Wow, what another classic game. Just when you think the Sens are down and out, they come back from behind and score yet another overtime goal. This comes after two dismal games in New York where their effort was stagnant. So what changed? Sure, playing at home does help, but there was an even more significant change: the reentry of assistant captain Chris Neil. It is public knowledge that Guy Boucher does not trust Neil as far as he can throw him, and has not dressed Chris in any of their playoff games. This fact weighed heavily on Neil, as he felt he's given everything to this team and city. When he got the call that he would be in the lineup for game 5, Chris felt a sense of relief.....but he still felt betrayed. Chris was invited to say a few things to the team before the game and Neil did not mince words. Again, due to my hidden tape recorder, I have the transcript of this now infamous speech in its entirety.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Hi, if you don't know who I am, my name is Chris Neil, and I've been the hardest working Senator for the last two decades. I've been in many playoff battles and I would argue that my role is just as important as Erik Karlsson's. Speaking of you Erik, where do you get off?? Chris Phillips should have been named captain, and guess what? I WAS NEXT IN LINE. You should have respected your elders and refused the offer. NO, SIT DOWN VICTOR STALBERG.....this is no time to be a hero. Who the hell are you anyways?? You get traded here and you take MY spot in the lineup? THAT'S HORSESHIT, GUY BOUCHER AND YOU KNOW IT. Don't look at me like that Guy.... I'll put my fist directly through your pie hole if you scratch me again. This is my team and I'm playing today because I gave Ryan Dzingel laxatives and he's shitting through the eye of a needle as we speak. Hey Dion....hey....remember when I paid for your breakfast the day you arrived in Ottawa? Well guess what ahole? I took the money from YOUR wallet when you were on the can. Idiot.
Now let's get to the matter at hand, how in the FACK can you guys suck this bad against the Rangers?? Me and Philly were beating the Rangers when you were still in diapers, Colin White. You idiot. How can you let that scumbag Tanner Glass run all over you?? And you let Turris fight him? Props to you Turris, but you're still kind of an idiot. And Bobby Ryan, you're also an idiot. Why? I don't know, but you're an idiot. Brassard-idiot, Pyatt-idiot, Anderson-you're ok, I guess.
So what shall we do to win today boys? How about I beat the living shit out of Glass and you guys score a goal to tie the game with less than 2 minutes left and then let Turris score in overtime? REALLY, MARC CRAWFORD?? I bet you $100 that's exactly what happens. You're an idiot. Let's go out there boys and have the best game of our lives, okay? I don't respect any of you though, just know that. I love Chris Phillips and he ain't playing because of THE SAME BULLSHIT THAT HAPPENED TO ME. Remember where you came from, guys. Bryan Murray is the true GM of this team. If Murray had a choice, Philly would still be playing. And who took my Gatorade?? Was it you Pageau? You're nothing but a little idiot. But you scored nice goals, so I take it back, you're only half an idiot. One last thing; can I get a Go Sens Go? PUT YOUR HANDS IN BOYS. GO SENS GO ON 3.....OMG, Chris Wideman, not your foot. You're an idiot.