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Don Brennan. (ERROL MCGIHON/Ottawa Sun)

Don Brennan is a Day 1 employee of the Ottawa Sun. He has spent the majority of his 23 years as a sports reporter/columnist, covering the Senators since their return to the NHL in 1992, and prior to that writing about the Rough Riders, 67's and other sports. Brennan also wrote a Page 6 column in the Sun for nine months. A native of North Bay, Brennan moved to attend Centennial College in 1978. He remained in Toronto for a decade, working first as a freelancer, than an editor with the Toronto Sun. Brennan has lived in Ottawa full time ever since.

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<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (centre-L) and Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Tom Lawson (centre-R) take part in a tribute to recently fallen Canadian soldiers, prior to a CFL football game between Ottawa Redblacks and Montreal Alouettes in Ottawa October 24, 2014. Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent both recently died during attacks in Canada. REUTERS/Blair Gable (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ottawa RedBlacks, country stand together for a truly Canadian tribute

It was nothing as dramatic as the outpouring of emotion at an NFL stadium after 9/11 or what was witnessed at TD Garden and Fenway Park following the marathon bombing, but then maybe tragedies like this should not be compared -- nor should the way they are saluted.

New York Rangers teammates congratulate Dan Girardi (2nd from right) after he scored against the New Jersey Devils in the third period of Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals in New York. (REUTERS)

There's something about Girardi

You have to like New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi, especially after his post-game interview Monday on Hockey Night in Canada.

Senators centre Jason Spezza said after practice Friday that if he had gone four games without a goal in the playoffs a couple of seasons ago, he’d be “pretty rattled.” (Tony Caldwell, Ottawa Sun)

Spezza up to speed

The heat-of-the-battle moment captured on TV showed Paul MacLean waving a sheet of paper while yelling into the ear of his best offensive player.

Coach Paul MacLean (centre) needs the Senators' big guns like Jason Spezza (left) and Milan Michalek to start producing if the club wants to avoid a record-setting eighth consecutive home playoff loss. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Sens hope to avoid home futility mark

For all the money they spend, the fun they have, the noise they make and the momentum their efforts should generate, far too often Senators fans leave Scotiabank Place disappointed after a playoff game.

The Senators could use a dose of Matt Carkner in their lineup on Saturday against the Rangers. (Tony Caldwell, Ottawa Sun)

Sens need unwelcoming Matt

It was easily the longest pause in Paul MacLean’s still-young career as coach of the Senators.