Coming To Terms With Reality
Another tight game, another 2 pts. Impressive.
It’s becoming clear that this team is not “elite”. The players are recognizing it, the coaches recognize it, and, slowly, even the fans are coming to terms with it. Although this may seem to be a slight on the team, the truth is, well, the truth, and the sooner the team comes to terms with it, the sooner they can commit to doing what it will take to win on a consistent basis…hard work, for 60 minutes.
Last season the Sens may well have been victims of their own past success. They used to be able to win with ease. Float for 40 minutes, then pour it on, and still walk away with the W. Then it changed, and the frustration, confusion, and losing settled in. How else do you explain a roster wide poor season?
But now, this season, the team is posting some hard-fought wins. Getting points as a result of sticking to the plan, and grinding away at the opposition, for 60 minutes. The results are showing in the standings, with the Sens having consistently remained in a play-off position, no small feat in a tight eastern conference.
To see the importance of gaining points consistently one need look no further than the state of the Sens impending opposition, the Leafs. Prior to its last ten games the Leafs were second last in the east, second last over-all. Then the wins started coming in, with the Leafs posting a tremendous 7-3-0 run, by far the best run among the bottom half of the eastern conference.
The result of this great effort and season high point accumulation?
Second last in the east, second last over-all.
As a non elite team, Ottawa must continue to work hard to maintain their play-off status, and so far so good.
Great game by Kovy, let’s hope he’s back into the groove. Spez contributed at both ends of the ice to play a major (pivotal?) role in getting the win. Pics looked good, particularly for having missed the last few games, and Cheech posted another solid effort, and was once again snake bitten despite his efforts.