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Proteau's Blog: Depth from above

• Is it too late to board the Ottawa Senators bandwagon?

If, as I noted in Friday's blog, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final was a wake-up call to the inconsistent Sabres, Game 2 was a knee in Buffalo's collective gonads.

As I talked about in the series preview, the Sens' offense is one thing, but their defense could be their biggest advantage in the series. So far, that seems to be the way things are playing out.

For example: through the first two games, Buffalo's defense corps had just three assists; Ottawa's blueliners, on the other hand, had two goals and six points. When the difference between winning and losing is as razor-thin as it is in the playoffs, these are the kind of contributions that help a team win the Stanley Cup.

• Following his two-goal performance in the gold medal game Sunday, Rick Nash was named tournament MVP at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia. That's nice to see if you're a Canadian, but if you're a Blue Jackets fan, it must be a little frustrating at the same time.

After all, the No. 1 pick in 2002 has yet to put up even so much as a 60-point season in the NHL. Certainly, the Jackets' dismal history has something to do with Nash's lack of production, but he's got to take some of the blame for it, too.

No matter who gets the Columbus GM job this summer, the heat will be squarely on Nash when next season begins.

• I have to admit, I found the last season of The Sopranos rather underwhelming. But after Sunday night's mesmerizing episode, I'm as geeked as can be about the upcoming conclusion of the series. So long as the body count keeps on climbing, I'm a happy man.


You can forget about Rick Nash becoming a point a game a player in Columbus for the foreseeable future. As long as Ken "the best offense is a good defense" Hitchcock is behind the bench, the whole Blue Jackets team will underperform offensively.

- Stephen J. Holodinsky

I don't know what you were smoking on Sunday. But killing off Christopher by plugging his nose. Come on. Then 40 minutes of complete boredom. The writers have ruined an otherwise great TV Series.

- Ed Pospishil


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