It will be interesting to see how Cory Clouston handles Kovalev's ice-time this second time around. As poor as Kovalev's work ethic has been this year, the organization is in a precarious position – they need Kovalev to produce and build his trade value. Aside from a meeting with Murray following his initial demotion in ice-time, he's a mercenary whose actions haven't exactly elicited impressions that he actually gives a shit out on the ice. As an aside, has there ever been another player in the history of the game who has scored 1,000 points who has less fans than Kovalev? Hell, he even spurned Montreal, the only city that seemed to become romanticized by his talents, to pursue more money and a longer term.
In the last few weeks, MAF has been as solid as we've ever seen him, as have the Pens special teams. This game was a microcosm of the Pens's current five-game winning streak: good goaltending, unreal penalty kill, and timely powerplay goals.
Best Senators-Related Photoshop or Gif:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Evgeni Malkin – Max Talbot
Chris Conner – Mark Letestu – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Eric Godard
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski – Deryk Engelland
Sens lines from Empty Netters:
AMilan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Ryan ShannonNick Foligno – Mike Fisher – Daniel AlfredssonJarkko Ruutu – Chris Kelly – Chris NeilPeter Regin – Jesse Winchester – Alex KovalevChris Phillips – Erik KarlssonSergei Gonchar – Filip KubaBrian Lee – Chris CampoliBrian Elliot