The frustration that the Ottawa Senators have shown over the past two games has been an absolute joy to behold. Watching the Penguins beat them in a slow dump and chase AND the run and gun styles has been almost too easy for Penguins fans to watch and almost too much for Senators fans to. The players on the ice seem to be having the same reaction, with Game 3 and 4 being full of Senators just going crazy pants.
This began with, in my mind, Daniel Alfredsson losing his cool on Brooks Orpik. I know what you're thinking and I'm in total agreement with you as well: I had no idea that Alfredsson was playing in this series either.
What are you even thinking in this situation? "That guy is on the ice, I'm going to give him a knee drop," just absolute insanity. Brooks Orpik gets up laughing after this though so I can't say I'm too upset. I also like Tyler Kennedy laughing the entire time he is involved too. A bit of a pest sometimes, that TK.
Unsurprisingly, the Senators were just getting started and it was then that Chris Neil decided to rear his ugly head. Chris Neil's actions in Game 4 were absolutely ridiculous of a person who wants to win hockey games.
Honestly, what the fuck do people expect here? Hockey goalies are quite possibly the most protected individuals in the world of sports. Breathing on them wrong results in a shit storm. Remember what happened to Darcy Hordichuk when he jumped on the baby Russian, Alex Pechurski?
And remember that's just some kid who is playing his first career game in the NHL and no one knows a thing about. This is our franchise goaltender, in the playoffs, against the biggest douche the Senators have to offer, so the reaction is delicious:
Brilliant, Neil. Brilliant. No small wonder you have 20 minutes of penalties in only 4 games played. Five minutes a game? And you're not fighting? You fucking suck.
Neil did pocket his second goal of the playoffs to get the Senators back in the game, but IMMEDIATELY took away any possible momentum that could have come from it by hitting Kris Letang in the back after scoring:
What a fucking idiot. The Senators just got back in the game, let's take them right back out of it.
Neil, however, STILL wasn't done, as he attempted, like he did earlier this season, to start shit at the end of the game when there was no heavy protection on the ice in the form of Eric Godard or Mike Rupp. Between he and Jarkko Ruutu, however, all it resulted in was Matt Cooke taking a sucker punch and everyone else hugging it out. Neil having anything to say to the bench as he skates by is nothing short of ridiculous:
Clearly though, this is all just part of Chris Neil's undercover work to keep Ottawa and its fans trusting him as he slowly undermines their attempts at getting to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Keep up the good work, Agent Neil.