May 21, 2017 by hochmancarter
(Courtesy of canadiantirecentre.com)
Written by Carter Hochman
Let’s be honest, when we saw the path the Ottawa Senators would have to take entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs, almost none of us imagined they would make it to where they are currently. Now two wins away from making the Stanley Cup Finals, let alone taking it away from the reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins, I think it’s time we start taking them seriously.
The Senators have all-star caliber players littered throughout their lineup, starting with their goaltender, Craig Anderson. Anderson currently holds a 2.20 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in the playoffs, along with amassing 453 saves. They have veteran defensemen in the forms of Erik Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf and Marc Methot, dangerous goal-scorers in Bobby Ryan, Derick Brassard, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cody Ceci to go with veteran wingers Chris Kelly and Chris Neil… the list goes on. The Senators have outscored their opponents 32-30 thus far.
I think along with these players, the finger pointing towards there success should go also towards their head coach, Guy Boucher. Boucher has coached in the NHL since 2010, when he was behind the bench of the Tampa Bay Lightning. That same season, he brought them to the Eastern Conference Finals, only to lose in seven games to the Boston Bruins, who would eventually go on to win the cup.
Boucher is en route to do the exact same thing, or perhaps even more this season with Ottawa. He was hired as the new head coach of the Senators this past season, going 44-28-10 in the regular season. Now, with the series tied 2-2, he is a mere two games away from reaching his first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance.
I don’t think the Senators are a cinderella story, I think they mean business. And I think it’s time the rest of us start thinking that way too.