Last season, at the beginning of what turned out to be the worst campaign of his career, Zack Smith had to wait until his 15th game, on the 1st of December, before starting to count the first of his five small goals.
The veteran of the Senators was so relieved on Friday after an inaugural game of the season 2018-2019 when he shook the ropes from the start, with the first goal of his club after barely 6:47 minutes of play.
It occurred barely a week after its submission, in surprise at the tie to issues of “performance,” according to the d. g. Pierre Dorion, and the day after his appointment paradoxical as one of four assistants-captain of the club with which he started his 10th season.
“I wanted to contribute, and to win would have been huge, especially against a good club like Chicago. I am a realist, I would have loved to do a hat trick to prove that everyone was wrong to my topic, those who believe that I have no more business here. But I’m still happy, it is a process. Coming back from the worst season of your career, you can’t change things in one evening. I think I’ve taken good strides and I can move forward after this game, ” said the former counter 25 goals (2015-2016).
Smith was denied a goal early in the third period when he hit the puck with a stick while just a little high. He accepted, however, the blow of fate, which earned him the goal of the beginning of the meeting, his shot from the point that deflected off the stick of Duncan Keith as Mark Stone was creating a screen in front of goalie Cam Ward.
“It was good to have a good bounce on it, I just took a shot on goal and you never know what it’s going to hit. “Stoney” created the chaos and the keeper was distracted. When you don’t intend to for a long time at the beginning of a season, you become a little frustrated. So it is good to get that first goal, that’s for sure “, he mentioned.
Smith scored when he was presented at the Centre Canadian Tire with a new look, having shaved off the beard well-provided that he sported for several years. He imitated Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, who did the same earlier this week.
“There are lots of guys in this locker room that I have ever seen without a beard, they have no idea what my chin looks. I’m going to look a bit more to guys who have trouble growing a beard, like (Ryan) Dzingel and (Thomas) Chabot, even if “Chaby” tries very hard, has blagué Smith. I woke up my amount of pre-match and we went on the red carpet, I said to myself that I nettoierai a little. And then finally, I shaved the whole thing. “
While his team was playing its first game with several new faces, and in a game system more aggressive in failure before, Zack Smith has liked what he has seen of his. “I thought our work ethic was the most important thing. Everyone has bought the system that one tries to practice, right from the start. We worked hard and our young players who played this first game with the opening ceremonies, it would have been easy to get distracted. But it has done a good job, even if you have things to clean up against guys who do not need a lot of space to create things “, ” he pointed out.
Its companion trio, Mark Stone agreed : “there has been a positive, but also negative in this game. We need to clean up some parts of our game if we want to continue to improve, we have given a few too many scoring chances, bad times. It’s going to be a good test against Toronto, which has a great club then we want to show that we can play with them and revive the rivalry of the early 2000s “, he said.
THE SENATORS IN BRIEF
Craig Anderson will get a second start on Saturday night in Toronto, did know Guy Boucher on Friday, but he intends to give a first start this season as soon as possible. “We are going with the “flow” currently, it is that Anderson has at least two starts in a row, and it could be three. But we don’t want to wait too long before you play Condon, he could play against Boston (Monday) or Philadelphia (Wednesday). We will see. We don’t want to take that decision, because if you take one and the guy gets two shutouts, thou hast already said to the other that he is going to have a departure, and this is not good, ” said Boucher.
In the league’s East Coast
Speaking of Condon, he welcomes the decision of the team to send the goalkeeper forward Filip Gustavsson this week at his club affiliate of the league of the East Coast, the Beast in Brampton. He himself is an elder of this circuit development, having played for the Reign of Ontario upon his release from Princeton university, and then with the Nailers from Wheeling when the Montreal canadiens made him sign a contract. “It is a good league for development, one for me and a dozen other guards, some who are starters in the NHL currently. This is not what people perceive them, you get a lot of work, a lot of shots, breakaways, while the systems are not in point. For me, it was the best way to learn the professional game. The important thing is to have a good attitude going there, this is not a demotion. From what I’ve seen of him (at camp), it will be okay and it will be beneficial, ” said Condon.
The pa announcer for the Senators during the last 12 years, Stu Schwartz (better known as “Stuntman” Stu in his work to host a morning radio) announced on Friday that the game Thursday was his last at the microphone of the bench. Revenue last year after winning his battle against leukemia, he wrote in a message on his page in Facebook that ” the effects of treatments (chemotherapy, radiation) and medications (which I always take) I have finally caught up “. Its a substitute the past few years, Jonathan Trottier, will take his place.