OTTAWA - After 20 games, the inconsistent Ottawa Senators are still struggling to find their identity. Authentic Eli Apple Jersey
. When they score first, the Senators have a 5-0-1 record, but when they give up the first goal, they are a disappointing 3-8-3. "Well have some bright flashes, well look good for a couple games and win a couple of games and then I dont know," said Zack Smith. "Its getting a little frustrating. Theres still a lot of games left, but at the same time you want to establish an identity and find some consistency in our games." Two years ago, the Senators were known for their ability to come back in games, often in the final minute. Last year they showed resiliency advancing to the second round of the playoffs despite playing most of the season without Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Craig Anderson. For whatever reason, this years group hasnt shown the same ability to overcome adversity, especially after giving up the first goal. "Maybe were waiting around at the start of games to see what other teams are doing," said Marc Methot. "I dont think were really initiating the play the way that we probably should be, especially here at home with our fans behind us. We seem to be getting down on ourselves and thats contagious and that happens when you start losing games. Its one of those things that we just have to work our way out of." Senators coach Paul MacLean believes the team would see some overall improvement if they could just find a way to spend less time in their own end. "We play in our end all the time and thats still to me the biggest issue we have is our lack of execution and we play too much in our end," MacLean said. MacLean also talked of the importance of a shift after a goal and admitted the Senators havent been good at all. Too often the team has been guilty of turnovers and poor defensive coverage. "That eats away at your confidence and your mental strength," said MacLean. Following a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Senators coach Paul MacLean admitted all aspects of the teams preparation would be examined, but Spezza believes its more an issue of mental preparation. "We have to make sure were mentally prepared to have that urgency that we seem to be lacking," said the Sens captain. "We have big emotional games, big emotional wins and then we follow them up with games where we look like we lack a little bit of jump." Spezza admitted there are games that are easy to get up for and then there are those that require a greater awareness. And while its easy to say that for the most part this is the same group of players from the past two seasons those who are new dont have a lot of experience to draw from. "I think we might be showing that were a little bit of an inexperienced team maybe with some of the expectations," said Spezza. "Experience comes with knowing that certain games you need different types of urgency and different types of starts and different approaches to the game." Spezza, along with alternate captains Chris Phillips and Chris Neil will be looked upon to ensure everyone is ready to play. "Were going to lean on them heavy, if we havent already, were going to make some demands of them," said MacLean. "As individuals do a better job of getting themselves prepared and getting the team prepared to play." On Tuesday, the Senators take on the Philadelphia Flyers, who just one week ago shut out the Senators 5-0 in Ottawa. Spezza says this is exactly the kind of game the team needs to be properly prepared for, especially considering what happened last week. "It should have us on notice that we can get licked if we dont show up," he said. "If you thought it was going to be an easier game or a different game because of what their record is that 5-0 game shows us that we better be ready to go into that rink (Tuesday)." After last years success, theres no doubt expectations for this team were high and Smith cant help but wonder if thats actually been part of the problem. "Maybe we thought we were going to be that much better of a team and we wouldnt have to play the team game or work quite as hard," said Smith. "If thats the case well weve been proven wrong. You still have to work hard and work as a team … for some people maybe we overachieved (last year), but I think this year were definitely underachieving to this point." Notes: Phillips was not at practice due to the flu, but will travel with the team to Philadelphia and is expected to play Tuesday. No decision was made on Tuesdays starting goaltender. Neil will play his 800th career game Tuesday night. He has spent his entire career with the Senators. Authentic Janoris Jenkins Jersey
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. So heres what I do when I want to get into the baseball mood—I delve into "The Baseball Project".BD: While I was traveling in Poland, I came across an energy drink featuring you on the can. Whats the craziest product youve ever come across with your face on it?TYSON: Ah man, I dont even know, Ive seen my face put on a dog, put on some animals, put on some Tyrannosaurus Rex BD: A T-Rex??TYSON: Yeah, yeah, I get put on some pretty interesting stuff.BD: With you being one of the greatest boxers of all-time, your physical dominance has been referenced in quite a few rap songs. Biggies Victory , Nas Aint hard to tell, Jay Z listing of the the 3 Michaels and of course Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeffs "I think I can beat Mike Tyson". Out of the references that youve heard, which one has been your favourite?TYSON: Remember that beat it up video? What was his name again, Mingo? Migos? Some awesome stuff. Beat it up with the left, beat it up with the right, beat up like Mike.BD: Is that one of your favourite ones, out of what youve heard?TYSON: No, Lil Wayne did an interesting song, I like that song…American Dream. Im always flattered and stuff. Sometimes I wish theyd rap about something more political.BD: A few traits that hockey players are known for is their grit and toughness. Which one of these pictured players would you least want to fight just based on the pictures alone?TYSON: Well listen alright, even though hes 69 I dont see him fighting, this is probably the least guy, cause I see him in action (Ray), so hes probably the least guy, these other guys, theyre just looking tough, this guys in the process of beating someone up.BD: (laughs) Yeah hes just tearing that jersey off.TYSON: (laughs) yeah, and he looks like hes beating up this guy! (Parros). Q: (laughs) Nah, just the same team, Montreal. TYSON: (laugh) yeah, same team, same team. BD: As youre definitely well aware, the Simpsons made a parody character around you named "Drederick Tatum." Have you ever watched the whole episode featuring Homer taking on Tatum? TYSON: Well, no. But Ive seen it before, the episode with me and hes talking with my lisp. BD: (laughs) how did you find their depiction of you?TYSON: (smiles) Man, I thought it was pretty cool, pretty cool. BD: Without the assistance of an EA Sports Fight Night game well never really get to see you take on some of the other greatest heavyweight fighters of all time, but if you could face any boxer in history duringg their prime, and of course youre in your prime as well, who would you chose? TYSON: Nobody, Ive fought everybody I need to fight. Authentic Scott Simonson Jersey
. . BD: Obviously you were featured in both Punch Out and the Fight Night series. Do you ever play those games much? TYSON: (smiles) Nah, only if I do a show, sometime they have it and they let me play, and I always lose, suck at it. (skip to 8:12 for Tyson boss battle)BD: Did you know that former Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery had you featured on his mask?TYSON: Woah! Wow! Thats great. BD: If you were a goalie, who would you feature on your mask? (Shows picture) TYSON: Me? If I had a goalie mask. Id probably have Alexander the great. BD: Yeah I guess thats the same reasoning with Emerys, a display of strength. TYSON: See I dont look at myself with the same eyes that other people look at me with, I just dont look at it the same. Thats why I get overwhelmed that people would do something like that. You know? I just dont look at myself like that, I know my flaws, I know Im frightening kids sometimes still. But it doesnt project that way, because Im frightening to kids, I always view the image that Im not because I am. BD: And for our final question, have you ever gone BarDown?TYSON: (laughs) Whats that? BD: So if youre scoring a goal in hockey, or soccer, and have the shot bounce off the crossbar and down into the net. TYSON: Ive never done that. But I was a goalie before, and I had the pads and stuff on, and it was just so exhausting, I had to just stay on the floor, sit down on the floor, it was just so hard. It was hard to even skate. BD: (laughs) Oh yeah, it can be tough! TYSON: You know Jeremy Roenick? So one day he said something like, so you think you can beat Mike Tyson? And he said I can beat Mike Tyson on skates, but hell probably beat me off skates, and my arrogance, I said "you cant even beat me on skates!" Then I tried it, then I was like, woah, he would kick my ass on skates! He wouldve killed me, woah, ah man, I was just so exhausted after a minute. BD: (laughs) Its tough, nah it is, and you feel it afterward, as well. TYSON: Aw man, its tough, its tough.Mike Tyson will be performing his one man show, "the Undisputed Truth", Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. For more info on the show, as well as where to get tickets, visit the ACC website here. ' ' '