Tuesday , July 27 2021

Disappointed chief trainer Guy Bauer stirred up senators



Guy Boucher has seen enough.

She can no longer sit.

Since his options are limited, the Otva's senator's coach sent a message to the Canadian tire center on Sunday afternoon by changing all forward combinations, and then with exercises focused on physical participation.

With Senators stuck in losing a failed four game and preparing to close 2018 on the road against Columbus blue jackets on Monday evening, Busher broke the top line of Mark Stone, Colin White and Brady Tkachuk.

In addition to Chris Tearney, who landed at the center between Tkachuk and Stone and White on the wing by Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan, the most remarkable change was the use of Wing Ryan Ginell's fourth line with Tom Piaett and Nick Paul.

Reaching the loss of 3-2 on Saturday to Washington Capitals, senators may still miss four regular – including goalkeeper Craig Anderson – but that's no excuse.

"I want more than what you saw in the second and third periods, and it's even stronger," Boucher said Sunday ahead of the charter flight of the Senators to Columbus. "We are too peripheral.

"We only have a lot of guys who are trying to experience and use the perimeter and look for space when there is no space. Most of the game, you have to charge through the game. I love the white line, it's amazing, but we can not be a team from one line and that's what we are lately. "

Senators quoted Colin White on the left, and Mark Stone celebrated Stone's third goal against Washington on Saturday night. They played well together, but they slid on different lines during a Sunday workout.

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CANADIAN PRESS

Boucher said he must try something new by breaking the white trio, as senators did not win, and success was always part of the recovery plan.

"The three boys (White, Stone and Tkachuk) worked so hard and looked great, but we need to have a team," Boucher added. "It's not that I wanted to split the line, but I have to spread my hard work elements across the line."

Sure, there is a risk, but Bushehr is paid to make these decisions, and senators are 3-8-1 in the last 12 games in the national hockey league. The series losing five games by the end of 2018 will only add to the increased frustration, and some of these boys are obviously unreachable.

Ginel, who can become an unlimited free agent, if he was not re-signed before July 1, did not meet expectations. He has three goals and three assists in 13 matches in December, and that will not reduce him. When Boucher talks about guys who need to pay the price, Ginel is one of them.

Players will not like some of Boucher's decisions and his assistants, but it's about time to turn the Senate's boat.

"There is a danger of getting out of the house and falling on my face down the stairs," Boucher said with a smile. "If I always wondered about the danger, I could sit on my couch. It's always a decision to go ahead.

"One of the things I know is that I can always retreat back and get back to that (white, stone, Tkachuk) line, but all I know is, if it's the only line that has the identity I want, then we we are not going to win many games at the moment, we have to spread it and, I hope, have a valuable identity. We go to a barn that's hard to play, because (Columbus) is a very, very difficult team.

If you look at the last two games, we had the best of New York's islands (on Friday), because we surpassed them in the first two periods.

"We were a better team in the second and third (against Washington), but there was one missing period where we did not exceed the opponent. We have to find combinations that will give us 60 minutes of work, pay the price, be the first of the pack, yes we are checking to play, blocking the recordings, checking them, ejecting them, and fighting around their network. It's like getting an identity. "

It would not be wrong for Boucher not to try a new look.

"The biggest risk is to do nothing, and then nothing will happen, and that's the worst thing in life for me, nothing," Boucher said. "For me, shake, find, try, adjust, adjust and adjust again so you will understand your best combinations."

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