round of the Islanders attack which made the game far from reach. Mistakes are here, there and everywhere, including general carelessness on the blue line and horrible line changes that lead directly to the target.
The latest loss in the book – Senator 4-13-1 on the road this season – coach Senator Guy Boucher now faces difficult questions about what to do in the goal against the Capitals. Did he return to McKenna, now 1-4-1 at Senator's goal – including a 4-0 defeat to Washington last Saturday – or did he pay attention to the wind and fully give up on rebuilding efforts?
Maybe, just maybe, 24-year-old beginner Marcus Hogberg will make his NHL debut, 5½ years after it was originally composed by the organization.
Boucher is the final year of the contract, but because losses accumulate one above the other, the Senator's season will quickly become less about today and more about tomorrow.
And that without going into deep discussion about whether the trio of free agents waiting – Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel – will be signed again.
"We did not decide (Saturday)," Boucher said of the goal control situation, before Friday's match. "It only depends on what type of game we have (Friday), I don't want to decide for the next match. Today is today."
Today has arrived. Why not try Hogberg?
REMEMBER WHEN: From a hockey point of view, Barclays Center is not a cup of tea for everyone. It was built to be a basketball / concert venue and when it was converted into the NHL arena, there were countless seats with terrible sights, along with cars that took the main real estate.
Everything said, it will always be special for Chabot.
He scored his first NHL goal here on December 1, 2017, in the Senator's 6-5 victory, and admitted he was somewhat "fainted" after the entry. Chabot also has two assists in the match.
"When I first stepped on ice (Friday) morning, it gave me good memories," he said before the match. "I remember Bobby (Ryan) coming across the blue line and I returned home with a single use. That's all fun. "… Next time the Senators visit the Islanders, on March 5, the game will be played at the old franchise house, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
After leaving the match early Friday, obviously not all memories are happy memories.
CECI HITS MILESTONE: Some NHL players have experienced the kind of bumpy journey experienced by Cody Ceci along the road to reach the 400 match mark. But when he was about the sign of magic against the inhabitants of the Islands, all he could think of was how it felt yesterday he was skating for Ottawa 67's. "I don't even know that (Friday), but I know it will come," Ceci said before the pieces fell. "It seems like just yesterday I was recruited to the team and now I play at the age of 400th. Everything passed so fast. "
For the time being, at least, it looks like the 400 Ceci will also be part of the Senator's victory. After Mark Stone and Matt Duchene scored to give the Senators a 2-0 lead, Ceci's goal gave the Senator a 3-1 lead and chased Greiss from the fold for Lehner.
DEFENSE STRUGGLE: Like other defenses, Ceci has a part of his struggle – four goals, five assists and plus / minus minus 10 before Friday – and has received as much criticism as Senator players in recent history. Boucher, however, confirmed that the Ceci experience was needed for the rebuilding team.
"He is one of the older people for us and he has helped care for some young people," Boucher said. "He must have brought a young man (Max Lajoie) since the beginning of the year. Lajoie has a good year for beginners, partly because of him. "
Yes, Ceci, who was 25 weeks ago, is considered an old man on the Senator's list.
There is no guarantee Ceci will remain with the long-term Senator, of course. Again, he is a limited free agent awaiting a decision, with arbitration rights.
MCKENNA MUSIC: After participating in the Barclays Center for the first time on Friday, McKenna said that he had almost played in 100 arenas during his professional career. "I think it's mid-90s somewhere," he said. "One day, I also want to go back and track all junior and college venues." … Gradually, Boucher planned to give newcomer Christian Jaros more time in the game of power. "He has a bomb," Boucher said.
WIN SOME, SOME LOSS: The Islanders did lose the highest profile free agent player last summer, when John Tavares went to the Toronto Maple Leafs. But they made the smartest free agent training signing, bringing Barry Trotz after he won the Stanley Cup with Washington. The Islanders are three points below the playoff place before meeting Senators, but how many experts suggest that most nameless Islanders will be comfortable above the 0.500 mark (19-13-4) at this point? "They are disciplined, the type of team you expect from the coaching staff, very ready," McKenna said.
CUP VETERAN LOG BELL CAPITAL: With Washington coming to the Canadian Tire Center this Saturday, winger Capitante Devante Smith-Pelly will repeat his memory playing at the Bell Capital Cup. Amazingly, all 31 NHL teams have at least one player participating in the tournament. The Senators took the lead, with Ceci, Mark Borowiecki, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Chris Tierney all taking part at one point as small hockey players.
FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
1-Stone cold change: Adam Pelech should know better. If there is one person who will steal the chip, that is Mark Stone.
2-Turning the tables: Right on the same spot as ice, Mike McKenna coughed the chips into Mathew Barzal, heading straight to Josh Bailey's goal. Barzal added a pair of third-period goals.
3-Christmas ends: After no hitters from the first period, emotions and nastiness return in the second period. The game closed with three last minute fights.
4 – Now that you see it … Matt Duchene avoids attempting to punch Johnny Boychuk, then fires a shot over Greiss's shoulder for the Senator's second goal.
5-Icing on the cake: Cody Ceci celebrates 400 of themth NHL game by scoring the Senator's third goal.
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