Everyone plays hurt in the playoffs. Typically we don’t usually find out just how hurt a player is until after their team has been eliminated.
In so many ways, Erik Karlsson is not your typical player.
After the Ottawa Senators eliminated the Boston Bruins, Karlsson revealed to ESPN.com he’s been playing with ‘two hairline fractures in his left heel’ and has ‘been receiving injections on his heel.’
Karlsson was injured blocking a shot on March 28. He missed three of the final five games of the Senators season. According to the article, in the two games (back-to-back) Karlsson played in, he ‘re-aggravated the injury.’
All six games in the series between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators were decided by a single goal. Four of the six games in the series required overtime.
In Game 2, Clarke MacArthur played overtime hero scoring his first goal in nearly two years to give the Senators the win. His goal in Game 6, was just as big.
It all started with MacArthur drawing a holding call on David Pastrnak to give the Sens their fifth power play of the game.
At the blueline, Erik Karlsson dished the puck off the Derick Brassard who sent it to Bobby Ryan at the goal line. Ryan fires a shot on Tuukka Rask’s leg pad, and the puck pops right out to MacArthur in front of the net. While falling, he sweeps the puck in past Rask.
In the first period of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers the two teams combined for five goals.
It looked like if Roberto Luongo was going to earn his 450th career win he might need a little luck on his side.
And for being such a good soldier, the hockey gods smiled down upon Bobby Lu and gave him a meltdown by the Sens.
By the end of the second, the Panthers erased a 4-2 deficit to tie the game.
Mark Borowiecki knew the second after he made contact with Tyler Toffoli he would have to answer for what he did.
The Los Angeles Kings forward was playing the puck against the boards with his head down the entire time. Borowiecki comes flying in and forcefully drives Toffoli’s body into the glass.
Toffoli drops immediately to the ground. As the Kings encircle Borowiecki, the Ottawa Senators defenceman throws off his gloves and prepares to defend himself.
As for Toffoli, he got to his feet and skated to the bench. He went directly to the locker room for concussion evaluation.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken personal leave to be with his wife Nicholle as she continues her fight against cancer.
Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen first reported the news, listing Anderson out as ‘indefinitely.’ The Ottawa Senators released a tweet confirming Anderson would not be available on Thursday for the team’s game against Philadelphia.
In Anderson’s absence, the team will have Mike Condon and Andrew Hammond available in net.
Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in October. She is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
This will be the fourth game Anderson has taken leave from to be with his wife. No one will fault him for wanting to do so.
Despite having so much going on off the ice, Anderson has been a steadying force for the Senators in net accumulating a 12-5-1 record thus far. This past week, he was named one of the NHL’s ‘Three Stars of the Week’ after going 4-0-0 in his starts. It was the second time this season he’s received the recognition.
We wish the Andersons the best as they continue to kick cancer’s ass.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.
Even during training camp, things can get heated as bubble players compete for a roster shot.
At Ottawa Senators camp, defenseman Patrick Sieloff – who was acquired in the offseason for Alex Chiasson – made contact with the head of Clarke MacArthur in a play along the boards.
MacArthur immediately went to the ice clutching his head.
Bobby Ryan, who is not known for being much of a fighter, went directly after Sieloff. The officials struggled to break the two of them up. Minutes later, Chris Neil came over to exchange words with Sieloff.
MacArthur was able to make if off the ice with the help of teammates.
Last season, Mike Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators went through the always nasty salary arbitration process. Hoffman filed for arbitration again this offseason; however, a week before his scheduled hearing, the two sides came to an agreement. Hoffman, 26, will stay with the Senators for the next four years on a contract worth $20.75-million.
First reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Hoffman will earn $3.8-million for during the 2016-17 season. In the remaining three years of his contract, he’ll make $5.65-million. According to General Fanager, those final three years include a no trade clause where Hoffman can submit a list of 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.
Hoffman is one of the late round draft jewels all NHL teams hope to get. Ottawa selected the forward in the fifth round, 130th overall, in the 2009 draft.
After a couple cups of coffee with the Senators, the forward broke out in 2014-15 season with 27 goals, 48 points in 79 games earning him a sixth place finish in the Calder voting. The following season he set an NHL career high in goals (29), assists (30), and points (59). He led the Senators in goals including a team high nine power play goals.