Bring Out The Brooms
Penguins complete 4-game series sweep over Ottawa
The team that started the season as the early Stanley Cup favorites are officially out of the playoffs and will not successfully defend their Eastern Conference title. That’s right, the Ottawa Senators have been ousted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in four straight games.
A closer look at the statistics in this series shows why this should not be a surprise to anyone.
The Sens top two forwards, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, had a total of two assists in the series, while the combination of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin tallied fifteen points. Even when Daniel Alfredsson came back for Ottawa, nothing changed. The Penguins' guns completely out-performed the Ottawa stars.
Also, how does any team expect to win by being out-shot every game? In the four games, Pittsburgh blasted 161 shots on Martin Gerber while Ottawa only managed 112 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury. No team stands a chance to win, if the opposition gets 40+ shots per game.
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The confidence of the Sens was probably not-so-high when the 2008 playoffs started in the first place. They entered without their leader and captain in Alfredsson, who was injured, and they had only eighteen wins of their last forty-eight games. Ottawa thought that the firing of John Paddock would turn this team around and they could have not been more wrong. Expect big changes in the offseason in Canada’s capital.
Pittsburgh can take some time off now and wait for their next opponent. As of now, it could be any team. Though, with Montreal looking to end their series soon, they would play the lowest ranked seed. According to my predictions, it will be the Philidelphia Flyers, leaving the Pens facing the Rangers.
By Kevin Chaves
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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